I am currently a mom of 2 girls, ages 5 and 3. We have also been taking care of our nephew for almost 8 weeks - he just turned 1 in December. (Long story involving childrens services....) Our 3rd is due in March, but likely to come in just the next few weeks.
Adding our nephew to the mix has been both exhausting and challenging. He has not had any real stability for his short little life, and even now he hasn't seen his parents for 3 weeks. He is actually settling into our home and connecting with our family, and that has been both a blessing and, well, a challenge.
Having such a young one who needs attention and a close eye is really overwhelming at this stage of my pregnancy, and knowing I'm about to have a newborn who will demand ALL of my attention - Yes, I'm freaking out. =)
Any suggestions for not only helping our daughters - who have already had to make room for their nephew in our lives - but also for this little guy who needs a lot of attention on his own, and a lot of personal care, too.
Any sage advice? Wisdom? Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
As a Mother of 5 and one on the way, I completely understand the apprehension you are experiencing. But, it sounds as though you and your hubby are already doing a great job.
Everything will work out. So try not to think about all the crazy things that may happen at one time, once baby arrives. Just take deep breaths and know you can do this, pat yourself on the back for your efforts, take 5 minutes for yourself (not anything else including blogging) and close your eyes and relax.
Some days will be harder than others and when they do get that way, take deep breaths and know that "this too shall pass."
When my twins came I also had an almost 3 yr old at home. Some things that helped were having 2 swings for the babies. We also set up some special treasure boxes of activities for my oldest. He only got to play with them when I was nursing. This helped to keep him entertained during that time. Good luck. It's not easy, but you'll get through it :-)