9 Things You’ll Wish You Knew About Whooping Cough


9 Things You'll Wish You Knew About Whooping Cough

I didn’t talk about it while we were in the midst of it.  Frankly, I wasn’t ready to.  I was scared.

I gave birth to Baby Quinnly on March 13th and the next month, several members of my family had contracted whooping cough.

I knew little about the disease, but I knew that if they vaccinated against it, it was probably not a pleasant experience.  And believe me, when I say it wasn’t!

Here’s Our Story….

It started out like a cold.  It did come with a cough, but often times, colds do.  It didn’t seem to be a big deal either.  But, one night, the cough got worse!  Way worse.  I mean, coughing until you can’t take a breath worse.  Coughing until you throw up worse.  But it was weird.  Between coughing fits, they didn’t even seem sick.  They would play as normal, have a coughing fit and then continue playing.  After a couple of nights of barely any sleep, due to all of the coughing fits, I decided that something wasn’t right.  I started researching what could be wrong and settled upon whooping cough. I listened to YouTube videos of coughing, poured over symptoms and decided that this must be what my children had.  2 of them were coughing pretty badly at this point and I was really worried that they were going to give it to the baby.  In fact, the toddler was always all over the baby, so I was REALLY worried that he already had given it to her.  Off to the doctor we went, but the doctor didn’t take us seriously.  They didn’t believe it was whooping cough.

They would cough all day, but like I said, it wasn’t horrible.  Then night would come.  Wow, it was bad then!  They would wake up several times a night with coughing fits. As time went on, I learned to sleep through most of them.  If they didn’t puke, anyway.  They slept through most of them, too.

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Enjoy Life & Get the Dishes Done with a Baby

Disclosure: I received a VTech® VM333 Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full-Color Video Monitor so that I could accurately review the product and I was compensated for my time. All opinions represented in this review are 100% my own and are not reviewed by V-tech before publishing.

Enjoy Life AND Get the Dishes Done


Life is busy!  For me, with 7 children in the house, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to do.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love it….but it can get overwhelming at times!  We have so many chores that need to get done on any given day AND I have an infant in the house.  Need I say more?

Watching the baby on the V-tech Baby Monitor

Baby Quinnly does not sleep well, unless she’s in mommy’s arms or in a very still and quiet environment.  Sometimes I wonder how she got any sleep while in my womb, as loud as we are!  The best way for me to get her to sleep to where she actually STAYS asleep is if I lay down in bed with her, let her nurse until she’s asleep and slowly inch away from her.  But, I’ve never felt good about leaving her alone in the room.  I like to be close to my babies and make sure they don’t suddenly quit breathing.  I know, it’s highly unlikely, but ever since I learned about the risk of SIDS, I’ve always watched them close!

So, what’s a mom to do?  Well, in the past, I’ve pulled up a chair to the dresser and worked on my computer, sitting right there in the same room where I could see her.  Other times, I just sat on the bed, reading, napping or working on my computer right next to her until she woke up.  She never seemed to nap very long though.

But now that I have this VTech® Safe&Sound® Video Monitor, I can point the camera right at her and go and get a few things done while watching her the whole time!  The room stays quiet, which in turn helps her to sleep longer.  How awesome is that?  I can even do the dishes!  


Watching my Baby with the Vtech Baby Monitor


I know, it probably sounds weird to think about me being excited about doing my dishes, but my kitchen has been an utter disaster lately.  Every time I tried to do the dishes, one of the older kids would accidentally wake her up.


My kitchen is a mess!

With this baby monitor, once my camera is pointed at baby Quinnly, I can zoom in on her using the 2x zoom and I can even look around the room using the pan and tilt feature.  It pans up to 270 degrees from side to side and as many as 124 degrees up and down.


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With the built in microphone, I can hear her sounds.  I can even talk back to her by pushing a button on the monitor and saying something to sooth her.

When she gets older, and a little more mobile, if I wanted to keep my eye on several different rooms at once, I could purchase 1 to 3 more cameras to hook up to this system and keep an eye on every area that my mobile baby or toddler will be.  The monitor will rotate through each of those video’d rooms, show me a split view or even let me stay on just one of them.

For me, the fact that I can keep my baby safe AND get things around my house done is priceless.  Baby needs more sleep.  I need to get more work done.  It’s a win-win situation!  I don’t want to miss out on the simple moments, just because life is busy!  Now, I don’t have to!  And my kitchen is finally clean, too!


My Kitchen is Finally Clean

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