Monday, August 18, 2008

Sniffle, Cough, Shiver, Blow

Lots of prayer, Kleenex, Children's Mucinex, Tylenol, bear hugs, kisses from mommy and daddy, and a snuggle under her winter fleece blanket. That was the prescription for bedtime tonight.

Yes, you read that right. It is mid-August and my child is wrapped up in a fleece blanket at the moment. Chills are no fun at all.

Don't you just despise summer colds?! Especially when it jumps on your child and you want to take it away or help them and you just don't know what else to do.

E has caught it. My sweet baby is so puny. She was a trooper today. Her fever would come and go...but then, why do fevers always show their ugly faces again at bedtime? That has never made sense to me. Then, you know stopped up noses always well...stop up again at bedtime. Uggh.

It took her almost 2 hours to fall asleep tonight. She was so tired physically and I thought with the medicine, she would go right to sleep, but she was wired.

She wanted the bathroom light on, then off. Her door cracked, then opened. She wanted a sip of water. She "needed" a kiss from mommy. She needed to go potty.

You know, most of those things I wouldn't deal with under "normal" circumstances. But, they know that when they are under the weather, they can pretty much ask for anything. (By the way, I have a hard time, whether it's 10 p.m. or 4 a.m. ever turning down the kiss from mommy thing.)

Well, she has finally hushed. The crying and whining has now turned into dreaming.

The problem is - I was sort of sad when I realized it had stopped. Is that wrong? I don't want my baby feeling bad or miserable by all means.

But, you see, I had already told myself that in 5 minutes, I was going to get that lil' baby girl, her (fleece) blanket, "RuRu" & "Ruff-Ruff" and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night - or for a while at least.

So now my excuse for that is gone. I know that when babies are sick, they need their mommies. I still feel that way at 29. So I was telling myself that that must be the problem. Two hours of being miserable and restless was going to be solved when mommy came and got her.

And now...well I guess I'll go to bed. Sad. Knowing that 10 years from now when she is 13, I will wish that I'd have thrown that 5 minute wait right out the door.

Good...night everyone!


3cookieday said...

I read your post yesterday and then last night my daughter came down with a summer cold. : ) Not fun for mommy or the poor baby! I hope E is over her cold soon!


JoAnn said...

We're right there with you. My daughter was sick and now has that hacking cough that never goes away. I have the stuffed nose/sinus thing going on.

One thing that we use for stuffy noses is to sleep on a wedge pillow. They are designed for reflux sufferers but they work great for stuffy noses too. It's a comfortable way to let you sleep elevated, thus lessening some of the stuffiness. We let whoever is sickest use the pillow if there is more of us sick at one time.

I posted about it on my old blog here.


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