Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How do I get any work done with a baby and a (jealous) four year old?

Today has been an interesting day.  Parker, my 11 week old, is teething (at least I'm fairly certain he's teething), drooling everywhere, running a bit of a fever, and is about as cranky as a baby can be.  Aria, my four year old daughter, is in full blown jealousy mode.  She whines and complains about the amount of time I spend feeding and holding her brother.

My question of the day...

How do I get any work done in this situation?  How do you guys do it?  How do you handle jealousy between siblings?  And how do you handle teething?

Please feel free to share suggestions and ideas in the comments below.

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JMC said...

wearing baby helps to get stuff done - you can keep him close to you but still have hands to help your little princess. As for the jealousy, is there anything that she can do to help you with him? Like let her give him toys to play with or have her tell him stories? Some times giving her some "ownership" of her brother might help to take the edge off. Also, make some time just for her, maybe when he naps - to do something just with her or something that is her favorite.

But don't let her bull doze you either. This is part of how we learn that the world does not revolve around us. It's not an easy lesson, but it is important. and having a cute little guy to help teach her isn't all bad.

And prayers to her guardian angel - never underestimate the importance of her guardian angel!

Faylyn Jean Hillier said...

Unfortunately I think a lot of it IS her trying to bulldoze me. She doesn't start until it's time to feed her brother.

Ms. Polka Dottie said...

Baby Bear's sibling is older, so it doesn't count (13), but the teething is hard. I give her a razzabazz pacifier. I think that's what it's called. it helps a lot.

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