My DD is 4y2m old. She has low tone, it's not severe, but def there. She also has motor planning issues, so walking anywhere with her more than a block is a challenge (oddly enough this doesn't stop her running all over the house ).
I also have a 2y2m old, and a new baby on the way due this fall. DD will be almost 5.
I don't drive- our stroller is my "car". We frequently walk pretty far- minimum of a mile and back. We have three nearby parks, but all require a good walk and if I were to make her "walk the walk on the walk" she'd have no energy to play. Her being at the park includes much time sitting down and playing with sticks and grass anyways... I'd love to preserve her physical energy before getting there so she can get the most out of playing.
Since the new baby is due in September, I'll only get a few months worth of being able to wear baby in a wrap while pushing the stroller. When warm weather hits again in the spring, baby will be about 5 months old, and likely a strain on me to walk, wear, and push two heavy children in a heavy stroller.
I've looked into buggy boards and I don't think that would help DD since she can't actually SIT on them- standing tires her out too. And I don't think my 2yo will be able to stand on a buggy board... maybe when she's 3 that will change, but she's pretty active and I don't think I'd be able to trust her to not jump off!
So I guess I'm looking for commiseration, but I'd also like to know what my options are? Me + 3 kids who can't walk long, on a long walk. Is there any way to help DD with her muscle tone issues? I was given a wait and see approach and am waiting for the kids' medicaid to clear so I can get another referral to the developmental ped. Advice? I can't afford a triple stroller. We currently have a double mountain buggy, and I love it. Since a stroller is my main "vehicle", I need it to be rugged. A triple rugged stroller will run me $1k, and I don't have that. Even if I were to sell my mountain buggy, I'd still be out $500.
Edited by WindyCityMom - 2/15/12 at 6:21pm