There are so many times in the day that I hope my kids could stay little. While they drive me crazy-silly at times, I enjoy the chaos and laughs. I wish they could forever be small and fit securely, snug in my arms. But then again being so young and vulnerable can be frightening when going into the dreaded flu season.
We are sick. Well, me and my baby girl but my son has this cough that comes and goes. My poor baby girl has been sick with a terrible cold since Sunday. Both my children received their flu vaccine last Wednesday before Thanksgiving. While mama was prepared to have them become sick from the vaccine, their tiny bodies seemed to react well. There were no fevers no fussiness whatsoever. I thought I was in the clear especially with Miss Ximena…she got awfully sick with the her 6 month vaccines. Anyways, all seemed well until Sunday when she was feeling warmer. Sure enough, my darling was running a temperature.
I hate fevers. They scare me. They scare us. Xavier gave us a fright in 2016. He casually had a fever and in a matter of minutes he began convulsing in my arms, febrile seizure. I was all by myself on this Friday night in June and all I could think was that my baby was dying. His eyes rolled to the back of his head and hid lips blue. I ran out so they neighbors could call 911. It was a horrible night and never want to be in that scenario again…however, he did go through another one in August of the same year. But this time it was with his daddy. He knew what to do in this case but no father wants to see their baby convulsing. We have been left traumatized. Thankfully, it was only a type of virus and he has never had another one of those seizures. As soon as he starts with the fevers we begin the Tylenol- Motrin alternating.
This week has been rough, my poor dear had the fever for 2 days straight. Then it dwindled (THANK GOD) but a runny nose proceeded for the next days. Then finally Thursday this darn cough that progressed over night. You bet I took her to see her Dr. Friday morning. I take couvhing and colds really seriously…
Back when I was pregnant with Xavier extremely far along I caught a cold. Of course being pregnant my immune system was low. I caught that cold on a Wednesday. By Friday morning I was the in ER at the local hospital, I couldn’t catch my breath. It had progressed so rapidly in so little time I was amazed. I felt horribly sick but I was curious. I knew that I’d get a Chest Xray done. I went to school for and I’m a Rad tech so I was pretty stoked to be getting an xray done finally. I also had been at this same hospital 3 months earlier finishing up my clincicals. I though of which tech would do my Xray. I got my xray from a tech I knew, wished me the best with my new baby and it was clear I had Bronchitis. Yeah, nobody has time for that especially this 36 week pregnant lady! It was awful. My inhaler became my BFF. I remeber not being able to lie down and feeling like I could die if I couldn’t catch my breath… Of course I lived. But now I get them pretty frequent.
Back to my baby girl and her dr appointment. Thankfully her lungs sounded clear. She majority congested because of the upper respiratory infection or the common cold and Dr says the virus will go it’s course. She recommended saline drops, humidifier and Pedialyte. If she spikes a fever or begins wheezing to bring her back.
It’s now Saturday and her cough is bad but getting better. No signs of fever or wheezing. But she is irritable. My heart hurts seeing her frustration as she fights me with the saline drops and the booger suction device thing. I remember with my oldest his Dr had recommended this Johnson’s baby bath that helps to soothe them. I think it has eucalyptus. While she still remains smiling and playing I hope she kicks this in the butt soon. At 9 months, not more can be done. I know Doctor’s advise against cough syrups. I just wonder why they are still available in stores? I purchased one that’s organic amd gentle. At this point all I can think about is Bronchitis and Pneumonia. No thank you.
They are so cute when their little but it’s so scary. I worry so much but it gets easier as they get older. I see Xavier and he can take his medicine easily and understands me and why he needs this medicine. Ximena looks at me with sadness as if saying what did I do to deserve this mommy? 💔 I swear if these are the only two kids I have I will be glad. The heartaches and worry are sometimes a lot but it’s because I love them alot. ❤❤❤