she’s entered the grabbing phase
I know that an important part of a baby’s growing older is getting sick and building immunities. I am totally down with that. Of course, the first two times Maddie got sick after the NICU, it turned into bronchiolitis and she needed to be hospitalized. That, I was not so down with.
We do our best not to expose Maddie to germs. I’m certain that’s no different than any other new parent. For us, that results in a pretty insular life. Sometimes Mike doesn’t leave the house for days. That’s why last weekend’s trip up to San Fran was a big deal for us. And, of course, Maddie got sick.
The extra rattle in her chest coupled with a fever of 100.6 had us calling Dr. Looove’s office yesterday morning. Mike took Maddie to see the doctor, and I sat at work with my fingers crossed. Selfishly, I thought about the trip Mike and I have planned for next week. One of Maddie’s hospital stays had previously forced the cancellation of another trip, and I started to prep myself for this one to be axed as well. Then I felt badly that I was even thinking about myself when my poor little baby wasn’t feeling well. Ah, motherhood.
Mike called me two hours after the appointment with Dr. Looove (she is so thorough, it’s great but AGONIZING for me when I’m waiting on updates!). She thought Maddie just had a common cold. She prescribed another diuretic (lasix) for her lung congestion, and said to give Tylenol if her fever came back. “So, no hospitalization?” I hesitantly asked. “Nope!”
I used to joke that I would be SO happy when Maddie had her first “normal” illness – an ear infection or something like that. And I am happy that Maddie has something so treatable. But I’m so sad that she’s sick. When she had bronchiolitis, she never acted like she didn’t feel well. She was smiling, kicking, cooing at every doctor that came in. This time, every cough and sneeze is followed by the saddest little moan you’ve ever heard. She can only sleep well if she’s sleeping ON me or Mike – and now sleeping on Mike is out of the question, as he is now sick as well. It’s an infirmary around here. I don’t mind sitting up all night with her on my chest – even though it breaks my heart to hear those little moans. After each moan, she looks up into my eyes, and then snuggles her face into my chest.
Oh man, doesn’t it just feel like your heart has grown two sizes when they look up at you like that. Glad to hear it’s just a “normal” illness and I’m sure she’ll be right as rain soon.
Midwest Mommy says:
Doesn’t it just break your heart when they are sick. I always tell Hubs I just wish I could be sick for them.
BTW- my son is totally into the grabbing phase too now. My hair has never been in so many ponytails!
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Maddie get better soon!!
By the way, she has the most beautiful eyes!!
Aw man. I hope your biddle feels better soon. I still wig out every time Simon has a fever over like, 99.5. My poor pediatrician.
Thinking lots of good thoughts for all three of you.
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i’m sorry…i’m too distracted by her gorgeous face to even comment about baby illness.
(but i do hope she feels better soon. and yay for “normal” illness!)
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Black Hockey Jesus says:
Lucy is quiet when she’s sick. Take that however you want. But Lucy is quiet when she’s sick.
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It’s so hard when they’re sick. I hope your sweet baby is better soon (your husband too).
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Rock and Roll Mama says:
Yeah, I’m having a hard time focusing too because of Those Eyes! Oh my gosh she is a cutie.
It does suck when they’re sick (and much more so for you) but I also find it creates these little islands where everything stops, and you focus on them intently, and they on you. It clarifies the need of the parent/child relationship in an intense way.
Or, I could be co-dependent. When W. gets the puking crud that’s making the rounds here this week, remind me of this comment. “Are you feeling CLARIFIED?”
Better soon Maddie!
Mary Beth says:
She has such gorgeous eyes! Hope the infirmary session doesn’t last too long.
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Poor Maddie!! BUT!!! This is major progress! No hospital – yay! Give her (and Mike) a hug and tell them to get well soon!!!
Yay for no hospital, boo that she’s a little sickie girl….
I hope she’s feeling better soon!!!
Aunt Becky says:
So, apparently you no longer show up in my Google Reader. I find this upsetting.
Glad she’s feeling better, dude. I get worried.
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It still makes me sad when my kids get sick & there’s nothing I can really do for them (except commiserate maybe) and they’re 8 & 11. At least it gets easier when they’re old enough to communicate about what’s going on & how they’re feeling.
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cindy w says:
We’re going through the same thing here right now. It sucks. But I’m so glad to hear that Maddie gets to be home and miserable instead of hospitalized and miserable.
Anissa @ Hope4Peyton says:
Poor thing, glad to hear that she’s “only” got the common cold. Can I tell you how glad I am my little one doesn’t have to sleep on me when she doesn’t feel well? I’d have a permanent concave spot in the middle of my chest with a chin-shaped indent in my collarbone. But those cuddlefests are sweet.
Hope she feels better soon.
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moosh in indy. says:
No one’s in the hospital FO’ SHO’!
Sorry little Maddie, I’d give you kisses but me no likey germies.
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Poor Maddie – she sounds so miserable. Another commentor on your husband’s blog wanted to know how you guys manage to stop yourselves from nibbling off her little lips – I want to know too. She’s so dang cute! But I do hope she feels better soon. I hate it when my kids are sick. When Captain Crazy was about 5mos old he caught the flu, or something close to it. I had to drip milk from a dropper into mouth a little at a time because he was too wiped out to wake up enough to eat. And I remember the long sleepless nights -uugh. Hang in there.
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My baby boy had RSV & bronchiolitis at 3 months and had to be hospitolised. He smiled all the time too. Nearly broke my heart. Now everytime he gets a cold me and the nebulizer are best buds. We’re hoping he grows out of it.
Your little girl is a doll! I hope she’s feeling better. Thanks for the comment btw!
She is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. Love her eyes. OH MY GOODNESS. Edible…completely.
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