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monkey2014 Sun 24-May-15 20:08:13

ftm thinking about realistic expectations smile

Baby boy is 6 weeks old. He is lovely, will sleep in his cot or elsewhere in the day but prefers to sleep on people of course! He's pretty regularly sleeping in 2-3 hour blocks and I'm breastfeeding. I'm generally a bit tired but some nights he might say awake seemingly randomly, like last night was awake 1.30 - 2.15am then 3am - 4am then again but I can't remember today I have had two naps smile

So I was wondering, is this what everyone else is doing or am I just lazy? grin How on earth do you do this with more children / pets / work?! I am going to an introduction session we've been offered at the children's centre next week to find out about groups we can join but today it made me wonder how many of them we'd actually get to smile What is your day like? I suppose if I went to one of these groups I could ask other people there!

dickiedoodah Sun 24-May-15 20:22:16

I've just had my second dc he is nearly 6 months and I have a 2.5 yr old. With my first I just sat and fed her then she would sleep on me. I managed to eat and do the washing sometimes when she would let me put her down. I also wore her in a baby carrier, it gave me freedom to do stuff around the house. Trust me, this is what everyone else is doing who has a 6 week old. The hardest thing was accepting that everything else had to wait.

For the first three months my second child slept in a baby carrier on me for naps. He slept pretty well in his cot at night. Around 12 weeks I felt confident leaving the house with both of them for the odd baby group. But breastfeeding on demand while trying to keep an eye on a toddler is hard. You will find it gets easier. Enjoy the naps while you can because once you have another that goes out the window!

FATEdestiny Sun 24-May-15 22:36:21

At 6 weeks old baby is still a tiny newborn and everything is up in the air. Once things start to settle you might find yourself in more of a routine and that will help fit things in.

I'm on my forth child, she's 8 months. It's doable. I still love my lunchtime naps along with baby though!

Artandco Sun 24-May-15 22:38:18

Put baby in sling, then baby can be asleep whilst you do stuff or go where ever you like

lexyloub Mon 25-May-15 05:51:36

Your not being lazy at all, it's the old saying " sleep when they sleep". Forget the housework and everything else enjoy your baby cuddles and naps smile

Chips1999 Mon 25-May-15 06:44:07

I agree, sleep when the baby sleeps!

I have two children, DS had just turned 3 when DD was born. DS sleeps well at night but hasn't had a daytime nap for almost a year. DD isn't the best sleeper, so I just had to try to stay awake and sleep as much as possible by going to bed at 8pm. I was getting by on about 5-6 hours sleep for a month or two.

CheerfulYank Mon 25-May-15 06:59:31

I don't know but I'm about to find out!

When I had #2, #1 was almost 6 years old so it wasn't so hard.

Now I have #3, who is a week old, #2 who is almost 2, and #1 who will be 8 in July.

DH is going back to work Wednesday and I'm bricking it.

All I can say for sure that I will do is get DS1 (the 8 year old) to day camp 3x a week, because I'm paying out the nose for it. Otherwise it's anyone's guess.

Etak15 Mon 25-May-15 07:54:15

No you are not being lazy bf is really hard work when I had my first I used to compare myself to my bottle feeding friend who was out n about shopping with her newborn n visiting people it made me feel like i must be a recluse ! I ended up doing housework in a sling to be able to get things done but looking back now there isn't really that much to do when it's just 2 adults n baby and I wish I would have just chilled a bit! Now with a 5 month old ds and 3 dd's (almost 3,5&7) daytime naps are never an option school runs,clubs, swimming, etc etc!! And the day is chocka bloc with housework/ cooking etc don't know quite how I'll manage when I go back to work!! This is the first baby of mine to have a dummy because it gives me a little bit of a chance to get on with stuff like feed the kids!! So I would defo make the most of it - relax and enjoy your baby, don't worry about baby groups etc - it is nice to get out n talk to other mums if you fancy it - but baby won't miss out by not going he just wants to be with his mum!!

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