How To Survive Pregnancy When You Have a Toddler
My first pregnancy wasn’t the easiest in that I spent most of it with my head stuck down the toilet but although my sickness hasn’t lasted as long during my second pregnancy I have found it tough going in other ways.
This is mainly because I now have a crazy one year old to run around after while I resemble and have the agility of a baby hippo. While he has noticed that mummy’s tummy has got bigger and likes to poke it he doesn’t seem to have much sympathy for the fact my bump is making everything 100 times harder to do! So changing nappies, getting dressed, getting put into high chair for dinner continues to start off with a game of chase with me huffing and puffing along behind trying to catch him! He has figured out that mummy’s tummy doesn’t fit under the table or behind the settee so these are favourite places to hide and laugh as mummy struggles not to collapse under her own weight! As you can imagine I am just about managing the basics of keeping everyone alive and stopping the house from falling down around us so my top survival tips for pregnancy with a one year old in tow are:
Don’t stress about housework
If u manage the basics you are doing good, besides if your toddler is anything like mine they will come along like a whirlwind behind you undoing all your work! I’m lucky that my hubby is fairly hands on around the house so I have to be thankful for that especially if he is reading this thinking I’m taking too much credit for the household chores!
Try to sleep when your toddler sleeps
This is a precious hour in my day and I’m always torn between doing some work, making a cup of tea to drink in peace or just taking a nap myself. Normally I manage quick tidy up and try to stick my feet up even for half an hour to revive me for the madness that lies ahead once nap time is over!
Accept any help you can
Before baby number 1 I figured I would have plenty of time when I was off on maternity leave to do all sorts around the house but I’m much wiser second time round so if anyone fancies cleaning, ironing or cooking for us you are more than welcome!
My son is getting to the stage where he can amuse himself for longer periods of time. Unfortunately this normally involves wrecking the entire house and pulling all the cushions off the settee to make himself a den but I love watching him make up his own games in his head and I’m hoping this bodes well for when his baby sibling arrives and he won’t be getting the same one to one attention he has been used to.
Don’t beat yourself up
Don’t allow yourself to get annoyed if you feel standards have slipped a bit around the house or that your toddler is getting a bit extra screen time that you would normally allow, sometimes you just have to do what it takes to get you through the day in one piece! Just remind yourself that you have already produced one little human and are in the process of bringing another one into the world so at the end of the day as long as everyone is happy and healthy that is all that matters!
WRITTEN BY JOANNE ALLEN FOR HER BLOG, NEW MUM FUN.
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