Little did I know we’d be spending the weekend in our PJ’s, watching Curious George on repeat, and wiping boogers non stop. I picked up Magnolia from daycare Friday evening and see seemed happy and healthy! Halfway through dinner Friday night I said to my husband, “I think Magnolia is getting sick”. Her eyes were glassy and my mommy gut just knew.
Saturday morning she woke up congested with a never ending runny nose. It’s always so sad having a sick child and I was grateful to be home all weekend with Neal to care for her. It’s a curse and a blessing when they get sick over the weekend. As a working mom, I’m so ever grateful for the time the weekend provides to recharge. Having a sick toddler over the weekend means our plans go out the window, but it also means I don’t have to stress over staying home or going to work. Having a sick child during the work week is really hard, so I was hopeful we could use the weekend to get Magnolia better. I don’t have any magical tricks up my sleeve, but thanks to the advice from other moms and trial and error over the past 2.5 years, we’ve found a get-well routine that works really well for Magnolia and for our family.
First things first, I give Magnolia a nice warm bath first thing in the morning using the Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Moisture Wash. After a stuffy night, I find that the warm bath clears up all of the night time goo and helps to loosen up her lungs a bit. If she needs a second bath, we repeat the same routine before bed while she’s sick.
After bath time I put her back into clean PJ’s and rub Vick’s BabyRub onto the bottoms of her feet and onto her chest. Many woman have sworn by this remedy and I’ve always found that it helps Magnolia to recover from her colds. I repeat this throughout the day after every diaper change.
I try to keep our day as routine as possible. Thankfully this time around Magnolia didn’t lose her appetite too much, so we were able to do breakfast, lunch, and dinner as usual. She didn’t eat as much as she normally does, but with a stuffy nose, it’s hard for her to eat when she can’t breath out of her nose. Aside from solid food, we push water. Magnolia normally has milk twice a day, but I try to reduce her milk intake when she has a cold. Magnolia drank plenty of water over the weekend, which was great! Many moms have encouraged Pedialyte, but Magnolia doesn’t care for it, so we stick to water.
I also swear by Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Cough Syrups. The Nighttime always seems to work great for Magnolia, it does make her a little sleepy, which isn’t the worst thing, and it always helps with her cough and mucus. We follow the label exactly and use the daytime and nighttime while she has a cold.
Aside from watching lots of Curious George and snuggling on the couch, I personally like to run the 3 diffusers in our house when anyone is sick. I really love the NOW Foods Nature’s Shield and then run the NOW Foods Peaceful Sleep in Magnolia’s room when she goes to bed.
Magnolia isn’t 100%, but she’s feeling so much better! It’s hard as a working parent having to make a decision about your child staying home or going to daycare/school when they don’t have a fever. As much as I hate seeing Magnolia sick, I was grateful we had two days over the weekend to take care of her and to use our go to remedies.
On top everything, I am trying hard not to get sick. I’m hoping my pregnancy super powers keep me healthy, but I also applied some preventative remedies to myself. Using the diffusers helps our whole family, but I also overhaul the house and bust out the Lysol wipes. We wash hands constantly (and apply tons of lotion – hello cracked hands), I make my favorite Clementine Banana Smoothie multiple times, get plenty of sleep, break a sweat, and drink TONS of water. When I’m not pregnant, I swear by Zicam and Effer-C.
It wasn’t the weekend we thought we’d have this past weekend, but I’m so glad I was able to stay home with Magnolia. Our go to remedies are working well and we’re hoping to be a cold free home sooner than later! Here’s hoping Neal and I stay healthy!