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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 06:49 AM   1
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Entertaining a 4 year old - Mummy with bad morning sickness. Help, Ideas!


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I'm struggling to function since about 5 weeks and have exhausted all of the obvious ideas of keeping DD busy for the 5 1/2 hours every afternoon.
When your not well no energy and being sick it feels like a very long lonely afternoon for both of us.
Unfortunately I don't have any mummy friends and my parents aren't close and I don't drive. Any one have any ideas? X



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 07:07 AM   2
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I got coloring books out a lot.. Play dough also kept my kids busy and happy for hours. Puzzles.. Something you might be able to do with her while lying down on the floor beside her if she'd let you. TV breaks now and again... Read books together? Does she have anything like duplo blocks or train tracks? Would she play with those by herself for a bit while you were lying down close by? My kids get bored quickly so the key for me was to make sure I had another activity planned once they were done with one lol it was still a bit tiring but was worth it for a bit of time to lie down. I was so exhausted and nauseated in the first trimester with dd2. Interestingly enough we were living with my parents during the first trimester (moved toward the end of the second) and my parents didn't help at all. In fact made me feel lazy everyone I did lay down. Oh well.. I did it anyway haha so having family around doesn't mean help in my case anyway.

Congrats!! Hope you find something that works for you both!



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 07:13 AM   3
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thank you, the novelty of playing alone has worn off. " It's more fun to play with mummy!" She says lol This is where more kids would help and entertain each other.
Bless her shes played doctors on me a lot. Making me feel worse haha
Playdo's a good idea x



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 10:48 AM   4
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I stuck on the tv a lot when I was suffering with morning sickness. Not ideal but I didn't feel capable of anything else. He would whine for it anyway and I didn't have the energy to say no.



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 12:22 PM   5
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I know what you mean. My DD used to love TV but it's been on that much she is getting bored nooo



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 13:19 PM   6
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Oh dear. If it helps, my two didnt really entertain each other well when I was pregnant with our last. They fought a lot. They do better now but back then.. TV and play dough. Or going outside.. Usually I could sit while they play in the dirt. Does she like to do anything like that?

Also would she play if you are just near rather then actually playing with her? Like lying on the floor next to her while she plays? If she likes to dress up, could let her do that and see if she would sing or dance for you or something. Just suggestions, obviously.. You gotta do what is best for you both.



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 13:27 PM   7
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Thank you I will try all the above . Luckily we have been out in the garden today.. Thank you mr sunshine! Even though I think I just sat there and watched her potter a lot of it. X



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 14:10 PM   8
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Colouring and playdoh. A bowl a cup or pan and abit of water and dry water. May keep her quiet for hours if shes like my dd

Television if she has favourite programs. Its only temporary so dont feel bad. Peppa pig saves my life sometimes when i feel rubbish.

Nursery rhymes or you tube nursery rhymes keep my daughter quiet. Maybee a couple of cheap new books for her to read. Duplo occupies dd for ages.

I can imagine the misery. I felt soooo sick with my dd and i only had to think of myself and the first 2 months were emotionaly so hard. Feeling cut off and sick everyday is horrible but it will soon be a distant memory. Isnt morning sickness a rubbish side to nature!! Shame evolution didn't sort it out lol. Xx



 
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I had HG when DS was 4. I relied on films, cbeebies, books and bribes. Was awful and it feels like itll last forever, but the 9 months soon pass x



 
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Could you set up some crafts. Maybe some painting and making some basic things. My lo loves painting and gluing things to paper. You could keep newspaper to minmise mess. I used to buy cheap party covers to cover the table and wipe them down after or chuck if too dirty. Have a look on pinterest or instagram, lots of preschool craft ideas. Keep egg cartons, milk bottles, loo rolls for cheap supplies. Buy some paper plates if you cant be bothered washing out paint pots.

Playdoh is a big winner for my lo.

The wipe clean books are fab and can be done sitting together. Either puzzles or practicing letters and numbers.

Make pasta necklaces with dried pasta and wool / shoelace. My lo gets lost in this kinda stuff.

Fling a duvet over a table for a den and give your lo a torch. Every dlstuffed animal may get dragged in there!!

Board games? Orchard have some fab ones.

Does you lo like lego?

Homemade pom poms are fun.



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