Happy, happy Wednesday all! I hope you are having a super day! It is another gorgeous day here in Wisconsin! After a pretty mild summer, fall is certainly making up for gorgeous days! I am loving the brisk temps in the morning and warm in the afternoon days! Let’s hope it continues for a bit!
So for the last week we have been dealing with sick little ones! Charlotte and Marsha both have a viral infection that is similar to chicken pox, it is not fun for them. Blisters and a fever, just a general yuck feeling. I have some other friends who are dealing with the same thing as we are, apparently, it was going through nursery at church. I thought of all that I try to do to make my girls feel better and thought, hey maybe I can share that and then people can share with me what they do, and we all learn something new that can work to help life and our little ones feel a bit better!
So I want to share my ten things that I do to try to make Charli and Marsha or really any of my kids, that are sick to feel better. Being sick is not fun in the first place, as a mom it is rare that I am sick and when I am….oh boy that is not fun, the house seems to fall apart. Anyone else have that experience? But when our kids are sick, we seem to find the energy to stay up later and get up early, do all our basic daily things and yet still find time to take care of that little one. We really are pretty amazing!
Okay, here are my ten!
1.Lots of Popsicles: A cold, or the flu, or just a yucky fever. Popsicles make everything better. You can do the kind that are 100 percent juice, or the kind that have electrolytes and all that good stuff. Either way, a popsicle can make any crabby little one happier.
2.Have a special Blanket: I have a fuzzy blanket that I let them snuggle with when they are sick. When they are done with it, wash it and put away until the next time.
3.Get them dressed for the day: Even if they are laying in bed the whole day, it always feels better to get dressed. Change their clothes! Change into fresh pjs or sweats. I know I feel better when I get dressed even when I feel awful, I think it is the same for kids.
4.Watch a new movie: Have a new movie hidden somewhere, and surprise them with it. Walmart always has cute little $3-5.00 movies in a big bin. Try to have one on hand.
5.Let them play: If they have the energy, let them play. I always like to let them go outside, even if only for ten minutes or so. A little bit of fresh air does wonders! Take them on a walk, bundle them up and go. If they don’t want a walk, snuggle them up and let them sit outside for a few minutes. If it is too yucky outside, play a little inside. Do puzzles, play pretend food, color.
6.Snuggle: Take time to snuggle with them. Even if you only have ten minutes every hour, do it! Find a few minutes every bit or so and snuggle with them. They really want you to be extra loving and a hug always makes things better.
7.Make easy meals: Serve meals that are sick friendly. To you and the sick child! Soups are great, easy casseroles, rice, things that don’t have you in the kitchen for hours and that are easy to eat.
8.Enlist the other family members: Encourage your other kids and spouse to spend time with the sick child. Read a book to them, or play a puzzle. Of course, don’t share glasses and make sure you wash hands but use their help! Encourage them to be thoughtful and helpful. They can even make little get well cards. Have them snuggle and watch a movie or just read to the sick little one.
9.Let your sick child set the pace: I let my sick children sleep when they want to sleep, and eat as they want. I encourage eating and tons of fluids, but I never force. When Emma was little, we insisted she drink some juice because she was so sick, it did not end well. Within minutes of finishing the juice, it all came back up. Not fun. I let them set the pace with eating, drinking and sleeping.
10.BE LOVING AND PATIENT: This is most important in my book. Be patient and loving with them. No one likes to be sick, no one likes to feel terrible. I try to have a lot of patience and be extra loving, encourage compassion within your family. You will feel frustrated at times, you will feel overwhelmed, you may feel like they are never going to stop being sick! But it will pass and sooner than you think. Look at the bright side, you have this opportunity to show them a wonderful example of caring for others. So take the time to be a little more patient or a little more loving.
That is my list! Poor Marsha and Charli are on day 5 of being sick, I am so hoping this passes soon! Charli seems to be almost well! I am very grateful for the gorgeous weather we are having! Yesterday, we loaded everyone in the double stroller and went on a walk for about 15 min, It was so lovely and lifted everyone’s moods! Just to clarify! I am not a doctor, so these ten things are my opinion only! They are things that I have found help me when my kids are sick!
What kinds of things do you do when you have sick kids? I would love to hear!! Please share your comments below!!
Have a super day!!
Messy Moment! yesterday I made about 10 dozen apple spice muffins, I had them separated in bags for easy breakfast mornings. There was a bag on the dining room table for snacking, you know the first day you make something, every one wants to eat them! Mike was grading papers at the table and I was doing homework with Lucy in the other room. Suddenly I hear Mike in a very singsong voice” Mommy, can you come in here?” I knew right away something was up. Mike does not call me mommy unless it is something with the kids…. I immediately grabbed my camera…. This is what I encountered!
Yes, that is Marsha with a destroyed bag of muffins!!! You can see she was still peeling the wrappers off!
This is how far apart they were! I could not believe Mike did not notice until she had gone through the whole bag! Haha! He felt so bad! All is well, though, She had her own little bag of bite size muffins, they were perfect this morning for her breakfast!
Salisbury steak fail turned into a delicious meaty gravy over mashed potatoes for dinner!
Taking pictures with Emma last night
Taking a walk with the girls and Emma, she is a really fun, amazing young lady. I can not believe how fast she is growing up! 15 next week!
Charli is almost better! WHOOO HOOO!!
Yoga pants…. I seriously think I am going to wear them until this baby comes….