(Y'all did not disappoint with great suggestions, thankyouverymuch!)
We did try pvc tubing and it was really too heavy. (The hula hoop cut in half was a great idea!) I ended up finding an old playmat at a yard sale the next day and took it apart and stole it's best pieces. (turns out the rods are about 1/4" thick and made of fiberglass.) Anyway, sticking those in the tubes I'd made worked beautifully, and -per your suggestions! - crisscrossing them definitely added extra support!
Two weeks ago (actually, the day after I broke down and asked y'all how on earth you managed with two - or more! - little people) my dear girlfriend Christine left her three small children (two 3-year olds and a 20-month old) in Chicago area to come play with me, wash my floors, play with my kids and work with me in my garden.
There's nothing in the world like a good friend.
She cleaned my house (even washed the baseboards!) so I could play with my kids and rest. She helped me run errands (still totally getting used to having two to get in and out of the car at every stop!) and taught Oliver "Deep & Wide". Then evening came, and we'd get to put our feet up and chat or take a walk or watch "The Office". She even took me up on my plea for a good solid apple martini! (Told you there was nothing like a good friend!)
While she was here she even made clothes for Oliver and Hazel. (She has an adorable little shop on Etsy called Little Miss Fat Bottom). Oliver was delighted with his monster shirt - particularly the eyeball peeking out of his pocket.
Stine left last week and we missed her immediately.
I gotta have another baby so I can talk her into coming again! :)
As for us - we're just chugging along. Enjoying our sweet little blondies, taking lots of walks in the evenings and getting our hands dirty in the yard during the days.
Oh, and we're also trying to sleep here and there when we can. :)
Thanks so much for your encouraging words and practical suggestions these past few weeks. I definitely didn't expect this adjustment from one to two children to be such a challenge, but your ideas have certainly helped.
Have a lovely Tuesday! And try to do something to help a girlfriend out if you can! ;)