We are a little over 3 weeks in, to life as the parents of THREE sweet kiddos. Wow! What an adjustment it has been! Aside from the fact that we now have 3 kids, I have gone from working full-time, to temporarily staying home with ALL three to save on child care costs. Noah does still go to his Pre-K class on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of May, but this summer will be WILD!
Before baby 3, I would work until about 3 and pick up the kids from daycare. My first child was born during residency, so I got a whopping 5 weeks off, and my daughter was born right as we were opening our new practice, so there was a lot of stress, late nights, and bringing her to the office all day!
I love being a podiatrist, but I’ve always wanted the opportunity to stay home with my kids while they are young. When my husband suggested I take 6 months off after Titus’ birth, I was so excited!
This would be fun, and much easier than the last 2 times when I had to rush back to work, right???
It has not been easy. Not only am I taking care of a newborn and trying to recover from a C-section, but I also need to entertain a two-year old and extremely energetic and always bored 4-year-old. To my stay at home mom friends…how do y’all do it?!
Although new and challenging, it’s been mostly great. I love spending time with these kids and feeling like I’m not missing out on anything. However, my 4-year-old is definitely a piece of work. He doesn’t nap, and hasn’t since age 3. He’s super smart, so I always feel like I need to come up with activities for him.
It’s pretty much Disney movie marathons, YouTube videos, and #momguilt going on at the Cairns household right now.
I have looked up ideas for “quiet boxes” on Pinterest, but that takes a lot of planning, and I downloaded ABC mouse on his tablet so he could practice some school skills which he seems to like so far.
Those of you that stay home with a non napping, preschooler, please let me know how you keep them entertained during all those lengthy nursing sessions and nap times. I would LOVE your help and suggestions!
Overall, it’s been a wonderful (almost 4) weeks with our new little man! I am looking forward to establishing a routine, and getting more sleep!
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