Sunday, October 14, 2012

Babies and Toddlers, trips, probiotics and shakes.

My life lately consists of feeding an infant, changing diapers and making sure the oldest remembers to go to the potty. Well, then there’s the feeding the other ones part, too.

That is, until one of them gets sick.

I don’t handle it well. As in, I’m a huge wimp. I worry and fret about what to do, how long *this* fever will last, will it turn into anything else, blah blah blah. Since Justin turned a year old, he’s been sick 4, 5, 6 times? I don’t even know. Turns out it started right after his first birthday….and right after he stopped getting breast milk. Yep, there must be a correlation there, right? All he’s had have been viruses but they last an abnormally long amount of time. So we found out he has had a low t-cell count….aka he has a hard time getting well once he’s sick. A fever that should last 2-3 days for one kid will linger with Justin for about a week. When he came down with something the week of my due date, I really didn’t want to have the baby come that week because I knew we’d be dealing with a fever for a while. That one lasted 9 days.

When Blaine was 3 weeks old, he got another fever. After the pediatrician said “I don’t want you to freak out but you need to keep Justin away from the baby. If the baby gets a fever, we’re talking about hospital admission, spinal taps and other tests”. Uh….if that doesn’t freak a new mom out, I don’t know what will. So I escaped to my mom’s house. That fever only lasted 4 days.

Then the light clicked in my head. There HAS to be something I can do, right? Justin hasn’t been eating veggies like he should. So I decided that my new goal is to get some veggies in him daily and add probiotics. What else can I do? Pray. The kid loves to drink. He gets orange juice in the morning and milk or water during the day. Nothing else. But I remembered a friend’s blog (Auburn Wellbeing) and how she says I can make shakes with fruit and veggies. For three weeks now, I’ve been dedicated to getting my kids (and family) to eat better and cleaner. I hope it sticks. I pray that it sticks! Not only will it help my children, it will help me and the hubby. So far, so good.

But I have to admit the Halloween candy has definitely made things difficult for me. At least it’s only temporary.


holly said...

my kids love the gummy version of these and they get 17 servings of fruits and veggies a day.