The Wonderful Things Parents are Greeted With in the Middle of the Night

It was a week like no other. Monday night. Tuesday night. Wednesday. Three different boys. Three different days. All sick.

And not fun for mom (or dad).

There is nothing like putting a child down for bed and then having to deal with sickness in the middle of the night! And even if you, as a parent, haven’t fallen asleep yet, you have still turned off your “parent” mode and started to relax. Kids don’t know that. And their tummies certainly don’t pay attention to that when it’s time to get sick. Two of my boys’ tummies waited for just that opportune moment to release everything in them after bedtime.

I still haven’t figured out if it was good or bad that it was on back-to-back nights! Definitely crazy!

Nothing like having to strip down beds, strip down kids, wash everything, and get everyone settled for the night, once again.

On Wednesday, our third son’s tummy decided it wanted to participate. Fortunately, it was during the daytime. Of course, it was 30 minutes prior to my scheduled time to pick up my older two from school. I threw him in the empty bathtub, clothes and all. As soon as I could, I called my husband’s office to get him to get the kids and just waited for the stomach pumps to stop. (It reminded me of one night when the twins were just a few weeks old, and I was feeding them alone around midnight. I had just finished feeding Andrew, put him in his bouncer, grabbed Matthew to feed him, when Andrew emptied his entire bottle from his tummy in three stomach pumps!) Eew!

Sickness doesn’t always pay attention to your timetable, especially when it comes to kids. We all wish it would… when it’s most convenient. However, it doesn’t take note that you are scheduled to get up early for a work meeting. It doesn’t care that you had to stay up late working on a project with one of your other kids. It could care less that you ran out of laundry detergent. It just hits when it hits. It’s part of signing up for parenthood.

I just wish I’d had my peppermint essential oil at the time to be able to calm all those tummies down!

Have you been greeted with some interesting things in the middle of the night with your kids? Share your story below!

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JessBio200 The Wonderful Things Parents are Greeted With in the Middle of the NightJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

The Wonderful Things Parents are Greeted With in the Middle of the Night

What If You Only Had Days Left…

My grandfather’s death is imminent. His left kidney is shut down completely, he only has 25% use of his right kidney, and he has a cancerous mass growing in his abdomen. We lost my grandmother, his wife, last May.

I miss her greatly.

Because of modern technology, I was able to record a brief video of me with my kids, which I sent from a smartphone to my mom’s smartphone. Multiple states away, there in his hospital room, he could see our message. (technology is so cool!)

Over the past several days, it has made me evaluate and think… what if you knew someone close to you were leaving this planet? You’d have just days. And not knowing how many days left, what would you say?

Then I got to thinking specifically about the closest person to me… my spouse.

What would I say to him? What would be most important that I would want him to always remember, forever?

What about you? What would you say?

Incredibly fast, all those nit picky things that typically borther us wouldn’t seem all that significatn anymore. The toothpaste cap wouldn’t matter. The way the toilet paper spins off the roll wouldn’t mean much. The “mind reading” that he never did because you didn’t speak up and TELL him your thoughts wouldn’t even cross your mind.

I’d say something like…

“I love you. Always have. You have forever changed my life for the better. Whether I always realized it or not, I do now.”

“I’m so very sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for hurting you, not standing up for you, being critical of you, and not loving you the way I should have at all times.”

“I’m sorry I didn’t try to understand you better.”

“I’m sorry for not appreciating our differences more often and working on better communication earlier in our marriage.”

“I appreciate all the times you went out of your way to heal me… in big and little things… that I never gave you credit or gratitude for.”

“I appreciate you, exactly the way God made you.”

“I’m glad God brought us together to live this beautiful life. We may not understand it all the time, but there is no other person on the planet that God would rather have me go through it with than you>”

“You mean SO very much to me.”

“I’m thankful for every second that we have had together.”

“Thank you for backing me and supporting me with all the crazy, brilliant, and fun ideas I have. You have always been my #1 supporter.”

“I’m sorry if I didn’t keep your love tank full. I know I haven’t. I know I have been selfish.”

“I know this life has a way of creeping between two people. I’m glad we survived that and stayed together through the muck, trenches, storms, rain, sunrises, and sunny days ~ you have my heart forever!”

What would you say?

Life is short. We don’t know how much time we or our loved ones get on this planet.

Have you said all you need to say?

Make the most of it… today.

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JessBio200 What If You Only Had Days Left...Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Were Kid Toys Made to Drive Parents Nuts?

Do you own a toy or two that just drives your kid nuts? Do they hate something on it or the way it works? Can they not open part of it, so they throw it and scream?

I remember the boy my sister used to watch had an issue with a big dump truck toy. She finally had to put it in her garage because he would get upset every time he played with it.

In our case, it’s not the toys themselves so much. It’s the fact that someone else (brother) is playing with it!

The toys are large cars (one is a police car that has buttons on the back that makes the siren sound and lights flash on top, another is Lightning Storm from the Cars movie, and the last is my daughter’s Barbie car – large enough to put in Barbie dolls).

Both boys, my twins, LOVE these cars. However, since there are only three cars, but four hands, almost every time they play with them, there is screaming involved.

And I’m about over it! The kid toys are driving ME nuts!

They are about to find themselves in the creek behind our house!!

What toys have you either tossed out, found a new home for, or literally threw out of your house into the backyard?! Share!

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JessBio200 Were Kid Toys Made to Drive Parents Nuts?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Death, Thanksgiving, Teething and How They All Came Together

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 Death, Thanksgiving, Teething and How They All Came Together

by Jessica Stone

It was Thanksgiving week.  We were in another state altogether with our immediate family, extended family, and friends to celebrate the holiday.  It also happened to be the same week we decided to have my grandfather’s memorial service, a celebration of his life.  And Matthew was refusing to eat.

The twins were almost 1 1/2 years old and were teething.

What an awful time in our lives for their little teeth to decide to push through the surface of their gums!

And with Matthew, it wasn’t just one tooth – it was four.  Four teeth at the same time, pushing through those little, delicate gums, even causing them to bleed a little.  And the drooling.  Oh, the drooling!

And to top matters, my husband was in the mid-west with his family, celebrating the holiday.  I was by myself with our four kids.

Fortunately, I had lots of extended family around me willing to help and go get Motrin!

I’m not normally one to turn to medicine.  However, when they need it, they need it.  There was also a lot of inflammation in those gums of theirs, and I knew Motrin could help with that.

I remember standing in my aunt’s kitchen, late at night, unscrewing the top off a bottle and practically pouring milk down Matthew’s front, just to get fluids into him.  He refused to eat by normal means.

Somehow, we made it through that week and weekend, got home, finally began eating again, but not without some weight loss.  Unfortunately, we’ve been playing catch up ever since.  Between adding more and more activity in their development coupled with the weight loss from that Thanksgiving, it’s been hard getting more pounds on them.

There are lots of different remedies out there about what to do for those little ones and their sore gums during teething. 

By far, the best thing that worked for my kids was a wet, frozen washcloth, sometimes combined with Motrin if there was a fever involved, especially close to bedtime.

None of the teething rings seemed to work.  I don’t think they ever put any of the teething toys in their mouths.  You know, the ones with the liquid inside.  The nice thing about a washcloth is how the shape can change and form around their gums as they bite down on it.

As far as the topical medications, Orajel and some others are getting a bad wrap for kids under 2.  Here is a great article explaining the problem with the medications and gives five natural remedies.

Of course during teething, they need lots of extra love and hugs.  And remember, mom, this too will pass.

Leave a comment with a solution that worked for your kids.  New mommies need some extra help and assistance that only other moms can bring!

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jessbio Death, Thanksgiving, Teething and How They All Came TogetherJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry.  She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility.  She enjoys sharing what she’s learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information.  Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear!  Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Death, Thanksgiving, Teething and How They All Came Together

Stop Struggling on Your Own…

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Stop Struggling on Your Own…

 

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I know what it’s like to wake up and not feel like you are ever going to see your feet again.

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Stop Struggling on Your Own…