I'm due in less than 6 weeks with baby number 3 and I'm hoping some other moms have some advice on a few different things.
1. Balancing time for all of them.How do I find time for 1 on 1 with both older children ages 4 and 2,time with both of them with out the baby ( I think I've got this one I am aiming while brother naps) time to just focus on the baby,and last but most certainly not least time with Daddy. (I know I also need time for house work but that's least of my worries.I want to make sure each of my loved ones are getting decent mommy time.
2.We just moved about 2 weeks ago and since it's a 3 bed room we went ahead and put the girls in a room together to share.This way they wouldn't think it was all because their brother when we move him from our room to his nursery. They love sharing a room but I can't keep my youngest out of her sisters bed.
3.My youngest still takes a binky. She only wants it if she sees it or if she gets really tired. (we usually hide it as much as possible but she loses them a lot and normally finds a lost one when others are hidden.)With my oldest i weined her off and once I got her down to just bed time for a month i told her they were going to the binky fairy so she could give them to little babies who needed them.This worked.For our youngest now I don't know a good way to finally kick the habit because her brother is about to be with us and he'll have his I know she'll want it and don't want to make her feel like it's his fault etc.
4. Nap time: My oldest stays up and plays all of nap time no matter how much you correct her.Then when it's almost time for naps to be over she falls asleep and won't get up for me.Or is very cranky if I force her up. (I've tried just not having her nap but if you wait an hour past what is normally nap time she gets un believably cranky.
5.Again with my oldest she has a very bad habit of instead of asking us for something she can't reach or she wants she'll scream and cry and expect us to know. Example: There's a toy too high.She immediately throws a tantrum. She wants a drink or anything else she immediately throws a tantrum. We try to explain when she wants something to just ask us and we will help but it hasn't sunk in.
Last but no least an idea on what to do for this:
In the new house none of the rooms upstairs lock but ours if we want it to but the doors stick.They stick so good that the kids can't open them.So in the morning I'm woken by screaming kids that they are awake and want out.If I don't get to them right away they make as much noise as possible till I come.Beating on the door,yelling,wiggling the knobb etc.I wake up as soon as they do but I've been trying to teach them that I won't come till they stop doing so. (They're right beside our room where the baby will be in a few weeks and if he's sleeping that's the last thing I want them doing)I've been making sure at 9:30 am (they used to sleep till 10 or 10:30 no problem but since we're in a half house you can hear the neighbors when they're up and moving around they wake earlier.) I go and get them out of their room and we all use the potty then go down stairs for breakfast. How do I get them to stop the noise till I come or to undestand yelling once for me is ok but after that to stop?I can't leave the door open because of our stairs and my youngest.They are different from our last ones and she has trouble getting down these and has fallen once which makes me scared and also scares her. (Baby gates don't stop them.They take them down with ease.and if I'd gate it and they magically left it alone instead of their own door being shaken and beat on it would be ours which would be worse for the baby.)