Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Baby's Elephant Face

 No, it isn't for Halloween.

 No, it wasn't on clearance at Walmart.

 No, it isn't a trendy baby pacifier.

 Yes, it is a mask in the shape of an elephant.

Yes, it is for a nebulizer.

 Yes, it is for albuterol.

Yes, she has RSV.

'Tis the Season! And we are definitely in it! Oh, poor baby.

Thank goodness my mom came with me to the appointment. I had to take Sister with me and that is always tough. I hadn't had any sleep last night because I was up all night making sure Baby could breathe. It was an awful night for her. There was a point where I almost ran her to the Emergency Room but then I second guessed myself and she seemed to be OK. She was really congested and I was doing all the things the doctor had me do with her last cold—so I was just trying to be tough and doing my best. I was up till 3am rocking her, keeping her up on my shoulder so she could breathe better, had the humidifier going—then I thought of the swing. Ah. Sweet sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep....

"MOMMYYYYYYYYYYYY!" comes echoing through the baby monitor. It's Sister and she sounds frantic. As she is running up the stairs she is throwing up! 

Now I have Sister with a cold and throwing up and Baby who I know will need to get to the doctor.

So, after telling my mom all this, I think she felt sorry for me and came to my rescue! Thank goodness. I was at the doctor's office for three hours while they did tests and breathing treatments. Luckily my mom took Sister home with her until I was done! Oh, what a great mom I have!

Oh, and to top it all off with what a good mom I have: I had brought a "throw up bucket" for Sister in the car. She was just holding it on her lap. My mom brought it into the doctor's office with her and while Sister was running around the building my mom would follow her with it, you know, just in case. It's not every mom who will carry around an ice cream bucket with a grocery bag liner in it tease people that it is her Easter Basket! Tee hee! Sister thought grandma was so funny.

Anyway, Sister only vomited 3 times this morning and she has been fine since. Still a yucky, green monster nose, but at least she is not upchucking.

We will continue to watch Baby and hope that she does well here at home. I spent 5 days in the hospital with Brother when he was 3 months old with RSV. It was awful and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. So here is to praying that Baby fairs well.

Oh, and at the doctor today we weighed her and she is 11 pounds! Yay!

6 remarks:

Julie said...

Oh, Rachael! I am so sorry to hear that baby has RSV! That is so scary, but I know you are taking such good care of her! I hope it will pass soon! I will keep her in my prayers! If you need anything, PLEASE call!

Travis and Cami said...

oh nooooo, good luck rachael. i hope she gets better quick. you are such a great mom though... you're like a powerhouse! seriously you go girl!! :)

The Chizel Family said...

oh man...good luck over there

Paola said...

I am so sorry to hear this!!!! I hope they both get better soon. I swear we always gets sick at the end of winter too, I am just waiting for it...
Love you

Rochelle said...

Ahhh that is awful (but the breather thing is cute!) I hope she gets better soon! My twins are sick again too - NOT FUN!!!!! HURRY SUMMER!!! Hang in there!!

amyandrandy said...

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...=) oh man, rach, really! I hope things start looking up for not only the kids but you too. I guess they come hand in hand uh? Good luck!