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We have had quite the weekend here. My children and I are all very, very sick. I was hospitalized with extreme dehydration; luckily the kids haven’t gotten that bad.
I wanted to share some things about this weekend that illustrate concepts I have written about in the past.
One thing, I am so glad that my children are well-trained in how to sleep. Despite their sickness, they have napped and slept well at night. That is good for them and my husband and I. Friday night, I had passed out a couple of times and hit my head and various things (it has been bad). My husband decided to take me to the emergency room. He called some friends to come over while we were gone. It was about 11:00 PM. He went to check on the kids before we left and must have gone in Kaitlyn’s room right at a transition. She woke up, sat up, looked at him, and threw up all over her bed. He took her down to me while he changed her sheets. In the meantime, our friends got here. She was a bit weary of them. Once her sheets were changed, my husband took her right back up to bed where she went to sleep without a peep. I was so glad that she was so well trained and able to go right back to sleep without problems. I was able to go to the hospital without worrying (too much) about her.
Another thing I am glad for is that I have given her a bottle with formula once a week from a young age. I have always done that in case of some emergency. With this sickness, Kaitlyn is still nursing, but is not interested in the least in any solid foods. She will not eat them. So after offering the solids, my husband will make a bottle and see if she will drink that. Sometimes she will (at least once a day). It is good to get those extra nutrients into her. I never dreamed my “preparing for an emergency” would ever be needed, but I am ever glad I did.
Another thing we have done is in some ways let the schedule go. For example, Brayden slept until 9 AM this morning (new time). This is a first in his life. It isn’t that late if you consider it on old time, but I just let him sleep. Also, we are offering the kids little amounts of food throughout the day because they can’t eat much at a time and can’t keep much in them. We still have breakfast time, lunch time, etc. but offer snacks in between, as often as they need. Naptimes are remaining constant, but longer. Brayden isn’t having independent play–he is laying on the couch all day except for nap time and meal time.
Here is my experience. I have never been happier to have done Babywise. My children are sleeping well even though they are sick, and sleeping without the need of mom or dad. I have taken precautions in the past that are helping with the present. You will never be sorry to be prepared for the unexpected; the worst that will happen is that you are over-prepared. And we are relaxing the schedule as needed to accommodate our sick family. I sincerely wish health for all of you!