Its the Cold/Flu Season..Some Tips!

So Its the Cold and Flu season and being a mom can be tough. Especially with figuring out what is wrong with your little one.

Lets start with a fever. First off a fever freaks any mommy out and that’s ok, it should. We need to be on alert . So If your baby gets a fever most of the time it can just be teeth at that 99/100 temp. But when it starts getting to the 101, that’s when I start to really pay attention to the fever. What I am writing and sharing is my own experience and what I have done.  I found when my twins get a fever of 101 and it stays and doesn’t go up or down its usually an ear infection. So I just give them some Tylenol or Advil and get them to the Doctor in the morning.  But when that temp starts to go up to the 102 plus that is when I start to get nervous and I am on it right away. If it hits close to 103.5 and you can’t bring it down, I head straight to the Doctor or PM Pediatrics. But I grab that Tylenol or Advil and give them it and then my goal is to cool them down! I start with taking off socks or blankets, a cold compress to the forehead and body. Sometimes I will take off the shirt. I find that the Advil kicks in within 10 minutes and lasts the longest. If I can’t drop the temp with just the taking off clothing. I will move them to a luke warm bath. This will help! Also Keep those fluids going. If its a baby, a bottle of water is fine for them. Also Pedialyte is good! As for toddlers I like to give them something with more than just water. Something with those electrolytes in them, Gatorade, even Cranberry, Apple juice.

Just a little Tid bit of info: If your child has a 24 hour stomach virus and is constantly puking. Try your best to get fluids in them. Ginger ale and Flat soda help the stomach. And yes its something we never give our kids, but in this situation it does help. And when they stop puking, they aren’t going to want to eat. But try your best to get some toast in them, cheerios and as for fluids you can even try ice pops. All rules get thrown out the door and you get what you can into them. But don’t start with anything that’s really heavy for there stomach if they just stopped puking. It will not stay down. Trust me!

Moving onto colds. I have stayed out of the doctors office and avoided Bronchitis  many of times by doing this: Now remember I am no doctor but I follow doctors instructions and I have not been steered wrong yet.  What I have found is that many cold medicines have ages of Four year or older and Six years and older. But many doctors when asked will tell you to give them these over the counter medicines but they give you the proper amounts to give. So just ask! My doctor always said 5 mg per 10kg. That has always worked for me. Also what has worked is using Robitussin. That has been my Lifesaver since my kids were 2 years old. Yes Two Years old! My Doctor told me it was fine to give it to them. That has always brought up there cough from there chest and surpressed it when needed. It also stops the runny and stuffy nose. I use that at night and when the kids wake up in the morning. I put them in a shower for the steam. So all those nose boogers come out. It really helps!! At night and during the day,  I find I always use Aquafora on there lips and under there nose for the rawness. I did try all those other non medical remedies like Vicks Vapor Rub, but I found they didn’t help at all! The only thing that did help was a Humidyfyer. And that too was a science cause if the kids have asthma it can work against you and if they are still coughing with the medicine just turn it off!! Everything as we know as a moms is balance..

I found that some people also don’t realize that the color of the boogers are an indicator as well if you have an infection. When they start to change colors like brown and yellow, its not good. Head to a doctor! Fever if not teething means infection. Yes a fever means the body is fighting off it but the kids are small and it can get serious fast. So head to a doctor! Also yes we give our kids over the counter medicine but be careful because sometimes it can mask things . So let that nose run for a bit and see how they are doing without any over the counter medicine. See how that cough is without it too. But one thing I will say is that Robitussin has kept me out of a doctors office more times than I would like to count. Hang in there! Ask another mom what they do! And I hope this post helps!

Christmas Gift Ideas

The countdown has begun, the toy catalogues are showing up in the mail, the kids are yelling “I want that!”  at literally every commercial and I have started to figure out how I’m going to budget in fun toys for each of my four kids for Christmas.    As a mom my job is to figure out what each kid wants for Christmas, research best prices, research reviews if the toy is good or ridiculously dumb and figure out how to purchase and wrap everything in secret.   The place I start is typically with TARGETs toy catalogue. The kids know this is my favorite store and I also have the Target app on my phone. I literally hand my phone to my older two so they can search the toys online and add items to my cart.   I let them know these cart items are building a list for Santa. They also go through the catalogue and circle, or my favorite, post-it note the items they want. My daughter this year had literally 40 post-it notes in the catalogue (I REALLY need to limit the amount of post-its I give her!).   We had to go through the list probably 5 times before I convinced her to pair her list down to her top 10! My kids realize Christmas is NOT all about the presents. We start right after Halloween every year and clean out closets and toy bins. Each kid needs to donate toys to the needy and choose toys for their new “wish” list that they will actually use/play with!

I thought I’d share a few top toys in case you are starting to research top 2018 toys Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas

From Cribs to Toddler Beds to….CAFFEINE!

I am in need for caffeine……where did my good sleepers go!?!   Who are these super active two year olds!?!?  Our twins have been fabulous sleepers ever since they were one month old!   After they turned one we would get a few naps plus a full nights rest from them.   Once they turned two they would nap 2 to 3 hours and then go to bed at 7:30pm and wake after 8 sometimes 9am!  It was FABULOUS! Friends and Family would comment “Wow they sleep so well for you!” Right before they turned 2 they discovered they could indeed launch themselves out of their cribs and out their door.  This scared the heck out of me as our bedroom is on the first floor and the way our stairs are built there is no easy way to add a baby gate. They do walk down stairs very well so I’m not entirely concerned at this point of them taking a tumble but, when everyone is asleep I worry about them sneaking downstairs and getting into mischief……plus they should be SLEEPING!  A Toddler who parties all night and gets no sleep is not a happy camper during the day. Continue reading From Cribs to Toddler Beds to….CAFFEINE!

Healthy Family Approved Dinners

Am I the only mom who thinks “gosh I wish I could come home and dinner would just be made?”    I absolutely LOVE cooking and have learned a great deal from my mom. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have most of us moms have to figure out not only what is healthy, what is affordable but, what will my family actually eat!?!?   

Here are a few ideas that have worked well for my family of 6!  (Most are healthy!) Continue reading Healthy Family Approved Dinners

No More Babies “R” Us …Amazon Baby Registry Way To Go!

I decided to write this Blog Post more so now because Babies “R” Us, is no longer going to be around. I truly don’t remember how I found out about this, but when I was pregnant I had two registries. One with Babies “R” Us and One on Amazon. It worked out great because everyone shops on that site and we had a lot of family that live out of town. It was easy for them to pick what they liked and ship. Also some of those things I registered for that are on my “Must Have List” weren’t in the stores , but were so good! So the Amazon Baby Registry allowed me to add those things.  Just a little bit of advice, there is some juggling with the registries. Sometimes, since I had twins, I split up the things I needed that were “Two of”. It worked and I was very happy with the registries. But now with no more Babies “R” Us, I just keep wondering what are the new moms going to do if there is no Buy Buy baby near them.  A little tid bit, sign up for Amazon Moms. There are a lot of benefits from Amazon Moms, especially the Diaper buying and the delivery. The cheapest way to get diapers and juggling the delivery is really easy! Just use the Subscribe and Save; Its worth it!! I was quite amazed at the benefits amazon had and it took me a bit to figure out. I wish someone had told me earlier about all of them! I know some people don’t even realize amazon has a registry amongst other things. I even do a kids wish list for their birthday, so instead of family members asking me what the kids need or like. They can see it for themselves if they want too. It works out great! So click this link if you want to see what the Amazon Baby Registry is about!

A List of Must Haves for your Baby or Babies!

So you just found out that you are having twins and are in complete shock! The question is; what do u need? What do you really need to survive. Some of the things I am going to list are also if you have a singleton baby, so please read on and get some ideas for yourself. I have included links on the products that I used from the very beginning. I hope these things will help you like they have helped me survive! Continue reading A List of Must Haves for your Baby or Babies!

Twin Size Beds versus Toddler Beds

So  the first question is are the twins ready for no more cribs? Well mine were just at the age of 23 months and one climbed out of there crib. And I thought ok its time for beds. THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING! The are not even two!! So I asked around! I had some people say, “you have to do toddler beds”. Than I had others that said don’t waste your money and just go to twin size beds! Well you guessed it, I wasted my money. Well Kind of!!! Continue reading Twin Size Beds versus Toddler Beds

Potty Training

So your little one has finally indicated what a toilet is! My twins were 2 1/2. She or He asks to sit on one, they ask to change their diaper. What should you do next? Well its time, go out and get some pull-ups and boys underwear or girls underwear! You will need to put the time in for this one, to get the end results! That means shut off the phones and stay around the house! And yes summers are easier! Less clothes to change!! What to do next? Continue reading Potty Training

The Book I Swear By For Sleeping!

When I had twins, I went back to work at week 8! While at work I had a singleton mom sit me down and say. “You have got to read this book!”  I don’t usually listen, but for some reason I did. I was Exhausted and really wanted the Twins to sleep through the night! So I ordered the book via Amazon; Let me tell you its a quick read! Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old (click to see or buy)! I was very apprehensive at first and was thinking “This is not going to work”! BUT IT DOES!! Continue reading The Book I Swear By For Sleeping!

Being a Mom is hard….lets be honest

There are some days that I feel so organized and everything just falls into place.  Then there are some days I wish I could just crawl back into bed. I’m almost positive I am not the only mom who has had those days.   Did you ever wonder how do I get all of this done? For those of you single moms do you ever think how can I do this all on my own? It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed.   It is completely normal to get frustrated. It is completely normal to yell and not be little miss mommy sunshine every day. Then if you are like me as you look at your ceiling trying to fall asleep at night you second guess EVERYTHING and think I am a terrible mom, I could have done better, will my kids be upset with me, oh CRAP I forgot to do (and list off a thousand things that never got accomplished in the day). Continue reading Being a Mom is hard….lets be honest

Throwing a Birthday or Halloween Party and Need Some Goodie Bag Ideas?

It’s October and that means I have been planning my twins birthday as well as Halloween festivities for school. I have been mainly trying to figure out what can you put inside a goodie bag or Halloween goodie bag, that’s peanut free or a non edible item. Meaning toys only! Continue reading Throwing a Birthday or Halloween Party and Need Some Goodie Bag Ideas?

No I am NOT pregnant!!! Help Getting Your Stomach Flat Again

I think it should be a rule to NEVER ask a woman if she is pregnant – and I mean NEVER – even if she appears to be ready to give birth right in front of you.    After my first son was born I bounced back to my pre-pregnancy weight without any problems. After my daughter was born it took a bit longer to bounce back. After the TWINS…..well they are two and the only thing bouncing STILL is my stomach!   Continue reading No I am NOT pregnant!!! Help Getting Your Stomach Flat Again

This One is for the Parents! Just a little knowledge…

This one is for the twin moms and towards the singleton moms and society. Have you ever had that one person, whether it me a family member, friend or another mom make like you are just nuts because you keep a very tight and protective schedule? Well there are many reasons for that and any mother who is a parent of twins would completely understand this. And if you are a parent of a singleton there is no way you can figure out why or understand why. So don’t even try! Lets explain: Continue reading This One is for the Parents! Just a little knowledge…

When and Who decided that Kids are no longer Kids at 5yrs old?

As you all know we just started kindergarten this year and my twins are still Four and will be turning Five in a month! Within the first week of school I am trying to figure out why have we stopped kids from being kids. Isn’t that our job as parents to let them not have a worry in the world and to let them play and be happy? First, let me say this opinion is coming from someone in the United States and in the state of NY so I can’t speak for everyone. So how do we let your kids stay kids when the school system and society doesn’t allow for this option. Let me explain: Continue reading When and Who decided that Kids are no longer Kids at 5yrs old?