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2007 April » Philoxenos

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Update on sick babies

21st April 2007

Update on sick babies

Our little boy is okay. He slept all afternoon with no problems. The doctor actually rang us at home to check on him. Have you ever heard of such a thing?? I couldn’t believe it. I’m going to send him a thank you note. Anyway, he’s doing fine. Hopefully he has a good night.

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21st April 2007

sick babies

There are few things worse in the life of a mother than a sick child. I can now say, however, that I prefer a sick preschooler over a sick 6 week old baby. Last night I went to bed about 9 pm and I woke about 11 pm to my daughter being ushered into our bed by my husband. Turns out she had vomited all over her bed and he needed to change the sheets. He had taken off her pajamas and cleaned her up and told her to snuggle with me for a bit. He got her bed sorted out, with some direction from me. She went back to bed and seemed to be okay the rest of the night. I checked on her each time I got up with the baby. This morning she woke up at the normal time, a little bit less than her usual cheeriness, but otherwise okay.

The baby, on the other hand, has gotten progressively worse. The last few days I really believed that we were on the upswing into normalcy. He was starting to sleep longer at night (four-five hours instead of 2.5), was settling easier during the day, etc. Last night he awoke at 11, after sleeping nearly 5 hours. No problem, gave him a feed, changed his nappy, and put him back to bed. He settled pretty quickly. But then he woke again at just past 2, which is of course far short of our hoped for 4 hours. He wasn’t really interested in eating and was really grizzly. I settled him back in his bed and he went to sleep. Sort of. Basically for the rest of the night he fussed and whined, never really going into a deep sleep. He cried at 5 am so I got up then and he was very unsettled, definitely not himself. I put him in the Ergo (which is a miracle device, I’m sure of it) and he settled a bit more, dozing off and on. As the morning progressed he got worse and worse. Finally at 9 am we decided to take him to the doctor. Here in New Zealand childcare for under 5s is free, so even if they tell you it was just trapped gas, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted money.

Had to wait at the doctor’s quite a long time because it’s a Saturday and they’re only open a couple of hours and basically they were just trying to fit us in. I think the screaming infant helped us get in a little faster! Doctor checked him out very thoroughly but unfortunately couldn’t tell us what was wrong. He told me to give him some Pamol (that’s like Tylenol) and put him in the Ergo and see if he’ll settle. He said he wants to see him again in a couple of hours, even if he’s better. If he’s not better or gets worse, then we’ll need to go to the hospital. They don’t muck around with babies this young and when you’ve got a six week old that is basically crying for hours on end, then something just isn’t right. Doc also gave me a little pee bag to try to catch some of his urine to be tested for a UTI. So I stuck that on him (which I’m sure he’s really excited about) and we’ll take that in to the doctor.

I hate seeing my little guy in pain. I hate it. But at least with my preschooler she can tell me where it hurts. This little guy just cries and gets that glazed look in his eyes from lack of sleep.

I’ll update later.

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19th April 2007

squeaky clean

I realised something today: my kitchen is clean. Not freakishly clean, as in, you’d be happy for your baby to eat off the floor, kind of clean (although my 19 month old often does!) (not that I just throw her macaroni and cheese on the floor for her to lap up. I just wanted to make that clear.) I mean, I do sweep the floor pretty often and it gets mopped occasionally too. But there are some unidentified spots on the cabinets and some dust bunnies under the fridge. But it’s clean. Actually, it doesn’t sound like it’s very clean does it???

Anyway. Back to what I was thinking.

I have been married just over seven years. There have been times in our marriage when we had to wash forks before dinner in order to actually have a clean fork with which to eat our dinner. Or when we’ve had to wash a glass just so we could have a drink of water. To make matters worse, we owned a lot of dishes. So you can imagine what three or four days worth of dishes looks like piled up. I’m a bit ashamed to even write this, but I do have a reason.

Over the last seven years we have made huge progress in keeping our house clean and tidy. We never run out of socks or underwear anymore. Occasionally my oldest daughter isn’t able to find her favourite pink shirt, but that’s only because she just wore it the day before and decided to go play in the mud. The bathroom gets cleaned on a regular enough basis that I’m satisfied nothing is growing in the toilet and there are no visible toothpaste splatters on the bathroom sink.

But the one thing that has challenged me the most is the kitchen. Obviously we eat on a somewhat frequent basis (some of us more than others!) so the kitchen gets used many times throughout the day. This results in dirty dishes. And for some reason I haven’t been able to get my head around doing the dishes on a regular basis. I would end up spending 45 minutes after dinner washing all the dishes and getting the kitchen cleaned up, but even then it wouldn’t be completely clean, just enough so I felt like I’d made some progress.

I am happy to announce that my kitchen is clean (as previously mentioned). The dishes are done and put away (we don’t have a dishwasher). The floor is swept. There is even a clean dishtowel hanging off the oven. And I’ll tell you my secret - washing the dishes after every meal/snack. It works! It only takes a couple minutes and then by the time dinner comes around I only have the dinner dishes to wash, which can be done in the time it takes my husband to give the kids their baths.

I might be a slow learner, but at least I learn! Now, if I can just do something about the dust…

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19th April 2007

The show must go on…

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve not posted much recently. Yeah, I decided if I had to choose between taking a nap in the afternoon and blogging then napping would definitely take priority. I’ve reached the post-partum stage called “really, really, really tired”. He’s nearly six weeks now. Physically I feel pretty good, although still some bruising around my belly from the procedure. But the six weeks of broken nights has caught up with me and I’m whacked. First thing in the morning I’ve got a bit of energy so I do as much as I can during that time and then wing it the rest of the day. I’m very glad that my mom has come to visit for a few weeks. She’s staying with friends of ours around the corner, so she arrives most mornings by about 8am, in time for me to have a shower and help get the kids dressed. It also means that if I’m particularly tired I can hand the baby off to her and go lie down. I’m trying not to think about what happens when she leaves!

But yesterday, after getting short with my daughters for the umpteenth time that day, I told myself that I’ve just got to get over it. Yes, I’m tired and for very good reasons, but they still deserve my very best.

May the Lord be evident in me today as I teach my children about Him.

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10th April 2007

What’s that smell?

Sorry for the lack of posting the last little while… my laptop fried itself, emitting the horrible smell of burning plastic. It’s how I imagine Terminator smelling like when he keeps getting fried. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional, but it definitely put a kink in my ability to post on the blog. Since I have about five readers and one of them is my mother, I’m sure not many people noticed, but I thought I’d let you know why I’ve been absent :) Computer is still defunct (which also puts a kink in my email writing ability because it’s got all my addresses on it) but fortunately we are a multi-computer family so my husband finally helped me figure out how to remember the password for my blog and here I am! Hopefully I’ll be posting a bit more regularly now.

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