Preparing For Cold and Flu Season With #PedialyteSingles

Last winter my boys were sick almost the whole entire cold & flu season. It was horrible. We had to cancel on playdates and birthday parties and basically spent every day inside.

 

The boys were miserable and so was I.

 

This year I wanted to be prepared for cold & flu season so I planned ahead. I went to Walgreens to purchase Pedialyte which is what my sons’ Pediatrician suggests I give them when they are dehydrated.

In the baby care aisle I found Pedialyte Singles which look like little juice boxes. I knew my toddlers would love drinking out of these since they love anything with a straw. Best of all they came in Apple flavor which is a favorite around here.

If you find your children are dehydrated this winter please contact your Doctor. If your child’s Pediatrician suggests Pedialyte to help with the dehydration you can use Pedialyte’s store locator to find a store near you that sells your favorite Pedialyte product and also visit their website for a special coupon worth $1.50 off.

To learn more about my Pedialyte shopping mission you can view my Whrrl story below.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this blog post and Whrrl story by Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Just a Bit of Perspective…

A few hours ago I was fed up. I had declared this day to be “one of my worst mommy days ever” and was literally ready for it to be tomorrow. Ok, so sometimes I can be a little dramatic… I’m sure I have had worse days but this day was seriously horrible.

A little background: Both my children have bronchitis which meant I was tired from being up a lot the night before cleaning out noses. It also meant the boys were extremely cranky because they were not feeling well. On top of this I think they gave me some of their sick germs because I was was congested and feeling a head cold coming on.

Since it was the weekend most of you moms out there would assume that I probably had help. Nope, not the case. Daddy was working which meant I was home alone. I was dealing with things up until that point but then I got a call from Sinisa that he was working 5 hours longer than he was originally scheduled to. This is when I lost it and demanded that he tell his boss no he couldn’t work overtime because he needed to go home to his family. Oh. Yes. I. Did. Long story short he stayed at work and when he came home I was in a better mood.

Why?

BECAUSE I PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE…

Sinisa was working all day BUT at least he has a job.

My kids are sick BUT at least they are home and not sick enough they had to be hospitalized.

Lucas didn’t want to take his medicine BUT at least we had insurance to pay for the medicine.

Jacob wiped snot all over me continuously BUT at least we had tissues he could have used.

Lucas spit carrots in my face BUT at least I had a sense of humor.

Jacob was cranky BUT at least he has toys to play with and TV to take his mind off of being sick.

Lucas had major diarrhea BUT at least I have other diapers and clothes to put him in.

Jacob dumped two bowls full of food on the ground BUT at least he has food to eat.

Lucas cried a lot BUT at least he can vocalize his feelings.

As for me-

I’m tired BUT at least I have a warm bed to crawl into.

I have a messy house BUT at least I have a roof over my head.

I have a huge to-do list BUT at least I have opportunities for future personal growth.

I was frustrated BUT at least I have friends to talk to that reassure me that things will get better.

I had a hard day BUT at least I am alive and have a family to complain about.

AND I have an awesome little sister who, as I type, is making homemade cookies *and she even offered to let me lick the spoon*. Chocolate cookies make everything a little better, don’t ya think? :)

March Updates…

Jacob and I have been sick a lot lately. I think I can count on my hands  the number of days that we both have been healthy these past two months. It’s very overwhelming being pregnant and sick and then on top of that having to deal with a sick child. It’s been very difficult for me to stay at home and not go anywhere because the days seem very long and I miss all of the social interaction I get from my mommy groups. Being sick has kept us at home a lot more and I have managed to do a few things with the limited energy and time I’ve had.

My updated March “goal” list:

JUST FOR ME

Get a haircut :) I had not had one since before Jacob was born so for at least 10 months! And I actually got a decent one instead of the cheap ones I normally get.

-Have a “me” day

-Be more positive

HEALTH

-Take my prenatal vitamin every day -so far I’ve taken it maybe 5/13 days…

LOVE

-Cook dinner at least once a week for Sinisa

-Write a letter to Sinisa

Go on a date

-Start the Love Dare book (again)

Buy Sinisa something he’s been wanting

-Do something special for Sinisa’s birthday- his birthday is Sunday and my grand plans were ruined thanks to his mother but I’m going to at least try to salvage them…

BEING A MOMMY

-Write Jacob, Lucas, and Avery each a letter

-Get Jacob’s 9 month pictures taken

Take a belly picture

-Order Jacob’s birth certificate

FAMILY

-Spend at least five days with family- think I’ve spent 2 or 3 so far…

-Email my grandma

SOCIAL

-Go on kid-free weekend trip w/ friends- scheduled for next weekend

HOUSEHOLD

-Sanitize all Jacob’s toys

-Get rid of 10 magazines in my “magazine” basket

-Organize kitchen cabinets- I did one cabinet so far…

-Make crib rail covers- material bought/washed already

Clean vent and fan-

FINANCIAL

-Stick to monthly budget- so far we are doing good…

-Pay off car- thought I paid it all off but then got a letter saying I owe more… grr…..

Become current or payed ahead on all bills

-Save a portion of each paycheck- we are on schedule to save $500-$1000 this month

-Open a savings account- want to do at the end of the month

-Get Renter’s insurance- got a rate quote online but have to check another place before deciding

Make a menu for at least one week and follow it when grocery shopping– I forgot my grocery list at home but think I ended up getting almost everything I need.

ENTERTAINMENT

-See a new movie

WRITING/READING

-Read one Nora Roberts book

CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

-Complete scrapbook pages for Jacob’s birth and time in the hospital

-Start organizing pictures

GIVING BACK

-Do a random act of kindness

-Give away 50 items

-Leave a dollar somewhere a child will find it

SPIRITUAL

-Read Bible every day (using year plan)

-Tithe each week- haven’t gone to Church because one of us has been sick each week…

FUN

-Complete 10 suduko puzzles

-Try a new restaurant or a new food

ONLINE/COMPUTER

-Empty email inbox

Print out pictures on Snapfish through 6 months

Rename blog

THINGS TO BUY

Buy crib

-Buy video camera

Buy wii we are no longer buying this…

Buy new phones

-Buy toddler carseat- it is out of stock online at Walmart which is where I found it the cheapest so I’m trying to holdout until it’s available again…

JUST BECAUSE I NEED TO

-Get oil changed

Buy and use a fireproof box for important papers- bought it but it’s still in the box

-Resign lease for apartment

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So far I think I am doing ok in working towards my month goals. With getting my tax refund back I was able to complete or at least work on a bunch of financial goals which was good.  I got a pedicure/manicure and, with the exception of this week, have kept my house pretty clean this month. I also made it to Walgreens to start my diaper stockpile while they are having this amazing sale. I figure whatever Jacob can’t use, Lucas will be able to use…

I am on an antibiotic so hopefully I will feel better in the next couple days and will have more energy to do things. The weather also should be nicer these next few days which should motivate me to get some things accomplished :)