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Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

Ear infections and teething March 11, 2008

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Sorry about the lack of posts.

It has been a touch couple of days.

My one year old is suffering from her second round of ear infections.

She had an ear infection in one year when I took her for her one year check up about a month ago. After a round of anitbiotics, I suspected it had not fully gone away, but wasn’t sure and thought it might just be teething, that is until this past week when she spiked fevers of 104.

A visit with the doctor,  confirmed she now had an ear infection in both ears.

Combined with teething and a nasty diaper rash and diarreaha from the super strong antibiotic they prescribed, you can only imagine how much sleep she gets at night, none.

And how much crankiness and fussiness she was haing during the days, a ton.

She is finally starting to feel a little bit better, at least the fever is gone, finally, after 3 days of spiking 104 (knock on wood).

I think I have to wait for the antibiotics to run it’s course until some of the other symptoms clear up.

I know I have said this before, but it is hard when they are sick.

I do every thing I possibly can to make sure they are feeling better or at least on the path to feeling better, but sometimes it feels all you can do is never enough.

My daughter is such a tough, happy bubbly and energetic baby , it’s difficult to see her frowning and crying and so fragile.

I think the hardest part is not being able to communicate to them that “this to shall pass” .

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Me time November 6, 2007

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Every mom needs “me” time.

At least I do.

It helps me stay focused when I have ten thousand things to do and it helps me stay calm when a toddler tornado sweeps through my house, and an infant storm follows closely behind.

It allows me to breathe.

One big way I get my “me” time is by working out. If I can get my workout done, I feel like I have already accomplished a lot, so everything else is just bonus. I usually workout, every morning, after my husband leaves for the hospital around 6:00 (he is a nurse, yes, a MALE nurse, big joke…Meet the Fockers, if you’ve seen it you will understand).

Anyway, it is hard to go to the gym, so I try to wake up before everyone else does and get in at least 30-45 minutes. If the baby wakes, up I put her in her swing, bouncer or play yard and she falls back asleep. So because it is hard to go to the gym, I rely heavily on workout tapes. My favorites are the “old school” Tae Bo with Billy Blanks.

By Old School, I mean without the Amped bar, the Amped bar is good but I think it focuses completely on upper body. So I like the workouts without the bar, or the workouts with the “billy bands” also get your heart revved.

I switch it up with the Firm.

The carido/weight workouts with the step kick butt. Love it. If I don’t put the steps away fast enough, my kids also love it (something to climb on and a car ramp for my son).

I recently ordered something new, Beach Body Power 90 with Tony Horton.

I got it yesterday,broke it out this morning and I love it. He has a great stretching routine which wakes up your body and he is very inspiring, which I don’t know about you, but for me, it helps to get through the workouts on those days I would rather sleep in.

And then last but definetly not least I add a little Winsor Pilates.

Because I don’t get to go to the gym, but the 2 days a week my husband has off, it helps to have variety with my workout tapes. And then all those walks and running around with your kids are just extra.

Sure, I would love a treadmill, but because that’s not int he budget right now. I think the tapes are great. And with the variety, you can switch it up.

I love working out and when I work out I find the days go smoother, I have more energy and if everything goes berserk, I’m strong, I’m confident, there’s no taking down mom!