In prepping for my scheduled c-section recovery (six weeks of no lifting my toddler) I've been tweaking how we do things around here. I’m hoping that these changes will make my recovery period go smoothly. Here’s what’s working so far:
Car climbing. I used to lift Reese up into our SUV but now she climbs in and out of the car, as well as in and out of her car seat on her own. We make it a game and she has until the count of three to get into her car seat before I “come get her.” This makes the entire process so much easier and faster than when I used to try to put her into her car seat.
Easy up and down. We are testing a BabyBjorn Booster Chair and it's working out great! It straps snuggly onto our dining chair and Reese uses a stool to climb into the booster on her very own. She can climb in and out of it with no assistance, so this is a big help since lifting her in and out of a highchair would have been painful. And I also love that it's a lot easier to clean up than a highchair because it doesn't have all the little nooks and crannies. A couple days ago I was in her room and mentioned that we were going to eat dinner pretty soon. She walked out of her room. After a few minutes I went to check on her and she was patiently waiting in her booster chair at the dining table for her dinner. Jennifer posted a full review here.
Hold me maybe. We’ve created a rule that Mommy can only hold Reese "at home" or when I'm "sitting down." This works about 85% of the time. Since I will only be able to hold her while sitting down during my recovery this has been a good rule for us. Not to mention it’s getting really hard to carry her with my big protruding belly I’m carrying these days. So when we’re out and about and she wants to be carried I offer her the option of holding hands with me, getting in her stroller (if we have it with us) or if she really needs to be held we take a break and I sit down to hold her.
Creating kid convenience. I’ve created two cubbies low enough for Reese to put her shoes and jacket in so that I can say "Please go grab your shoes and jacket" when getting ready to leave the house. This is similar to a cubby she has a preschool to hold her belongings so it's working great. She can also put some of her shoes on by herself (boots and Velcro tennis shoes).
Fending for food. I've moved "approved" snacks to a shelf in the kitchen where Reese can reach. Now when it's snack time she grabs a little bowl and reaches into the pantry. She's very good about asking before she grabs a snack...at least for now. The challenge with this so far has been that she generally wants more than one snack.
All in all, these changes in our household are working well for us. I hope they all stick when the new baby comes. If you've had a c-section with a toddler at home, what tricks worked for you during your recovery?
Here's a short video to enjoy: