to stay in all day today(57 Posts)
Dd 21mo hasn't slept properly for about three months (waking at least 3 times a night), and has had a run of tonsilitis, throat infections and other viruses. She is currently getting over tonsilitis again.
She didn't sleep much at all on Friday night, not much better Saturday night and by yesterday the a cumulative effect of long term sleep deprivation had me on my knees. I started to hallucinate and nearly blacked out in Tesco.
She slept better last night, only waking three times, but I'm exhausted. I would really like to sleep all day but I don't think that is possible.
Aibu to stay in today, just try to rest and recharge my batteries as much as possible, even though it will be really boring for her? I usually make sure she gets out to the park or something at least, and I feel really guilty about staying in. I'm just so so tired.
Any easy peasy toddler activities I can do for her? not messy as I just haven't got the energy to clean up after it.
To be honest I feel like I'm failing at this mothering thing. I love her so much, but she just never sleeps properly. if I could just get proper sleep I would be able to do so much more. As it is, I feel anxious and ill most of the time because I just never get enough sleep.
Dp works long hours and doesn't live with us, he helps as much as he can but most of the parenting is down to me.
Don't feel guilty. Stay in, relax and look after yourself too. Your not failing at being a parent, we all have difficult times and lack of sleep exacerbates this.
Stick the TV on, stay in your pyjamas and take it easy
Nothing at all wrong with staying in occasionally even if you're not tired. When you're exhausted then staying in and trying to rest is essential.
If dd is into imaginative play then hospitals is a great one when you're tired - you be the poorly patient lying in the hospital bed and she gets to bandage you up.
Thanks for being lovely. I'm feeling quite tearful I didn't realise that being a mum would come with such a hefty dose of guilt thrown in. Guilt over everything, is she eating well enough? Having enough good experiences? Playing enough with other children? Developing well? Can I afford enough stuff for her? Blah blah blah. When I'm so tired this stuff just becomes so anxiety provoking it's awful.
I'm not depressed by the way, just very very tired.
Nothing wrong with staying in but you might have a less demanding toddler if you get her out for a short while for a run around. Do you have a garden?
You might get more rest that way. If it doesn't make a difference, then forget it. Just relax at home.
CBeebies, milkshake on Ch5 - record and repeat.
Make a den from washing line / sofa cushions / kitchen table
Get all your tuppaware out and let her pretend cook with some Cheerios (won't be messy cause she'll eat them)
Play doh - make pretend pizzas
Cuddles and books
Rest up and take it easy for as many days as you can. Parenting isn't a race it's a marathon, a few days of too much TV and slumming around house in same PJ's isn't going to hurt her - I promise!
I haven't got a garden, but there is a park two minutes round the corner. I think you are right. she's one that needs to run around that's why I worry about it so much.
Sorry you are feeling fragile and I hope I'm not being mean here but seriously one day in isn't going to do anyone any harm.
I don't get the angst? It's quite common on here (I'm not just directing thus at you OP) for people to think that having a day in is somehow detrimental to their kids well being.
I have a day in every week [unless weather is good. Which it hardly ever is for a week on the trot] and my 2.6 year old is just fine with it.
Don't feel guilty!!!
Missjo that is a fantastically helpful post. Thank you for being the brains I am currently missing.
Total - I don't know. Logically I don't think it should harm her, but this fucking guilt makes me feel bad. I don't know where it comes from.
Make her a den. Initial effort but then you can encourage her to take all her other toys in there and play. Give her lunch in there. The rest of the day is what kids' TV is made for. Give yourself a break, screen time is not the devil (you sound the type to worry about it ) and you clearly need some rest.
Hope you feel better soon OP.
Don't feel bad at all! I'm pregnant and have been going out far less because of exhaustion and morning sickness. I think the odd day at home is fine.
Good things that my DD (22 months) can be distracted by:
- drawing, just notepad and pencil or crayons, needs policing but isn't messy
- she loves it if I build a little den out if blankets and the clothes horse / chairs
- duplo / megabloks if you have them
Hope you get a rest soon. Can you nap when she does?
And please don't worry.
As long as your dd has her basic needs of water, food, cleanliness and love & affection met, everything else is a bonus. Enjoy her
I actually find it easier to be out the house when I'm exhausted with DS. I think it's the fresh air and the fact that he just makes SUCH a mess at home! I would probably take him to the park and then McDonald's for a happy meal and then home for a nice long nap do you have an insulated travel mug so you can take coffee to the park with you? The exhaustion sucks, I feel your pain!
She will be fine staying in for one day! Don't feel bad about it if you're exhausted. Dd and I stayed in the majority of last week We will be again today as its peeing it down. CBeebies and playing with toys will be on the agenda today. Hope you manage to get some rest.
I'm always surprised when people insist that children can't get tired unless they are outside - mental stimulation can be just as tiring for them (and mine is a real bundle of energy in general!). Playing games, doing something new, even arranging things in size order can all give their brains a work out, and if you keep giving them little jobs to do from room to room then they can easily get enough physical exercise to last for one day.
You lovely lot. Thanks for the reassurance. I'm doing breakfast now, then I'm going to jump in the shower and go from there. if it's not tipping it down then I will attempt a quick walk to the park, otherwise we will build a den as she would love that.
I feel better from just letting it out anyway so thanks for listening.
Oh Lordy woman, a pyjama day is NOTHING to feel guilty about!
Let her have a super long bath with tons of toys
Make a den
Let her play with the Pots and pans or plastic dishes
But (imo) you might actually get more rest by giving her a run around the park then lunch for you both in a cafe
or McDonald's then home for a long joint nap....rather then her driving you batshit crazy mad by being inside
Oh and any cleaning can wait for the day!!
Dd is 4 and we are staying in because it's pissing down and quite frankly I cannot be arsed. Ds is getting a day out with his friends that Dd would love so I do feel guilty hence why I've agreed to making fairy cakes later. But ordinarily I wouldn't feel overly guilty.
Ideas to keep her occupied.....
Do you have a cardboard box? Let her decorate / make it in to what ever
Set her up with a teddy bears picnic
Toilet roll / kitchen roll attached to wall and small things to put through them eg Pom poms etc
We had a PJ and Disney-overdose day yesterday. Everyone is so much more relaxed
and well behaved so far this morning.
Do it for your own sanity. It won't damage your DD one bit.
Just a thought...who is looking after you? You do sound knackered tbh. It's ok to ask for help (I learnt the hard way). Is there someone who could have DD for a couple of hours for you to get your head down?
Also I agree, jama days rock. Den making, TV, and if all else fails I used to put mine in the bath early with toys and sit on the loo and sing. I can't do it with them now apparently as at 17 and 18 it's not the done thing but I remember how hard those toddler days were. X
I have similar feelings to you sometimes, the guilt was unexpected for me too. As someone else identified in my recent thread the exhaustion magnifies all those feelings www.mumsnet.com/Talk/behaviour_development/2421065-Play-at-home-and-outside-for-a-toddler
There are also some good ideas on that thread for indoor play, such as busy bags and boxes of sand indoors but they'd need a little preparation in advance. Maybe they'll be useful another day. There's a thread on chat talking about play baths, having a bath just to play in. You could sit and watch or even get in, bit like an indoor paddling pool.
Agree with pp about forgetting the cleaning for today. I do find it easier to get out sometimes but one day at home might be what you both need.
My ds broke up for the summer on Friday. Saturday we were out all afternoon at a BBQ but the weather was dreadful yesterday, so we stayed in. All day. He loved it. I let him have loads of screen time. He really loved it. And it made me realise how busy we have become. Will stay in all day more often, it does everyone good.
Rest up as much as you can.
Sometimes you just need a quiet day.
My six year old now asks for a quiet day after a very busy week. It's nice to just go slow, eat some things, play a few quiet games (does she do jigsaws yet?), watch some TV. It's good for both of you!
Absolutely nothing wrong with a low key at home day. I agree that dens are the way to go!
I used to 'play' a great game with DS when I was so exhausted I could no longer stay upright. I'd lie on the floor and pretend to be a train track/road/mountain whatever and DS would drive his cars/lorries etc over and around me. He absolutely loved it. Obviously I couldn't sleep but it was good to be able to lie down and close my eyes!
Get some rest. You sound absolutely wrung out and exhausted.
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