homeschooling and expecting a baby.

Discussion in 'Homeschooling' started by randa, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. randa

    randa New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello,
    very curious, what do you do when you are homeschooling mom and pregnant at the same time.

    Happily, We are expecting a new baby on the way and I am still first time homeschooling? Is it going to be a problem? My girls are now 4 and 2 1/2 yrs.old

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated

    Thank you
    Randa
     
  2.  
  3. She

    She New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    1,170
    Likes Received:
    0
    Problem? No
    Creative scheduling after the baby is born? Yes :D

    Remember those days of doing nothing but sitting in the chair feeding the baby? Well...now you will be doing that while *schooling*. Then the baby will get older and then moving and getting into trouble. :)

    I have a 5 year old and an 19 month old...we school while "Taz" naps. :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that by the time he gives up naps he will be content to do his thing while brother does his school work. :cool:

    Good luck and congrats on another baby. :) Somehow as mom's we make it work for US. No two families are alike and what works for one won't work for another without some tweaking.
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,054
    Likes Received:
    0
    Do as much as you feel comfortable with, and don't get upset with the things that DON'T get done! Your oldest is still young; I know in my state you don't need to even "report" her until she's six. Anything that isn't done this year will be "caught up" on next. Feel free to rest when needed, etc.
     
  5. bemax3

    bemax3 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    You have plenty of time before you need to be reporting so just keep doing what you are doing now! I have my last two spaced thirteen months apart and we did just fine with my oldest at the time.

    Michelle
     
  6. abcTammy

    abcTammy New Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Congratulations:)
    I agree with the ladies. Your girls are young and everyone can make adjustments as needed. There are many possible ways to contine on while welcoming in a new baby. One might be to shorten the length of your hs day and or the number of days you hs. Depending on the structure of your hs, consider implementing the changes before the baby arrives.
    Best wishes~:) Tammy
     
  7. TinaTx

    TinaTx New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2004
    Messages:
    789
    Likes Received:
    0
    Randa....

    YES YES! It can be done!

    At first I felt guilty about all the rest and sleep I needed. The other two are young, so just read and relax.

    I think my worst fear before i had No. 3 was not being able to do it as planned. I was right! LOL So much for the plan.

    My plan was this *I had NO plan...ds no. 3 decided at the time*. HA.

    At first it was not too hard because the baby slept a lot. What I did do was have dh drag a huge oversized couch in our schoolroom. Ds no.1 was sitting at a table learning how to write, so I wanted to be in the schoolroom... I also took in a sturdy table, complete with diapers, wipees, and cloth diaper for spit ups..... So basically I wanted a little bit of everything in the school room so I wouldn't have to leave the other two while I nursed or changed diaper on the couch. I could teach and change a messy diaper at the same time!

    It wasn't until ds started to crawl, walk and otherwise get into EVERYTHING that it got a little harder. So I adjusted again.

    This time period it was easier to sit at the kitchen table for crafts and some history while *The creature* was awake. When he took a nap, then we did our math and language arts in our schoolroom.. This works fine for the morning nap and the afternoon nap.

    Then it gets hairy again when they go down to one nap in the afternoon. But I promise the time goes by relatively fast. Just be willing to plug along and GET SOME REST!

    I had some days where I felt like crying:( and I did. Then I prayed, counted my blessings and blew off anything that day I felt stressed about.. They are happy as long as MOM stays happy.

    Try to plan ahead as far as what you will need for school BEFORE and AFTER the baby gets here. That way you won't be trying to figure all that out while your not getting any sleep.

    So take care of yourself and measure your progess in *inches* not miles!

    Congratulations ! When are you due?

    Blessings
    TinaTx
     
  8. randa

    randa New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you all ladies for your support.
    Tina, thank you million, I was already stressed out to fact that I might lose the idea of homeschooling. But then I thought, you know, that a blessing from God and I am sure it happened for a reason.
    I have to be honest, I have soooo much fear, babies are precious little gifts but managing with 3 children might be challenging...I pray a lot for things to go much smoother and we all need each other prayers.

    I'll try to finish with my dughters as much as I could until the baby arrives and then we'll have different plans

    to answer you question Tina my due date might be 2/4/2005 :)
    thank you all
    Randa
     
  9. She

    She New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    1,170
    Likes Received:
    0
    Randa,
    Just don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. :D Just take a deep breath and know it will balance. That's what we mom's do best. :)

    Ds#1 has a ground hog day birthday. :cool: Seems like all the people I know who were born under that sign are even tempered but...don't like change. Do it one way once and you always do it that way.:rolleyes:

    I was just reading in a Mary Pride homeschool book about how kids need about 3-4 years to teach everything they learn in ps over 13 years. Think you can handle that? ;)
     
  10. bemax3

    bemax3 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    That is a very good point Sheila. My son's piano teacher is a fabulous young musician. Homeschooled her entire 18 years and not one workbook, curriculum or unit study until she was of grade nine age. At that time she took some Distance Ed. courses. Over the next couple years she completed all the requirements for high school graduation by doing those courses,writing challenge exams and taking Provincial finals. She was accepted into the Masters program at University this fall and through an application/interview process won two scholarships....one for $18,000 and one for $24,000. She is really ready to dive in for the next six years and feels none of the need to "let loose" that many fresh out high school youth feel. Nor does she feel burnt out after years and years of homework.

    So, I agree that relax is the best advice for a Mom with such young children. Just enjoy them.

    Michelle
     
  11. Brooke

    Brooke New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    5,383
    Likes Received:
    0
    Randa,

    You musta just found out, girl!....and maybe I can be your "baby buddy"???!!!:D

    I've been praying for the Lord to allow us to conceive again (after a vasectomy) and.....I believe the white rabbit (no pun intended) said it best..."I'm late, I'm late for a VERY important date!!!!" :eek: :D :D Close to a week late. :D :D :D Can anyone guess how happy I am???!!!

    I plan to find out "officially" this week, and if I am blessed as you are, I'd be happy to offer you some support. BTW, I have prayed for at least two more kids, so if they come at the same time ;) you can always look at me and think "wow, if she can handle twins and homeschool, then I can surely handle this homeschooling stuff, too!!!"

    I'll be sure to post what I find out to make it official, but I'll tell you that the other two times I was "late", I had a baby a few months later! :D

    Congrats!...and if you think to, please pray for us to "pass" our test this week :cool:
     
  12. randa

    randa New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brook,I will pray for you and your family to have a blessed happy and healthy family.

    To all of you ladies thanks for all the support.
    I am blessed that we all moms share our concerns, advices and blessings.

    Thank you
    Randa
     
  13. randa

    randa New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brooke,
    Just realized that I misspelled your name..Sorry:)
    Randa
     
  14. becky

    becky New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,312
    Likes Received:
    0
    You know, Randa, my daughter watches The Magic School Bus, Between the Lions , and many different other fun but educational videos. Stock up on those. Look for Rock and Learn tapes and videos, too. It sounds like you're trying to see what you're in for. Take advantage of what's out there to help you along. Even shows like Blues Clues , Dora, and Bear in the Big Blue House teach. I fell over the day my daughter started naming off things we had to pass yet when we were going to my mom's- just like Dora reviews where she's been and where she has yet to go.
     
  15. TinaTx

    TinaTx New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2004
    Messages:
    789
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brooke.........!!!:eek:

    I'll be praying for ya! EWWWW...sounds like good news!!!:D :D How very exciting!!! SAY ITS TRUE, SAY ITS TRUE (LOL)....

    Let us know immediately when you find out! AND if your not:( you know the ole saying *TRY TRY AGAIN*:eek: :D



    Randa.......

    To tell you its all in your point of view! REALLY? I think I enjoyed my third one THE BEST!:) You know why? Because with the first one most of us are nervous wrecks *did I do it right? and all the stuff we learned and figured out,etc.*. Then on the second one, you learn *multi tasking*. It dawned on me HEY yeah I can adjust and do this and that with more than one child. Well by the time the third one comes along, you KNOW HOW to take care of a newborn AND multitask. What is there to learn? JUST ENJOY!!! I really just enjoyeed *squeezing,kissing and nibble biting* on that third one because YOUR A PRO by then. lol That third one worked into my routine so much quicker than the other two for some reason. I was hardly recuperated before I was ready to go shopping and get out.

    Yes...you will have days that you feel s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d:eek: But that could just as easily happen with having just one child. Just continue like you have been doing, and don't put unneccessary deadlines on yourself right now.. When you don't feel good STOP.

    BELIEVE ME, I learned the hard way by trying to do too much too soon that HOMESCHOOLING WILL BE THERE AFTER THE NEWBORN...*Attention: Life will return to some normalcy *is what I should have had in a neon flashing sign across my bed :D It was hard to keep that in mind the whole 9 months plus AFTER the baby, but it would have helped.

    Oh well, keep us posted.

    Tina
     
  16. CrystalB9

    CrystalB9 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,330
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brooke I know how you feel. My hubby had a vasectomy a few years ago and oh how I prayed to conceive. This past fall he got hurt playing basketball and to make a long story short he ended up hainvg a hernia. At the surgery apt the surgeon agreed to work with a urologist and preform a vas reversal at the same time allowing my insurance to cover O.R. costs. May 18th he had both surgeries and is revcovering very well and we just started trying.
    Brooke I will pray for you and if you all could remember me I would so love to have another little one. My husband and I are very blessed to have a large family. My children are truly an awesome gift. We just happed to not have any children together. We were both married previously and have adopted a beautiful little girl. We have also adopted each others children.
    Homeschooling and having a baby at the same time is a small concern right now. I just want to get pregnant! :D I have lots of little ones now, so I guess it will just be more of the same. I have children that are 11 and 12 who I know will be great helpers. If I conceive soon the baby would be due during our summer break. That woule be good!!

    Crystal
     
  17. Brooke

    Brooke New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    5,383
    Likes Received:
    0
    I started to put a :( at the beginning of this post, but the Lord reminded me that my countenance should be more like :) even though I'm not pregnant...YET!

    I'm learning alot right now about prayer and fasting, but I'm convicted about talking about it too much with other people.

    Sorry to the OP for getting this thread off on a tangent.....we have spoken with a couple hospitals about a reversal and just can't do it right now (it would have to be private pay), but what the Lord joins together, let no man put assunder...;)...wonder if that means vas deferens, too???:eek: :D :D :D ..Sorry, I have a quirky sense of humor. :rolleyes:

    Crystal, I'll be praying for you, and for others trying to conceive. I have a renewed desire to fill our quiver...

    Psalm 127:
    3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
    4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. {his...: Heb. filled his quiver with them} {speak...: or, subdue, or, destroy}
    (KJV)

    Well, I'll let this thread get back to the original topic. Once again, sorry to get sidetracked! :)
     
  18. randa

    randa New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brooke
    Don't give up you can always try again and we will all pray for you and your family.

    Crystal
    you will have our prayer too best of luck

    Randa
     
  19. CrystalB9

    CrystalB9 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,330
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you Brooke and Randa. I really appreciate all prayers.

    :) Crystal
     
  20. Anonymous

    Anonymous New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,054
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ladies, on that note I would like to share about a friend that has almost literally had a baby dropped in her lap! They have one child, had difficulty conceiving him plus a VERY difficult, dangerous pregnancy. He was, quite literally, a miracle baby. Anyway, they are hoping to adopt a child from Honduras (LONG story!). So about a week ago, they were contacted ("friend of a friend") about a three month old boy in Missouri whose mother (19 and single) decided it would be best for the baby to give him up. They went down there I think it was one week ago today, everything went through perfectly, and they are on their way home with a new son! God is a worker of miracles, whether it be in reversing operations, bringing "unworking" parts to where they work perfectly, or cutting through bureaucratic red tape.
     
  21. CrystalB9

    CrystalB9 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,330
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jackie you are so right! Thanks for sharing that. I remember you telling us about that in Hershey. That is just awesome - God is an awesome God.

    Crystal
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 18 (members: 0, guests: 11, robots: 7)