Just a couple days after we brought Jack home, Luke fell asleep on the couch. I knew at that moment, we were in for it. Why? Our big boy gave up napping at 18 months (Yikes – we know!) and we can count on our hands the number of times he has succumbed to daytime sleep since — and every time has involved a cold or flu…
The seemingly peaceful slumber pictured here was no different. It was the precursor to a lovely bout with lots of laundry and lethargy. For, within an hour of passing out on the couch, Luke spiked a fever and became subject to a night of vomiting and three days of on-and-off fevers… Yuck!
Our response, besides lots of love, pushing the liquids and doing load after load of laundry was to break our rules! I usually refuse to purchase anything with artificial colors and lots of added chemicals. But, Luke needed some help so we bought some generic Pedialite pops, which are – unfortunately – full of red (and other) dyes and yuckiness along with the “good stuff”.
Before long, Luke was re-hydrated and back to being himself. And, with the heat wave we’ve been experiencing, I was willing to break another rule. We generally don’t allow daily “treats and sweets’ in our home, but, since I found some dye-free, all-natural popsicles at the store, we have been enjoying cooling off with at least one a day.
(And, yes, I know, I could — and should — make my own even healthier pops for the kids myself. But, Jack is just two weeks old today and I am still trying to get myself into a good rhythm with all the lack of sleep from nursing.)
So, for now, breaking the rules with daily store-bought pops works for us. What works for you this week? check out others’ ideas at We Are THAT Family.