I know that it has literally been FOREVER since my last blog post, and there is no excuse for that other than the fact that we have not been feeling 100% and I've been working a lot. But from now on, I promise I'll do a lot better. More posts will be coming your way. It is Tuesday today, not the most exciting day of the week I'm afraid, but soon enough it'll be Wednesday which is a little bit closer to Friday so yay! Last weekend we were up a tiny bit further in this long country, visiting my youngest cousins. We spent the night, so we had a lot of time to catch up which was fabulous. We came home on Sunday, and already then, did Noah not seem completely himself. He was absolutely hysterical on the way back, so I decided to leave him home on Monday with my parents who are here now, while I was at work. Because he was still a bit tired and sneezy, I decided to leave him home with them today again. It was a long day for him to be away from me, because not only was I at work until 3, but after that I took the bus to the mall and went shopping for Christmas presents. It felt good to spend some time for myself, and get things done. Now I've bought most my presents, just another trip to town on the weekend and I should be set. I had some sushi, and looked around in my favourite shops. By the end of it, I was carrying so many bags, I could hardly hold them all with two hands. But I got home eventually to my sweet little boy who ran towards me with open arms as soon as I opened the door. I always love him welcoming me, but today, when I laid one hand on him, I felt how his skin was burning, and his entire face was completely red, almost swollen. So instantly I placed a special cream on him, and gave him nurofen. Noah has not let me out of his sight since I've come home which is understandable but with more than 39 degrees fever and painful cheeks, Noah has also been inconsolable. He's fallen asleep a couple of times, but awoken again after just a few minutes and has been equally sad every time. The only times I've been successful at calming him down has been the times where he's literally laid on top of me, which works until I have to get up and do things. We are now in bed and I've just gotten him to sleep again, and I am hoping he will stay asleep. My poor man is so miserable tonight and nothing seems to be cheering him up, and I can feel how hot he is so once again, there will be no school for Noah tomorrow. My poor baby. How I wish I could stay home with him and take care of my darling. If he is not better tomorrow, I may have to try some home remedies to make him better because clearly this pharmaceutical stuff is not helping! Any tips on natural remedies for a fever, sore skin and a runny nose?
I am such a proud mother right now. My son, who is 19 months old, has been to 8 different countries, 3 continents. My goal now is for him to reach 10 countries before he's two. Any ideas of where we can go? Two days ago we just got back from a mini vacation to LONDON!! The weekend was very long, but extremely good. Best weekend in a long time. I met good friends, and spent time with my big sister. We ate good food and drank strong drinks. We shopped and shopped and shopped, for Christmas and otherwise. I watched my sister get her ass kicked during a rugby game for the first time which was exciting. We had so much fun, but both Noah and myself got the cold from hell, but we tried to avoid it as well as possible which was doable until we got back home to Sweden. We took one day off of work and school and just relaxed all day. We are both feeling much better, I just have my cough still, and Noah has a runny nose.
I've heard so many people say that children shouldn't travel, but I find that to be absolute bullshit. I believe that it gives them great experiences from a young age, and an open mind about the world. Its also a privilege as a mother to have that chance, to show my son the world, and I won't ever stop.
What are some of your thoughts on travelling with children?
I've blogged about this before, and I'll blog about it again... what am I talking about? BREASTFEEDING! My son is 19 months, and yes he is still breastfeeding. At this point, society calls it "extended breastfeeding", a term that I hate using, but that is how it is. I've actually had questions from people in my surroundings, and even from a doctor why I am still breastfeeding, and if it isn't time for me to stop! I even heard of one doctor tell another breastfeeding mother that COWS MILK is better. LIKE EXCUSE ME!? To me, that is an extremely uneducated thing to tell a mother with a young child. I've done a lot of research, talked to a lot of professionals and there is so much I can throw back in the face of those who judge because I KNOW that no matter what other mothers decide to do, I know that breastfeeding is whats best for MY KID. I'm extremely lucky to be able to breastfeed because I know not all women are that fortunate, and I am not about to stop because it isn't common anymore in the western civilisation to breastfeed past the age of 1.
I don't have to mention that breastfeeding is natural and the most healthy thing on this planet, that goes without saying, but the fact is that the natural age to stop weaning at is actually between ages of 4 and 7. Yes, that is right. SEVEN. After that, it doesn't have the same beneficial needs anymore, but it certainly gives nutrition before then. It also boosts the immune system and even the brain development on the baby or toddler. For those who don't believe that, well there are several studies on the subject that proves it to be true, just take a minute to look it up. It also happens to be extremely beneficial to the mother herself for that matter. It reduces the risks of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer, and yes, this has been proven. It calms both the baby and mother down during stressful situations.
I hate to come off as sounding judgemental, but I am myself sick of getting weird looks and shocked reactions to the fact that I still breastfeed my son, and the reason I still am, are based on these facts. I'm sure any mother who has chosen formula, or stopped breastfeeding earlier had her reasons for that to. And for those who worry about extended breastfeeding, let me tell you, that other people's judgement mean absolutely nothing, for only you know what is best for your child. There is no evidence that weaning will be more difficult to face. I've decided to self wean my child. The meaning of this is that he decides himself when he wants to get off the breast. That's a decision I've recently come to terms with and my reasons why are because I really feel no rush to stop at any time soon when he is not willing nor ready. After doing my research on the matter, it turns out that children often lose interest anyway between ages 2 and 5. Noah is now 19 months, and is already not as hooked on the boob like he once was, and I'm sure he could go days without it if I weren't around. I feel very happy and confident in my decision to take it as it comes rather than build up a time line. My son eats other foods as well, very good and regularly, just like any other average kid in his age group, and is extremely healthy since breastmilk is more of a comfort than anything else these days. There are great support groups on Facebook that any breastfeeding mother with thoughts and ideas are welcome to join!!