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    I'm expecting #3 in the next couple of weeks, and my first two sons are 4 and 2. I'm having tons of prelabor that's making it difficult for me to be on my feet at all. Any tips for managing the end of pregnancy while mothering little ones?

    We live far from friends and family, so getting help is out of the question.

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    DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13

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    DD tries to get her 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old to do plenty of physical activity indoors. They have an indoor hanging/spinning swing and a tunnel to play with. They play very well together (usually) and so this kind of play wears them out nicely.

    Playdough is also fun for them and they concentrate quite well with it, also with puzzles. Unfortunately the puzzles don't always get put away very well...

    They spend long periods of time with train track too. Sometimes it is necessary to build two separate ones to control arguing...
    They love books too, if you are up to sitting, cuddling and reading for an hour!

    If all else fails, a bath together works very well. They can easily spend an hour together playing with water toys.

    After that, teach about setting the table and preparing dinner!
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenbug View Post
    DD tries to get her 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old to do plenty of physical activity indoors. They have an indoor hanging/spinning swing and a tunnel to play with. They play very well together (usually) and so this kind of play wears them out nicely.

    Playdough is also fun for them and they concentrate quite well with it, also with puzzles. Unfortunately the puzzles don't always get put away very well...

    They spend long periods of time with train track too. Sometimes it is necessary to build two separate ones to control arguing...
    They love books too, if you are up to sitting, cuddling and reading for an hour!

    If all else fails, a bath together works very well. They can easily spend an hour together playing with water toys.

    After that, teach about setting the table and preparing dinner!
    Sounds like I'm already on the right track! I'm doing most of those as a matter of course, and I just started having my 4yo do the boys' laundry every week.

    Thank you for the boost!
    DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13

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    Oh! Another idea is to do lots of singing. Make up songs too. They do a "clean-up" song and light the candle song and things usually end up with Happy Birthday too....
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    Thanks for reminding me to get back in that habit! Singing has been out of the question for a couple weeks due to colds.
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    DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13

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