While Grae and I both seem to be extremely good at avoiding the terrible sicknesses that circle through our groups of friends, today she woke up with a runny, but congested nose. Since we prefer to do things the natural way in our house, the first inkling of a cold means a day filled with non-stop fruits and veggies, and extra powerful green smoothie, and a garlic-filled dinner. …Plus some sick kid sensory soup as of today – hah!
When I woke up this morning with a killer headache and stinging sore throat, I knew that it would have to be an out and about kind of day in order to avoid a lazy, feel-sorry-for-my-sick-self day where Gracen would miss out on the beautiful sunshine and 20 degree weather. Luckily, a quick trip to the library and our stroller fitness class took care of the morning. We got outside, got some fresh air, and Grae got in some quality baby time while I lunged and squatted my way around Queen E park.
Without anything really planned for this afternoon, we decided to head down to Kerrisdale, one of my favourite quaint little Vancouver neighbourhoods.
First off, we tried our hand at thrifting. I must admit, I love the idea of thrifting and finding beautiful pieces that have histories of their own, but I’m not very good at it. The only times I’ve really had any luck was when I found a sweet little table and chair set for Gracen’s first Christmas in Canada and when Charlotte and I randomly came across an adorable little doll crib and bookshelf for Grae’s nursery. Today was no different, however, Miss G loved sifting through shelves of children’s books, and ended up choosing three to take home.
After our thrifting adventure, we walked hand and hand down the sidewalk, popping in and out of shops, visiting with puppies, and waving at strangers.
Stopping at this flower shop was a must. Of course Miss G smelled her way down the line.
Our next stop was a gorgeous little toy store. The moment Gracen spotted the window display, she shouted “Nin! Nin!” (In! In!) and pulled me towards the door. Almost every item in the shop was absolutely beautiful and the best part was that in the back there was a little play area for munchkins.
Last stop – treats! An Apricot Delight Roll from Cobs for Miss G and an iced coffee from Artigiano’s for Mama… The perfect ending to our afternoon. ♥
Knock on wood, but I think we’re finally getting a little better around here. The fevers, headaches, and body pains seem to be gone, and now Miss G and I are just left with the cold symptoms. Lucky for Grae, her Papa went out late last night to pick up some all-natural ice pops to soothe her sore throat. She’s never had any sort of frozen treat before, so this was a big treat.
Although we seem to have her temperature somewhat under control now, Gracen’s cough, runny nose, and congestion are in full swing now. And sadly, I’m doing no better. In fact, I’ve got all of the same symptoms, plus a wicked headache and all over body pain. We’re a sorry sight over here.
The good part is that Miss G actually spent some time awake today. The downside is that it pretty much looked like this. Uncomfortable, unhappy, and whiny.
And then there was the full-on, defeated cry.
And by the end of the day, Bradley came home to a house that looked like this. Disaster. The worst part is that I was too ill to care. Here’s hoping for a better day tomorrow.
Aw, my poor little doodlebug. Last night I got home from a lovely downtown coffee date with my ladies and heard Grae calling for me in the most pitiful little voice. It was odd for her to be awake at 11:00 p.m. and I knew that something wasn’t right. I went in her room to find her absolutely burning up. We stripped her down, put her in some summer jammies, gave her a dose of Tylenol and some water, and put her back to sleep. Needless to say, it was a rough night and we ended up with a congested, coughing little heater in our bed for much of the night.
We stayed in bed until 8:30 this morning and when we finally got up, I decided to juice an orange for Miss G in hopes of getting some extra vitamin C into her. She’s never had juice before, so we thought she’d love it, but it was actually just the opposite – she wouldn’t even try a sip.
She spent the entire day snuggled up and sleeping on us while clutching onto her cold water cup, which for Grae, is very out of character.
We ended up taking her to the walk-in clinic late this afternoon just to make sure that she didn’t have an ear infection and her breathing sounded okay. Luckily, everything checked out just fine. The doctor who saw us said that there is a nasty virus going around the Lower Mainland and that it should run it’s course in about 4 days. Let’s hope our little lady feels better soon!