Amanda - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
Ok so basically I'm exhausted. my toddler is 14mnths and full of energy, and i'm 18 weeks along in my pregnancy. My husband is across the country (work) and i'm with my parent but both are at work most of the time so it's pretty much just me and the lil guy. Used to during nap time i would cook clean shower etc. but anymore i'm so super tired that i can't keep my eyes open if my life depended on it so i use that time to nap. which then leaves me trying to completele my adl's while chasing around my super active son. and don't get me wrong he's a good boy so this question isn't for everyday just on the super hectic days when he does get those trouble maker tendencies and there's just no re-directing him.
So today i thought about setting up the playpen, however i really don't know how to approach the issue if at all. Do i use it as a time-out just for when he's being overly rambunctious, or do i introduce it as an alternate play area so he doesn't feel he's being punished becuase i'm tired?? is this a bad idea all together, and if so does anyone have any non-caffeine reccomendations to keep up my energy, because i know from excperience that I'm only gonna get more fatigued as the preegnancy goes on..... so how are other prego mom's of toddlers doing it????