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post #261 of 313

Oh ladies, I'm there with ya. All I wanted to do today was errands and laundry and instead I had to take a nap while my kids were at school and still woke up to uncomfortable BH. At least my kids are in school though! So I get about a 3 hr break 4 days a week. And now it's 7pm and I can't even deal with cooking dinner. Looks like the kids will have to make do with bagels, again.  I am VERY much looking forward to DH's day off tomorrow. I plan on at least two baths and getting a meal cooked for me.

post #262 of 313
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Originally Posted by LadyCatherine185 View Post

 

...except for the part about being scared of the pain again, and nervous about caring for 3 children. anyone else?

 

me!

 

only its 4 children, and pretty nervous about the pain part - i feel 'ready' but NOT at the same time.. i'd rather just leave him in than push him out when i think about it - i was pretty much the same way last time, i was feeling overall ready and then my water broke and all i could think was 'nevermind, i'll do this another day'  i don't even know if i'm nervous about having a 4th child - it just feels like its all coming so fast this time! the pregnancy has flown by, and now i feel like i'm speeding toward labor and i just want something to slow down!!

 

my only complaints right now are serious SPD pain in one spot behind my pubic bone, and reflux/heartburn... they are both really bad, bad enough to cover up the discomfort of the giant baby in my belly and feeling like a balloon .. (i'm 36+2 or 4 depending on the due date you use..)

post #263 of 313

Wow! you ladies with 3 and 4 that are only 2 years apart, I give you a lot of credit and support if I could.  It sounds tough.  Even though this baby will be number 5 for me I'm not as worried about having so many to care for.  They're old enough for me now that I can look to them for support.  My oldest is 15 and youngest is almost 6.  

post #264 of 313

Mine are 2 and 4.... And going through some rough phases right now (not that there are any "easy" phases..).. 4 yo DS has started lying a lot, and has a general "I'm the boss and I'm not listening to you" attitude. 2 yo DS has actually mellowed out a bit in the last couple months, but still has several very intense tantrums a day. Both are VERY high-energy and strong-willed. They do well with a consistent routine, and lots of outside and exercise time. They rarely sit and watch TV (or do anything that involves being remotely still). ;) This has been hard because we have had a cold/wet winter this year. No snow, but LOTS of rain. It has been raining everyday this week. And I can't leave the house alone with them anymore.

 

I am reminded of the saying "The days are long, but the years are short.."

 

Trying really hard to enjoy these last few weeks with them, but having a hard time. Any suggestions to keep two busy boys occupied and happy when we are stuck inside?

post #265 of 313

 It seems like all 3 of mine are going through a rough phase right now, but really i think its just called "Winter"  ..  My 4 yr old (5 in may) has been melting down every time i ask him to do anything that isn't exactly what he wants, or whenever he gets in trouble (for hitting his sisters) or doesn't get his way - thats a lot of melt downs for a kid who is normally super laid back..  - my 2 yr old is going CRAZY, climbing/jumping/running and generally destroying everything and terrorizing the house like a little monster..   and the 6 yr old, while mostly helpful, has had her share of meltdowns lately.. 

 

we've had a lot of injuries resulting from this craziness... my DS(4) nearly knocked his front teeth out last week (moved htem back quite a bit.. we're hoping they won't fall out) and then he fell on the 2 yr old this weekend and busted her lip and she had a bloody nose ( both involved lots of blood...).. so now i'm even more nervous about their craziness in the house and i'm equally nervous about taking them anywhere because #1 i'm afraid i'll lose them cause i can't chase anyone - and #2 I know they'll get sick if i take them around other kids to an indoor play place or something.. 

 

we usually start getting some warm days in march so i'm in survival mode until then i guess..

 

as for entertainment - playdoh, floor puzzles (I try lol), occasional computer time for the 4 yr old - sometimes they like stickers and coloring books.. letting them make a huge mess with craft supplies usually entertains them for a while... (lots of glue...)   anyone else have ideas? 
 

post #266 of 313

I've been going to bed earlier and earlier every day this week.  Still can't believe that there is just a few more weeks left!

post #267 of 313
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Originally Posted by etsdtm99 View Post

 It seems like all 3 of mine are going through a rough phase right now, but really i think its just called "Winter"  ..  My 4 yr old (5 in may) has been melting down every time i ask him to do anything that isn't exactly what he wants, or whenever he gets in trouble (for hitting his sisters) or doesn't get his way - thats a lot of melt downs for a kid who is normally super laid back..  - my 2 yr old is going CRAZY, climbing/jumping/running and generally destroying everything and terrorizing the house like a little monster..   and the 6 yr old, while mostly helpful, has had her share of meltdowns lately.. 

 

we've had a lot of injuries resulting from this craziness... my DS(4) nearly knocked his front teeth out last week (moved htem back quite a bit.. we're hoping they won't fall out) and then he fell on the 2 yr old this weekend and busted her lip and she had a bloody nose ( both involved lots of blood...).. so now i'm even more nervous about their craziness in the house and i'm equally nervous about taking them anywhere because #1 i'm afraid i'll lose them cause i can't chase anyone - and #2 I know they'll get sick if i take them around other kids to an indoor play place or something.. 

 

we usually start getting some warm days in march so i'm in survival mode until then i guess..

 

as for entertainment - playdoh, floor puzzles (I try lol), occasional computer time for the 4 yr old - sometimes they like stickers and coloring books.. letting them make a huge mess with craft supplies usually entertains them for a while... (lots of glue...)   anyone else have ideas? 
 

when i nannied 2 little boys last summer-3 &5, they both LOVED coloring time. i got a few books of construction paper which are super cheap, and we would spend a good couple hours just drawing/coloring, or we would make little towns with houses and trees with roads and connect them all with tape. 

if they were still pretty wound up we would make forts out of pillows on the couch. the most wound up would play the godzilla, sometimes. i went to visit them last night (they are amazed at my belly!) and wanted to build a fort on the couch. 

post #268 of 313

Staci, sounds like you described my house, except I don't have a 6 year old! We've been having a lot of the same issues... they are both running around hurting eachother and terrorizing the house. They are also fighting a ton with eachother and the 2 year old has this piercing scream (seriously, anyone who has heard it has said he has the loudest scream they've ever heard). I think you are right about the "Winter" thing.... we got SO spoiled with a nice winter last year, this one has been tough.

 

Playdoh, coloring, painting, stickers, glue scissors... all of those work for about 10 minutes. And it takes MUCH longer than that to clean up. ;) They really are just "outside" boys, they love to play rough and get messy and destroy things. I am also in survival mode until Spring.. and it does start warming up quite a bit here in March too (usually). They are allowed as much TV and computer time (at this point in my pregnancy) as they want, but they don't sit down for long for that either. I don't even mind going outside in the cold, but we have had so much rain that we can't go out at all. *sigh*

post #269 of 313
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Originally Posted by LadyCatherine185 View Post

 

Playdoh, coloring, painting, stickers, glue scissors... all of those work for about 10 minutes. And it takes MUCH longer than that to clean up. ;)

 

That sounds like my son! Even when I'm right there interacting/coloring with him, he doesn't last long. Although he could probably have me sit with him on the floor and make his cars "talk" to each other all day long.

 

I don't have it too bad, since I only have one and he will watch a show if I need to put one on (I've been trying to limit it to 20 minutes in the AM and 20 minutes in the PM). And he naps. So I feel for you ladies! I wish I had more suggestions but we have to get out a lot too or else he goes crazy. Do either of you have friends willing to pick the kids up for a play date? That can be so nice.

post #270 of 313
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Originally Posted by rachieface View Post

 

That sounds like my son! Even when I'm right there interacting/coloring with him, he doesn't last long. Although he could probably have me sit with him on the floor and make his cars "talk" to each other all day long.

 

I don't have it too bad, since I only have one and he will watch a show if I need to put one on (I've been trying to limit it to 20 minutes in the AM and 20 minutes in the PM). And he naps. So I feel for you ladies! I wish I had more suggestions but we have to get out a lot too or else he goes crazy. Do either of you have friends willing to pick the kids up for a play date? That can be so nice.

haha my 4 yo LOVES to make the cars "talk" to eachother too!! but he is very particular about what they say and how they say it.. so it gets really frustrating trying to play with him! lol

 

We also need to get out a lot. The days go much better if we can at least go outside, but when I can actually get out and do something (even if its the grocery store, etc) for part of the day, plus playing outside (aka breaking up the day!) they are very manageable. Being stuck in the house, at home, all day long.... No I don't have anyone who will take them for a playdate. I would love to even have someone over here to play but don't really have anyone right now. :/ lots of big changes in friendships over the last year, and most of the friends I have now are from church and have big families with older kids who are doing school during the day, etc.

post #271 of 313

I have had the similar issues with my kids, even though they are older.  My youngest likes to scream at the top of her lungs if someone (sibling) bothers her.  I try to take it in stride and not get involved unless they come to me for intervention.  They usually work it out on their own.  When we visit my neighbors with the two babies and the babies sometimes fight with my 6 yo,  I just let them work it out (not the little one, but the almost two year old).  Sure they will scream at each other and maybe even hit each other, but unless they are really hurting each other (they don't) or asking me or the other adults for help,  I just stay out of it and let them at it.  I've noticed from experience that when I don't react, they react less and less.  Even the screaming has started to lessen.  I just don't react, my partner has a hard time with this, but I have noticed a difference in that it is happening less.

 

However if she (or any of them) come and ask me to help out of intervene then I try to alway be there for them.

 

The oldest 15 and 11 almost never fight anymore and when they do it's short and sweet.  They get a long pretty good now and that hasn't always been the case.

post #272 of 313
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Originally Posted by LadyCatherine185 View Post
... They really are just "outside" boys, they love to play rough and get messy and destroy things. I am also in survival mode until Spring.. and it does start warming up quite a bit here in March too (usually). They are allowed as much TV and computer time (at this point in my pregnancy) as they want, but they don't sit down for long for that either. I don't even mind going outside in the cold, but we have had so much rain that we can't go out at all. *sigh*

I know it's a lot of work getting bundled up and cleaning up muddy boots afterwards, but would it be worth it to just try to get out in the rain and mud anyway?  Put wool (or any non-cotton) socks on them (I know the feet inevitably get wet despite the boots), fleece pants, wool sweaters and rain jackets, and just let them go have a mud fest puddle jumping party.

post #273 of 313

My kids are old enough to be in school so at least I have that. But these Wisconsin winters can really get to us. I'm looking forward to when they can just be out in the yard for a good part of the day! School ends at 2:30 and it's the slowest/crankiest march toward dinner/bedtime some nights. I've been relying on TV more than usual. But we're also lucky to have a couple of families who we do playdates with at least a couple of times a week.

post #274 of 313
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I know it's a lot of work getting bundled up and cleaning up muddy boots afterwards, but would it be worth it to just try to get out in the rain and mud anyway?  Put wool (or any non-cotton) socks on them (I know the feet inevitably get wet despite the boots), fleece pants, wool sweaters and rain jackets, and just let them go have a mud fest puddle jumping party.

we actually did that one day this week that wasn't quite so cold... but it has been really cold (30's-40's) with rain (today it is a mix with ice and supposed to snow tonight).. we've had 6 days in a row of rain. Our backyard is like one HUGE puddle of water. I live in VA where we usually have very mild winters..

 

also, I can't send them out by themselves. they are 4 and 2, and the 2 year old likes to run to the street or neighbors house, and I can't chase him anymore. :/ and I REALLY have no desire to stand outside in the cold/rain.

post #275 of 313

THANKFULLY next week is supposed to be all dry all week. Cold (for us) temps, highs in the 30's-40's, but at least it will be dry and we can bundle up and go outside!

post #276 of 313

oh man- yes this season w/ little ones is challenging!  thankfully, i have been able to send out my almost 7 and almost 5 year old w/ the dog in their snowsuits and let them run around a bit.  we also have a finished basement so they've been sent down there to play trains, dress-up and any other game where they don't kill each other.  (the 3 year old and baby tend to cause that sort of a chaos).

 

yesterday, i was so beat that during naptime i turned on an episode of Alias on netflix, then when the kids woke up, put on music for them to dance to (they love the Nutcracker, and so i have a mix of Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty waltz) and then the almost 5 year old was asking about Swan Lake.  Needless to say, 2 1/4 hours later, they've now seen all of Swan Lake, and we did cream cheese and gluten-free pancakes for dinner.

 

my butt hurts, my bones hurt, my left foot started hurting, i have the opposite of constipation where i have soft/loose stools throughout the day, my belly itches, nothing fits, i smell funny, i can't keep up w/ laundry or cooking.  my husband keep laughing and saying "good!  the grumpier and the worse you feel, the better!  it means we will see the end of this!"  grumble grumble grumble!!!

post #277 of 313

LOL, HoP, I love your hubby-- he's a trip.

post #278 of 313

LOL. Today at my MW appt we discussed how it's good that I'm feeling super crabby because that means labor is upon us!

post #279 of 313
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my butt hurts, my bones hurt, my left foot started hurting, i have the opposite of constipation where i have soft/loose stools throughout the day, my belly itches, nothing fits, i smell funny, i can't keep up w/ laundry or cooking.  my husband keep laughing and saying "good!  the grumpier and the worse you feel, the better!  it means we will see the end of this!"  grumble grumble grumble!!!

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i'm just feeling super emotional. i had to drive into the mountains yesterday, on the road that we used to live off of and it made me so sad to know we don't live in that solitude anymore. i balled. by the time i met my hubby for him to drive us home i had gathered myself, but every song on my iPod put tears in my eyes. just stared out the window and focused on rubbing the little baby butt protruding from my abdomen. so super weepy!

post #280 of 313
I do not know HOW you mamas in the cold winter areas survive. If my boys don't get outside during the day for some reason we are all in for a rotten day.
My boys tend to be along the same lines of any coloring, Lego, craft activity lasts for about 10 minutes before they're done and ready to move on.

I actually got them a small indoor trampoline for Christmas and it has been fantastic for days we can't go out. Usually that's not due to weather, but poor (volcanic) air quality. We really don't have room for it (we don't even have a dining table) but it just gets propped up against a wall when not in use. Worth it.

I've been feeling pretty good aside from some occasional back and hip pain. Had some minor swelling in my feet last night so I'm keeping my water up today and elevating my feet when sitting.

I've been having a heck of a time being creative at all in the kitchen. Then I tried something new the other night and it was really weird. I didn't make anyone eat it, but I didn't mind it too much so I froze a few small containers of it for me to eat again later. But it was discouraging and makes me just want to serve eggs and toast every night so I don't waste a bunch of energy on something that just isn't very tasty.
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