Mommy Monday

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Guys. This flu foolishness has me stressed out. Just look at this map from the CDC:

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I’ve already heard of ten cases at our Mother’s Day Out program (five of which are in my kids’ classes!) and I’m seriously going crazy waiting for symptoms. I really don’t want my kiddos (or myself!) to get it!

I already had a doctor’s appointment this morning (calm down, it was just a check-up) so I asked him what we can do to help keep ourselves flu-free. I thought I’d share what he told me with you guys!*

Get a Flu Shot 

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This is kind of a given. He said that the flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it will just shorten the days you have it/lessen the severity of the flu.

 

Avoid Contact With Folks that Have the Flu

 

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This is also a “no-duh” kind of tip. But still, just stay away from people who have the flu. No point in exposing yourself (and everyone under your roof) to that.

 

Wash Your Hands! 

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Again, DUH! But this isn’t just for you, this is for your kiddos too. Make them wash their hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing with toys at the store/daycare/school/doctor’s office, and after petting animals. There’s also a great hand sanitizer that’s alcohol-free (and safe for littles) that I keep on me all the time for the kiddos!

 

Take A Multivitamin

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Taking a vitamin with Vitamin-C, B-vitamins, and elderberry can help your immune system. In fact, elderberry has been show to help reduce the severity of the flu as well as help prevent catching it! (The kiddos and I have been taking these!)

 

If You Have Young Kids, Clean Their Toys at the End of the Day, Everyday (And Wipe Down Doorknobs With Clorox Wipes)

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Little Ones put everything in their mouths. The doctor said its important to make sure their toys are sanitized because of that reason. Especially if that kiddo attends daycare. Also, we all touch hundreds of surfaces a day. Be sure to clean the door handles around the house to get rid of any germs that may be sticking to them.

 

Now, let’s all spray ourselves with Lysol and pray we don’t get the flu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I’m not a doctor. This is in NO way me saying “avoid going to the doctor because this is what MY doc said”. If you think you’re getting sick AT ALL, go see your primary care physician. Also, do not follow any of these tips unless you check with your provider FIRST.

 

 

Mommy Monday

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So, the day after Thanksgiving Huff the Tot got the tummy bug and thought that Mommy made a better vomit catcher than her bucket. Yeah. Seriously.

Naturally, I assumed the rest of us were going to get it. A week passed and nothing happened so I figured we’d dodged a bullet. Then on Saturday, I woke up with a sore throat. And white spots on my throat. Sunday, the same things happened. I hit that sore throat hard and thought I had turned a corner. Little did I know that the germs had also turned a corner and decided to go south. Yep. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

Because of this, Mommy has been moving a little slow today while also scrubbing every inch of this house with Clorox wipes. I’m completely convinced that one of my sweet little germ bags gave this to me. Because those kids share every germ imaginable. The gals at I Mom So Hard know EXACTLY what I’m talking about:

 

Here’s to a healthier holiday season!

Try It Tuesday

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I said yesterday, my little ankle biters have been sick A LOT this past week and a half. It seems like once I finally get one kid well, the other one comes down with something. Clearly washing their hands (and mine) fifty times a day wasn’t helping and I’m now at the point to where I’m willing to try anything. Enter: essential oils.

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Now, I’ve tried EOs before (they actually help me with my anxiety) and liked them. I’ve been a little skeptical of their “healing properties”, but like I said, I’m willing to try anything. So I perused Pinterest and found this awesome DIY hand sanitizer and thought I’d give it a whirl!

 

Here’s what I used:

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~2 oz spray bottle (you can find these at Walmart or Target in the travel section)

~1/4 teaspoon salt

~8-10 drops Medieval Mix (when I went to the natural grocers, I asked the lady there for something comparable to Thieves or On Guard and she said that this was what both of those are based on!)

~distilled water (not pictured; simply because I’m surviving on very little sleep thanks to sick kiddos and completely forgot to add it to the picture)

 

First, pour in the salt and then add your essential oils (this is so the salt can absorb the oils and mix better with the water):

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Then, add your distilled water and shake:

 

That’s it! You’ve now successfully made hand sanitizing spray (or pacifier sanitizing spray, toy sanitizing spray, the list goes on)! I’m hoping to see a difference in the frequency/intensity of sicknesses in the Huffman Homestead!

Do you use essential oils? What do you use them for? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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The past week one or both of my children have been sick. This means I’m getting less sleep than normal (which isn’t much) and any of my awake time is spent worrying about their health, remembering the last time they took medicine, and how often they’ve gone to the bathroom. Because, as any mom knows, when you inevitably go to the doctor, they will ask you how many wet diapers/trips to the potty your child has had and you will be expected to pull these answers magically from your butt.

Needless to say, its been rough around the Huffman Homestead.

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So prayers for healing, my sanity/sleep to return, and any tips on how to help a kiddo get over croup are absolutely, 100% welcomed.

 

Mommy Monday

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Hello, all! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a week! Actually, I can. Y’all, the plague hit the Huffman Homestead last week.

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Okay, not really. But I seriously thought I may die. It started last Monday evening. I was super nauseous and couldn’t eat anything. I went to bed at 8:00 that night and when I woke up, I felt even worse. I usually keep Huff the Babe with me on Tuesdays, but I could barely take care of myself. It took every ounce of energy I had to get her dressed and into her car seat.

When I got home, the spewing started. I won’t regale you with the gory details, but picture the scene from Bridesmaids with the pie-eating story from Stand By Me and you’ll get the picture.

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It was the worst I had ever felt in my entire life. I was so weak, couldn’t keep anything down, and what was worst, I couldn’t spend time with Huff the Babe. I was so nervous that I’d give her the bug, that Huff the Hubs ran interference between me and her. It was heart-wrenching to hear her call out for me and I couldn’t go to her.

(I think she finally started to understand because she kept saying, “Mommy sick? Momma tummy hurt?” every time she saw me.)

 

After a trip to the ER Thursday night, I finally started to feel better. They gave me two bags of fluids and some medicine that made me feel super loopy; Huff the Hubs even told me I started laughing for no reason. I have no memory of this.

But, after many, many days of basically staying in bed all day long and the countless servings of mashed potatoes and chicken noodle soup, I am back to 100%!

Fair warning, though: if you get whatever super stomach bug this is, its terrible. Wash your hands, don’t drink after people, and stay away from sickies. Basically, live the way Sheldon does and you should be fine.

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Stay healthy, friends!