I'm going back to school next week for my Nursing Pre-Reqs. I have a very active (and very much a Mama's girl) 17-month-old. DH works evenings, so he will be watching her while I'm in class. There will be be anywhere from 4-6 hours where both of us are home with her, and other days were both of us are with her (at the same time) for even longer. DH is not able to calm her down when she is really upset, though.
I sometimes have a tough time being able to get housework done while she's awake, because she is constantly "Mamamamamamama!"
at me for me to pick her up, grab something for her, turn a fan or light on (one of her latest obsessions), etc. She's WAY too heavy for me to comfortably wear her anymore - probably about 35lbs, and I know there are people who wear their toddlers, but I just cannot physically do it anymore, especially for chores.
To get anything done, I usually have to distract her with food, ice in a mesh feeder (if teething is the issue), a toy, music on her CD player, asking her where the cat is, etc. She will sometimes play on her own for a short time, but not when I really need her to LOL. I try to involve her in things like laundry, cleaning the floor, etc, but dishes are too dangerous obviously, and taking out the trash is definitely not child-friendly.
We cosleep, but I like to nurse her down first, and then try to stay up to get cleaning done, read a book, hang out with DH, etc. Lately she hasn't gone to bed for the night until 1am (ugh), and that is going to be a serious issue since I have 8am classes. She usually naps twice a day, but sometimes only once, and only 45mins - 2 hours (half of which she naps on ME b/c she won't let me put her back down after she rouses to nurse the second time).
So, IDK when I'm going to study, and I'm taking Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Public Speaking! HELP!