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I think I know the answer, but I'm just curious about others' experiences.<br><br>
I'm thinking of asking MIL to send some fun yarn from Chile because she can get it cheap, but wonder about the practicality of the idea since I'm expecting a new baby around Christmas and don't want to have it end up in the back of a closet somewhere.<br><br>
Was anybody able to juggle a newborn and an older child (dd is 3) and still have time for knitting? Is it possible to nurse and knit simultaneously? or nurse and sew? If I use a sling?<br><br>
Any techniques or tips would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I found that once my dd was a month or 2 old I was able to do stuff while she slept, and she slept a lot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But once she got around 7 months or so she didnt nap as much and needed more constant attention and months went by where I felt I couldnt do a thing. Now she is 18 months and I am just now able to sew or knit for a few minutes each day while she is awake. It is hard to knit because she wants to grab the yarn and pull it around the room. I have tried letting her have her own ball but she is too smart for that!<br><br>
HTH. Congrats on your new little one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Depending on who was around to help, and how much the new baby slept, I was usually able to get much more sewing done in the first few weeks-to-months than I was after the baby got to be about 6 months old. I did a lot of diaper sewing post-baby....but I did use a baby swing set up next to the sewing machine to do that, so that may or may not fit with what you plan to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
Knitting & crocheting....not so much. But who knows, I may do more this time around since I got to weekly SNB group now. There's always someone there willing to hold a baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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It's been different with every baby for me. I felt like I missed a whole year with one of them, but the last one has been so content, that I've had plenty of sewing and knitting time. (He's 5 mo)<br>
I think sewing could be hard because you actually have to be at the machine.<br>
If you don't get motion sickness, never underestimate the amount of knitting you can get done in the car while hubby is driving. (I guess that could depend on where you live. We live in an area with lots of traffic, so I spend a minimum of half an hour to get almost anywhere besides Target and the grocery store). I DO get most of my knitting done in 'stolen' moments. In the car, while chatting with Dh over coffee in the morning. While listening to Dh do story time or family devotions with the kids at night. While watching a movie (Unless it's a REALLY good one :)<br>
As the baby gets a tad bigger, you'll find you actually have more free time than you did with one child, because they will interact together, and you don't have to be the sole entertainer anymore!
 

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I was able to knit a little bit while my daughter nursed, if I was on the couch with well placed pillows. Not too much though, partly as it's hard on the back!<br><br>
My daughter liked watching me knit when she was younger (3 months or so) I think it was the rythmic movement of my hands and needles and the bright yarns I used.<br><br>
I carry my knitting everywhere, and knit in the car, when visiting family, stuck in the car with a sleeping baby I don't want to wake, and it adds up pretty fast.
 

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I have 2 older kids (3 & 5) and I was back to crocheting the week after my new DS was born (he's almost 3 wks now). I mainly get it done when he's sleeping on my chest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Something is just right with the world when you've got a warm cooing baby on your chest and you're working with your hands on something pretty!<br>
I also try to take my projects wherever I go to get a little done here and there-esp in the car.<br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> - that's my daughter, too.<br><br>
She takes a 2-3 hour nap in the early afternoon and she goes to bed around 7:30 PM, so after my chores, I can get some knitting in, but I'm dead tired around 10PM these days. I can knit in the car if dh drives, but the jaunts are short so I don't get much in. If I'm driving, I might pick my knitting up at traffic lights. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
As a pp stated, a lot of knitting gets done in stolen moments.
 
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