Homeschool in the Midst of Morning Sickness
Oh, you're so, so sick.
I've been there! You have multiple children that need your attention, some kind of mess in your house, dishes exploding in the sink, meals to make, loads of laundry, and all you can do is lay there on the cold tile bathroom floor in between sessions of getting sick. You feel an overwhelming sense of guilt because of well, all of the above. A new baby is such a blessing and gift from the Lord. It can also feel like 9 months is 15 years away, knowing you get sick for the entire 9 months of your pregnancies. Can I share my experience and tips with you? Give Yourself GRACE!!! It's easier said than done, I know. When the guilt weighs on your shoulders because your children have eaten Chickfila for the third day in a row. Oh, and that's only because your husband picked it up on his way home from work. Guilty because all they did during your “homeschool” day was play with Legos.
It’s not only okay, but it will be wonderful on the other side of things.
This experience humbles you.
Though it may feel like climbing Mount Everest, you’ll have a great appreciation when you’re able to do even a load of laundry and hang them to dry. In my experience, I stood on my back deck feeling so grateful that I was able to watch our children’s little clothes flap in the wind. You’ll recognize that it is only through His grace and the strength that He provides, that you were able to accomplish such a task we all take for granted.
He is FAITHFUL and will get you through this season of your life!
Your children are resilient and will learn from life!
So now what?
Okay. So, you decide you’re going to give yourself grace. But what is it exactly that helped me get through these times? What educational activities did we provide them with so we could continue our year of homeschool?
Below I’ve listed some things we did together during my fourth pregnancy:
Our children love to build things and use their imagination. We only did a few of the pre-boxed Lego sets that they created a specific thing but if that’s what your child likes, then purchase a few. Our favorites were the Iron Man Hulk Buster and the Shark set.
2. A Box of Randoms
I walked around my house (when I could) and gathered a bunch of random stuff that I could find in a junk drawer and the garage. One of our children in particular loves to take stuff apart and build other things with them. It was amazing to see what was put together from their imagination. Some of the items that were taken apart (with my supervision, of course) were calculators, old phones, cameras, and other electronics.
Some of the other items I gave to them to create are listed below. Really anything I could find worked. They’ll just enjoy creating.
Cork board hangers
3. Picnics in the Backyard
We like to go on picnics but I couldn’t barely get up, let alone dress everyone so we could get out to a park. A backyard picnic did the trick! I grabbed any “snacky” lunch I could find, threw it all in a bag with some books and headed outside. I had every intention to read to them but most of the time they would thumb through the books and look at them illustrations on their own. All I could do is lay there on the blanket.
This was a total win/win because they were able to get out, run around, and explore while I was able to lay down on the blanket and watch them enjoy exploring God’s creation.
Some of our favorite nature books and activity books that they can look through on their own and have fun doing the activities are as follows: