Originally Posted by Nolansmum
How is everyone keeping up with the house/chores? I am not! I do a few things at night after both kiddos are in bed, but stuff is piling up! I manage to keep up with the cooking, kitchen and the laundry and that's about it. Right now DD is so attached to me, I carry her in a wrap, but with DS around I cannot manage to get anything done during the day.
Not keeping up w/ anything but laundry round here. And when I say keeping up, I mean clean, not folded or put away
. DH is good about dishes and cooking, but generally doesn't notice other kinds of messes at all, so the house is a lot messier than I like it to be. I keep the toys picked up and the kitchen clean-ish since those are the rooms I'm in all day, but the rest of the house is quite messy.
Eli def tends to have that fussy period in the evenings, most evenings anyway. I usually end up walking him in the sling, bouncing him, shushing him, and giving a paci all at once. If I stop any of the above before he conks out, he'll start crying again. He's def a more complicated child than DD was! She was happy being nursed and rocked to sleep, whereas this little guy gets mad if I sit down w/ him unless he's reaaaally sleepy already.
Sometimes he'll get fussy in the wee hours despite being fed and changed, and I've found that if I bring him out to the living room, he'll go right back to sleep. It's like he's tired of lying down. I've been watchng Hulu movies on my laptop on those cranky nights- keeps me more mellow about getting up w/ him.
I'm glad someone mentioned cluster feeding. For some reason I totally forgot about that, especially since he tends to get very gassy so I try not to overfeed him. Anyway last night after reading that, I nursed him for over an hour nonstop, and then he conked out for 3 hours and skipped his usual fussy time! Yay!
I feel like a jerk for not realizing he just wanted to be nursed more often!
Older sibling behaviors ( sorry can't remember who posted what)- my DD 3.5 yo was at her worst probably in the 2ns and 3rd wks- pooped on floor a few times, major tantrums, telling me over and over "I don't like you" , then improved a *lot* since then. This wk she's been an angel, almost. She still wants to touch him and "accidentally" wake him up, but she has finally stopped pulling on his head when she kisses him. She has even been starting the music on his bouncy and finding his paci if he fusses while I'm out of the room. Can't leave room for long though, bc I've caught her trying to pick him up - ie drag by his armpits- even though he's nearly half her wt! Eeps.