It has been a long couple weeks. The boys and I were both hit pretty hard with the flu virus, and after more than ten days of pajamas, nonstop movie marathons, and grilled cheese sandwiches or wonton soup, we finally seem to be on the mend. I have the washing machine working overtime, sanitizing everything that was touched in the last month. The kids are begging to go outside and my husband, who has been incredibly supportive through this mutant virus, desperately deserves a home-cooked meal - but that might not happen until tomorrow.
We are starting to put the pieces of our normal life back together as we cough away the last bit of the flu and shed our PJs for what appear to be real clothes. While battling this bug I learned one thing - being sick as a kid is about as good as it gets. Minus the actual illness, the rest of it is magic: sleep all day, play Kindle, eat Vanilla wafers, and movie marathons galore. As a mom, it is anything but glamorous, but I did appreciate all the extra snuggles. Regardless, ten days of being cooped up inside can take a toll on anyone, but I've put together a little list of must-haves for when your little ones are sick that will help you and your them battle through it with as few hiccups as possible.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition
I know that doctors do not recommend screen time for little ones, but when sleep is not an option, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition is a lifesaver. It's also perfect for travel. It comes preloaded with kid-friendly and parent-approved content. The child-proof case is easy to clean and disinfect and nearly impossible for a child to break. Plus, at less than $100 a pop, they fit nicely in an Easter basket (wink wink).
My little guys had no appetite for days and only ate four crackers cumulatively throughout the day. That is until I handed them Vanilla wafers. I was instantly transported back to my childhood, and they finally ate something that put a smile on their little faces. The cookies are bland enough to settle their tiny tummies but sweet enough to keep them asking for more.
I feel sorry for the gentleman who delivered to us over the last couple weeks. I think he stopped by 3-4 times with bags of rice and wonton soup. I just hope he does not catch the bug, but man that soup was like super food for us. I'm so grateful we have the ability to make a call and have delicious Chinese food is delivered right to our door. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably caught a peek at our Chinese delivery obsession.
After several dry diapers, I knew that the boys needed to drink more to keep them hydrated. We stocked up on Pedialyte to help them add electrolytes to their system and give them something with a little flavor. I always forget that Pedialyte is only good for 24 hours once it is open, so I try to stock up on several when I'm at the store, that way I always have it in a pinch.
Cool Mist Humidifier
Stuffy noses, dry skin, and nasty coughs seem to be some of the side effects of this crazy flu virus. I've been a big believer in the Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier for years now, and I love that VapoPads leave the room with the comforting smell of Vaporub.
Mama needs a break too, and with the pounding headache I've been struggling with, I can hardly bring myself to read a book or computer screen. I accidently signed up for Audible a couple months ago and had a couple of credits stored up, so I decided to give it a try this week. I sat happily listening to Big Little Lies while my kids watch Thomas the Train and Trolls over and over again. I can get used to "reading" books this way. If you are interested in trying Audible now is the time because you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and get TWO free audio books.
I hope you all are staying healthy but if you find yourself trapped inside with little ones I'd love to know what you use to get you through the days trapped inside.