For the next few days, I’m going to share some Q&As that I’ve recently shared with some readers on subjects ranging from first trimester woes, fussy newborns, and temper tantrums. I’ve shared some of my experiences below, but I know that many of you also have wisdom to offer. Please leave a comment if you can share some advice with these ladies!
The topic today is “First Trimester Woes.” Tomorrow we’ll discuss fussy, sleepless newborns!
Do you have any advice for how you cope during the first trimester of pregnancy? We are expecting #7 and I’m miserable, I’ve sorta resigned to not doing school till I start to feel better. :) Any tips would be very helpful.
First, congratulations on #7! What a blessing! I’m sorry that you’re having a rough pregnancy. Mine have all been relatively easy pregnancies, but that first trimester is always so exhausting! During my pregnancies we joke about “coma-naps.” ;-)
I would recommend that you scale back a bit with school, but I would still try to do some. After the baby comes you will want to take some time off, and if you took off the 1st trimester you’ll probably feel pressured to start back before you’re ready. Also, the routine of school may actually help your days to go more smoothly because your children have the structure of knowing where they are supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing. When we take breaks from school, sometimes it just feels like chaos! But that said, I do have some ideas to make it go a little more smoothly.
I just looked at your blog to see the ages of your children. I noticed you have a 5th and 3rd grader. My thought is that they can probably do a lot of their schoolwork on their own if you give them a list to follow. Another thought is that they can help “babysit” for you so you can get a little nap. Maybe not babysit all their little siblings, but if you time it while the littlest one is napping, then you could divide them up, having your 5th grader focus on one of the preschoolers and your 3rd grader focus on the other, for about a half hour or so. Your 1st grader could be a “babysitting helper” with one of them. It wouldn’t be very long, but even a short nap could give you a nice pick-me-up. And, while I don’t normally advocate media, I think an occasional short video for the children is not a bad thing, especially for homeschooling mama expecting her 7th baby! My friend, if anyone needs a nap and has an excuse to use an occasional video, you do! :-)
Funny, I was in the middle of replying to you when I left awhile to go eat dinner, cleanup, etc. At the dinner table I mentioned your comment and asked the kids if they had any ideas for you. My 4th grader suggested that you have your children do the readings for the My Father’s World subjects. I forgot that we did that a few times on my rough days, and the kids LOVED it.
I noticed that you are doing CTG (My Father’s World’s Year 2: “Creation to Greeks”) this year. I remember that year had a lot of hands-on things. I’d recommend you skip the ones you don’t feel up to, and not to feel even the tiniest bit guilty about it. Also, kids are more adept than we often give them credit for, and they actually really love to do some of the activities independently. A few times my children would do some simple science experiments without me. Nothing dangerous, of course, but they really are capable of taking an activity and running with it.
With your 1st grader, if you can just get in phonics a few days a week until you are feeling better, he will be fine!
You might scale back on housework at this time too. Paper plates at dinner, vacuum less, etc.
Readers, any other advice for Vicki? I’d especially love it if you’d share your advice on coping with morning sickness. I’ve not had much experience with that aspect of pregnancy, and I’m sure there are a lot of expecting mothers that would love some tips!