People almost always exclaim in amazement when they hear I have eight children. The comments usually run along these lines:
- You are so brave. (whatever that means – I talked about what I think about that statement here.)
- You must be busy. (really? I thought that’s what being a mom whether you have one, two, eight or fifteen is all about.)
- How do you do it? (I love this one. Do they really want a rundown of my day.)
To the last question I usually reply that I only add one baby at a time so I just work them into our schedule. That being said some are easier to work in than others. And let me tell you Baby #7 was challenging from the very start. Here I thought I was a seasoned mother who knew everything. Baby #7 taught me differently. From the very beginning he hated change of any kind. He’s getting better as he get oldesr but this will always be an aspect of his personality. When I say he hated any kind of change that includes changing from being awake to asleep and vice versa. Think about how many times a baby goes to sleep in his first year. I walked and walked and walked because that was the only thing that kept him calm – falling asleep next to me. My standby of nursing didn’t help because as the nursing soothed him to sleep he would start to cry because he didn’t like that feeling. Walking was more soothing to him.
School was hard too. My older children would often finish an assignment then walk the baby while I marked it. Now he’s toddler and he does not particularly like toys or playing by himself. That has made school very challenging. I started to see on the internet moms who were planning activities for their toddlers while they homeschooled older children or just to get some learning in with their little one. I started to collect ideas and implement them. This week I’m going to share with you the things we like to do and a giveaway to get you started on a set of activities for your little one(s).
Please feel free to share any activities you and your toddler or preschooler enjoy. We are always looking for new activities.
Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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