When you're pregnant with your first baby, the world is a wonderful place. Your impending motherhood fills you with joy & excitement and you're more than happy to discuss your growing bump with anyone that will listen. From knowing what sized vegetable your baby is comparable to on a weekly basis, to being able to say how far along your are to the very day (hour, minute, second...) - it's all very exciting! But when you've already been there, done that, got the wee one to prove it, pregnancy can be a little different. In fact, it's exhausting, stressful and you can't even remember your due date, never mind how far along you are. But it is possible to survive! Here's my guide on getting through pregnancy when living with a wee one.
Dealing With The Exhaustion.
When the pregnancy exhaustion hits, reminiscent of the newborn days, it pays to sleep when your wee one sleeps. Take advantage of nap times and never turn down an early night. You'll probably still find yourself completely drained regardless, but those brief moments of rest will make keeping up with a wee one more manageable.
Don't Put Too Much Pressure On Yourself.
Accept that its ok for your wee one to have cheese on toast for lunch the majority of the week (read:everyday). It's ok that the washing sits for a day or two. It's ok that Peppa Pig is continually on your TV. Remember, pregnancy is a huge strain on your body regardless of circumstances but with a wee one thrown in, it can be really tough. Remind yourself that it's not forever and it's ok to 'just get by' during that time.
Recruit The Help of Others.
Be it your other half, friends & family, or professional childcare, you'll feel much better after a brief break from your wee one, particularly in the early and latter stages of pregnancy. Take the time to relax & stay in bed, do newborn preparations or find a way to bond with your growing bump (perhaps an Aquanatal class?). You'll find that you've not got as much time to actually enjoy this pregnancy so by recruiting the help of others, you can free up your mind (& hands!) to chill out or get things done.
Tire Your Wee One Out.
The aim is to exhaust your wee one with little effort on your part. My favourite ways of doing this are letting John run riot on the beach or opting for some time at the park or soft play. I can sit back and supervise and by the time we get home, he's happy to cuddle up and watch Mickey Mouse. Win win!
Prepare Your Wee One For The Change.
You may want to introduce your wee one to the idea of a new baby. This can be done by getting them their very own baby (in the form of a doll, of course!), by reading baby & pregnancy related books (our favourites are "Mummy Mummy, What's In Your Tummy" and "New Baby") or even spending time around friends and family who have their own wee babies. And whether you're wee one is of an age of understanding or not, it's worth introducing and explaining the fact they'll soon become an older sibling - even the simple action of talking about a baby will mean its less of a shock when Mummy & Daddy bring home this new little person into their home.
Thank you to Amy for guest posting on the blog today and giving us all a peek at what it's like being pregnant with a toddler. Head on over to Amy's blog at Diddle Diddle Dumpling to follow her pregnancy journey.