sick

yesterday

yesterday was spent watching movies, reading books, taking naps (two) and just tending to a sick Lily

although her appetite was not all there (she had a fever and was all stuffy), she did eat

i made some power food for lunch which consisted of brown rice, sauteed squash, tomato sauce and parmesan cheese

when it came to bed time we blew up the queen size air mattress we have in her room and that’s where i slept with her

whenever she is sick or has a nightmare and wants to sleep with us in our bed, i never get a good night sleep with all three of us in the same bed

this morning she has woken up her super chipper chatter self asking for a bowl of cheerios first thing but i plan on having another relaxed day so she can fully re-coop

thank you all for the well wishes!

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Ugh, have any of guys had to deal with this disease?

Lily has it. She got it about 3 days ago. I know, my poor baby.

If you are not familiar with hand-foot-and-mouth disease, it’s a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old although it can affect some adults also.

It causes sores in and around the mouth, hands, feet and sometimes in the buttocks area.

This disease is caused by a virus called enterovirus. The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. (makes sense since she has had that nasty cold that is going around)

It first causes fatigue which explains why Lily was so tired and worn out the last week and then the blisters come to surface.

What is the remedy you might be wondering? Nothing!

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually goes away by itself within 7-10 days.

There are however things you can do to make your little one (or yourself) feel better.

– Offer your child plenty of cool fluids. Cold foods such as flavored ice pops and ice cream also may help.

– Do not give your child acidic or spicy foods and drinks, such as salsa or orange juice. These foods can make mouth sores more painful.

– For pain and fever, give your child something such as Tylenol, Advilor Ibuprofen.

As far as helping the disease from spreading:

– Teach all family members to wash their hands often. It is especially important to wash your hands after you change the diaper of an infected child. This is because the virus may stay in the stool for several months after the blisters heal.

– Do not let your child share toys or give kisses while he or she is infected.

– If your child goes to day care or school, talk to the staff about when your child can return.

– Wear latex or rubber gloves when you apply any lotion, cream, or ointment to your child’s blisters.

We had no idea what was going on with Lily. We thought it was some kind of rash but, Will did some researching on the net this morning and yup, this is what Lily is going through right now.

Although, she is doing much better today, we will be staying away from the parks, library and other kids.

In case you want to see what it looks like (since all the images online are terrifying), here are some picture.

even with sores, today she is in good spirits

hand-foot-and-mouth

Happy weekend!

Lily was so sick yesterday.

She had a fever and was mushy all day long, I think it was teething related because there was no vomiting or diarrhea and she is back to her normal happy and peppy self today.

I am amazed sometimes how fast little ones recuperate!

And…. even though she was sick yesterday, she managed to let me know that she had to poop and she pooped in the toilet for the first time!! (I’m so proud of her)

This weekend we will be going to storage to grab our luggage, visit with friends we will not be seeing for a while and start packing for our month long trip to West Virginia. (we will be leaving on thursday)

I am so excited to see family and to breath fresh mountain air! (dreaming of sleeping with the windows open already)

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

Here are some silly cell phone pics.

Lily reading to Elmo in her room. Lily and I on the bike going to the library

At babyGap trying on a hat and sweater that she picked out

Hanging out by the water near our apartment

Hulk baby

That is the name my brother gave Lily yesterday when I told him through IM that when I checked on her playing in her room, she had taken a green marker and colored herself.

It’s not that often that I get to talk to my brother.

With 5 hours difference between us (he’s in Portugal), with his work schedule, I’m lucky if I get him once every two weeks.

He and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby boy in october and I am so excited because Lily and I will be there for the birth. (we will be visiting from oct.4th-nov.3rd)

On another note, I was sick the past two days.

I got a nasty stomach bug on sunday and I am just so lucky that it was sunday and Will was home to watch Lily.

Perrier, Ginger Ale and sleep were my best friends.

I’m much better today (just feeling a bit weak still) and I’m so thankful because being sick when you have little ones is no fun!

look at that face! lol. so thankful for washable markers