Bedrest when you are pregnant with your first child is bad enough. It's boring and time seems to stand still and you feel useless. But what do you do when your doctor orders you to rest when you have other little ones running around your house?
First, don't panic. This has happened to me and I've found several things that really helped pass the time without both of us going crazy!
1. Ask for help
Do you belong to a church? A moms group? Do you have family members nearby? Ask them for help. Friends have helped me clean my home while church members brought hit, home cooked meals in the evenings.
I know, I know. Children shouldn't watch excessive amounts of television. Here's the thing, though. Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where it's imperative that you lay down and your kid needs something to do. Turn on some Daniel Tiger and rest. I promise it won't make you a bad mom.
3. Play outside
We're lucky enough to live in Jackdonville, Florida where we can expect sixty degree weather in the winter most days. I also have a fenced yard with a back patio. I let my son run around while I sit down and rest. It's hours of entertainment and they'll sleep great later!
3. Arts and crafts
Have your partner or friend help you set up gallon ziplocks with activities for your children. Take one out, set them at the table and rest while they explore and create. Sensory bags are great as well!
If you have the means to do so, having your child spend a few days at preschool can be amazing for both of you. You aren't dealing with the stress of caring for them while trying to care for your little baby and they aren't cooped up! They get to play with other children and learn and will come home happy to see mommy!