I am 37 weeks pregnant. My 3 year old has just discovered Disney films and Tom and Jerry. I have finished full time work to wait for the impending arrival of number 2. I keep getting a pang of guilt, although, I dont really know why, because he seems happy as larry to watch TV for hours!!
I have never done this before, and still ensure he gets books read at bedtime, we do counting, baking and he always cooks lunch and tea with me every day. We go out for a walk almost every day for about 45 mins to park, on his scooter, but I feel a little bit like I am letting him down when I see him glued to the TV in the mean time!! He is so clever and loving and special and I want him to be happy when the baby comes, so I am glad he has something that entertains him as I will be busy as hell with new one!!!
AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH why do I insist on trying to label myself the perfect parent? I cant possibly do that now can I?
YANBU. Who says you aren't being the perfect parent? You are nearly a parent of 2 now. Your second baby needs you to rest at this stage in your pregnancy so you are doing it for DC2. DS will have to compromise but he always will when there are 2 children for your to care for and he it is good for him! A bit of telly won't hurt and might even do some good if it isn't wall to wall cartoons which it doesn't sound like it is.
Thanks everyone, I will try to give myself a break from my own mind!!
If I am really kind to myself, I guess, I do at least one hour of house work, a load of washing, walk the dog, make a tea from scratch each day, put him to bed every night, cuddle him whenever he wants one, do the shopping etc. so I am having to be an all rounder at present!! Plus, I am the size of a small whale!!
I watched loads of TV when I was a child, and I think I am OK!! (most of the time he he). We are going to bake a pie for tea now and then play his fave board games for a bit. There, all rounder!! Good luck to you, belgianbun!
I am only [checks] 27wks so I am knackering myself doing fun stuff with 2yo dd as a) I know I won't be up to it much longer and b) in preparation for the inevitable bf-for-baby/CBeebies-for-toddler tradeoff...
YANBU. I am 35 weeks with DS2 and knackered with DS1 (age 3). To keep the novelty factor going I have Sky Plussed a few pixar films for him and we too have recently discovered Tom and Jerry.
Bear in mind that this is the last time it will be just the two of you and children LOVE their mother's company so make the most of chilling out time together when its just you two. Sounds like you're doing a great job. x