What do you do all day?

February 17, 2016

I’ve been a mother of two for 5 weeks now and I’m starting to get used to it. Paisley has made it easy by just fitting in to our family perfectly and the last month or so has been pretty chilled out.

IMG_20160211_201215So far, we wake up and I feed Paisley in bed while Dexter sits and colours with me or we watch a bit of TV. Once Paisley is fed and changed, we get dressed and go downstairs for our breakfast.
After that really depends on what day it is. Mondays, we have an early lunch as Dexter goes to preschool in the afternoon and Thursdays he goes in the morning so they are really a rush to get out of the door.
Apart from that, since Paisley has been with us, we’ve not done a lot else. I take the opportunities between her feeds to get some washing up done, get a wash load on and play with Dexter. If P’s awake, we try and play boo with her, make different noises, pull faces and we try and get her some tummy time on her play mat too. Dexter loves to play with her but he’s a bit heavy handed so it’s hard work at times.

Whenever we can, Dexter and I do different crafty or messy activities. Over the last few weeks we have done some free painting and printing, foot prints, baked a cake, painted a money box and various other things so we always try and do something fun together whenever we get the chance. I’d hate to think that he’s be bored or feels left out when Paisley still requires so much attention during her waking periods

Now that the ‘new baby visits’ have died down a bit and I’m feeling back to myself a bit more, I would like to try and get in to some sort of routine.
Dexter goes to preschool on a Monday and there is a Mums and Tots group I’d like to go to with Paisley that runs at the same time as his session.
I may also try and find one on a Thursday for when he goes too. Then there are 3 other week days where I’d like us to be able to do something together so I’m looking at maybe making one of those days a library day and perhaps look at some clubs that are suitable for both of them. I’d like to get them involved in the garden too and grow some veg and herbs now that I no longer have my allotment and obviously somewhere I’ll have to fit the house work in… begrudgingly IMG_20160212_160031

Money being no object, I would take them both to soft play and swimming once a week buy sadly my maternity pay will simply not stretch that far.

I guess after quite an exhausting pregnancy, I’d love to find some new things to do that don’t involve watching CBeebies all morning followed by the repeat of CBeebies all afternoon. I’d be interested to know what you get up to with your broods during the day and I’d love some new ideas. I’m feeling a bit cabin feverish and the horrible weather doesn’t help really. So please, tell me, what do you do all day???DSC_2507

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  • Reply Nina February 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I stayed at home with my son who is now 13teen. Maybe it’s time to go back to work. lol. I love doing my own thing that I now work from home tutoring maths and designing cards. I am lucky to have built up my business over the last 8 years so have over 30 students!!

    Have you tried the library? There are often plenty of activities that are always free. Also, go to the charity shop or craft fairs and you can pick up so many different toys and games for the kids. Make baking a special day. You can make simple items with them. They can mix and stir… baby can watch! I used to plan an activity for each day in advance and it soon became a routine.
    Make sure you have plenty of paints and arts and craft so that on horrible days the kids can make something, or if young they can stick, glue and just make a mess!!. My son use to like moulding – anything. He also started scribbling from an early age and is a great at drawing now. Make sure you start teaching the children the times tables and number facts … your son, this will help him when he goes to school. Just call out if you want any more tips… I have loads!! As I remember, I will come back to you. Have a lovely fun-filled day. Nina

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby February 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for all these ideas. They’re great! He’s got so many toys & mostly educational. He enjoys helping me cook and we have a tonne of craft stuff hahaha. I like the idea of planning an activity the night before, thats a great tip. Thanks very much

  • Reply Mrs Mum nz February 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Wow! Two children, one a brand new baby and you still find time to do crafts and bake?! Go you!!! A few ideas of things to do… Weekly walks/trips to the park, community play groups, library story times, meeting up with other mums is always great for mum-sanity. #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby February 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      I think I’m going to aim to leave the house at least once a day. Even if we just walk for some milk, at least I’ll feel like I achieved something haha

  • Reply Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) February 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Lots of good ideas from Nina above! I bet it has been a whirlwind but you all look happy and settled. I think getting out to groups, parks, shopping, going for coffee…these are all the sorts of things I did on mat leave with just my girly. I hope you enjoy your time together. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby February 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Yeah I like the idea of just getting out of the house. We have baby club today so that should be fun

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