Transitioning

TIffany - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am currently transitioning from working full time to being a stay at home mom. I am almost 36 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and have one that is almost 2. I'm so used to my time being occupied for me that I'm having a really hard time keeping it occupied now. Some of my problem is that I have a hard time keeping up with my toddler all day long this far into my pregnancy, but I just flat don't know what I can do to keep the 2 of us busy. I would really appreciate any suggestions that anyone might have for my situation.

Thank You,
Tiffany

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Melanie - posted on 06/09/2010

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a nice thing to do with a toddler this time of year (if youre in the northern hemisphere) especially if youre pregnant, is to sit in a chair outside under a tree with concrete and some crayola sidewalk chalk nearby or some bubles or some hotwheels. lots of fun

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Heather - posted on 06/09/2010

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The best piece of advice I can give you is to get the both of u on a schedule now. I have a 3 1/2 yo, a 2 yo and am 20 weeks prego with #3 and my schedule has been a lifesaver. It isn't a rigid schedule but goes a little something like this. 7-7:30 kids up, get them breakfast, turn on toons, mommy goes back to bed for about 45 mins. 8:8:15 mommy gets up, I clean up the kitchen have my breakfast, make coffee, have my first cup and then we get our day started. 8:45-9 we pick up bedrooms, toy room, get laundry together, do some chore like stuff and get to go outside for a bit. Usually if I have to run to the grocery store or some other little chore I do it now. 12-12:30 lunch time, my 2yo is down for a nap by 1pm. he sleeps til 3 or so and my 3 1/2 yo and I play outside, clean up after lunch, play computer, get daddy ready for work, and have some quiet time for us. 2yo wakes up, daddy goes to work and 3-4:30 or so is snack and afternoon play time. Sometimes we watch toons or play outside, paint, color, crafts, although I save the indoor stuff for the winter as our winter's are pretty harsh. I make dinner, we eat about 5-5:30 kids get a bath and are all in bed by about 7-7:30. Good Luck and I hope this helps!

Mandie - posted on 06/09/2010

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Reading, or watching movies and TV are a nice relaxing way to keep both of you entertained if you're feeling run down. Or you could do some drawing, colouring, painting or some other arts and crafts together. Depending how much energy you have, you could also go for a walk around the block, or if there is a park nearby you could go there for awhile. :)

Kristen - posted on 06/09/2010

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Tiffany,

The best thing to do is have park days and try and connect with some moms in your area that are stay at home moms for play dates. It will get easer as you get more into being home. there are times i watch movies with my 3 year old. We also play outside in the water when it is warm out.Just have fun and enjoy. Hopethat helps

Rachelle - posted on 06/09/2010

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My daughter is 21months and I am preg with my second as well.I been so sick its been hard to do much requiring much energy but they are at an age where arts and crafts are fun for them and something we can just sit on floor or at table and do. Also Alittle Tv will not hurt your 2 yr old if you are exhausted

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