Motherhood, Parenting

Antibiotics and Anxiety

Per usual, I have come down with my second sinus infection of the season. It happens AT LEAST twice a year.

I was prescribed Augmentin. I was just prescribed the same medicine back in December for my first sinus infection. I thought nothing of starting this round. I was feeling pretty bad and actually took a day off of work.

I started to experience dizziness and nausea. I knew that Augmentin could mess with my stomach, so I figured I’d have to deal with it. Lack of appetite, nausea, and dizziness continued over the next couple of days. My anxiety also skyrocketed.

I figured the dizziness was from sleeping funny and my anxiety was high because of the dizziness. Finally, I did a little research.

Turns outs, I think all of my symptoms are a reaction to the Augmentin. I know antibiotics kill ALL (bad and good) bacteria. I know how important gut health is and how it does effect my anxiety levels. I have been taking a probiotic with my antibiotic, but apparently it is not enough.

I will be calling my doctor tomorrow to find out my options. I cannot continue to take this round. My lack of eating along with my increased anxiety is too much for me to handle.

Motherhood, Parenting

Antibiotic Injections

My little guy has had a fever (on and off) since Saturday. The flu was ruled out, but Monday we started oral antibiotics for an ear infection.

Tuesday he FINALLY saw some relief and his fever was gone! Happy dance for our household! Wednesday morning he woke up with a fever again!

All evening, he was very fussy and just wanted to sleep. By this morning, he was fever free again. But slowly throughout the morning it started to creep back up. He was fussy and refusing food.

We went back to the doctor and found out his antibiotics weren’t working. He receive one antibiotic injection in each leg, and has to return Saturday for another round.

We will have a consultation with the ENT in about a month.

Surprisingly, we saw a huge improvement in him by this evening. He was running around and playing with his brother. I’m hoping I have my happy little man back tomorrow!

Motherhood, Parenting

How I got my 3 Yr Old to take his Vitamins daily

Bribery.

Is anyone surprised with this answer? Every imaginable virus has hit daycare hard last week. I have fought him for weeks about taking his daily vitamin, but never won.

Last week, I decided it wasn’t an option anymore. It was really my only way of feeling like I am helping prevent illness.

I offered fruit snacks.

I offered ice cream.

I offered M&Ms.

I threatened bedtime!

Finally, I threatened no IPad!!!

We had a winner. Everyday to “earn” his IPad privileges he has to take his vitamin. So days takes longer than others, but he ALWAYS gives in.

Anyone have any tricks they use to get their kids to take their vitamins?

Motherhood, Parenting, Weighloss

How do Working Moms Find Time to Workout

I’ve been saying for months that it’s time for me to start working out again. Problem is, I can’t seem to find time to fit it into my schedule.

Before everyone starts with the cliche sayings, my schedule is jam packed!

We wake up at 5am on the weekdays. We shower and get ready for the day. We leave the house by 7am. I drop them off at daycare and get to work a little after 8am. I get off of work at 5pm and get back to daycare by 545pm. We get home around 6pm and we start dinner. By the time we eat and clean up, it’s after 7pm. We do bath time for both of them and the little one does bedtime at 8pm. The big one goes to bed at 9pm.

Typically, I then get lunches ready for the next day and run the dishwasher. By this point, I’m tired and want some down time.

I’m sure after the kids go to bed is the ideal time to get my work out in, but then I’m not tired right away. If I stay up until 11pm, I can only get 6 hours of sleep. To add to the mix, my youngest doesn’t sleep through the night. He still gets up one to two times a night.

Suggestions are welcome!!

Motherhood, Parenting

5 Ways to keep your kids busy when you’re snowed in

We live in the northeast, and we got hit with a snow/ice storm last night into this morning. While I am thankful all of my friends and family stayed safe, it also means our little family was snowed in for an entire Saturday! I love snow days when it means I get to miss work, but a snow day on a weekend does not get the same excitement from me.

I needed ways to keep my sanity today. Here are a few activities that helped keep them occupied throughout the day.

1. Play time in the tub

My Littles receive a lot of new bath toys for Christmas. They were more than excited to jump in and play with their toys. This may have lasted 30 whole minutes before they were fighting to the point of tears with each other.

2. Netflix – Word Party marathon

Before anyone tells me how bad screen time is, I’m going to try and defend myself by saying this is “educational.” My oldest loves watching Word Party and it is geared towards teaching kids new words. *Warning- The songs are catchy and you may find yourself singing them*

3. Snacks

If your toddlers are like mine, they need approximately 685 snacks a day. Mainly because they refuse to eat any meal I actually prepare, but that’s a different issue. Today I used snack breaks to my advantage. Anytime there was any whining. I offered a snack.

4. Send them outside with day to play in the snow

This only worked for my oldest. My youngest was down for his nap, so this was the perfect time to catch 20 minutes of peace and quiet. That’s right, 20 minutes of quiet while I cleaned up every toy that was taken out during the morning.

5. Break out the air mattress

Every toddler loves bouncing and jumping. I pulled out the air mattress and this kept them busy for about 2 hours!! And it helped to burn off the extra energy they had from being home all day. Who would have thought that an air mattress would be so fun?

If you’re in the northeast, I hope you survived our snow/ice storm with your sanity! I’m looking forward to hitting the grocery store tomorrow just to get out of the house!

Motherhood, Parenting

Work Sucks after Christmas “Break”

Today was our first day back after our Christmas break. No work or daycare for 12 straight days!!!

Needless to say this morning was chaotic. It was my Little’s first day of Tiny Tot. My oldest was so far off his routine that getting ready was a chore.

We were (of course) running late, and to top it off I scheduled to drop my car off for inspection. Did I mention the “feels like” temp this morning was –4.

We got to daycare late, dropped my car off late, and then arrived to work late. I hope this isn’t any indication how my year is going to go!

Here’s our sad attempt at our “first day back” photo.

Here’s to hoping that this “short” week doesn’t feel like an eternity!

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Change of Plans

Today was planned to be a busy day.

My Gram has been ill and is in the hospital. The plan was to drop the kids off at the in laws, and go into town to see her.

After, we had our friends daughters birthday party.

Cue the early morning wake up from our littlest. He had caught the stomach bug that our older one had on Wednesday. Knowing that my oldest only threw up once, I wasn’t too worry.

Turns out, I should have been worried! My little did not stop throwing up for the next 7 hours!!

We had to take him to Children’s Express walk-in because he couldn’t keep anything down. Being so little, I was nervous he was going to become dehydrated.

As it always works out, when we got there he started to keep fluids down. I’m thankful, but isn’t how it always works? As soon as you get to the doctor they are better! Luckily, we were able to avoid a trip to the ER for fluids. He had 11 minutes left to pee or we would have been on our way to the hospital.

Needless to say, we didn’t make it to visit my Gram or the birthday party. #lifeofatoddlermom