I tried to make the Holy Week more memorable for the kids by having different activities lined up for them. Every day I tried to have at least one outdoors-y ( bubbles, swimming, morning stroll, chicken feeding), arts and crafts ( more about that later) and one food related activity.
This is how we played with our food:
Angry Octo-hotdogs. These were supposed to be smiling but carving, I learned, is a talent that I do not possess.
Mashed Potato Faces
Rocky playing with the toy mixer with real dirty ice cream in it.
The kids were not involved when we made lemongrass iced tea but they were thrilled to drink it. Not just because of the interesting taste but also because of their fun crazy straws! To make it more fun fun fun, I asked the kids to label their straws.
Junior Master Chef Rocky (helping mix the coffee jelly)
We are here in my mom’s house in Los Banos for the week long R&R.
Growing up, I was ashamed to live here. You see, the name of the barangay, Bayog, never failed to make my naughty boy classmates laugh. And because our place seemed so far flung from the rest of Los Banos, I felt like a promdi even if all my classmates, since we all lived in Laguna, were also probinsiyanas and probinsiyanos.
Fast forward, 20 years later, I now wish that we live across the street. Well, umm, not exactly across the street because across the street is Laguna de Bay already. For the past 3 weeks, we have been planning to bring Aki to a park so he can run freely. Something always came up so the trips to High Street and Salcedo Market were cancelled. Now that we are here in my beloved Bayog, Aki gets to run. Not just run, but chase chickens and ducks. He also gets a kick everytime I point the many lizards in the ceiling that visit us every night. The tuko has been missing in action. I wonder if it will fascinate or scare the little Manila boy
So many stories to tell but for now, I would like to share these photos
Aside from teething, Dra Saulog advised that another possible culprit of Aki’s fever could be something viral. She said after the fever has subsided, we can expect rashes that would start from the neck and would spread up to his feet. Boy is she right!
Your one-year-old has had a high fever for the past three days, and naturally you are worried. This morning the fever seems to have subsided, but your child has suddenly broken out with a red rash all over the body. What could this be? Is it serious? Should you rush to the doctor? Here is the Dr. Sears guide to this very common childhood illness.
WHAT IS ROSEOLA?
It is a usually harmless illness caused by a virus. It occurs almost only in children age 3 months to 3 years, most often between 9-12 months. It is probably the most common cause of fever in this age group.
WHAT DOES ROSEOLA LOOK LIKE?
This virus generally causes 3 days of high fever (often over 103). The fever then subsides, and the child breaks out in a flat or bumpy red rash, usually starting around the neck, back and chest, then spreading out. The rash lasts a few days to a couple weeks.
Dr. Sears Clue: Roseola is about the only virus in which the rash appears after the fever breaks.
Sometimes this virus will cause 3 to 7 days of high fever, with no other symptoms and no rash. Some children will have swelling of the glands in the front and back of the neck, runny nose, cough, ear pain, vomiting or diarrhea with this illness. Children can have one or all of these symptoms.
Dr. Sears Clue: The characteristic of Roseola is that infants don’t seem very sick and act almost well when the high fever comes down.
He is ok now. Well, umm, not super ok, but better. He had fever from Sunday until Wednesday. Thursday, he developed rashes. Doc said they are normal and are actually signs that he is going to get better.
I wanted to take nice pictures of Aki’s not so nice naglalatiting feet
He would not sit still so I gave him a tube of Lays to keep him busy while I am trying to take photos
I wanted to take a photo where his dirty feet are clear and his face and body are blurry. It was a challenge because he kept on moving. I was so determined to take a good picture that I did not notice what he was up to
Today, we celebrate Aki’s 18th month birthday. Sadly, I only got to spend a few minutes with him today because I need to go to work ( I already took a leave yesterday). When I came home at 7:30PM, two hours before his sleeping time, he was already in zzzz zzzz zzz land. What is even more unfortunate is that he is spending his one and a half birthday with painful swollen gums. He has not one, not two, not three but 5, yes FIVE, teeth that are about to erupt.
How I wish I can take away the pain. If I can make a deal with the tooth fairy to trade in Aki’s pain with five of my molars, I really would. He has been on Tempra almost every 4 hours since Sunday afternoon. After taking the medicine, his temperature would go down but would go up again after a few hours. He has been eating less, even rejecting his favorites yogourt and Yakult. To say that he is extremely cranky and clingy these past few days is an understatement.
And when all else fail, this pair of bright blue boots saves day!
Aki loves his blue boots so much. As soon as he wakes up, he looks for them and wants to put them on immediately. I thought, like yogurt and Yakult, they would temporarily lose their magic on my boy, but no, he became less fussy as soon as he wore them.
And because he kept pointing at the door and doing the drivey drivey baby sign, we let him sit for a few minutes behind the wheel. For this toddler, happiness is playing with the horn until the neighbors complain.
For this mummy, happiness is seeing my teething toddler happy. We will be forever thankful to Tempra and to these improvised toys that made our little one forget the big bad pain inside his mouth.