How to Survive the Third Trimester with a Toddler
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At the beginning of my pregnancy, I made a post about how to survive the first trimester with a toddler. While morning sickness really did make it hard with a toddler, the third trimester was my hardest. I was soooo tired all the time and felt sick (fatigue from standing too long, horrible heartburn to the point of puking, and many other issues) that it was hard to take care of my toddler.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering how to make it through this last trimester with your busy toddler. Here are something I did to keep my household running and my toddler happy.
Now I said this in my post about sleeping when your toddler sleeps. That’s still true in this trimester, your body is making a baby and has been for several months! I know it can be really hard (my toddler refuses to nap anymore) but even if you put on a movie on or put your toddler in their room while you nap it’s okay.
While my toddler is great and will sit and watch a movie while I nap some kids won’t. You can ask for help be it your mom, mother in law, a friend, or your husband to watch the toddler while you get some much-needed sleep. Most people understand that you are extremely pregnant and need some rest.
Use distractions for your toddler
Now I was a mom who didn’t agree with screen time. I wanted her to always be doing an educational activity, playing with her toys, doing arts and crafts or be outside enjoying the summer. Some day’s that just wasn’t possible for me to keep up with. Now I did try my best because getting up and moving around would sometimes make me feel better, but sometimes it made me feel worse.
My husband bought my toddler an Amazon tablet for her 2nd birthday and I tried to hardly give it to her, but soon I realized what a help it was. I could actually get some household work done or much needed rest.
She was also learning new things very rapidly from the educational games on the tablet. I also let her watch T.V. more often than normal and it had the same effect.
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Ask for help
Again this is true for the first trimester and the last. I don’t like to ask for help because for some crazy reason I think I can be super mom. I mean who doesn’t want to wear a cape and be the best mom ever? That’s hard to do when you’re working on making another human.
I really depended on my husband in the last trimester, he would bring home groceries, Mexican food because that was my biggest craving, and would take the toddler whenever I wasn’t feeling well. He never made me feel bad about not keeping up with the housework or him having to take care of our daughter when I couldn’t.
My sister was probably the biggest help this pregnancy and that was with her being in her first trimester while I was in my third trimester. She helped me set up all of the nursery furniture and set up my toddler’s big girl room. She helped with all the daily such as cleaning, cooking, and taking care of my toddler.
Also, she kept me company since I am a stay at home mom and don’t get out much. She came up with different places we could take our toddlers or thing we could do. I couldn’t have made it through my pregnancy without her.
Let go of perfection
Like I said before, I wanted to be super mom during my pregnancy. Every morning I would wake up and think about how I was going to get everything clean, healthy yummy meals 3 times a day and anything extra.
That just didn’t happen, I only got halfway through cleaning before I run out of energy, I resorted to easy (usually not healthy) meals and never got the extras done. After about a month I realized it just wasn’t going to happen and being hard on myself didn’t help. I became much happier when I let go of wanting to be perfect.
Have a routine
We thrive on having a daily routine! It makes my toddler more comfortable and happy if she knows what’s to come and not just being dragged around all day. Now not every moment of our day is planned out so it can change if needed, but enough to keep everyone happy. Here’s a look at our routine before little man came.
Mornings we wake up, get breakfast. I clean up the kitchen after we’re done eating a then get my toddler busy with an activity. While she’s busy I get my morning chores done and then we try to do an outside activity.
After playing outside we come inside so I could make lunch. We eat lunch and then I put my toddler down for her daily nap. While she is napping I do one of three things, I work on my blog, clean anything that needs it or I work on a project. Projects usually involve getting my son’s nursery ready. Once she wakes up we would have a snack and do another activity together.
Our afternoon just goes between activities together and letting River have free play. This gives me a break when needed.
Once it’s dinner time I start cooking and let her play on her tablet. We eat dinner together as a family. Then I get her into the bath and ready for bed. I brush her teeth and put her pajamas on and we read a book. Afterward, my husband and I get alone time and tell each other about our day.
I knew that being pregnant wasn’t going to last forever. I also knew that it wouldn’t be just me and my daughter for much longer. The last of my pregnancy I made sure to focus most of my attention on her. I hope this helps you with your third trimester! Do you have any tips or tricks on how to survive the third trimester with a toddler? Let us know in the comments!