Treating your Sick Baby

This morning I woke up an hour earlier than Marcos for a change 🙂 Oscar’s on-call work phone went off at 6am which woke us both up but I am glad for that because it gave me some time to myself before I had to go on Mom duty. So I brewed some coffee and drank it in bed with my 2 furry boys while Oscar handled the emergency situation at work and Marcos slept soundly in his crib.

Marcos has been sick all week. Last Friday, he came down with Croup. Croup is a viral infection that infects the voice box and the wind pipe. It causes your baby’s upper airways to swell and a cough that sounds like a barking seal. It came on suddenly on Friday night and it was very scary! My poor little man woke up in the middle of the night coughing and crying because his airways were inflamed and it was hard for him to breath. He also had a mild fever. It was 101 degrees which is mild according to the doctors but not to this Mom. I called the pediatrician immediately while my husband calmed him down. After verifying that Marcos did in fact have Croup, she called in a prescription for us at 11pm. It was an oral medication called prednisolone and she  recommended Tylenol to reduce his fever. She also recommended that we sit in the bathroom while running a hot steamy shower to help open up his airways and to use a cold air humidifier next to his crib which we did. We also calmed him by taking him outside so he could breath in the cold humid Florida winter air which so far has been all of our best friends.

The croup only lasted a few days but now its turned into a nasty cold with a wet cough, wheezing and a runny nose. Oscar and I have been taking turns staying home and treating his cold all week. We had a couple of visits to the pediatrician’s office to monitor his breathing and current condition. They couldn’t identify the illness as any specific virus but they prescribed an antibiotic based on his symptoms to alleviate the cough.  They also prescribed albuterol to be administered through a nebulizer for his wheezing which he hates! We had to use a nebulizer back in November when he had RSV and each time we use it he screams and writhes and rolls his body like an alligator which kills Oscar and I but it really improves his breathing and clears out the phlegm which causes the wheezing. We are also giving him benadryl for his runny nose at night as well as saline and suction through a nose frieda…fun!

We are starting to see improvements in his sleeping, eating and overall mood which is such a relief!! It’s hard to see your little baby so sick. Even though I have been told over and over again that this will help Marcos build his immunity, I can’t wait for this to be over and for my little man to get better. I know getting sick is inevitable, especially during the winter months and when your little one is in day care but it is still very stressful for everyone. I can’t even imagine how scared Marcos must be. And its not like he can tell us what is going on with him so its scary not knowing what else may be hurting him. 😟💔

I have been keeping a stress journal that keeps me grounded and sane throughout tough times like these. In my journal I write down what is worrying me, what I am thankful for, my saving grace, daily prayer and my to do list. This has really helped me keep things in perspective and prioritize. It has also reminded me to take care of myself and remember what’s truly important which is your family and health! I love this quote below by Iain Thomas.

For additional medical advice I turn to books like Baby 411, Dr. Sears Baby Book and What to Expect the First Year. They are very helpful and informative on how to treat Marcos at home for common illnesses while also informing me on other signs of infection to look out for like ear infections (while not scaring the crap out of me). Note to self ===> Stay away from the mom chat rooms!! It also helps to know what other developments and milestones are taking place at the same time so you can focus on that and not let a cold or virus hold you back (if possible).

My family is also very supportive and helpful. I am so thankful that they live 10 minutes away and can provide an extra hand and cuddles when needed.

I wish I had all kinds of brilliant and sage advice for first time parents on what to do in these situations. I am new parent and am always questioning myself. I guess the best advice I could give you is to stay calm and positive, listen to your doctor and also trust your instincts! I am a pretty laid back person but when it comes to my son,  I would much rather over react than under react.

I hope if you are reading this that your little one(s) are on the their way to feeling better and that you are comforted by reading about my experience. I know it helps when I read other mom blogs and know that they have gone through the same thing and kept their sanity.

Well I am going to sign off now . Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take care of yourselves!

XO
Mrs. Nice

 

 

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Marcos’s Birth Story

Marcos Andres Dominguez arrived on April 1, 2017 at 10:22 p.m. weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. These past eight months have been the most exciting, blissful, exhausting and stressful months of my life but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.

Each time I look or think of my my son I feel so much joy and love and a desire to be the best Mother and person that I can be.As I type this, he is sleeping peacefully in his crib. As I watch him on his monitor, I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, handsome and healthy baby boy who smiles, giggles, waves, babbles, and completely melts my heart every day.

Marcos’s Birth Story

On Friday evening, Oscar and I went to go see the movie “Logan”. We knew it would be a long time before we could go to the movie theater together so we went out for a date night. I had just finished my last day at work because I was 39 weeks and knew that Marcos could come any day now.  We got home late and I had trouble falling asleep. I think I finally fell asleep around 1:30 a.m. only to be woken up a few hours later feeling some light cramping and pressure in my lower abdomen. I remember thinking to myself “Could this be it?” Could this be the day? Or is this just Braxton Hicks?” I went to the bathroom a few times but nothing was happening so I figured that I should probably get back into bed and get some rest.

I managed to get another hour or two of sleep then a little after 7:30 a.m., I started to feel uncomfortable. I got out of bed and googled “the first signs of labor” into my phone.  Then I sat and rocked on my exercise ball for some relief, played some Hall and Oates and started timing and logging my contractions. I woke Oscar up around 9:30 a.m. and told him that I was having contractions since they were really starting to hurt and I didn’t want to be alone anymore.

Oscar and I hung out in the living room together to try and relax while I timed my contractions. They were about 10 minutes apart. I remember thinking to myself that this better be the real deal because I was very uncomfortable. My contractions were getting pretty intense and I was also getting some sharp pains in my back which were alarming and there was nothing I could do to cope with the back pain. Luckily they only lasted for about 45 seconds but they were coming every four to eight minutes and they HURT!

Oscar called my OB/GYN because we were unsure as to why the back pain was happening. I remember being instructed to call only when I experienced contractions that came every five minutes and lasted for a minute for more than one hour but the back pain had intensified so we called the doctor just to be safe.

The doctor told us to head to the hospital with our bags so she could check me out. I showered before we left while Oscar packed up the car with our hospital bags. A warm shower felt good, but by the time I got out and started to get dressed, my contractions significantly intensified. I found myself folding over and holding onto the dresser and the wall as I tried to deal with the pain. I remember throwing up a few times before we left and thinking to myself…”this is gonna be a looong day!” We headed out the door to the hospital around 2 p.m. By then my contractions were eight minutes apart.

When we got to the hospital, we were sent to the triage room while I was hooked up to a monitor and asked a bunch of questions by the nurses. I can’t remember everything, just that I was in a lot of pain and I did not want to be sent back home. They left Oscar and I to wait in the triage room for an hour to see if I dilated. I remember the pain getting really intense and crying out “I can’t do this!” My wonderful husband took my hand, reminded me that I can do this and continued to comfort and encourage me while we waited for the nurse to come back.

After an hour, the nurse came back with my OB/GYN to check on me and told me that I had dilated three centimeters and we would be welcoming our baby today!! Hoorayy!! That was music to my ears!! 🙂

Oscar and I spent the next 60 minutes getting registered and prepping for the epidural. Oscar had to do all the talking because I was in so much pain I couldn’t speak. I had to motion my social security number with my fingers as the pain of my contractions and back labor was just excruciating.

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After the epidural, the pain was more manageable but the back pain started to creep back. Also, the epidural seemed to work better on one side than the other so Oscar and my Mom took turns giving me back rubs to help me with the pain. Its hard for me to remember all the events that took place between the time I received the epidural and the delivery but here are some key details:

  • The epidural definitely helped with the contraction pain as monitors showed when they were happening but they barely registered with me.
  • Eventually, the external baby heart monitor was not working and they had to insert an internal heart monitor to better monitor the baby’s heart rate.
  • The external heart monitor could be heard in the room and we started noticing the heart rate slowing with some of the contractions. At first we didn’t know that the sound was the baby’s heart rate.
  • During one contraction that was paired with a shot of back pain, our doctor came in, looked at the monitor strip, and spoke with the head nurse off to the side of the room.
  • After the doctor left, Oscar asked if there was something wrong and that was when we were told that the sound we heard slowing down was the baby’s heart rate.
  • The next contraction saw another drop in heart rate, which is when the doctor came in and called a need for the emergency c-section.

The C-section operation did not take long and Oscar remained by my side holding my hand the whole time. I laid very still, went into my “zone” and prayed for my baby. I couldn’t feel a thing but I was awake and I heard the doctors talking while they were operating. And I heard them say that my baby’s neck was wrapped around my umbilical cord! Poor thing. I was scared but I had a feeling it was going to be OK. And then…I heard him. I heard my son crying.  Oscar and I watched the nurses clean him, test his vitals and wrap him up in a blanket. I remember Oscar and I saying to each other….”there he is, that’s our son” and we were both crying while we watched him taking his first breaths. I am crying now as I type this.

The nurse brought my bundled up baby to me while I was lying on the delivery table. I wasn’t able to hold him yet since I was still strapped on to the table so I rubbed my cheek against his little face so he could feel me and smell me. That was not what I wanted for us but I was so relieved that he was delivered safely and I knew that we would have plenty of time to bond. I was taken to another room to recover while Oscar and my parents got acquainted with our boy. I will never forget Oscar’s face and reaction to the birth of our son. It was a wondrous moment and he was practically skipping and prancing into the nursery.

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I will never forget our very first night as parents. We were so exhausted from the entire day and couldn’t wait to go to sleep and get some rest but wait….we are parents now. We have to take care of our newborn baby! The nurses brought Marcos into my room and bathed him and then gave him to for skin-to-skin contact and to start breastfeeding. After that, he woke up about every two hours to feed. Oscar changed his diapers and brought him to me each time he woke up because of the surgery.

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The next morning with my son was absolutely surreal! I just couldn’t believe that he was sleeping next to me and no longer in my belly. When I held him in my arms the next morning I sang to him “You are my sunshine” and I cried happy joyful tears.

We had to stay in the hospital for a few days so I could recover from the surgery. Marcos stayed in the room with us the entire time. The recovery was hard but the more I walked around and moved my legs the better. During my second night in the hospital I was suffering from post-surgery gas and bloating from the air that got sucked into my abdomen during the surgery. It was very painful but I still had to get up out of bed to breastfeed my son. Despite the pain, I got myself up and breastfed my son without my husband’s help.  Afterwards, Marcos looked at me with this happy and appreciative look in his eyes like he recognized me and knew I was his Mom. It was the best feeling in the world. That was when I officially felt our bond and I knew I was gonna rock at being a Mom!!

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With each day I got better and Marcos was healthy. We took him home on a Tuesday and celebrated with a homemade quiche, salad from my Mom and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Then we celebrated our Anniversary a couple days later as a family of five 🙂

This is the end of the birth story but the Mommy and Daddy adventures continue. I plan to document my journey into Motherhood so stay tuned for more Marcos blog posts in the future!

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Healthy Rewards

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Hello there! I hope you are doing well  and that you have some fun and relaxing items on your agenda for this weekend. My husband and I are going out on the town for a friend’s birthday party and then I’m sure the rest of it will be spent doing work around the yard and house, grocery shopping, school work and hanging out with our fur children 🙂

I’m sure that many of you may have heard of Gretchen Rubin. She is the author of the very popular and best-selling book entitled The Happiness Project. I read her book back in 2014 and I loved it! Throughout her book, she shares her scientific research on happiness and her experiments with incorporating ways to be happier into her lifestyle. What I liked most about it was that it didn’t feel too self-helpie (even though I enjoy some self-help books) and that she already was a happy person to begin with. Her main goal was just to find ways to be happier and enjoy life more which is something we could all benefit from. If you have any interest in learning about ways to increase happiness in your life, then I would definitely pick up her book or listen to her Happier podcasts.

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I was very excited when I learned about Gretchin’s Happier podcasts that she hosts with her sister, Elizabeth. I’ve been listening to her podcasts on YouTube<=== (quick access) during my morning commutes and they are very enlightening and entertaining.  Earlier this week, I listened to one of her podcasts about the strategy of rewards. It got me thinking about the ways I tend to reward myself for getting though a stressful work week and how those rewards can undermine my good healthy habits.

I have found that during busy, frustrating and hectic work weeks, I tend to reward myself with chocolate treats, visits to Starbucks and takeout food for dinner. Although takeout can be very convenient in an emergency, my priorities are to eat clean and avoid high sodium comfort food so rewarding myself with treats and takeout isn’t healthy and often continues into a normal week.

I need to start treating myself with healthy rewards like taking yoga, going to my favorite exercise class, visiting my parent’s pool, taking a warm soothing bath, getting a mani/pedi or a massage, or a new book. Rewards don’t have to be something that I have to eat. As long as I know I have something to look forward to either right after work or that weekend then I will save my money and time for the healthy reward 🙂

Healthy rewards don’t always have to be something that you buy also. Here are some other ways to treat yourself without spending money:

1) Go for a walk. Take your favorite tunes or your spouse, family member, friend or dog.

2)  Practice peaceful meditation and calm breathing.

3) Go to YouTube and find an exercise or yoga video.

4) Visit your local library and check out a book you’ve always wanted to read.

5) Give yourself a mani/pedi.

6) Listen to an awesome  podcast.

7) Write in your journal or blog.

8) Go for a bike ride.

9) Take a day off work for a wellness day.

10) Go for a drive or walk by the beach.

These are my suggestions. What are your healthy rewards?

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Baxter & Guinness

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic week. I can’t believe its October!!!! Woo hooo!! Summer is slowly leaving sunny South Florida and I am starting to feel a hint of fall in the air 🙂

I hope you all had a great summer. Our summer was pretty low-key but wonderful. After our honeymoon in Ireland, Oscar and I took things easy and worked on projects around the house. We also took a small couples trip to Busch Gardens with our good friends Alicia and Dee, spent some weekends in Miami and enjoyed some BBQs and get togethers with family and friends. AND……………WE ADOPTED TWO PUPPIES!!
Meet Baxter and Guinness 🙂

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We adopted them from the Everglades Abandoned Dog Rescue in late July. Having two litter mates can be quite a handful at times but for the most part they are very well behaved and sweet tempered pups. Oscar and I are happy to open our hearts and our home to these adorable little guys.

Here’s the Story:
Oscar and I have been wanting to get a dog for a long time and now that we have a house with a fenced in yard (and a puppy park around the corner!!), we thought that now would be the best time to adopt one. We had done a lot of research over the past few years on different breeds and we decided that the best dog for us would be a schnauzer. Then one day to my surprise, Oscar told me that he found a schnauzer puppy ready for adoption and arranged for us to go to an adoption event down in Pompano Beach. I was very excited!! And of course, as soon as we met him (his name was Kingston at the time), we fell in love and knew he was our boy.

I mean come on…look at this face???

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Before we could take him home, we had to fill out an application and have our home inspected and approved. After that was over, a few days later we brought him home! I was so happy I cried.
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Guinness took very well to us and his new surroundings and we were very impressed with him and his temperament. However, we noticed that he seemed a little sad. We figured that it was because he missed his litter mates. That’s when Oscar told me that when he went to pick up Guinness from his foster home, the VP of the adoption agency told him that they would waive the adoption fee if we took his brother (his name was Nassau). We remembered him from the adoption event but there was another family that was interested in him at the time so we didn’t get to spend much time with him. However, we told them we would see how things go with Guinness on the first week and let them know by the weekend.  And as the week went on, we fell in love with the idea of adopting Guinness’ brother so the two of them could be together and keep each other company. Sooooo we made room for one more!! And that is how we ended up with Guinness (shown as Kingston below) and Baxter (Nassau).

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Oscar and I are both very happy with our decision.  Baxter & Guinness “our boys” are doing great. They are both happy and affectionate and I feel like WE are the lucky ones to have picked such great pooches to share our home with.

Sure they play fight and are a little rambunctious at times. And they fight over the same toy even though there are plenty others to choose from. Baxter is a little stubborn at times but he is also a lover. All he really wants is to cuddle and have his belly rubbed. It’s the cutest thing ever! Guinness is a cuddler too and a total Mama’s boy!!! They both fill our home and our days with so much happiness. Oscar and I are both training them at home and through the training school at PetSmart which the boys are taking to very well.

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Well that’s what I’ve been up to this summer. Can’t wait to see what the fall season has in store. Thanks for reading my super long post. I hope you enjoyed it and I will be sure to keep you updated on our new puppy adventures.

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Good Enough

Ugh….do you ever get the feeling you’re not good enough? That feeling creeps up on me sometimes. It will just come out of nowhere. Sometimes these little insecurities visit me at night right before I’m about to fall asleep. Thoughts will come drifting into my mind and I will find myself wondering….Am I a good friend? A good wife? Daughter? Or sister? Am I living my life up to its fullest potential? I go over the things I’ve said, need to say and things I wish I said in the past. The list in my mind goes on and on….

That’s when I know that it’s time to slow down and meditate. Life can be so busy and hectic. Sometimes I feel like I rush from one thing to the next and don’t take time to enjoy the present. I need to slow down a little and be more mindful.

I can’t let these thoughts get the better of me. I am enough. I do the best I can. I need to readjust my thinking and remind myself:

Organic vs. Conventional: Making the Switch

Hello and Happy Earth Day!!

Over the past few months, my husband and I have switched over to organic food. We started out gradually buying only organic produce, and then we switched to organic milk and eggs to organic meats and poultry.  I used to think that it would be too expensive for us but so far I’ve found that it’s actually quite affordable.  Most of the time we pay anywhere from .30 cents to a $2 more per item depending on where we shop which is Publix and local produce markets.

Although we do pay a little extra at the grocery store, I’m glad we made the change as the benefits far outweigh the costs. Not only does the food taste a hundred times better since there are no pesticides or GMOs but I feel  better like I have more pep in my step and less digestive issues. I realize however, that there’s a lot of debate on whether or not organic food is safer and more nutritious for you than conventionally grown food. So I just try to pay attention to my body and to other variables like what’s in season and the ripeness of the produce since that also influences nutritional value.  I guess it all depends on what you are most comfortable with.

I’ve been following a couple of informative blogs on healthy living called: Food Babe and Detoxinista. These are helpful websites when it comes to making healthy choices and eating organic.

Foodbabe.com is a guide you on how to live an organic lifestyle, make the right purchasing decisions at your local grocery store and how to travel and eat healthfully around the world.  Food babe also investigates and writes about the harmful ingredients found in processed foods and how to avoid them. You may recognize her name from some of the recent press that came out about Subway and Chick-fil-a  using harmful additives in their food.  Food babe was the one responsible for not only investigating and exposing this knowledge to the public but for getting them to stop! I don’t know about you all but I think that’s pretty darn cool.

Detoxinista is another blog with lots of good recipes and helpful tips on healthy living and nutrition. I highly recommend checking our her website. She is very knowledgeable and has lots of delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make and use simple, whole ingredients.

Are you trying to make a switch to eating organic? If so, I hope these blogs are helpful to you.

Have a great day and a healthy week!

~Mrs. Nice Girl

 

 

Monday Motivation

Good morning! I hope you all  had a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Last night, my husband and I hosted Easter dinner at our house with both of our families. This was also our first dinner hosted as husband and wife 🙂

Instead of a traditional Easter ham, Oscar grilled an array of meats, sausages and chicken.  I prepared a chick pea salad to go on the side with a baguette and some delicious homemade coconut Easter Nests for dessert (something my brother and I used to enjoy when we were kids). It was a lot of fun. Thankfully our parents get along very well and enjoy each other’s company so dinners at our house are always an easy success.

IMG_20140421_033701 Unfortunately, I think I had a little too much fun because I woke up with a horrible stomach and head ache around 3am last night and had trouble going back to sleep 😦 I wanted to call in sick today but I can’t so I will have to trudge on with my day.  I am badly in need of some Monday Motivation. Here are a few inspirational quotes that got me through my morning and rest of the day. The last one is my favorite!!

Do you have any Monday motivation quotes that you go to for those rough mornings? If so, please share!

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bey future monday fab"You're gonna be livin in a van...down by the river!" - chris farley, BEST COMEDIAN EVER!