Natural Fever Reduction

To me, medicine should be used only when really necessary. I think our bodies are wonderful things and can fix things with proper care. I also believe we build immunities to medicines when we overuse them. I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a doctor, these are just my opinions.

With it being winter many children, and adults alike, are coming down with colds. A fever is actually your body fighting off your infection. (See, our bodies being amazing). Your body raises it’s temperature to stimulate your immune system by producing the antibodies necessary to fight off the infection. Don’t suppress a mild fever with Tylenol or Advil, let it run it’s course. Studies have shown that suppressing the fever is worse for your child because it can make the infection last longer. Up to 50% longer in fact.

This is of course only when it’s a low fever, under 106*. At that point damage can be done to the brain and heart. Also, obviously, other symptoms play a part as well and ALWAYS speak to your doctor first.

Anyway, back to the natural part….an old wives trick that works wonders in our house: socks dipped in white vinegar. It’s a slower suppressant of a fever and just edges you out of that scary zone without eliminating the fever completely. So basically, still allowing your body to do what it’s meant to do but with the reigns pulled back a little.

So why socks dipped in white vinegar? The way it was explained to me is that the cold vinegar (you can use water too but vinegar stays cold longer) will draw blood to your feet, which promotes more blood circulation, as the blood is circulating it’s also being cooled by the cold feet. Not sure if any of this is true or not. All I know is, it works.

My son had a 104* fever once and I was terrified. We took a lukewarm bath before bedtime, he and mommy slept in the living room skin to skin and he had his vinegar socks on. I was waking up constantly to check on him and halfway through the night his fever was down to 99* and by morning it was gone. There have been other incidences were my kids have had fevers but none that high / scary.

Also remember the saying: Feed a cold, starve a fever. Fluids are your friend. Chamomile with lemon and honey are always a favorite. For us adults, who have had some practice doing shots at the bar, we also add some crushed garlic to the tea. It tastes DISGUSTING (hence the ability to down a shot coming in handy) but it’s called Russian penicillin for a reason! The children would refuse the gross garlic but they get some warm chamomile with lemon and honey in their sippy cups and they drink it right up. I’m sure the sweet honey is a factor but mama doesn’t care, I’m just anxious to get them feeling better.

I hope I was able to give some tips and ideas to you out there.
Stay healthy!!

Sesame Street Centerpieces

So my twins 2nd birthday party is happening this coming weekend and it’s all about Sesame Street. (What kid doesn’t love Elmo?) I love Pinterest and found adorable centerpieces but all a little too complicated for my clumsy hands. Plus, who has the time with two toddlers destroying your house? I finally decided the easiest thing for me to do is Sesame Street signs in a flower pot with my kids names on them. Each table will have two centerpieces, one for my daughter and one for my son.

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First thing is first…. a photoshop creation of the sesame street sign with my children’s names and the number 2. I printed out the sign on 100 lbs card stock. Next, I glued a stick onto the back of one sign and then glued another sign on top of that. Basically a front and back thing. I used E600 glue simply because that’s what I have. It’s all about pinching pennies with me so why purchase something else if I have something already?

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Once the glue dried it was time to put everything together. I bought terracotta pots from Michaels for $1.49 each. In order to have the signs from flopping around I stuck them into Dry Foam Mug Plugs by Floracraft (also purchased at Michael’s. a 2 pack for $3.99 and I cut them in half so basically I had 4 pieces for $4)

IMG_0065I layered  tissue paper – foam insert – another piece of tissue paper (to cover up the foam).

Cute yet simple (in my opinion at least).

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I’m back!

Helllooooo… I’ve been m.i.a. for a long time now. However, recently I’ve been planning the twins second birthday party and my friends have encouraged me to share the crafts i’ve been d.i.y.-ing (is that a word?)

I believe I have more time now to share my thoughts and activities so…here I am!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

So my brother in laws surprise 40th birthday party is this weekend and I’ve been helping my sister-in-law out as much as I can. In addition to creating the invites (Something I learned to do when getting married – SO much cheaper!) and addressing questions about logistics, I’m helping our mother in law put together the desert centerpieces so my sister-in-law doesn’t have to pay for a Viennese hour.

I’m obsessed with citrus desserts. I’ll eat an entire lemon meringue pie on my own.
It’s horrible.

So my contribution to the centerpieces are these Lemon Crinkle Cookies I discovered.They’re super yummy and go fast when at the table. Plus they stay moist for days so you can make them ahead of time without worries.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest (I used 1 1/2 because as I mentioned I’m REALLY obsessed with citrus)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside
  • In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  • Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and lemon juice
  • Stir in all dry ingredients (excluding powdered sugar) slowly until just combined
  • Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate
  • Roll teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in the powdered sugar
  • Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte (not shiny)
  • Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack

**If using a no stick darker baking tray reduce baking time by about 2 minutes**

 

Why I chose Natural Childbirth

People think I’m absolutely nuts. I gave birth to twins naturally. No drugs. Nothing. Just me and my lady parts.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like to research stuff. Read both sides of every argument and then make my own decision on what would be best for me. I won’t go into detail about what I read about spinals or epidurals, it’s not my place to inform others of what I’ve learned. The way I see it, I’m not a medical professional and don’t have all the knowledge nor is it my place to make people feel guilty/worry about their own decision by putting thoughts into your mind. If you really want to know, you can do the research yourself, right? In the end, sometimes the drugs are necessary for safety reasons and you don’t need to hear any negativity about it.

On we go…

So after reading what I read I decided that I would want to have a drug free delivery of my babies.  However, since there are so many articles and studies out there stating that the drugs aren’t that bad I wasn’t still 100% convinced in my decision. What placed the final nail in the coffin was speaking to women who delivered multiple times and both ways (with and without drugs). I spoke to 5 women and they all said the same thing, drug free was a better experience!

For about 6 months (after the first trimester and you tell everybody your pregnant) all people want to tell you about is their experiences with pregnancy and delivery. I know more people who had children with an epidural than not and they all stated “I would never deal with that pain. Screw that. No way.” etc. and the women who only deliver drug free tell you their versions. The thing is, both sides are biased. How can you tell me one way is better than the other if you haven’t experienced the latter?

If you’ve only ate vanilla ice cream all your life, could you tell me it’s better than chocolate ice cream? Nope.

The complaints I heard about epidurals and/or spinals were:

– that they hurt more than the labor itself
– the after effects weren’t worth it (everybody I spoke to had the headaches just different levels and one lost all feeling from the waist down for 2 days)
– they were groggy afterwards and couldn’t enjoy their newborn like they did without the drugs

I don’t want to say that’s every bodies experience. I’m sure there are many who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about and had the drugs. I apologize that you may feel defensive reading this, but as I stated, this is what was told to me and I’m just repeating it.

My experience giving birth was wonderful and as I mentioned, the women who have told me of their natural experiences all say the same. Is it painful? Of course, it’s childbirth! How can you honestly expect it not to be? But wow was it amazing. For me the contractions were bad. I’ve heard that having twins, it’s twice the hormones so twice the pain. If that’s true I do not know.  My husband did a great job talking me through them. He had me visualize each body part to relax them. He was very positive and encouraging that I was doing a good job. I coached my husband for 3 months telling him to remind of things when I was ready to give up. First, the more painful the contractions are, the closer to the end you are woohoo. Second, you’re not the first person to do this. There was no caveman doctor setting up a drip. The human race exists because women gave birth. Third, women died of infections in the past, not from the pain, we are capable of amazing things.

Pushing felt GREAT. It was the best feeling in the world at that moment. I was on cloud 9 when it was time to push, such relief! A half hour after I gave birth our families were at the bed and nobody could believe how refreshed I looked. I pushed two babies in a total of 45 minutes (the first one taking the longest since I didn’t know what I was doing. My son was 3 pushes and out he came.) This 45 minutes includes giving birth to my girl, removing the placenta etc, breaking my sons water, the Dr. turning him (a very gross experience involving her entire arm) and then pushing him out. Wham bam thank you m’am.

I know that my experience isn’t everybodies. I know that I’m so lucky to have had a easy experience. I mean it was literally what everybody hopes for. I only had contractions for about 3 hours and my OB/GYN was  amazed how how quickly I went from 2cm to 10cm. I’m posting below a few things I did that supposedly help with labor.

I believe we get told “don’t be a hero” too much. People love to tell you about how painful it will be, My mother in law was horrible. “Oh my God, so much pain. It’s the most painful experience you’ll ever have. I feel so bad for you” Pain. Pain. Pain! That’s all we hear. So at 5 months pregnant we already decide “I’m getting an epidural”.

I’m here to do the opposite. It’s possible. You can do it. There are circumstances where you would need drugs, you must be open to that fact that your birth plan may not happen. The safety of the you and the baby/babies is what comes first. I was open to the idea that I may need a C-Section (it was my worst nightmare but I understood I might need one).

In the end, no matter what happens I think every mother can agree that everything is worth it when you have those babies. What was your experience? The more input given the better decisions others can make.


Some tips:(these may or may not have been the reason I had by the book smooth labor but hey they didn’t hurt)

Eating Dates – the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that women who ate dates daily (I had two a night) were less likely to need medication to start labor or keep it going, aka you’ll go faster!

Walking/Exercise – we have a dog so this one was easy for me, a 30 minute walk a day my entire pregnancy. Staying active and fit helps shorten labor studies have found.

Red raspberry leaf tea – I drank 3 cups of Traditional Medicinals Organic Pregnancy Tea® daily which contains the leaf. It’s supposed to tone the muscles of your uterus and helps it work better during labor.

Oh No! Vaccines!

This post may be a little scattered. I didn’t preplan it or even do a first draft. This IS the first draft. I’m just getting my thoughts and comments out there.

So there’s a huge debate in the entire nation, parents and non parents alike arguing about vaccines. The pros and cons. If you don’t vaccinate you’re exposing your child and others’ to viruses. If you do vaccinate and your child develops autism it’s the vaccines fault. I’ve heard that it’s simply a coincidence that the MMR shot and autism happen at the same time in a babies life. The thing is, if it’s just a coincidence then why not just delay the vaccine? Instead of giving it to children at 15 months of age, give it to them at 24 months. That way, when the autistic traits appear in the child before the vaccine is administered people have nothing to blame but genetics….

I personally believe in both sides of the debate. There’s no denying the benefits of vaccines. When was the last time you heard of somebody having polio? I have vaccinated my children with some of the recommended vaccines. Yes, that means, they haven’t received many other ones. They will though, just not yet. My doctor is very pro vaccine and when I approached her with my plan to delay some shots she wasn’t completely pleased but didn’t have a problem with it because the children would be getting them eventually and not too delayed in her opinion.

Another plan I did, which was my pediatricians way of helping ease my mind, was break down every vaccine into 2 or 3 visits instead of a full dose at once. We also never gave them more than one vaccine at a time. In fact, I’ve researched on how to get the MMR vaccine from the drug companies as three separate vaccines. One measles, one mumps, and one rubella. I’m still unsure which is the better option, will update when I do.

Our children are developing so much in their first 3 years of life, injecting them with so many man made fluids is not exactly natural.

The thing is, pro vaccine parents are angry that anti vaccine parents are going to give their child a virus. Well, if your child is vaccinated then why are you worried?

Another statement – I find it a little skeptical when these debates are going on in forums and somebody comments “I’m a medical professional and I can tell you….”etc. Oh yes? So you benefit financially if people get the vaccines, yes, I should take your comments unbiasedly. (<— sarcasm)

A Day in the Life….

Today I had baby girl walking around without her diaper on. She had a little bit of a diaper rash and airing sounded like a good idea. All was fine and dandy until she peed on the hardwood next to the coffee table. Baby girl start crying due to the burning feeling she was probably experiencing from the diaper rash. As I’m trying to soothe her and clean up at the same time, baby boy steps in his sisters puddle and slip and falls, hitting his chin on the coffee table on the way down.

Now I have baby boy crying and bleeding from biting down on his tongue, along with baby girl crying and wet with the puddle still on the ground.

In walks the dog of course…. walks right through the puddle and continues on her way leaving pee paw prints (say that 3 times fast) all along the way.

Yep. Yep. So much fun!