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!!

Weighloss

Face to Face Friday

I was going through my Timehop and a picture of me popped up from last year at this time. I was 2 months postpartum, and smaller than I am now!

Postpartum depression/anxiety hit me hard this time around. It was exactly a year ago today that I had the first panic attack that crippled my life. I could not force myself to drive for the next 4-5 months! That’s a long time when you work full time.

I was lucky enough to have the support of my family to get through one of the darkest times of my life. Also, I was lucky enough to have found supplements that could help as well. I tried many medications, but I could not get past the side effects.

This picture is just a reminder for me. Of where I was a year ago, how far I have come, and how far I still want to go on my current journey.

Recipes, Weighloss

FitMiss Protein Powder

I have been struggling to find a meal replacement shake that I like and that is within my budget.

I drank Shakeology for 6 months, and I loved it!  Unfortunately, with 2 small boys in daycare, Shakeology is just not in my budget.

I have done some research, and I have seen great reviews for FitMiss.


I went out and bought a tub of it.  I had a light dinner and had a shake tonight.

I bought the Chocolate Delight and mixed it with unsweetened almond milk and some PB2.  The taste wasn’t bad.  It does not taste as great as Shakeology, but I feel I can get past it.

I will try blending it tomorrow to see how it tastes with a banana and some ice added as well!!

Weighloss

Week 2 Results – Not the Best

Week 2 results are in, and I gained.  I’m definitely not happy, but I’m still down from my starting weight.


I’ve been logging some of my food, but as soon as I get home from work I lose focus.

My goal for this week is to track ALL of my food – good and bad.  Let’s be honest, slips up once in awhile.  We’re only human, right?

My week ahead will be challenging.  Today is my youngest son’s birthday.  My oldest son’s birthday is on Friday.  Their birthday party is on Saturday.  There will be a lot of temptation, and I just need to keep M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N in mind. 

Xoxo

HMB