Thursday, July 27, 2017

Baby/Infant Diarrhea and How To Deal with this Disaster

I went through hell and back when I lived with an infant suffering from the disastrous combination of bad diarrhea and raw diaper rash and we survived after 4 days so I can tell you the story and provide you with insights and tips on how to deal with it. If you're going through the same issue, remember, this too shall pass!

Just 2 months ago, we had to deal with the nasty coxsackie, otherwise known as Daycare's number 1 virus hand, foot and mouth disease - Mikey had blisters all over his throat, making it painful for him to eat, and, to top it all off, he had a fever and was all around uncomfortable, making him extremely fussy. We thought we had it really bad then until we had to go through the frightening combination of diarrhea and intense diaper rash.

We recently completely switched Mikey to an all-table food diet as directed by his pediatrician. Everything has been going well until one day we woke up to our precious little one soaking in the pool of his own poo.... All over our bed (yes, we co-sleep and one of the dangers of having this arrangement is potentially swimming in your own child's stool - we found out the hard and stinky way). Mikey's doctor was not convinced that it's the table food switch that caused it because we've been doing it for over a month now. Doctor suspects the major teething that he's currently going through.

So, I immediately changed Mikey and he started wailing. The last time I heard him cry like that was when he was a few days old and my husband and I were still super new to the whole parenting thing. I am not kidding. He cried so loud, I feared the neighbor would call Child Care Services.

The pain in the ass... In more ways than one.

Baby Proofing Technology

My husband and I love watching tv - from Sienfeld and The Office re-runs to new episodes of our current obsessions, namely House of Cards, Better Call Saul, Big Little Lies, The Night Of and so much more.

We love enjoying our evening couch time, or floor time for that matter since we involve Mikey in our tv habit (we like laying on the rug with him watching TV as he crawls around playing with the random-est things to amuse him).

So, it didn't come as a surprise to us when Mikey suddenly grew fond of remote controls. He has been seeing how this powerful little black thing controls what gets flashed on the screen. He loves pressing the buttons and seeing the cause-and-effect of every little action that he makes with it.

It has become one of his favorite toys (along with the tissue box and his banana shaped toothbrush - I know, it boggles me as to why we even spend a lot of money on fancy toys when he's perfectly happy with regular household objects.)

Anyway, we allow him to play with it when we're not using the television because what's the harm, right?

It has been fine up until yesterday when I saw this email from Amazon.

I mean, he could have at least ordered something I'd like to watch.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mikey's Fist Baby Pool!

All winter long, I've been dreaming of summer. Long, sunshine-y days of spending hours in the backyard with Mikey and my husband, BBQ-ing and just enjoying each other's company.

I've planned so much summer activities during the cold and bought this inflatable pool from Amazon early February (no kidding). Thinking about summer helped in keeping me sane as I powered through the dead of winter.

Two weeks ago, we were blessed with a wonderful 80+ degree weather and so my husband and I decided it was time to blow up the inflatable pool and introduce Mikey to the joys of splashing in his own little basin.

Mikey loving the Intex Whale Spray Pool from Amazon ($11 at the time of purchase)
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