Last week everyone took it in turns to fall sick. It was one of the hardest periods of this pregnancy and I am so glad we are all mostly out of it.
I still have a bad cough but that’s nothing compared to tossing and turning throughout the night for days on end, feeling like I’m burning up (from only a low-grade fever actually), having to crawl out of bed and hobble over to the toilet to pee 4-5 times, then “waking up” to a new day with a permanent headache, nausea, and 3 kids who beg me to make our usual daily trip to the park so they can try their new roller blades, skateboard and practise on the scooter.
One thing I am thankful for is that the kids didn’t need the doctor. They just lost their appetites and were slightly feverish for 2 days each, then it was back to the usual hullabaloo. I made sure they drank lots of water throughout and kept up with vegetables and fruit.
This season of illness has convinced me more than ever of the value of consuming raw vegetables on a regular basis and ensuring that the children drink all the water that they should. These are the best preventive measures against illness and the best natural remedies too. I wrote a post about creating a veggie-eating habit recently and hope it helps many mamas out there.
In fact, the last person in our family who needed medication was Piglet (paracetamol only), and that was in December last year. We’d run out of fever medicine since then, and I went to the doctor to get another bottle after remembering we should have at least some in the house for emergency purposes.
Yesterday, I finally managed to return to the park and we stayed till nearly lunch time. Being outdoors again never felt so good.
There remains so much to do before the baby comes, but I’m taking it one day at a time. The school holidays are here and childhood is fleeting.
I have a new post on MakChic that’s part of a Breastfeeding 101 series. Go check it out if you’re interested in breastfeeding and how to get started.