Fittingly the name of my blog is Adventures with tiny toes so I'm going to send my little one on an adventure. I got this idea from one of my blogger friends (I really hope you don't mind). I will try to be as original as possible but she has a few that I absolutely adore!! ~Enjoy~
Let the adventure begin....
Look Mommy - I found the Easter bunny as I was bouncing along the countryside!!
As a nurse, I'm used to the sleepless nights, long hours, and absolute exhaustion. It's odd though that the sleeplessness that you get from parenting is so much different and seemingly, so much worst. Maybe it's the fact that you can be sleeping but aren't that makes the difference, or that you are sitting there in the dark wishing that your baby would just suck on that soother and fall back asleep, or maybe it's the jealousy of listening to your husband snoring away in the next room that makes it so bad. It's probably all of it ... plus more. Dax is a bad sleeper. I'm not sure why. He used to be great and then the infamous 4 month sleep regression occurred and that's history. It really sucks! I love my sleep!! Even napping for the little bugger (said with all the love in the world) is touch and go. He will not nap for more than 30 minutes unless it's in his swing and I hate that. I've been trying to put him in his crib for all his naps but I really need a break and I cave every time. Someday (soon) I will just have to go for it and put my foot down when it comes to his sleep ... those bad habits are not going to fix themselves.
I think I'm just about ready to start taking pictures of other people. I think this is going to be a great hobby. Starting very soon I'm going to be starting my 365 day photography challenge where I have to take a picture everyday! It will be hard but I'm gonna do my best and I will try to post one everyday also. Should be fun!
As many of you know (because you click on the link from my siggy), I am part of an online community of moms from all over Canada and also the U.S. In my U.S. October baby club there is a baby named Scarlett who is battling a very aggressive form of brain cancer. You can read her whole story here. She's currently undergoing chemo and they found out yesterday that she has an infection and needs surgery. Please, PLEASE, pray for her and her family that the antibiotics start to work and the surgery goes well. I cannot imagine what her parents must be going through right now. They have all fought so hard and have been through so much!
We're starting to get back to what our version of normal was/is. Dax is feeling much better now however he's still not sleeping very good at night. Yesterday was a really good day for him. He was happy and playing most of the day. He's really starting to interact with his toys and the world around him. I bought him a few new toys yesterday and he loves them. I also bought him a Sophie the Giraffe teething toy (looks and feels just like a dog's chew toy). I've heard that it's a must for a teething baby. I was apprehensive to buy him one because of some reviews that says that Sophie is a choking hazard and I'm not one to buy something just because "everyones" got one. In the end it was an asparagus spear that made the decision for me. LoL. Scott's mom made some asparagus on Sunday and we gave him a spear to chew on. It was so cute. He went a little crazy on it and I had a really hard time getting it away from him. I wish we would have taken a video of it because it was priceless. But getting back to Sophie ... the asparagus spear and Sophie's legs are about the same size. So I took a bit of a gamble and spent the 21.99 (outrageous amount for a chew toy) to see if it would do the trick. Jury's still out ...
Just a quick shout out to let you all know that we are doing much better today. Yesterday was a tough day as we spend 3 hours in the doctor's office just for him to tell me that I'm doing a fine job and to give Dax a prescription for a steroid that I just don't feel comfortable giving him. I think that was the most wasteful 3 hours of my life. Especially because I had to keep a sick baby entertained the whole time.
My uncle is also still hanging in there. It's both a blessing and not. I guess they really just aren't quite ready for him in heaven.
We're back home now after a fairly eventful morning. At 4am Dax was pretty sick. He was wheezing badly and it took me a while to get him back to sleep but we managed it. Middle of the night trip to the ER - avoided! After getting up several times to give him his soother between 5-6, I gave in and brought him down and let him sleep in the swing. We all got up and dressed and just as I was about to drive Kaylee to school and Dax to the doctor my dad called and said that my uncle was very sick and they didn't expect him to live long.
Change of plans - Hopped in the car to the doctor's office where it has been decided for now that Dax has an ear and throat infection plus either bronchitis or pneumonia. Poor boy. I've never seen him like this and it still scares me to watch him struggle to breathe. I don't know why they say it's ok to immunize your children as long as they don't have a fever. The doctor today was a newer grad from South Africa and he shook his head and said that he doesn't understand why they would trigger an artificial immune response (immunization) when the immune system is already busy with something else (in this case upper respiratory/ear/throat infection). Makes sense - lesson learned! Will NEVER do that again.
Then all 3 of us were off to the hospital to say hi (and most likely goodbye) to our sweet uncle. He's 87 years old and just the nicest man you could ever know. He's on the unit that I work on. It's kinda nice to be able to go there and know that the nurses looking after him are great. I miss work sometimes and it's refreshing to pop in once in a while (plus it's nice to know that I'm still loved and missed at work). We visited for a while and I helped get him all cosy and comfy then it was time to bring Kaylee to school. I guess after I helped reposition him, and rub his back, legs and feet with lotion, he feel asleep for a few hours. He looked so uncomfortable that I'm glad I was able to help him feel better even for just a short while. My parents are still there and I haven't heard anything so he must still be hanging on. It's so very sad to see him suffer so much after such a long and wonderful life ... "Go be with Aunty Eddie and all the angels - I believe their ready for you ... Love you so much!"
He's so sick! My poor boy. He's sleeping in his carseat right now that's place in his crib and I'm watching him breathe on the video monitor. He's wheezing pretty bad. I just want to get through the night and I'll bring him to the doctor in the morning. I really hope I didn't do this to him by bringing him for his shots. I feel really badly.
I hate these days. The ones where I have to bring in my perfectly healthy child (ok - in this case he had a cough - but that's it) and inject them with painful, burning, gross viruses. Isn't that what we try to protect them from - viruses? And then we take them in and put them directly into their bodies. I know, I know, it's the right thing to do. It will keep them safe from the nasty bugs that are way worst than the couple days of fever and unhappiness that goes with the shots. It still sucks! I know he will be ok and actually better off in the long run but for right now he is miserable. He has a fever and a bad cough. Not sure if the fever is from the cough or the shots and I guess we will never know. Only thing to do is to hug, cuddle and give lots of tylenol and motrin. He was up every 45-60 mins last night so that makes me miserable too. Fun stuff!!
Before we went for the needles I needed to go to Costco to get a few things. LOL! Yeah right ... a few things ....
I almost lost him in all the groceries. I had quite a few people comment on the baby hiding in the cart. He's just too darned cute!!
I guess I should have updated after my last post. The surgery went fine and Scott has been nice and whiny (LOL) ever since. Really though - I'm pretty happy about the whole outcome. He's just about healed and seems to be dealing with the pain a bit better now.
Dax on the other hand, is so sore and cranky. Those darned teeth haven't come through yet so that is bothering him. He has a really bad cough too. He cough, then chokes and then panics because he can't breathe. It sucks. And then on top of all that - he had his 4 month immunizations today. Poor boy :0( He cried so hard. Breaks my heart. He's 15lb, 12oz and I forgot to ask how long he is now. I think it's on my sheet upstairs.