I just started watching my nieces full time while my brother and SILwork. I have kids of my own, 5 actually. I love, love, love my nieces. I really do. But today is day 2 and I want to pull my hair out. The baby 5 mo old, screams a lot. She doesn't sleep much, and she wants to be held all the time. I am not used to that. My babies were pretty content (except for my second born). I could put them in tummy time and they would play for 10-15 min at a time, or I could set them up in a bouncy seat while I cleaned.... she wants to be held ALL the time. I do have a moby, but I also have lingering sciatica from my last pregnancy. So I can only carry her in short burst and by the end of yesterday my leg was just on fire with pain, and this morning it gave out for a brief second, so NO moby today, I'm terrified that my leg will go out while I'm packing up or down the stairs, so nope, not going to happen!! On top of that, my youngest is very jealous. And my oldest niece is so used to being pretty much the only child that she is not adjusting very well to sharing, or being polite, or basic manners. We went to the park and she threw a huge fit because between 2 babies, and 4 other kids, there was just no way I could stand there and push her the whole time on the swings. She is used to getting whatever she wants, and not having share time, toys or attention.
So advice, how do I adjust these girls to our environment? I still have to care for my kids, and my current responsibilities (house, school, kids extra activities), so I really need to find a way to add these two to our schedule and help them adjust to our way of doing things.
Answer by Shaken1976 at 4:20 PM on May. 12, 2011
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I havent been feeling to good.. would like some opinions