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coldsYes, OMB has been down with colds for 2 days now. Oh, all moms know how hard it is to take care of a sick baby, especially at night. OMB finds it hard to sleep longer than an hour. His nose is clogged and can’t breathe the way he would want it to be. He’d turn his side from left to right, and if he still not comfortable, he’d cry! My poor baby…

I’m breastfeeding him directly at night. His stuffy nose makes it harder for him to nurse. Fortunately, kellymom has answers to my problems.

*Keep baby as upright as possible. At night, try propping up on lots of pillows and nursing/sleeping semi-upright.

*The best thing you can do to help baby’s illness end quickly is to nurse often – that way she gets lots of the antibodies that your body is making to help her fight off the illness.

*Use saline drops (or breastmilk) & a rubber suction bulb to clear baby’s nose before nursing (if baby won’t tolerate the bulb syringe, then the saline drops/breastmilk alone should still help).

*Boil a pot of water (some moms use small crock pots/potpourri pots), remove from the stove and add a few drops of essential oil (for example, eucalyptus, sage or balsam), and let the scent permeate the air. This may help relieve some head congestion.

*Do NOT apply products containing peppermint oil, camphor or menthol on the face (especially in the nose) or chest of a baby or young child. There have been cases where the direct application of menthol or camphor products (for example, Vicks VapoRub™) to baby’s skin resulted in severe breathing difficulties or liver problems.

*If nothing else is helping, you might talk to baby’s doctor about trying a decongestant.

Taking care of a sick baby is hard. I think he got it from his dad, and then from me. It’s been 2 days and I haven’t slept longer than 4 hours! My eyes are puffy; my nose are runny. And I feel sleepy at work. Ugh!

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frugal1I’ve posted about the economic problems our nation is facing. It is already a fact that a lot of filipinos are alarmed with its inevitability. We are not alone. Other countries are suffering from global economic meltdown. Even this we cannot do something about.
 
So what now?
 
I say, live frugally. Here’s how I’ve been combatting the crisis:
 
1) Buy second-hand (slightly damaged) clothes and appliances. I love going to the thrift shops or ukay-ukay. Just recently, I bought a G2000 long-sleeved polo for OMH (ohmyhubby) for only PhP150!
 
2) Minimize taking a cab/taxi. If it’s not that far or if I am not carrying a huge stuff, I take an FX or a jeepney to go to places. Come to think of it, the flagdown PhP35 is still much higher than the minimum fare of a jeepney or an FX, right? Think of the additional fare per kilometer; usually it would cost me a minimum of PhP100 everytime I go to a department store to buy our weekly groceries. Imagine how much I could save!
 
3) Go to your nearest local wet market places rather than mall market. Meats at wet market are fresher than those frozen meats we used to buy at a known mall’s hypermarket, and they are cheaper too!
 
4) Make one meal/viand for the whole day. This really works for us. The viand is already prepared in the morning since OMH and I are both working. It saves gas and prepping time.
 
5) Travel off seasons. Usually, the rates are much lower. OMH and I went to Bohol last year. Our rates were cut into half. The airline offered a 10-peso promo if you book in advance. We might do it again this year. Yipee!
 
 I’m still trying to follow some other frugal tips, but for now, these 5 items are in the top of my list. I’ve done them and will surely continue practicing them. So far, so good 🙂

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“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Proverbs 22:7)
debt
 
A close friend once told me that debt is something that seeps into most people’s lives without them knowing it. You can hardly notice it. The moment you realized the danger of having debts, you’re already in the dark pit.
I am living with quite a huge debt now. “Quite” would mean a little over 20,000.  To some, it looks unalarming. I even spoke to a person who had a accumulated debt amounting to over a hundred thousand, yet she seemed ok, appeared stressed-out though.  With me, an unpaid hundred bucks to a friend is something that disturbs me at night. I need to pay her/him immediately, the next day that is. Well, to each his own. 
 
I want to get out of the pit and never return, ever. It may seem too late because with my baby’s growing needs, how on earth I would be able to budget my money and that of OMH’s (ohmyhubby)?
 
It’s time to…
 
1) minimize my spending on clothes, but come to think of it, I already actually stopped buying clothes for me!
2) shorten my list of toiletries and beauty products (I feel rejuvenated from taking bath soaks and applying sweet smelly creams and moisturizers).
3) stop purchasing magazines.  There is a limited internet access at work where I
can steal (hush hush) an hour or so to visit my favorite sites.
4) limit eating takeout/delivery food. Why not optimize my hubby’s cooking abilities? He loves to cook good food.
5) lessen dining out with friends. I’ll just invite them over for a lunch or dinner. It’s OMH’s chance to showcase his skills hehe

No more self-centered living. Time to grow up in a new and better way.

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According to this site, SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

 

Any mother’s fear is the death of her child. It is devastating to even think about it. This was what happened to Baby Tom, the son of Beth Morris of Warwick. Baby Tom is a 20-month-old toddler who found dead by his mom at his room, lying flat on his stomach. These things happen. Babies/toddlers die due to SIDS. This fact frightens me, gives me shriver, makes me wanna hold my son and stay awake all through the night of his sleep.

 

OMB is a 6-month-old baby boy. He is my firstborn, the love of my life, my life. Before I knew about this dreadful SIDS, I allowed OMB to sleep on his stomach. It started when he was just a newborn. Up to this day, he still sleeps on his stomach. He loves it. He wants to sleep that way. He can’t seem to have a good sleep if he’d sleep on his back. He would quickly turn over when he’d feel sleepy. When he’s in deep sleep, I would turn him back so he could lie down face up. I worry a lot. I know. But that’s what mothers are, right? We are concerned of our child’s well-being.
 
So I searched the net. Here’s what I found useful:
 
1. Place infants to sleep on their backs, even though they may sleep more soundly on their stomachs. Infants who sleep on their stomachs and sides have a much higher rate of SIDS than infants who sleep on their backs. [It is now my practice to put OMB back to lying down face up when he’s sleeping on his stomach.
 
2. Place infants to sleep in a baby bed with a firm mattress. There should be nothing in the bed but the baby – no covers, no pillows, no bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys. Soft mattresses and heavy covering are associated with the risk for SIDS. [Uratex is the best 🙂]
 
3. Keep your baby’s crib in the parents’ room until the infant is at least 6 months of age. Studies clearly show that infants are safest when their beds are close to their mothers. [Good thing, OMB and I co-sleep in one bed.]
 
4. Do not place your baby to sleep in an adult bed. Typical adult beds are not safe for babies. Do not fall asleep with your baby on a couch or in a chair. [A good reminder to all of us moms and to remind our yaya as well.]
 
5. Do not over-clothe the infant while she sleeps. Just use enough clothes to keep the baby warm without having to use cover. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Overheating an infant may increase the risk for SIDS. [A good ventilation will suffice. Otherwise, we put the air-con on.]
 
6. Avoid exposing the infant to tobacco smoke. Don’t have your infant in the same house or car with someone who is smoking. The greater the exposure to tobacco smoke, the greater the risk of SIDS. [Hubby and I don’t smoke, thank God!]
 
7. Breast-feed babies whenever possible. Breast milk decreases the occurrence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Studies show that breast-fed babies have a lower SIDS rate than formula-fed babies do. [Oh, will someone pat my back? hehe]
 
8. Avoid exposing the infant to people with respiratory infections. Avoid crowds. Carefully clean anything that comes in contact with the baby. Have people wash their hands before holding or playing with your baby. SIDS often occurs in association with relatively minor respiratory (mild cold) and gastrointestinal infections (vomiting and diarrhea). [This is very important.]
 
9. Offer your baby a pacifier. Some studies have shown a lower rate of SIDS among babies who use pacifiers. [Really? OMB stopped using his pacifier when he turned 5 mos.]
 
10. If your baby has periods of not breathing, going limp or turning blue, tell your pediatrician at once. [This is alarming. Never should a baby become bluish. If this happens, something is very very wrong. Go to the nearest hospital at once.]
 
11. If your baby stops breathing or gags excessively after spitting up, discuss this with your pediatrician immediately. [Good advice.]
 
12. Thoroughly discuss each of the above points with all caregivers. If you take your baby to daycare or leave him with a sitter, provide a copy of this list to them. Make sure they follow all recommendations. [Noted.]
 
(Source: sids.org)
 
Prevention is better than cure.

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