A Week with a Sick Toddler

So as your probably aware by now, it is the middle of winter in our part of the world. That means our usual warm and dry days have been replaced by cold and wet ones. Instead of the sun rising early and setting late, most people are leaving for work in the cold and getting home after dark. What else does it mean? it means we are in the middle of the so called ‘flu’ season.

So as your probably aware by now, it is the middle of winter in our part of the world. That means our usual warm and dry days have been replaced by cold and wet ones. Instead of the sun rising early and setting late, most people are leaving for work in the cold and getting home after dark. What else does it mean? it means we are in the middle of the so called ‘flu’ season.

Now if you have been following you would know that Down Under Dad was recently struck down by the dreaded Dad Flu – see Hit for 6 and Out! Some Antibiotics and a few days off work later and I recovered. Unfortunately all those stories you hear of sickness running through entire families are true and now our little guy is sick.

Sick Toddler

After a bit of a rough night on Monday, Mrs Down Under took the day off on Tuesday to look after the poor guy and ended up taking him to the Doctors. That saying about bad things coming in three’s is true. He has, an Ear Infection, a mild case of Croup, and a bit of conjunctivitis to round it out.

OK so it hasn’t quite been a week yet, but ruling out an overnight recovery, it probably will be.

How do you know when your Child is actually Sick?

Every so often as a parent you know you are going to have a rough day or night here and there. Maybe its a sleepless night, maybe your child is being a lot more needy then usual, Maybe you just really want to have a quiet day on the lounge and all your children want to do is go outside. What constitutes a rough day will vary from parent to parent. Sometimes your child is teething, sometimes they are sick, sometimes there will be no explanation whatsoever for there behavior.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how our little guy wasn’t sleeping like he used to, you can read that here Toddler Sleep Regressions , As a parent how do you know if your toddler is simply going through a regression (although there is nothing simple about a toddler being awake all night), or if its something more.

Nobody knows our kids better then their own parents. To determine if your child is sick you can ask two sets of questions. Firstly, You know their behavior better then anybody. What’s normal (for them), and What is out of the ordinary. Secondly, You also know their habits as well. How much they normally eat, How often do they go to the toilet. The first set of questions are ones you can ask yourself and it will let you know if something is up. The second set are what a doctor will ask you if you go visit them. Generally speaking if your child is eating/drinking and doing number 1 and 2, if they don’t have a temperature they probably are OK (again i’m not a doctor, just not a helicopter parent either).

 

What to do when your Sick?

I’m not going to tell you when to go to the Doctor, in no way am I a trained medical professional, and if you ask my wife, she will tell you there is plenty of times when I personally should have gone to the doctor and didn’t.

This is more about how to pass the time that you should be ‘resting’ – who can really get a toddler.

If you are looking for some easy ways to keep your toddler entertained, check out my earlier post Go To Tricks For Entertaining Kids , while some of them might be obvious, sometimes its the simple things that work the best.

Back to this week, being sick means no daycare and limited time outside (especially in winter) so how did we keep ourselves busy?

toddler wooden trainset

A Brand New Toy!

No I’m not encouraging you to go out and buy your kids new toys every time they are feeling under the weather, unless you can afford to, then go for it!

I actually bought this wooden set from Aldi as a Christmas present for the little guy last year. Given how many toys he had at the time and the potential for ‘choking hazards’ it has never been opened. What better time to open it!

If you want to read more about my thoughts on kids toys check out this post Kids Toys it sums up my thoughts on ‘age requirements’ and how many toys is too many.

Anyway staying on Track (ha ha track, get it #dadjoke), it was a hit! sure the millions of little pieces (yes I counted them) didn’t look like much in his eyes to begin with, once he realised the tracks joined together (with a bit of help from Dad) and the trains rolled along them he was hooked.

Pro Tip: when buying something like this in the future, always consider how you will store it, I can guarantee not all the pieces will fit back in the box they came from, and a cardboard box will only last so long in the hands of a toddler.

So What Now?

Well Down Under Dad has the next few days off his day job so hopefully as a family we can get through this. Next weekend the little guy turns 2 and no one wants to be sick on their birthday. We are also planning a 3 day getaway as a family to celebrate his birthday as it will be that last time there will only be 3 of us – see When 3 become 4. . .

If you have any hot tips for beating child sickness definitely share them, or any advice for avoiding them altogether without creating a baby in a bubble share them below.

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Reblog – J is for… #atozchallenge

Reblog from StomperDad AKA All in a Dads Work

Rather then post one of my own today I thought I’d share someone else’s.

StomperDad was actually one of the first fellow bloggers to follow my blog so I might be a bit biased, but his work is always worth a read so if you have the time i’d pay him a visit.

In the meantime here’s a few funnies for you.

 

 

All In A Dad's Work

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Who doesn’t love a good dad joke? Or bad one? The term “dad joke” has become synonymous with any joke so bad, so lame, the best reaction you can hope for is an eye roll. Most them are just punny.

I was hoping my 10 jokes would make people laugh, but no pun in ten did.

You need a sense of humor if you’re going to be a parent. How else will you survive your kids? Between the things kids do and the things they say, we’ve got enough ammo to keep us laughing for years to come. So they got their head stuck in a concrete block when they were two. So they covered their little brother with the entire jar of peanut butter. So they loudly compare your anatomy to that of a model in the Body Worlds museum. I an guarantee Parenthood will be full of…

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Coffee – Habit or Necessity

Coffee, Cuppa, Java, Joe, Liquid Gold, Sip of Heaven, Life Saver, Jet Fuel, Mocha, Wakey Juice, Warmer Upper, Battery Acid, Morning Thunder

Coffee, Cuppa, Java, Joe, Liquid Gold, Sip of Heaven, Life Saver, Jet Fuel, Mocha, Wakey Juice, Warmer Upper, Battery Acid, Morning Thunder – No matter what you call it, everyone knows what you are referring to. That steaming hot cup of roasted beans mixed with boiling water and a little bit of milk – or some variation of that.

A lot of us partake of it in some form at least once a day, sometimes more. We drink it to wake up, we drink it to warm up, sometimes to relax. That poses a question, do we drink it daily out of habit? or do we drink it out of necessity.

While I am aware that not everyone drinks coffee (crazy I know), whether you drink it or not you know about it and how big a part it plays in some peoples lives.

How I begin my Day

Being a Parent life changes every day. No Day is ever the exact same as one before it. Does this bode well for our sanity? maybe, maybe not. In an effort to maintain some routine I feel it necessary to have some constants in life. However small they are, just a few predictable things we can rely on to happen every day. One of those would be my morning Coffee.

Everyday as part of our breakfast routine, the kettle is boiled and I make myself a cup of coffee. While the kettle is boiling Ill make the little guy his breakfast along with mine. As soon as his is ready he will go sit at the table and start eating, knowing that Ill be over in a minute with my breakfast (has to be the same thing he is eating or all hell will break loose), along with my Coffee.  Anyone who has raised a toddler knows that getting them to eat can be tricky, but breakfast is always, without fail, eaten in its entirety. Maybe its the routine?

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Necessary as a Parent?

You tell me!

Personally I was drinking coffee to start my day long before I became a Dad. I drank it because I enjoyed the taste, I drank it for a quick energy boost, I drank it to relax, and I drank it because I didn’t give myself enough sleep last night.

Now as a parent, I drink Coffee because I enjoy the taste, I drink it for a quick energy boost, I drink it to relax, and I drink it because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Yes my almost 2 year old still isn’t sleeping properly Toddler Sleep Regressions

I wouldn’t say its necessary as a parent to drink coffee, Mrs Down Under can’t stand the stuff. Does having some routine that I can count on help maintain my sanity as a parent? Absolutely

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How do you take yours?

Black / White ? Long  / Short ? Sugar  / No Sugar ? Mocha / Caramel ? Chai / Pumpkin Spice?

If its first thing in the morning? Plain old instant coffee with milk, no sugar for me. Other times of day at home see me use a modern ‘capsule’ coffee machine for more of a sophisticated style (its the little things in life). Working in a large workplace means back to the cheap and easy stuff again. One thing about coffee is that it always tastes better when someone else makes it, for that I do occasionally enjoy a ‘fancy’ coffee made by someone else who actually takes pride in their coffee, given I treat it as a special occasion, it just adds to the taste.

So many varieties exist these days its impossible to have tried them all (unless you are really obsessed). So what’s your secret? Whats your regular order that you get without fail that really hits the spot.

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Location Location

As mentioned earlier, one thing that makes a coffee great is having someone else make it for you. I have tried many places, few I would return to. One that delivers consistently without fail is Benchmark – https://www.facebook.com/benchmarknewcastle2300/

With a great owner who knows everyone and their coffee by name and is always open for a chat. Benchmark is one I will always return to.

Got a favorite place? What makes it so special? the people who work there? the setting? the coffee? I’d love to hear it, share it down below.

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1/7/18 – Dad Joke of the Day

Don’t forget to Knock

Don’t forget to Knock

Paddy is passing by Mick’s hay shed one day when through a gap in the door he sees Mick doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old red Massey Ferguson.

Buttocks clenched he performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right welly, followed by the left.
He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move lets his braces fall down from his shoulders to dangle by his hips over his corduroy trousers .

Grabbing both sides of his checked shirt he rips it apart to reveal his tea stained vest underneath and with a final flourish he hurls his flat cap on to a pile of hay.
‘What on earth are you doing Mick’ says Paddy
‘Jeez Paddy, ye frightened the livin bejasus out of me’ says an obviously embarrassed Mick, ‘but me and the Missus been having some trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the Therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor

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