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3rd Trimester - what are you doing with yr toddler?

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titferbrains Wed 06-Jul-11 10:09:13

Am feeling generally knackered and a bit meh, but DD is watching far too much TV because of my laziness now and is refusing to play with any toys really. She likes cooking, drawing, sticking, painting but otherwise is in front of box. She is very happy if I take her out but I am not always up for a walk to playground in morning and afternoon.

I am very conscious that we should do some nice stuff together as it's the last 3 months before baby invades her world...

Just lacking motivation to do/plan stuff!

We're off on hols soon but when we get back nursery term will have ended.

What are you doing to keep your toddler amused/out of trouble/away from the box?

dribbleface Wed 06-Jul-11 10:17:02

hi. I'm 27 weeks and my boy is nearly 3. we're watching too much tv but also doing lots of playdough, inviting friends over to amuse him. he also potters around garden with me watching from kitchen door. it's hard isn't it!

titferbrains Wed 06-Jul-11 10:32:33

Dribble - am in exact same position! DD 3 in Sept and am 28 wks smile

Have been looking around house/online for good ideas.

So far have come up with: making smoothie lollies - I need to make room in the freezer first...

Going to Greenwich for the day - boat ride there will be exciting enough!

Going to Southbank - lots to see and places to sit down. Can get a bus there so we don't get too tired travelling.

Going to a pick your own farm - think she will adore this but need to empty fridge first....

babyonbord Wed 06-Jul-11 14:01:07

my 2 year old is staying with his dad (he's had chicken pox for the past few weeks) and we have come to an agreement that he is better off stopping there till the baby comes so i'm able to rest and put my feet up.

titferbrains Wed 06-Jul-11 14:07:39

Lucky you babyonbord. No chance of giving dd to anyone else here tho...

dribbleface Wed 06-Jul-11 15:11:51

titferbrains - me neither! I have been trying to get out each day with him as he needs regular excercise or turns into a horror, off sick from work and he is at nursery so i do get a break!

lynn7300 Wed 06-Jul-11 15:52:43

snap im 33 weeks and go to play group together everyday...then i have to admit he sits watching movies...i try to make up for it at weekends when we go out as a family and do beach, park things...but im just so tired ....i feel so guilty too....

ksaunders Wed 06-Jul-11 16:08:01

Is there a soft play centre nearby? You can put your feet up while your lo tires themselves out climbing!

titferbrains Wed 06-Jul-11 19:12:02

Thanks k but am sure I'll be spending plenty of time there once baby comes. I do try to go regularly but am more keen to do days out, or fun stuff at home. This is what I will be less able to do for first couple of months of new baby's life (DD's feeds took at least 45 minutes PLUS WINDING for first 2 months and I'm not expecting much different).

lynn - I feel yr pain. Will confess to both me and DD having a glorious nap this aft and DD wailing briefly when she realised it was then too late to get into local playground... but then perked up and had a nice play in the park, PHEW. So a tiny bit of fresh air was had today!

emsies Wed 06-Jul-11 20:51:59

I'm not quite 3rd trimester but exhausted already and guilty about amount of tv time. Husband works away mon-friday and I'm struggling to keep on top of things already :S I so wish I had the money to pay someone to come around a couple of hours a day or had locaal family sad

chinateacup Wed 06-Jul-11 21:29:52

Sandpit amuses my DS for hours on end whilst I sit and watch and make the occasional "construction" ...
Puzzles and board games are nice sedentary ways to fill the time. Colouring. Erm, struggling now!

titferbrains Wed 06-Jul-11 22:21:02

china am ashamed to say I have passed on my hatred of dirty hands to dd. She was ill when younger and I have never quite let go of the excessive handwashing that comes with spending a lot of time in hospitals. She likes painting on her hands but I don't think a sandpit would be a source of joy for her and I could not stand sand coming into the house either

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