Boycotting antibacterial soap

I know this may sound funny but I have been learning a lot about soap lately, which does seem a little strange I know.

A couple things I have learned about the soap from nurse friends, not from the internet or I would question it more, is that antibacterial soap is really not helping us to avoid disease.

Apparently there is an outer layer of skin that we have that the antibacterial soap destroys. This layer helps coat our skin and ward of disease when it can. If we constantly put antibacterial soap on it and eat it away then we are actually exposing our skin to more germs that way.

We need to let our kids build their immune system and being exposed to germs helps. Antibacterial soap stops this from happening too much and we may see our kids actually get more symptoms of sickness then when they don’t use the antibacterial products.

It may not seem like a major deal to worry about but it does make sense. I lived a very limited sick life in my childhood and we did not have all the sanitizer and antibacterial products. I think there is something to this.

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Setting my alarms sucks!

So since my post way late last night or early this morning I decided to get myself up at the crack of dawn so at least one of use will get used to the time change in 5 days.
I am on Mountain Time which is 2 hours early then eastern (home time). This morning I got up at 6am and I have been used to getting up around 9. Holy cow that was hard. The problem is that I am staying up till midnight or later which is 2 am or later Eastern Time and when I get home that would not be good.

My hope is to have at least me back to my time zone and then not worry about the kids until I get home, thanks for the advice Jenny! Don’t want tired mad kids on vacation.

Hope this works!

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Need to get used to Eastern Time soon!

June 22nd is when we headed out west and have been here living Mountain Time (2 hours earlier). I think it is due time to get me and both kids back on Eastern Time. So… I go the “drug up” route or what?

I guess I could start waking them up earlier in the morning, if I can get my lazy butt up. We may be tired earlier that way but I will have real ornery kids for a few days.

Any suggestions on trying to do this before we head back next Tuesday August 3rd?

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Going home to a mountain of packed boxes

Brent got to come out and hang with us in Canada, Vegas and Utah for 2 weeks but had to go back to Ohio today. He did not have anymore time off work to be with us.

The kids and I have been on vacation since June 22nd so we are on week 5 now of our 6 week trip. It is a long trip but the only way we could afford to see my family in Utah, Idaho and Canada. Vegas was just for fun without kids.

We go home in 7 more days. I have enjoyed visiting my family but am ready to be home. The bummer is that I have to go home to a house full of boxes as Brent had to move us into our new rental house while I am gone. I am not looking forward to the mountain of boxes but at least he got everything moved.

Anyone want to come help me unpack August 4-8? I have a goal of Sunday the 8th to b totally unpacked. Here goes nothing!

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Son’s teeth and fever

We have been in vacation since June 18 and when we left my son only had 3 teeth. He has 6 now and the last 2 can in one after another over a 2 day period. He now has a 7th one pushing through. I feel so bad for him, he is so miserable and his little mouth is so sore.

We have also been battling a huge fever of 101-102 today and tonight. The thing is that he does not have any other sick symptoms. He is still eating bottles and letting me use a straw to dap water in his mouth. He is not squirming around like his body aches or anything. His fever is just so high. We have been alternating Motrin-Ibuprofen and Tylenol every 4 hours in hopes this cuts it. I also had my Dad give him a blessing (prayer) in hopes this fever breaks. He is so hot and so miserable.

I know that the emergency room won’t do anything for him so I have not taken him. I called, but they can no longer give advice over the phone. If he was not eating or drinking and had other sick symptoms I would have been out the door hours ago.

Could this all be from teething? Any incite please!

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Kid’s commercials need to be banned

My daughter is now the age where everything she sees on TV she wants. I do not have the luxury of cable or satellite at home but on vacation she is watching a lot of Nickelodeon and Disney. I love the cartoons but HATE all the stupid commercials. All I have been hearing all day is “Mom I want!” This is very frustrating and makes me want to put my foot through the TV.
I Netflix all her cartoons at home through streaming and am becoming even happier about this decision daily. I don’t mind a few commercials here and there but there are so many it is ridiculous.

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Infants DO NOT sleep on vacation

If you are lucky enough to have a child under 1 year that sleeps every time you go on vacation than I envy you.

My 10 month old has had trouble sleeping through the night for the two and a half weeks we have been on vacation. We are on a two hour time difference which has not helped, but his allergies have been so bad that the poor guy can’t sleep.

Last night he finally did for 11 hours! When I heard him this morning, as we are in the same room, my first thought was “damn, not again.” I then looked at the clock and it was 7:30 am and my second thought was, “wow, seriously?” I feel so much better today and so does he.

I hope that he does this again tonight. I have broken down and now give him Zyrtec in the morning and Benadryl at night. They tell you not to do this but I don’t know hoe else to control his awful allergies out here in the dessert so I am and hopefully he can have some relief. Sleep will definitely help too!

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