Insert alllll the praise hands here 🙌
I was so worried that our sickness was going to ruin my long weekend trip to NJ to see my sister. She was up on the East Coast to run the NYC Half Marathon which she completed like a boss.
All of us have been so sick, and once the first round of antibiotics were taken and S was still crying in the morning about her sore throat, I knew it wasn’t gone. We headed back to the pediatrician’s office and sure enough, both kids were still testing positive for strep. We discussed a few options with our doctor, and sent over a new prescription of meds for both of them that would hopefully kick the strep completely. I also swung over to Patient First and was in and out in a half hour (what?!) and got the same antibiotics to start as well.
Unfortunately one of the main side effects of the medicine is diarrhea for the kids 👎 So, that was fun. S also didn’t like the taste either, so getting her to take it was quite a joke, but it helped tremendously and now we’re healthy.
My husband couldn’t take any days off of work so I took both kids and we made the drive up to NJ on Thursday afternoon to meet up with my family. LJ has been my tough one in terms of sleep, but he’s been making a lot of progress since finishing the medicine. He was a joy to share a room with!
We had a jam packed weekend of things to do, and there wasn’t a minute to spare. My sister is a lover of spreadsheets so all of our plans were mapped out in advance, including meals. It really makes for less stress all around, and early meals at restaurants close by ensured I could keep both kids on schedule and in bed between 7-7:30pm. It’s refreshing to know that my family understands my need to keep the kids on a schedule and works around our naps/bedtime. It’s so important to me, especially since both kids thrive on routine. Even though this means 5pm dinner reservations, no one complains and I’m thankful for that.
I even got some sister time after the kids went to bed, score! It was quite a hilarious trip, probably one for the books. Those #threenager tantrums come out of nowhere some days and you just have to go with it. I have no words for some of the moments on this trip, and it should probably stay that way.
How’d the kids do on the 2.5 hour drive each way? Angels. LJ slept the entire time, S spent her time sightseeing but actually fell asleep both ways which hasn’t happened in over a year. It was amazing. Those single parent drives with two sleeping kids really are magical! I’m patiently waiting for LJ to be more confident in sitting up so I can use our convertible car seat instead of the infant seat. The max weight and height are 35lbs/32 inches for his seat, but poor guy looks so squished already. For reference, we use this car seat. It’s great, but our big guy is hitting record weight already 😳
I’ll probably do an update on LJ in the coming weeks. Possibly his six month? It’s just crazy. He’s been here almost half of a year already! We’ll be seeing family for Easter too, so I’ll blog about that too.