For the second time this week I am home alone with my two girls. LP's low grade fever has returned and I am perplexed as to its cause. Once again, it is not in any way dampening her energy.
There are definitely some positives to having LP home with Dee and me during my maternity leave. At this life stage, LP is more entertaining and interactive than Dee. She also has an amazing ability to keep Dee awake, which I hope ends up working to my advantage this evening. In addition, when LP wants to be, she can be quite helpful, retrieving important things like diaper cream or burp clothes or inconsequential things like the remote.
On the downside I feel as though no person or activity is getting my undivided attention at any point in time. If I am nursing Dee, I am also trying to keep LP from wreaking havoc. If I am reading to LP I am trying to at least pretend to be reading to Dee as well. When making LP's lunch, I am distracted by my stomach's growling; as I attempt to get LP to nap, I am concerned about Dee, last seen sleeping quietly in her car seat on the kitchen floor. And most of the time I am glancing down or feeling myself up to make sure my boobs aren't leaking.
Really, for parents home alone consistently with more than one child, how do you do it? How do you focus your energy? Do you just have to wait until the weekend and the arrival of reinforcements to give undivided attention?