Wednesday, November 05, 2008

An Unwanted First

For a little over a week now my sweet little Andrew has been dealing with his first cold. He has had really yucky sounding congestion, but fortunately, has seemed pretty much like his regular self. He's been sleeping a bit more, and maybe a little more cranky during the night, but generally he's been a pretty happy baby. In fact, I think I've been more bothered by his cold than he has been, even if I've been trying not to let that show. Anyhow, my patience with the whole thing ran out in the wee hours of the morning and I insisted that B take him to the doctor today. I just started to worry considering that he hasn't gotten any better, and in fact worse, and he is still so young.

The doctor confirmed that he just has a cold. Andrew's lungs sound great and all is well considering that he is still eating well. Actually, he is eating so well that he weighed in at 14 pounds 2 ounces today. However, this fact, coupled apparently with his deep nasal congestion, has earned him the label of being an "aggressive eater". The way it was explained to me is that he is such a little piggie-piggie that he gets a kind of reflux-y sort of thing that causes the formula to back up into his nose. So now we have to dump saline drops into his nose at each diaper change in order to help clear things out.

Today brought another first for Andrew as well . . . his first experience with juice. There are times when he only poops every 2 or 3 days, and the doctor would prefer we change poopy diapers a little more frequently than that. So tonight Andrew had a bottle containing 2 ounces of prune juice mixed with 2 ounces of water. If we don't have a major event tonight I'm sure that Andrew's babysitter will be thanking us tomorrow!

Isn't this the happiest looking sick kid you've ever seen?

9 comments:

  1. poor beautiful Andy!

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  2. THAT IS A CUTE SICK BABY. Hey BTW, vicks on there feet with socks on is suppose to help a cough. It might help congestion also. Its been 50/50 in our house. But its worth a try on little ones since they cant take anything until they are two or something. besides tylenol

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  3. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Vicks has helped Samantha too. Just put it on the feet (the greasy type) and cover with socks and it stops the coughing. It didn't work as well with Josh maybe because it had farther to travel up to his lungs(he is taller than all of us now). Good luck, he does look pretty happy despite being sick. Your'e lucky some babies can be miserable and make everyone else miserable too.
    Laurie

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  4. Anonymous7:02 AM

    by the way, I think that pear juice works well with constipation too. Hard to find but not as gross as prune juice.

    Laurie

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  5. ha! that is so funny if the baby sitter gets the rewards of the juice.

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  6. Oh my gosh, he is so darn cute. I hope he feels better soon. Sick babies are too sad! :)

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  7. Please warn the caregiver about the prunes! SB was regularly given prune on the weekend only to spend all day Monday filling her pants. I couldn't figure out what was going on and was worried about her, until I found out.

    He is a cutie. I love his smile!

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  8. He is too cute for being sick in that picture.

    we tried the prune juice with Aedyn, but ended up moving to karo syrup - this seems to be working much better for her.

    i hope the sitter didnt get to many blow outs from the prune juice!

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