I have three children with colds, and I myself have a cold. Colds are gross enough as an adult, but little humans are down right disgusting #momtruth.
There is snot everywhere, all the time! Everyone is a non-stop faucet! And the girls know how to blow their noses, but do they? No! They just blow and say “I need a Kleenex!” Sorry kid, you don’t need a Kleenex, you needed one two seconds ago, now you need lysol!
So, how do we survive colds in our house? There are a few necessities:
- Kleenex – my mom is nicer than me, she insists the kids need aloe Kleenex when they are sick. We go through so much that any old Kleenex will do!
- Humidifiers for everyone! Each bedroom, including my own, has a humidifier. They get turned on at bath time to help get the room a little less dry before bed.
- Warm baths and showers are a must when the kiddos are sick. It’s he only way to really get their faces clean, and I know I feel better after a warm bath or shower when sick. Ah, anytime!
- For Martin specifically, bibs. When he’s can’t breathe through his nose, he’s a drool monster! Bibs keep us from changing clothes 18x a day.
- Juice, warm or cold, and watered down to stay hydrated.
- Netflix/movies because you know the afternoon slump is real!
- Fun crafts, books and other activities to keep their minds off the colds. I’m pretty lucky here. The three kids play well together, until the afternoon slump, so I can usually leave them to their own devices and they keep each other entertained (yesterday morning the girls had been to the “pet shop” by 9am).
- Try to have extra patience! Easier said than done. The sick voices are sad for a few days, but then they are just winey voices! That we spend so much time trying to discourage. It’s especially Trish when mom’s got a cold and is 30 weeks pregnant too.
- Down time – everyone must nap/take quiet time (no different than any other day) and bed time is strictly 7pm so 8. can be recuperated.
- Know that the cold will pass, as will the days when they want help while having a cold. So try to enjoy the grossness of one more Kleenex because one day there will be no more Kleenex (as a person in this, I’m not sure if this should be rejoiced or sad).
Any other tips or #momtruths I should note?