I imagine most parents feel this way, but there is nothing like having a sick kid to remind you that you have no clue what to do and you're just faking it and hoping the kids don't notice.
|Saline and snot sucker|
Nothing in my life has prepared me to just "wing it" with squirting things up a newborn's nose and then sucking that fluid back out. As I mentioned before, Faith was hardly ever sick as a baby because I didn't take her as many places as I take Cordelia (like the library for story time, etc). This means I have little to no experience in little baby sickness. Do you know what babies hate? Having saline mist squirted up their noses and then sucked back out. Do know you know how babies show their displeasure? Expulsion of bodily fluids and screaming.
|You squirt stuff up my nose, I give it back. Fair is fair.|
I took both kids to the doctor yesterday and that was 2 hours of fun time and giggles. The best part was when they tested Cordelia for strep. Do you know what happens when you activate a newborn's gag reflex with a cotton swab? If you guessed "Projectile vomit all over the person holding them!" then you're either a genius or it has happened to you before.
|It doesn't take a genius to have common sense Mommy|
The other night she coughed until she vomited all over me, so it wasn't my first time, but it was fun to have to walk back through the waiting room covered in vomit with two screaming kids in tow. Just for clarity, I'm not talking about spit up. I'm talking about this kind of vomit (minus the head spinning):
The doctor freaked me out by mentioning that RSV is going around and we need to watch Cordelia's cough if it gets worse. RSV is really serious for little babies (like get admitted to the hospital level of serious) so I'm praying we can avoid that level of illness.
Having 2 sick kids is apparently uses up all of my "give a damn" so the dog was SOL yesterday. I didn't want to deal with her acting up (which happens when she doesn't get a walk or run), so I dropped her off at the kennel for a night. Normally I just drop her off for daycare, but I didn't want to wait up the sleeping baby to go pick her up by 5pm, so she just stayed there. Good thing she likes it better there than at home.
|Oh couch, you're the only thing I missed.|
Cordelia has been one little ball of fussy today, which is really unlike her, but I'm hoping she's just feeling feisty and isn't getting worse.
|Mommy, you are a liar. Look at me.|
Oh, and I'm sick too. It's nothing too bad, just a cold I think. Worst case scenario it's a sinus infection. I can't take any good medicine so there is no point of going to the doctor unless I get much worse. I took yesterday as a rest day to try to get well and that didn't work, so I tried to run to get well today. I wasn't hugely successful (3.75 miles, but that is two separate runs combined because Cordelia kept waking herself up with coughing), but that kind of thing happens when you have a little baby who isn't on a schedule yet (or feeling well).
|Less than 4 miles? Oooh Mommy, that's embarrassing.|
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for baby sleep and running!
One week until Christmas! Are you done shopping? I'm done, but nothing is wrapped. I'm seriously concerned that won't happen.