Me, too! My sister has 6 (her oldest is almost 12 and her youngest will be 1 in Dec.) so I still feel like there is someone close to me with MORE to do . . .that makes me feel better!
Amanda, yes, we do homeschool, though my middle child wanted to try KG this past yr. She had a pretty good yr but does not want to go back. It was sort of a tough yr with one in/one out along with everything else, so if we continue to hs I want to make sure I can do THE BEST job I can do. This is a big reason of why I was "done." I feel like I have been putting off my oldest for so long . . .so tired of saying "no" to things because we have a little one. We all went out on a great day trip today, so I have to remember that it is still possible to bring in experiences even though they won't be daily or as often as I would like.
I am with my kids ALL the time, too. My DH is gone most days at least 12 hours. It is a long day, esp. because I then work (form home) at night. No one close by to help. My mom is 1 hr away and 79 . . .so I rarely ask her. DH stayed home for my early u/s and will for the 1st long appt. After that, everyone comes with me until the very end when I will have to do stress tests. Then I do not know what I will do . . .DH can only stay home so many times! I have no babysitter and really do not want one. Scared someone would shake my toddler!
I am still nursing (toddler is 18 mos old) but I can tell you that if you are ready to wean, do it. I got to the point with my 2nd (7 mos PG with my 3rd) where I felt completely "icky" when I would nurse. It made my skin crawl. My MW said-- do you need someone to give you permission to stop? I made it until she was 20 months and then I was just done. I am cutting back, but mostly because she wants to nurse all the time and I want to do other things WITH her. My kids have all changed for the better when I wean (I usually do it at 2 yrs). You never hear anyone say that in LLL, and I know not all kids are like this, but ALL of mine so far nurse as much as a newborn when they are toddlers-- even at 2. They get antsy and fussy if they can't nurse, which they want to do all the time. Weaning frees them-- to sleep, to play, and to just cuddle. I think you just know when the right time is. No one else knows but you! Remember-- you can always just nightwean if that is the worst! It does not have to be all or nothing unless you want it to be!
Originally Posted by Amanda Williams
I'm happy to see other mamas posting so often who are expecting their 5th babies. Makes me feel like I CAN make it through this!
Are your other kiddos in school? We homeschool and my children are with me all of the time. My sister does help with care for my kiddos when I have Dr. appts. but besides that I am pretty much on my own...
I am definitely looking forward to those two nights at the hospital to cuddle with the new baby only. Then it will be back to co-sleeping with 2-3 children at once, LOL!
Are either of you still nursing? Planning to wean? Already wean?
My boy is 22 months and I am itching for him to wean, but he still loves to nurse about twice a night. I am tired and super sore!