So, we had an eventful weekend. If you are squeamish, you had better just skip until after the food picture, and then you’ll be safe. Fair warning.
WARNING! GROSS THING BELOW!!!
Saturday morning we all packed into the truck and headed off to take my darling husband to the dentist. He shares my particular brand of dental anxiety, so he gets to take the happy pills before-hand and that requires rides to and from the office. I thought this was going to be an hour long appointment, so I packed up all of our various screens to help keep the kids occupied since it was crappy and cold and raining outside, and off we went. About 1/3 of the way there I glance back in the rear-view mear at the baby mirror, and see Amelia projectile vomit her entire breakfast. Whoa. Not good.
We get to the office, and I get her cleaned up as best as I can, and we wait. And then we wait some more. And a LOT more. Soon, it is almost 3 hours later, the kids have had ENOUGH of the tablets and movies and begging from me, and all of us are ready to go. Especially my poor husband who not only had some pretty extensive cleaning done, but also a crown prep. OUCH!
We get home and more vomiting goes on. I don’t know how many of you have experienced trying to sleep next to a baby with a stomach virus, but for those of you that haven’t, let me just describe it to you. Imagine every time you fall asleep, there’s the potential for someone to just lovingly crawl up and puke right on your face. At any moment. Or puke in their face and choke. Every single tiny movement had me springing up and grabbing the bucket and preparing for the worst, but what was usually happening was just that she was rolling over. Or moving her leg. Or breathing. You know…normal sleeping things.
We got up yesterday morning, and it was pretty clear that she was not keeping anything down at that point, and her wet diapers were pretty much non-existent, so off to the ER we went. She’s so tiny (still under 17 lbs and she’s almost 1! She’s an itty bitty!) that dehydration can set it at an alarmingly fast rate. We ended up in the ER with an IV and some Zofran for most of the day yesterday. For my family who may be reading this for the first time? Sorry! I don’t like to spam facebook with health issues like this because I think it worries people unnecessarily. If there had been any real concern, you would’ve gotten a phone call, or at least a text, and then I would’ve been all over facebook with the updating because in the midst of any kind of issue I am not a phone talker. I update Jeremiah, he updates everyone else. Or I just let everyone know at once on facebook. You’ve all been through my labor updates. You know the drill.
Anyway, little Miss Amelia is feeling much better than yesterday. The Zofran (miracle drug!) seems to be doing the trick. The doctors, nurses, and techs at the hospital were Amazing, and I’m glad we went in when we did. Other, equally unpleasant things are now happening with her, if you catch my drift, but the liquids are still going in, so that’s a good sign. Babies…I tell ya. Stomach bugs are probably my least favorite part of parenting. Babies with stomach bugs are especially pitiful. Also…please don’t ask me if we’ve all had our flu shots? Stomach bugs are NOT the flu. The flu shot is for influenza, a respiratory virus that occasionally can be accompanied by vomiting in children, but usually not. Stomach bugs are a whole ‘nother ball game. There IS a vaccine for one particular strain of the stomach bug, Rotovirus. Yes, we’ve been vaccinated for that. Right now it seems that Norovirus is going around the area with When you have a million kids, multiple occurrences of the pukes just seem to happen. This year was exceptionally bad though. Okay…enough with the gross stuff and on to…
GROSSNESS OVER!!! SAFE BELOW HERE!
This is a perfect, quick, kid-pleasing weeknight dish. It takes about 30 minutes, and can take even less if you have some of the ingredients left-over in the fridge already. Make a big batch of this and freeze into individual portions for a quick lunch.
I topped this with a few shakes of my new favorite seasoning, Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic Seasoning. Also, my favorite teriyaki sauce for this is Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce. Those links are to Amazon, but both of these products are currently in stock at my local Costco, and I highly suggest getting them there, if you can!
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1.5 cups cooked chicken breast
- 1 cup frozen peas & carrots blend
- ½ cup frozen green beans
- 4 cups cooked rice (Jasmine or Basmati work the best for this, but you can use whatever you prefer.)
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce (I prefer Soy Vey brand) Use as much as you'd like. ½ cup was perfect for me.
- Preheat oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breast and frozen vegetables. Stir fry until the vegetables are hot. Add the teriyaki sauce, and let simmer until hot. Stir in rice until well combined. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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