What a tiring past few days! We had a sick relapse over the weekend. My oven is not igniting, so I haven't been able to use my oven since Friday, when it worked perfectly well (thankfully the burners are fine.) The local wildlife has been very noisy at night and caused me to loose sleep two nights in a row listening to the sickest sounding crying. (It's either raccoons or foxes...I'm too chicken to further investigate at night!) The only one who enjoyed himself this weekend was the kiddo, who had fun at his swimming lesson on Saturday and saw two penguins in the mall on Sunday, in addition to visiting the Lego store.
So, not knowing what is up with my oven, I'll be planning non-baking dishes for meals this week until I figure out what to do about it. (Replace or fix a ten year old range??)
Last week, were really looking forward to the holiday weekend that included Presidents' Day. Friday was supposed to be mild weather, so I had a trip to the Morris Arboretum planned for the kiddo and I. The kiddo had a swim lesson and a birthday party scheduled for Saturday. My husband took Monday off so that we could spend a family day together exploring the Franklin Institute. My husband and I were fighting some sinus troubles, but they were manageable, just annoying. And then the kiddo woke up on Friday with a fever. Life came to an abrupt halt.
My son rarely gets sick. Seasonal and pet allergies trouble him, but a full blown cold and a fever occurs once yearly or less. So when he woke up on Friday morning and climbed into my bed, he felt like a heating pad on high. He had lots of nasal congestion but thankfully his lungs were clear sounding. His temp was just barely 100 degrees F, so it wasn't a worrisome temperature, but it was enough to make him lethargic. For two days he laid on the sofa and cuddled with me. This is a kid who just plays all day usually. When he had no energy but to lay there, I knew he was feeling really bad.
We were all feeling sick. It was just sad. How does a family deal with everyone being sick? This is what we did:
Clean. I continuously used bleach wipes to clean doorknobs, sink faucets and even the remote controls to keep the germs at bay. We ran the dishwasher with the sani-rinse setting too.
Laundry. I changed bed sheets, especially pillow cases. I also changed the hand towels in the bathrooms and kitchen often.
Hydrate. My son had no appetite, but I insisted that he drink often. He asked for iced tea, so I made a decaf herbal blend of hot tea and chilled it on ice for him to drink. I also gave him as many Honest Kids juice pouches as he wanted, along with water. The parents drank lots of hot tea and water too. I believe staying hydrated really helps with congestion, as well as has a cooling effect for a fever.
TV viewing. We usually don't watch TV during the day. With the lethargy going on here, we took advantage of the on-demand feature and found the first season of Phineas and Ferb and watched almost all of them! It was a nice way to cheer us up and we all got a laugh even though we felt crummy.
Sleep. My son refuses to nap because he is too old, he thinks, for naps. He did end up falling asleep on my several times. He also went to bed earlier than usual each night. This really helped him. (I on the other hand got little sleep, as I cleaned, did laundry and kept checking on my kiddo or had to help him when he was up with coughing spasms. My insomnia was kicked into high gear!)
By Sunday, my son was getting better but we stayed home and he just played all day. Monday he seemed to be great in the morning and we took the chance to go ahead with our plans to visit the Franklin Institute. I still felt exhausted from lack of sleep, but wanted to make the best of it since my son was so excited to see the Franklin Institute for the first time. It was a mistake to go, as he relapsed a bit by starting to be crabby and the cold air made his cough worse, so I kept him home from school on Tuesday, just in case. He was so mad that he missed school! (He LOVED the FI though, so much so that we bought a family membership so we can go back again!)
We are all still coughing a bit, but feel much better this weekend! I'm feeling grateful that we were just dealing with cold viruses and not the flu!
My son's bedroom has been through a metamorphis over the past five years. It went from baby nursery to a big boy bedroom in no time at all!
When he was a baby, his room looked like this, complete with hand knit blankets and a beautiful crib (that was later recalled due to the drop down side!)
Then he grew up into a toddler bed, his blue race car bed. The blankets were still there, but lots of boy stuff too!
And now, he has a real twin sized bed...the one he'll sleep in until he leaves for college! We searched for over a year and really debated what type of bedroom set we'd get him. He wanted a really cool castle bed with a slide, but in the end we decided it just wasn't practical or fiscally wise! We let him help choose this set from our favorite local family-owned furniture store. They thought it would take about 4-6 weeks for the furniture to arrive, but we were surprised that it came in under two weeks! Yikes! That meant lots of cleaning out and disposal of the old dresser and chest of drawers that had been my furniture. We had to replace them since the drawers were broken beyond repair. I had a week to empty out the room and sort through everything. I was able to donate tons of clothing and baby bedding, along with a bag of unused stuffed animals. We still have an abundance of stuffed animals, but I think they'll be here for a while.
My son wanted a construction themed bedroom. I am still in the process of making that theme happen, but for now he is happy with these cool wall decals I found that have construction vehicles, cones and signs. I like that they are repositionable and won't harm the paint. And for $12, when he changes his mind about the theme, they won't be a huge financial dent! We picked out some construction themed fabric to use for pillow cases and I found some construction themed bedding that will make it on his bed once I get it all washed. For now he is using his Ikea duvet with trucks and cars on it, and it works well!
We decided not to get the desk that matched the furniture. It was huge and would not fit into the room well. We chose to buy a very small desk from Ikea that fits nicely and was very inexpensive. If it ends up with crayons or marker stains on it, it won't be the end of the world. Eventually it will hold a laptop nicely or be a good place to do some homework. For now, my son is pretending it's his work desk! He has the best imagination!
Friday: I have no idea. I'm so sick of homemade pizza on Friday nights!
I've been really busy with lots of projects at home and have had no time to blog! Crazy, right? Between tons of knitting, a new bedroom for the kiddo, book clubs, and trying to keep a clean and organized house (HA!) I've had no extra time. I am contributing some posts to a great local website for kids. Check out Philly Kids Thing for fun local activities to do with your kids!