A Slight Delay To My Blogging Adventures

So I tried my very hardest to be extremely prepared with this blog. I have set up the rough templates for over 72 posts starting back in April 2017. As I got progressively more pregnant my energy level depleted and I got all of a whopping 2 posts complete and scheduled to start posting July 1st 2017.

My plan was to get more done than I ever possibly could but FEAR NOT! I will be back at it soon because…

Early in the morning July 1st 2017 SHE CAME! Without warning and faster than expected a whopping 8lbs 9oz my second baby arrived! A full head of dark hair that I never expected and I’m totally in love!

That being said it will take me a few weeks to get used to this juggling act that is having two kids! After that I should be able to fire out 3 posts a week as I have them all set up and ready to finish!

Thanks for reading what I have done so far and stay tuned! I promise it will be worth it!

MEG

Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken
Great for a family sit down meal!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Home Cooked
Prep Time 1 Hour
Cook Time 1 1/2 Hour
Passive Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Home Cooked
Prep Time 1 Hour
Cook Time 1 1/2 Hour
Passive Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to prep
  2. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F
  3. Cover chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and rub into the skin
  4. Prick the lemon 5 times with a fork and insert into the chicken cavity
  5. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F
  6. Cook for 1 Hour 20 minutes basting halfway
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving
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Our First Trip to The ER

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I have been pretty lucky as a mom. My son has mostly only been to the doctor for his scheduled checkups and has over all been pretty healthy. When he was about 15 months his winning streak changed and we had to make an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room.

The little guy hadn’t been himself all day. I had a feeling he was getting sick but he didn’t have a very high temperature. I decided to give him a dose of baby Advil or Infant Tylenol before bed and that seemed to do the trick. He went to bed without any issues at all. I was running around after he was in bed doing dishes and laundry didn’t think much more about how he was feeling hoping that he would sleep it off. About 9 o’clock my husband headed downstairs to his man cave and I settled into the couch to watch something on HBO likely.  About 10 o’clock I was getting ready for bed with the baby monitor in hand. As soon as I had my pyjamas on I heard something on the monitor that sounded like knocking.  My gut told me instantly that something was wrong. I give TONS of credit to my Motorola MBP16 Audio Monitor. When I went in to check MY BABY was having a seizure with his head banging on the crib and I went into complete INSTINCT mode. I picked him up and put him on the floor in the hallway where there was light and yelled at my husband at the top of my lungs “CALL 911!!!”

My husband ran up the stairs as fast as he could grabbed the phone and ran to where I was with the baby on the floor (still convulsing) and communicated between myself and the dispatch person. The longest minutes of my life that felt like hours as he reassured me that help was on the way. It didn’t feel like very long our local police department were walking through the door. At this point the seizure subsided but my little boy was whimpering on the floor like I had never seen before. I could tell that he was warmer than normal and that something wasn’t right. I kept repeating over and over “Its OK baby, you are going to be alright.” In hindsight I feel kind of embarrassed about that but in the moment there wasn’t anything else I could do as we waited for the paramedics. When they finally arrived they checked him over and decided to take him to the hospital as a precaution.

I grabbed my coat without thinking that I was still in my pyjamas (shorts and a tank top) and followed my baby boy on the stretcher into the back of the ambulance. My husband hopped into our car and followed us on the 20 minute drive to the local hospital. Longest 20 minute ride of my life (followed in a close second to the drive to the very same hospital to have him only a year and a bit prior) but I was glad he was on his way to see the doctors. At this point he was scared. He cried the whole way there even with the amazing paramedic trying to cheer him up with a teddy bear. He was unconsolable. My poor boy seemed as though he had woken up and became aware of all of what was happening and he did not like it at all. It was like waking up to a horrible dream. We finally arrived at the hospital and waited only a little while before a doctor came to check him out. The doctor assured us that he was fine and that it is common for babies to have seizures when they have high fevers. These are called febrile seizures. I went through the timeline of our evening and the doctor explained that I probably didn’t give little man the correct dose of Advil for Infants or Tylenol.

My baby at this point had come around and was smiling and flirting with the nurses like his usual self. I can’t recall (as it was so long ago) if I had given him Tylenol or Advil but it was right around the time of a huge Canadian recall of children’s Advil and in hindsight I wonder now if I had one of the recalled bottles? It isn’t important anyway because it all turned out in the end. No harm done but a big wake up call for all of us!

I thought it would be a good time to go over what to do if your baby has a fever. You can never go over this info enough! Be prepared so you aren’t caught off guard! I got this information from The College of Family Physicians  of Canada website so be sure to check what applies where you are from.

Most Doctors would consider a fever a temperature over 37.5°C (99.5°F) when taken orally (by way of the mouth). It is also important to remember that a fever is the way the body is naturally trying to fight whatever the cause is so try to remember it will be more scary for you than it is actually dangerous! The site says:

“If your child is between 3 months of age and 4 years of age and has a low-grade fever (up to 37.8°C [100.2°F]), you may want to avoid giving him or her medicine. If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 37.8°C (100.2°F), you may want to give him or her some medicine.”

The site also recommends the following for dosing of Tylenol (or Acetaminophen):

Age

Weight

Acetaminophen dose (every 4 hours)

0 to 3 months Less than 13 pounds Ask your family doctor
4 to 7 months 13 to 17 pounds 80 mg
8 to 18 months 18 to 23 pounds 120 mg
1.5 to 3 years 24 to 32 pounds 160 mg
4 to 5 years 33 to 45 pounds 240 mg
6 to 7 years 46 to 61 pounds 320 mg
8 to 9 years 62 to 78 pounds 400 mg
10 to 11 years 79 to 98 pounds 480 mg
12 years or older 99 pounds or more 650 mg

It is also recommended that no matter what to keep your child well hydrated and comfortable. You should call the doctor in the following situations:

  • Under one month old. Call your doctor right away if your baby’s temperature goes over 38.0°C (100.4°F) orally or 38.5° C (101.3°F) rectally, even if he or she doesn’t seem sick. Your doctor may want to see your baby and may want to put him or her in the hospital to find out what’s causing the fever. Babies this young can get very sick, very quickly. Also call your doctor if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below, even if he or she isn’t running a fever.
  • One to three months old. Call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 38.5°C (101.4°F) even if your baby doesn’t seem sick, or a temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) that has lasted more than 24 hours. Also, call if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below.
  • Three months to two years. If your child has a fever of 38.6°C (101.4°F), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below. If the temperature is 39°C (103°F), call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.
  • Over two years old. If your child has a fever of 38.6°C (101.4°F), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below.

Call your doctor if your child has any of these warning signs:

  • Changes in behaviour
  • Severe headache
  • Constant vomiting or diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat that doesn’t improve
  • Earache that doesn’t improve or pulling at ears
  • Stiff neck
  • Fever persisting over several days
  • Stomach pain
  • High-pitched crying
  • Swelling on the soft spot on the head
  • Irritable
  • Unresponsive or limp
  • Not hungry
  • Wheezing or problems breathing
  • Pale
  • Whimpering
  • Seizures
  • Sore or swollen joints

I hope this helps you to know what to do with a sick baby. I also hope that you never have to go through what my family did that night!

BE HEALTHY! BE SAFE!

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Why I Wanted a Second Baby

So I am due with my second baby this week! As any of you other moms who have had babies know the last 4 weeks seem to be the longest of your life! This pregnancy seemed to fly by in comparison to my first. Although I have been reminded almost daily how much I’m “not really that into” being pregnant. I’m ready to welcome my next miracle into the world and start this new phase of mothering.. being a parent of two!

So both of my kids were “planned” and in that period of time there were a lot of check lists and mental notes that were made. The one that I’m going to talk about in this post is “Why I Wanted a Second Baby

When I was the ripe old age of two I became a big sister. I do not remember this time in anyway at all LOL that being said I don’t remember a time I didn’t have my little sister in my life. We of course went through our normal sibling issues of jealousy, bickering and physical violence. I know that there were some bad fights (especially in our pre-teen years) where we both decided we would never be able to live knowing the other and could never forgive one another for some horrible fight. After some maturing we both made it out the other side as best friends. I know that my sister is the one person in the world who has been through a lot of similar experiences and no matter what she will be there to lean on or just to listen to what I have to say without judgement. I don’t have a lot of friends still kicking around from elementary school… except her. I have a few high school friends I keep in touch with but NONE that I talk to as much as her. When I had issues with my parents at anytime in my life the ONLY person who could relate this with was my sister. My baby sister is my tried and true shoulder to lean on. My husband was an only child until he was 20 years old. He went through all of those same experiences without someone to be his “forever buddy.” The security of having that person who is a piece of you but a different person completely is something that I have always wanted for my children. I can’t fathom a world in which I didn’t have a sibling so I think it is only fair to my offspring to have that same relationship in their life.

When August 2016 rolled around and I realized that my first born son would be heading off to kindergarten in September of 2017 I realized how the stars were aligning for my second child. I had a very similar realization with my son when I saw my 30th birthdayon the horizon and planning for baby #1 became a serious discussion for my husband and myself. Both times I got pregnant pretty much right away thankfully (so many people aren’t so lucky) almost quicker than expected or planned! Timing will work out this time that as precious baby #2 arrives I will be home for 6 weeks with both kids then Mr. Baby #1 will head to kindergarten. This will be hard as I’ve been home for the majority of his 3 years but also good for myself and Miss Baby #2. I think I would be a lot more lonely with him off to school (even if I went to back to work full time) if the timing didn’t work out this way than I would be able to admit.  I’m hoping to have posts up in the coming months that address these feelings and topics more!

I am naturally a long term thinker. It may sound morbid but I do on occasion contemplate a world after I am dead and gone and more so since becoming a mother. That brought up feelings of what if tragically my husband and I were gone at the same time leaving my son behind. I would want him to have that “forever buddy” to continue family traditions with. Extended family like my parents and sister would of course be part of his life but I would “rest” easier knowing that he had that one (or more…) person in his life that had childhood memories and rituals to relate to. I’m not delusional and realize they may not get along and they may not see eye to eye their whole life but I hope that I can teach them about how important and rewarding a sibling relationship can be.

The last point I’m going to make about this topic is that OF COURSE I had baby fever and this played a part in my choice to have a second baby. My sister, two cousins and a few friends all were pregnant. I longed for that sweet sweet smell of a baby in my arms again. Of course I could have subdued this urge with one of the many babies around or on the way but there is nothing like having your own sweet sweet babe in your arms or snuggled into your chest in a baby carrier. I could not imagine NEVER feeling that feeling of embracing my own brand new child close again. Now that I’ve been THIS pregnant for what seems like forever I have come to terms that this is most likely my last baby. I don’t think I can manage being pregnant again… and come out sane on the other side. I’m not going to say never or its impossible but I think that two babies is a good number and a family of four is a pretty perfect round number. Stay tuned though… you never know when that baby fever is going to hit again!