In warmer weather I would put everyone in the car and drive till they were asleep then I would park in the driveway and knit or read (but I'm sure a saner person would nap).
I'm impressed that your 4 y.o. still naps. My 3 y.o. doesn't nap (well, he would, but then wouldn't go to bed till 11).
Any possibility of getting a mother's helper to come play with the olders while you nap with the babe?
"So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton
To begin to save the world, we must first nurture the children. Read "The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost" Me-Hubby-11 yo dd1- ; 6 yo dd2- , 6 yo ds1ds2
now that he is older (and absolutely will not nap) and the baby is here, I put us all in my room, put on a cartoon with the volume low, and the baby and I nap. I used to be pretty much anti-TV, but my sanity was at stake.
That and you could give this a try, it worked some days better than others for us.
Have an afternoon quiet time. Read a book or two with the kids, then set them up with a movie or on the computer on pbskids.com or whatnot and you lay down with the baby. I got really good at sleeping with "one ear open".(like if something happened, I could intervene, like, you know, if someone cried and it was obvious they needed Mom, otherwise, I napped) I figured whatever needed cleanig up after that nap was worth it, and I did have a bag of flour get knocked over, but, hey! Flour is cheap and gets cleaned up, and it is worth feeling saner after 30 minutes sleep.
Do what you need to do to get through this, it gets better!
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