Category Archives: Family health

Being Sick and A SAHM

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I have to be completely honest…It’s pretty terrible…No, really terrible!

First of all, being sick in general stinks! Now, add having happy hyper kids, that only want to play, totally makes it worse. Lastly, the sick you (who only wants to curl up in a ball), has to be responsible, functional and care for those children=the worst! Please don’t be mistaken, I LOVE MY KIDS! I love them more than life itself, but when I’m sick, I want to be the one to curl up on the couch, watch tv and nap. I don’t want to be the responsible one and have to clean, feed, change and wipe hineys…

This is the first time I have been this sick in 2 and 1/2 years. It was a really a hard challenge to face. I knew I had my babies to care for, laundry to do, clean, spend time with my dad…etc. Instead of just relaxing, I began to google “ways to get better faster”. Turns out there really isn’t much… Haha! Then I started to get agitated and depressed. I felt like I was failing at being a mom and wife. I kept apologizing to my husband, saying “I’m sorry I can’t take Ethan potty, do laundry, take care of the dogs…etc”. He kept looking at me like I was crazy! He also reassured me… “It’s ok, I know what it feels like to be sick, rest, I’m here I got everything”. Thankfully, with his help, I was able to rest, but still be slightly functional.

I also have to say my son must have known I wasn’t feeling well, because on the first day of my sickness, he was on his best behavior! He let me rest on the couch and he played with his toys all day. On the second day of my sickness, my husband was so sweet and took the kids and Popop to the aquarium. A treat for all! They had fun exploring and I had fun resting in quiet!

I am so thankful that this happened on a weekend where my husband had a three day weekend and my dad was in town visiting (extra hands).

Luckily, whatever sickness I had only took me out for two days… Two long days! It has made me see that being sick stinks and it’s even stinkier when you have kids! But now, I am a little more prepared for next time. I can’t really say I’m totally prepared, because each sickness is different. I now know I need to accept being sick and work thru it! Maybe, Just maybe I can get lucky enough to get sick when my hubby is home. If not, we will work around it! This sickness has also helped me, in some odd way, see that this journey of being a Stay at Home Mom was the right one for me!

Till next time!

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104.5…Ick

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When I finished my last post, it was like a cliffhanger… I wanted to end the story.

So, three days after the children’s museum, my son had a fever. I was thinking, here we go again another sickness cycle.

I figured out he had a fever just before his nap time. So, before he laid down, I gave him some fever reducer, read him a story, and he passed out. He napped for three hours. Normally, he only naps for two hours, sometimes an hour and a half. This was a sign that he still wasn’t feeling well. When he woke up, he said “my feet hurt, and my arms” I was thinking he had pins and needles from napping. So, I told him lets jump and wake them up…he did a jump then walked away and laid on the couch. He even grabbed a blanket and cuddled up on the couch. This is definitely not normal after nap behavior…usually he’s a little ball of energy. I felt so bad for him…

I wanted to lower the chance of Eva getting sick, I tried to keep them separated as much as I could…Normally, we give them joint baths…not tonight!

Ethan, was a mushy cuddly sleepy boy. That is also another trigger for my husband and I to know he’s not feeling well.

My dad is visiting, so he and I went to a AHL hockey game(we are both major hockey fans). So my husband was on baby duty. They watched a movie and then took a bath. Just before bed, Ethan’s fever spiked to 103.4…my husband gave him some fever reducer and put him to bed… He conked out.

When he woke up in the am, he was a bubbly ball of energy again! A nice 24 hour bug/virus…this was Friday night.

Sunday morning, I woke up feeling like butt. I awoke to a sore throat and achy everything…Side note, thank goodness that this was a national holiday weekend and my husband was home… I laid on the couch all day, only getting up to eat and use the bathroom. Now, I completely understood how Ethan felt the day before… By dinner time, I was beginning to get the chills. I took my temperature and it was 100.3…So I decided to take a shower… Bad idea! It made my chills and aches worse. I decided to take ibuprofen to control the fever.

I bundled up and curled up under four blankets on the couch, I was literally shivering… I took my temperature again, and it was 103.7…. I then got in a temperate bath (Oh my goodness! That’s torture) it brought my
fever down to 101.3… I was still shivering and super achy everywhere.

I finally fell asleep! (My husband is sweet he laid on the couch with me
For a while and then went to bed once I was asleep…He didn’t want me to be alone!…Super brownie points for him) At some point I. The middle of the night I awoke in a puddle of sweat… I uncovered myself and got right back to sleep…when I woke up, I felt great minus a few aches.

I was fine all day, just a super sore throat, so I continued to rest and take naps. Like I said before thank goodness my husband had off today, he totally took care of me and the kids(went to the aquarium). Then, around summertime, I decided to take a shower… Again, bad idea! The chills and aches came right back. I took my temperature and again back up to 100.5…
This time I decided to drink a hot toddy…tea, whiskey, honey and lemon. Good old fashion medicine… Then my fever spiked to 104.5… I immediately got up and in the bath. Thank goodness this lowers temperature… It may be uncomfortable, but it works! 25 minutes in the bath, now I’m sitting here typing this with a 99.6-100.4

I am definitely heading to bed now! Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow… If not then off to the docs I go!😷

I haven’t been sick like this in forever! I hope this isn’t the flu… You know the one year I don’t get the flu shot… And as the commercial says, “Moms can’t take sick days!” Thank goodness my dad is here too!

Till next time! 😄

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Germaphobe Mom…Well Today

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Normally, I’m not a germaophobe. I mean, I care about germs, and I know they are bad, but I understand that my children get dirty, and will encounter germs. I always make sure that their hand are clean when we are eating.

Recently, in my house, everyone has been sick. I mean, all of them at the same time…I somehow have been able to avoid the illness’. I’m not even sure how…especially since I was the one not sleeping (because Eva was waking every 3-4 hours sometimes every 2)…I then made my own assumption, it’s because I was an elementary school teacher and built up my immune system, unlike my husband…one of the kids would get a small cold, then give it to the other, and then my husband. This cycle went on for about a month and 1/2.

Finally, everyone was healthy! Yay! (Happy dance!) So, I decided to take the kids to the children’s Museum. This way I could finally get myself and the kids out of the house. Now, I began to prepare myself for this journey. I told myself, the kids will not get sick again, I’m over this illness stricken house…i loaded up on antibacterial hand gel, prepared Ethan to make sure he didn’t touch his eyes,ears or mouth while at the museum. I knew that Eva wouldn’t be taken out of a wrap/stroller. So, we were good to go.

We had a blast at the museum. I loved how it was very locally displayed. We love in a coastal area, so they had a local tugboat, busses, Even a local bank, grocery store, fire department, and police. It was great! Ethan loved all the scenarios they had set up that he could play in. Now, he didn’t really get into all the costumes or truly understand all of the places, like the mini bank, but he loved the place. His favorite was the tugboat they had there, because you could fish off of it.

As soon as we were ready to leave, I antibacterial gelled my hands and Ethan’s. We got in the car and went home. I was super happy knowing that he didn’t touch his eyes, nose or mouth, we even washed our hands once in the museum, because he went potty. I was satisfied at my germaophobic self.

Unfortunately, three days later he had a fever…

Now, I’m working on getting my hand on an essential oil blend that will help detox my house!

Till next time!

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I’m a Diva!

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So, Aunt Flow has made her monthly appearance. I’m so not one of the lucky ones who breastfeed’s and she doesn’t come back for a year or so. It’s like clockwork for me, 3 months after both my son and daughter’s birth…BOOM! She’s back! Oh well!

I have been trying to figure out a more eco friendly and economical way to handle my monthly needs. My eyes were opened to a non-tampon/pad world when my son was born in 2012. The cloth diaper store that I go to sells cloth pads, cloth pad laundry detergent, menstrual cups and menstrual cup wash. The idea of cloth pads caught my interest. I mean I use pads more so than tampons anyway and hey, I use cloth diapers, why not cloth pads?!

I began doing on and off research, I figured out how many I would need, and the routine of taking care of them. I felt pretty confident that I could handle it. I mean, I was washing poop every other day. At the time, I didn’t have the upfront cost…I knew that it would balance out after since I would only have to by laundry detergent after, but I just didn’t have it.

Then, I looked into menstrual cups. They were a bit more affordable for me at the time, but the idea of them kinda scared me….I’m not sure why?!

Since I didn’t buy the cloth pads and I was a little skeeved out by the cups, I kept on doing what I always did and I wasn’t happy. I would have nighttime leaks, daytime leaks, irritated skin…just not fun. Then, I got pregnant again… I didn’t need any of that stuff anymore. I placed all my research and discomfort in the back burner and enjoyed my period free life!

My daughter was born in March of 2014 and in May Aunt Flow came back. I went back to my routine of disposable pads and tampons. Mostly pads, ever since child birth, tampons don’t feel comfortable anymore. The annoying cycle began again… I would have nighttime leaks, daytime leaks, irritated skin… I got all that research off the back burner and divulged myself a little more. This time, I was over the leaks and irritated skin. In my head I’m thinking, I definitely wouldn’t have irritated skin anymore, but I might deal with the same leaking problems with the cloth pads. Since I came to this realization, I began giving the menstrual cups a chance.

Finally at 9 months postpartum, I made a decision! I decided to go with The DivaCup!I was however halfway thru my Aunt Flow visit, so I decided I would get it for my next visit.

Well, here I am, day two of my Aunt Flow visit and I’m in love! I bought The DivaCup yesterday at Whole Foods and began using it in the evening. Since I am 30, soon to be 31, and have had two vaginal deliveries, I bought the size 2.

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There was a bit of adjustment, but I think the adjustment was in more in my head than down below. I realized it’s very comfortable. I basically had to get over the “gross” factor that was in my head. For some strange reason I thought it was going to be messier and scarier. However, there really isn’t anything gross or scary about it. I think that pads and tampons make it grosser and scarier.

So here’s how my first night went. I placed it before dinner and since I was aware of it and trying to see if I could feel it, I could. Once I started to eat and think of something else, I forgot it was there! Then, I took it out to shower and put it back into sleep. Making sure it wouldn’t be in there for longer than 12 hours!

That’s right 12 hours! It’s so exciting to know that I can be leak free for 12 hours! I am still getting used to it, but I’m sooooooooo happy!

The DivaCup is invigorating! It’s really a freeing feeling! Usually, when Aunt Flow comes, I feel limited with what I can do and wear. Making sure I don’t have “pad-ass” as my Mom and I fondly called it! I’m not going to lie, it is strange to not be wearing a pad, but I never want to again! This is great!

I know that this is only day 2 of 7, and I could be getting ahead of myself, but I’m pretty sure I will feel the same way on day 7 as I do right now!

The DivaCups website is amazing!
The DivaCup It is so well organized and answers every question you could possibly have! That’s why there was no doubt in my mind when I chose this menstrual cup! There also isn’t a doubt in my mind that when my daughter is of age, I will be introducing her to this!

Till next time!

**UPDATE-2/17/15** I just wanted you all to know that my opinion hasn’t changed. My second Aunt Flow visit has come and gone and it was a pleasurable experience with the DivaCup! I highly recommend that you get yourself one! I absolutely am in love! It’s almost like I’m excited for the visit just so I can use this product… I know strange right?!

*I am not affiliated with The DivaCup company. These are my opinions and experiences alone

Beginning Essential Oils…

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I am really trying to make better choices for myself and my family. One of the choices that I made was to start eating healthier…We 1/2 way have that under control. I mean we still screw up here or there, but we are trying…

The next choice I am making is to begin using essential oils (EOs), instead of always running to pop a pill! A much more natural way to cure ailments. Now, I know that there maybe an occasion here or there where a pill or some type of medication is needed, but I think a lot of things can be solved with EOs.

Here are my first few oils…

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Vertigo blend (ginger, lavender, peppermint , basil, frankincense, and orange), lemon, lavender, eucalyptus , frankincense, peppermint, and two doTerra blends Balance and Breathe.

So far I have been successful in a few areas and the EOs are working!

I have been able to take care of headaches with peppermint. I rub a drop on each temple and one drop on the back of my neck. If the headache occurs at nighttime or is slightly intense, I add a little lavender to help relax. I did experiment with a drop of frankincense on the roof of my mouth for a headache….oh boy, that was an intense experience. It tasted like a Christmas tree in my mouth. I think I was so focused on the icky flavor that I can’t remember if it helped or not. I don’t know if I will do that again.

My sister in law is very into EOs and I asked her what she would use for vertigo. Because I have been experiencing strange vertigo and slightly feeling off kilter. Especially at that lovely time of the month. she made a blend for me, but it just wasn’t feeling right. So, I began hunting for another blend. I discovered Balance by doTerra. Here is doTerra’s description:

Balance
Grounding Blend
Everyone experiences moments of disconnectedness or anxiety. The warm, woody aroma of Balance, dōTERRA’s grounding blend, creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy to offer an enticing fragrance which promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.

I have been using this for 3 days and it seems to be helping. I put two drops on each foot and one drop on my wrists. I reapply during the day. This blend smells wonderful.

I also discovered Breathe by doTerra.

Breathe
Respiratory Blend
Respiratory issues are prevalent in modern society. dōTERRA essential oils are a perfect way to ease breathing consistently for a sustained benefit. Breathe is a remarkable blend of CPTG® essential oils which combine to do just that—help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for nighttime diffusion allowing for restful sleep

I have used this for my husband and son while they were congested. My husband added directly under nostrils. For my son, I diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on his chest and feet.

I literally began this journey on Black Friday…I’m loving it so far! I look forward to where this journey will take me. I do know that I need to add oils to my collection, a EOs book and a room diffuser or two.

I’ll be posting more essential oil adventures I’m sure!

*these are my opinions and experiences with essential oils. I am not affiliated with doTerra.