Your first pregnancy was taxing, but at the end of the day, you put up your swollen feet, ordered takeout, and hung out with your partner without, say, a small child climbing up your exhausted body. This time around, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Pregnancy is tiring. Keeping up with a toddler is tiring. Attempting both at the same time is no easy feat! Here at Child’s World Academy, we know it can be hard and we are here to help. We offer quality child care in Monroe, CT and Peekskill, NY to help ease the work of having a toddler or preschooler.
- Encourage independent play. Remember all of those hours you spent crouched on the floor with your toddler, stacking blocks, feeding stuffed animals Cheerios, and coloring? By the time your third trimester hits, you may not feel like making it all the way down to the floor. What’s more, you may not have the energy for sustained periods of play. If you’re in your first or second trimester, begin encouraging your child to play on his own now, so that you have a break once you’re too uncomfortable to get on all fours with him, or busy with a newborn!
- Check your standards. Before you had a toddler, your house may have been sparkling on a daily basis, free of dirty dishes, laundry piles, and broken crayon shards. Now it may be just a little less perfect. Get ready to lower your standards just a little bit more. When you’re nauseated or not sleeping well at night, and you have a young child at home, no one is expecting your home to look like the pages of a catalog. Let dishes pile up, forget about cleaning the grout, and postpone any projects indefinitely.
- Hire help. Not everyone has hundreds of extra dollars per month to spend on supplementary childcare, but you don’t need an excessive number of hours to give yourself a break here or there. Talk to your childcare center’s teachers, neighborhood teenagers, or local college kids, and secure just a few hours each week of time when you can work some self-care into your schedule.
- Ask your partner to step it up. Sometimes, spouses don’t always know how urgently they’re needed until they are asked. Don’t be afraid to let your partner know that you need extra help right now. Delegate what you can’t continue to do yourself.
- When you’re feeling desperate, remember that this is not forever. Pregnancy and the newborn phase are temporary, and you won’t always feel as if you’re being pulled in too many different directions. Give yourself a break when you’re stressed, and remember that this feeling won’t last forever.
How many parents of siblings can relate to the exhaustion that sets in when you’re pregnant with your second or third child? Let us know how you coped in the comments section! If you are looking for quality day care that can provide a stimulating environment for your toddler or preschooler, give us a call and schedule a tour of one of our facilities.