Saturday, January 26, 2008

a series of unfortunate events

The past two weeks with Baby G have been rough. He has gotten pounded with one thing after another. Here is the list:
  • throw up--luckily this was only once, but if quantity counts for anything this was a doozy... he covered me, the ottoman, himself, and the floor
  • diarrhea--very unpleasant, resulting in way too many diaper changes, resulting in
  • his first diaper rash-- oh, it was bad. It was so bad. He would flex his little bum cheeks and start whining whenever I'd even begin to take off his clothes to change him. We spent two days at home all day just so that we could leave his diaper off and just rinse his bottom instead of wiping
  • fever-- we thought this was due to teething, and his gums seemed sore for a day or so, but now we're not so sure
  • stuffy/runny nose-- seriously, the kid cannot breathe when he nurses. He has to periodically yank his mouth off just to catch his breath. It is both sad and funny
  • cough-- a horrible ailment that makes it much harder to stay asleep and has resulted in
  • a raspy voice-- which is actually very cute and pretty much the only redeeming thing about any of this

So after almost a week and a half of this (I thought he was just teething mixed with a bad cold so I didn't worry too much) I decided to call his pediatrician. They said to bring him in just because it wasn't getting better. So I did. And they found

  • an earache-- I had considered that he may have one, but ruled it out because he did not seem to be in any pain at all and wasn't pulling at his ears a bit. The doctor said that it actually had just started which made me feel a lot better about not getting him in sooner. Poor little guy.

While Baby G has definitely not been himself over the past 2 weeks (fussier and more needy-- he cries if left alone in a room for even a second), he hasn't really been that bad either. The doctor who saw him was shocked at how smiley and cooperative he was with her for being as sick as he was. He really has been an angel and it has been really difficult not to know how to help him get back to feeling like himself. He is on antibiotics for the ear infection and seems to be on the mend. We will keep praying for that because I am growing weary (and so is he)... after a couple of months of sleeping soundly through the night he is back to waking up a few times and needing J or I to go help him get back to sleep.

Why can't someone just invent a vaccine for all of this already?

10 comments:

Lucy, Marc and Katie said...

L, I'm sure this is not the first time you've heard this, but he totally has your eyes.

dadgreg said...

Ouch ucky, so sorry G has been sick and hope he feels better fast so L can get back to sleep and happy mothering. I don't want to hear any more about sad not himself G or ear infections...
grandma J

Rachel said...

Oh poor baby...when it rains it pours:) He is so yummy. I miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Taylors said...

Hey there! I saw your blog through Katie's! How you doing?! You little boy is so stinkin' cute!

Jess and Derek said...

Poor thing! He is the cutest! I'm glad I can keep updated on your guy's life through this little blogging world. My blog is http://derekandjess.blogspot.com Hope he gets feeling better soon.

Jessica said...

Poor little guy. Margo got really sick when we were in Utah and it is so sucky to see your kids sick. I love his jammies, Margo has those same ones right now. I know they are boys but I thought they were cute and they make her eyes look so pretty. I hope baby g starts to feel better soon.

Kevin, Danica, and Claire: said...

i found your blog while i was looking at katie's. what a gorgeous little boy you have! looks like you're having a lot of fun. i enjoyed "catching up" by looking at your blog. glad you're doing well. -danica

ericandbrookesblog said...

Poor guy!!! We're been going through the same thing here. It's so hard seeing your kid sick. I think it was harder when she was younger though, because she couldn't tell me what was hurting and she didn't understand why she was feeling yucky. I hope baby G starts feeling better soon. Good luck and hang in there.

Woodhouse Clan said...

man.. sounds rough. not looking forward to that. He is growing so much! It's in sain!

jackie said...

oh that nasty bug is going around. poor baby. it stinks huh? eli and ezra ( who have both never had ear infections) both had it. the dr. said that whatever bug was going around had a tendency to give ear infections to the little ones. have you tried the ear drops? they seemed to help but they are messy.get better soon baby g!