Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sick, Sick, and more Sick

Poor baby girl. This has been our existence since Sunday night. Miriam went through a short stint of this during this time, but Lilia seems to have been hit the hardest. The silver lining is lots of downtime to binge watch HGTV shows on Netflix and plenty of snuggles from the sickie, but I'm not really sure that's a silver lining for her.

In thinking about all the illnesses we've endured since having children, I though I'd share some things I learned about the not-so-great times of fevers, runny noses, vomit and coughs.

1. Having a spouse who you can tag team with is the absolute best. Not type A? Even better when he is. Organization and quick-to-move are not my strong points. Neither is cleaning up vomit. Thankfully, Scott has a stronger stomach for that. Everything else, I can handle with ease.

2. Having easy to make meals and snacks on hand is necessity when only some of your children are too sick to want to eat much.

3. Chicken soup is so healing. Getting your children to eat said soup - pretty darn close to impossible when they hate soup.

4. Electronics are your friend. 

5. The nosefrida snot sucker is great for snotty babies. Breastmilk is even better.

6. Keeping a dead thermometer in your medicine cabinet with a working one will result in your husband inevitably getting the dead one in the middle of the night.

7. Tepid baths really do work for bringing down a fever.

8. Survival mode is ok. I fed my kids leftover pancakes with whipped topping and chocolate syrup the other day for lunch because the sick baby would only sleep and not cry if I was holding her.

9. The grape juice trick really works in preventing stomach bugs from spreading (we've done this twice successfully!).

10. This too shall pass. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Welcome to Life


Scott graduated from grad school and we survived. With flying colors. 

We made it through job losses, career changes, full-time jobs, part-time jobs, internships, heavy commutes. 

We made it through moving cross-country, one parent at a time, living with friends, living with family, packing without the strong arms of my husband but with loads of help from others, sickness in the middle of it all. 

We made it, and now we are back to some semblance of "normal" for us. And we breathed a sigh of relief. We still have had plenty of small bumps in the road, but we are right where we saw ourselves two years ago.

Now, we are moving on - enjoying the warm weather, homeschooling, exploring our new home, joining a new parish, eating home cooked meals, and actually keeping up with the laundry most days!

And with that, I hope to blog more and to keep AlmostDomesticMama going. Where I'm headed, we will see...