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The Homemade Flu Kit

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I get really nervous when it comes to puke and tummy bugs (or all sickness for that matter)! So having a toddler, I am constantly worried she will get a tummy ache and throw up, and there is not much a mommy can do to help. I know it is just part of life- but defiantly one of my least favorite parts of life.

I have come up with a way to help parents during that hard stage of your child’s life where they can’t tell you how they feel, or know what’s coming (if you know what I mean)…  😉 Plus, this way if they get sick in the middle of the night- you don’t have to scramble to find everything.

The Homemade Flu Kit for Home:

You need-

  • A container or box (big enough for everything)
  • Absorbent paper towels
  • Some old/absorbent bibs
  • A new bottle of Pediayte (with a long shelf life)
  • Chicken Soup
  • Saltine crackers
  • A few old towels
  • An extra thermometer (do not put your only one in here)
  • A couple hair ties for a girl
  • Grocery Bags (for the trash cans or for dirty paper towels)

 

The bibs are to help you not have to change clothes as much, so use old bibs that can be stained. The towels can be used to lay over our laps during snuggle time, over sheets in bed, over the floor or chairs. Paper towels are to help clean up messes.

This can easily be adjusted for adults by using Gatorade, soups, crackers and box of Jell-O)

Put all this in a box and store in your pantry or closet and you will be thankful next time you have a sick kiddo.

 

The On the Go Kit (for the car- since kids get sick at the worst times)20141120_140912

You need:

  • A small bucket (for puke) 😛
  • Grocery bags (for puke, and yucky bibs)
  • Open roll of paper towels
  • Bibs (to help keep clothes clean)
  • old towel (to keep lap and car seat clean)

Store under your car seat so you’re always prepared.

The first couple weeks with a newborn

I was reminiscing today about how much life is different with a baby. I think it takes a good month or so to get used to having a new member of the family. I was thinking back to how hard life can be with a newborn.  Or at least,  how hard it was for me. With both babies I experienced the baby blues, a stage of depression that occurs after child birth. Many things cause this to happen,  but it is mostly caused by crazy changing hormones and lack of sleep.  It took me about 3 weeks to get over this feeling of… “what have we done? We can’t take care of another person. This is so hard and I’m so tired! “. I love my sweet babies, but this is a rough time.

I thought I would share some thought and ideas as well as my experience and struugles, in hopes to help new mommies.

Before the baby comes be as prepared as possible, my goal is a month before baby is due.  With both kiddos,  I had their rooms almost completely done (I have curtins for my boy’s room still to do), clothes were washed and away (I have 0-9 months of clothes out, but we dont have a ton of clothes). I have  box ready for clothes to go in as they become too small. The carseat and hospital bag are ready and waiting.  The crib is ready with a towel over the sheet to help it from getting dusty. The changing table is set up, the play pen is ready to be used as a changer downstairs and the bassinet is ready (with a small lift under the matress,  as most babies have a little bit of reflux when born- I use a tiny blanket folded up under it).  if your situation is at all like mine, I packed a little basket to help me get through the nights with a newborn.  This is full of lots of diapers because newborns go potty about every feeding (2-3 hours around the clock). I read somewhere that the average newborn goes through 70 diapers a week. Also in the basket is a small pack of wipes, a swaddle and hat for baby, a pacifier a burp cloth. This helped me not have to go around the house looking for things in the middle of the night.  I found I spent most of the night downstairs while my family slept upstairs.  This was helpful to me so I wouldn’t wake up my toddler or hard working husband with baby cries or feeding alarms.

I found that it was a good idea to have some newborn formula and a bottle on hand and ready, even though I planned to exclusively breastfeed. Also, the micro steam bags are wonderful to have to sterilize bottles, pacifiers or anything else. I use the madella micro steam bags they can be used 20 times a piece, so each box has 100 uses for like $6.00. Totally worth it in my head, since I hate doing dishes.

On the topic of feeding,  I think this is the hardest part of having a newborn.  I had one kiddo that I has to wake to eat by setting alarms in my phone, and one newborn that always woke up on his own to eat. I use an app on my phone to help me know how long it’s been since the baby ate. It also times me, so I know how long they ate for. It took about a week for my milk to fully come in and during that time the nurse advised us to do triple feeding. This is nursing as long as the baby will, then feeding a little bit of formula while pumping.  It’s of course helpful to have someone help during this time. It was hard when Jason went back to work. The only way to boost your mill supply is by extracting lots of milk, so I was pumping even though nothing came out. Within the first month and a half I struggled with engorgment (an over supply often happens to mom’s while their body is adjusting to how much milk is needed), I got mastitis (a blocked milk duct that got infected – makes you feel really sick). I also had to adjust my diet because both my kids had/have milk protein allergies (that make them really fussy and my oldest even had blood in her stool) so I can’t have milk. With my daughter,  her latch was so bad I would cry adjust every feeding and had bleeding nipples for 2 months (tmi, but true). I found even through the hardships it was totally worth it!

I think the first 2 weeks are the hardest, with the baby blues,  the constant diaper changes, the umbelical cord consideration,  your own body healing, but I found by week 3-4 I was starting to get the hang of it and starting to feel good about it. It is so wonderful to add a member to the family, just have to make it through the first couple weeks. I can’t imagine life without my sweeties!

Dinner menu

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My first “good ideas” blog will be a quick way to make life a little easier. Dinner time for our family has always been a struggle, when it comes to deciding on what to have. My husband and I got so sick of the conversation,  “what do you want for dinner?”, “I don’t care, what do you want?”, “what do we have?”- so I decided to do something about it.

 

I made a menu for two week planning. This is something we do before putting in the order for our groceries (we do Walmart delivery). We see what we already have,  what we need to make meals (bread, or meat or whatever), then fill in the other days with what we want to have. Then shop accordingly. We go over our calendar and mark if we are going out or are having company. This has helped us make better shopping choices,  helped us use the food we have, and save us the drama of dinner deciding.

 

I just used a piece of scrapbook paper, printed off some labels of food choices. Make sure to make as many as you will need for 2 weeks or however long you are making your menu for.  For example,  we eat bacon and eggs 2 times a week, so I need 4 labels for that. I used clothes pins and wrote the days of the week × 2. Then used another piece of paper to make a pocket for the extra food labels.

 

This has helped us so much, but most importantly we don’t have the food conversation anymore 😉