It’s been a busy few days. Not because of social engagements or volunteer commitments (although both are often enough to keep us going). No, instead we’ve been dealing with teething (of the molar variety) and some sort of viral thing that’s left Missy Moo feeling pretty miserable.
On Thursday, Matt noticed that one of her molars had broken through, which explained why she was a bit off. Her appetite seemed to have lessened, she was downright refusing to nap (despite obvious exhaustion) and she was a little cranky.
Friday morning, I noticed she was fairly warm and congested. I wasn’t sure if we should go out (I normally attend a weekly Weight Watcher’s meeting and she of course usually comes along). But I figured it was simply her teeth really bothering her. I’ve heard that molars are really painful and that seemed evident from the ear pulling she’s been doing for a couple of weeks now.
That evening, she was still warm and we gave her some infant Advil and started administering saline drops (which I really don’t enjoy doing… but using the nose suction thingy is worse, so we opt for the saline drops as a first line of defence against nasal congestion). The poor thing was so congested that night that you could hear her lightly snoring through the video monitor.
But the next day, things weren’t great. She wouldn’t nap. She had to be up in my arms. She was coughing, sneezing, and super congested. She was really sooky and didn’t want to be down on her own; she wanted to be up and carried around. Oh and she was running a temperature again and was generally not herself. We went to a Lawtons Drugs and picked up some Pedialyte because she wasn’t eating or drinking much.
As luck should have it, the short car ride was starting to lull her to sleep – score! So we decided to just go for a drive. We headed east, making our way through Topsail, Kelligrews, Seal Cove and eventually Holyrood.
Being close to lunch time we were starving and since she was still asleep, we opted to get some Mary Browns and simply eat it in the car.
Learn from us boys and girls – DO NOT leave your fan running, the lights on, the radio playing and a cell phone charging unless you have the car actually started. You guessed it, we drained the battery without even realizing it. Actually, we realized it when we tried to leave because little miss was wide awake and not impressed.
Oh and guess who didn’t bother to bring the diaper bag because we were just going to Lawtons and wouldn’t be gone long… I’m just lucky she didn’t need a diaper change!
Thanks to the kindness of strangers (and a fellow Subaru owner!), we managed to get a boost and head home.
That was enough adventure for one day… or so it seemed.
The day went by and little miss was still pretty warm. We were still trying to be calm new parents and convince ourselves it was just her teething. Seriously, everyone talks about molars like they’re something sent by the devil himself.
After fighting the idea of sleep for probably an hour, she was finally asleep, but managed to wake up around 10 p.m. Since she hadn’t eaten or drank much that day, we thought it would be a good idea to see if she wanted a bottle. Instead, we found a very warm and upset baby. Her temperature was close to 40 degrees Celsius. There wasn’t much discussion, we packed her up and headed for the Janeway’s emergency.
Luckily on a Saturday night, the Janeway’s emergency isn’t overly busy… we were the only ones there! After the initial assessment and then waiting in a room that was plastered with giant Thomas the Tank and Friends images (which she loved BTW since she’s a fan of the show).
The resident and doctor on duty were fabulous. They assured us that she was exhibiting signs of something viral and there wasn’t much beyond what we were doing. Although until they mentioned it, I didn’t know you can give a child both Advil (Ibuprofen) and Tylenol (acetaminophen) as long as you follow their individual dosage instructions.
Our wild Saturday night was finally coming to an end. Since then, I’ve been working on my weight training because Missy Moo wants to be in my arms constantly. And she’s not happy if I put her down or even give her to her father. I mean I’m enjoying the extra cuddles since she’s usually always on the move and too busy to snuggle, but this mommy still needs to eat!
So this is how things are right now. We’re cuddling, reading books (often the same couple over and over and over and over again), and chilling out. I’ll write about books (and their potential danger for adult injury another week… I almost received a black eye today).
I head back to work at the end of the month, so I really should enjoy what time I have left with the little monkey.