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Old Jul 23rd, 2018, 12:33 PM   1
HSDR2017
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PLZ HELP - HOW DO STAY AT HOME MOMS GET ANYTHING DONE?! 9 m/o daughter!!?


Oh My God. I am at my wits end. It is driving me insane. I have SO much I need to do as far as my home and I cannot get ANYTHING done! My baby follows me everywhere when I put her in her walker and I can't put her on the floor because it's hardwood.
My fiance gets home from work anytime AFTER 5pm but usually not until closer to 7pm or 8pm so I am here watching our babygirl for 10-14 hours a day! He gets home and the house is a mess!

Currently I need to sweep and wash the floors, do the wash (switch it over and fold it and put it away and I'm far behind so probably about 5 full baskets! some are clean but that isnt helping me put the clothes away!!) I need to organize our bookshelf, figure out our bills, and our babys room is a MESS - I have so many of her old clothes I need to sell (some were never even worn) and I need to organize her drawers, do her laundry, scrub down her whole room, etc., and I cannot EVER get anything done she either cries, follows me needing attention or she is tired and she usually only will fall asleep on our bed so I have to lay down with her for 10-20 minutes and she only ends up sleeping for 45 minutes to 2 hours max. The issue?? I can only walk out of the room for like 5 minutes because I worry she will wakeup and fall off our bed! :'(

HOW DO YOU GUYS DO IT?!



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Old Jul 23rd, 2018, 13:59 PM   2
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I found that finding ways to safely contain her worked best like static seated toys or putting the walker on a surface where she couldn't get it to roll. My Mum has a playpen indoors and a travel cot in her garden, you can always pad the floor in the play pen. My DD always sleeps in her cot but I've heard people putting pool noodles under a fitted bed sheet to stop kids rolling off. I find the best thing is to do a big blitz over a few days when things are out of control and then (try to) do a little of each thing everyday if I can to keep on top of it. Easier said than done I know!



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2018, 16:14 PM   3
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I barely got anything done when dd1 was that age. She was so hard work and wouldn't let me put her down!

Will she not nap in her pushchair if you take her for a walk first?

When dd1 fell asleep on our bed I used to put pillows under the duvet at either side of her and she never fell off the bed.

I usually fold the laundry while I'm watching TV in the evening. I've also cut way back on the stuff I iron.

I got most jobs done on a weekend when dh was home to take care of her. If you can get the big jobs out the way on a weekend (or whenever your partner is home), maybe your partner could do bath and bedtime once he gets home, while you have a quick blitz.



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2018, 08:23 AM   4
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I try and do a little something every day, even if some days it's just taking the rubbish out to the bin. Some jobs you have to accept just can't get done but I do things like put DS washing away whilst he's in his crib and I surround him with things to entertain him for a few minutes and do as much as I can in that time, even if it all can't be done.

It is bloody hard so don't beat yourself up. If I could get a good trustworthy cleaner I would



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2018, 12:32 PM   5
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I was exactly like you after my 1st baby I used to get so stressed out. Now by child 4 who is 10 days old, if i get time then I'll do it. I figured out that it's more important just surviving and making it through the day sometimes. Where i have constant school/nursery/playschool runs snf after school kids clubs etc the babies just have to slot in with my routine some days! I always used my travel cot as a playpen and they do cry sometimes when I've left the room but i realised that it won't hurt them to be left for 5 or 10 mins while i do the dishwasher and clean the worktops or put dinner on or take washing out. My OH works away for 3 week periods on an oil rig so i dont have him here half the time, i literally don't have a choice but to put mine down! It will get easier once your little one is more mobile i promise, you're doing a great job hang in there! X



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2018, 22:31 PM   6
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Is there a reason you donít want to put the baby on a hardwood floor? We have hardwood and stone floors and the babies have always been down on the floors almost constantly without any issue.

Do you have a carrier that you could put your daughter in? I often clean with the baby on my back, they are out of the way so you can do stuff, but are happy because they are still being held.

With my kids I have two boxes in their closet, one for each kids clothes when they grow out of them. When I find something that doesnít fit anymore it gets thrown in the box, when the box is full I either donate it or sell it for cheap as a lot just to get it out of the house. It really helps keeps the kids room tidier.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2018, 08:17 AM   7
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The job title is Stay at home MOM (not house keeper) - which, to me, means anything that isn't directly related to keeping your daughter fed, clean and happy doesn't need to be done during your "work hours". If you didn't have a child but were out at work all day like your husband, when would the chores get done? However because having a child takes up WAY more time than having a job, there are some chores you just have to accept aren't 100% essential.



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Old Jul 25th, 2018, 08:52 AM   8
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You have to lower your expectations. You can't do it all like you did when she was not around.

Why do you not want to put her down on the hard floor? I draw the line at rough concrete for crawlers, but hardwoods are fine.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2018, 13:20 PM   9
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Originally Posted by noon_child View Post
The job title is Stay at home MOM (not house keeper) - which, to me, means anything that isn't directly related to keeping your daughter fed, clean and happy doesn't need to be done during your "work hours". If you didn't have a child but were out at work all day like your husband, when would the chores get done? However because having a child takes up WAY more time than having a job, there are some chores you just have to accept aren't 100% essential.

Couldnít have said it better !



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2018, 18:49 PM   10
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It’s hard! I’ve got 2 - an almost 7 month old, and a 3 year old. I do ‘hour of power’ type things when one or both kids are napping/resting (I basically do everything I can on turbo speed mode). I also utilise the weekends when hubby is there to be organised for the week - ie: doing meal prep, cleaning etc. There are still tonnes of things to do during the week, and it does drive me insane, but I just try to breathe and take a step back when I get too stressed out.
I personally hate mess/clutter, it stresses me out, so I find it very hard to just leave things to pile up. Sometimes I wish I didn’t mind it, so it wasn’t such an issue for me haha.



 
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