Archive | June 2013

Back in action!

After 4 days of feeling miserable with hand, foot, and mouth disease (see previous posts), sweet Lucy is back in action!

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Hand, foot, and mouth update


I’m hoping that we’ve turned a corner! After 4 days of high fever and general malaise, Lucy looked a little bit more like herself by the end of today. After two monster naps and lots of snuggle time in bed watching videos on the iPad, Lucy had a little more color and a little less heat! I knew she was on the mend today when she woke up asking for pancakes. Actually, around 3 AM last night, she was talking about “pancake” in her sleep! Finally my girl was getting hungry after 2 days of nothing but a few bites! She nursed on and off all night last night, making me very thankful to still be nursing my toddler. She was refusing ANYTHING else – water, ice, juice…everything. I was very thankful for every wet diaper today! By dinner time, she even ate a few bites of a piece of pizza. Being sick is no fun, but I’m very thankful for my healthy girl and her body knowing what it needs to fight off that nasty virus. I’m also so lucky to be home from work this week so I could give her all the snuggles she needs. Hoping tomorrow will be even better!

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Hand, foot, and mouth

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My sweet girl has hand, foot, and mouth disease! Gross, right? This is apparently one of those weird childhood illnesses that every kid winds up with eventually, like the chicken pox. As you can see in her mug shot, she is a puddle of pitifulness. It all started 3 days ago with a fever. My girl has never been this lethargic! Her fever is currently 103.9 and she’s been refusing to eat for 2 days. She is just exhausted. This virus is not dangerous, as long as little one doesn’t become dehydrated. The deal with it is that it causes tiny sores in the back of the mouth, along with a rash on the hands and feet, making swallowing very painful. We were in Ohio when all of this started, and we cut our trip short today to go see Lucy’s regular doctor back in Nashville.

This was after a trip to the ER on Sat night! There is something unforgettable about waking up your dad and stepmom with an unresponsive kid at 3 in the morning. And something else unforgettable about the clientele in the ER at 3 AM. It’s an interesting place to be! I’m, by the way, forever grateful for dad and Katherine for being there with me and Lucy! It would have been so much worse by myself!

I can’t say I hate everything about Lucy being sick, either. Obviously I hate it for her and want her back to her usual busy bee self, but all the extra snuggling isn’t so bad! Last night the only way she would sleep was by snuggling in bed with me. Today is day 3 of fever so hopefully tomorrow she’ll wake up feeling back to normal.

One cool thing the doctor told me was that it was great that Lucy and I are still nursing. He said that she has a somewhat milder case than other babies he’s seen, because she is getting antibodies in my milk from when I fought the disease as a kid. Aaaaand since she is refusing to eat and hardly drinking, we’d be at a much greater risk of dehydration if she didn’t have her mama milk (pretty much the only thing she’ll take right now). Popsicles, Pedialyte, juice, water, and ice have all been adamantly refused!

Overall, this girl is a trooper and I’m so lucky to be her mom. Babies just need their mamas when they’re sick. I’m happy to oblige, sweet girl. Snuggle and nurse away!

19 months, what?

Wow! Time is a-flying, folks. Sweet Lucy is a big 19-month-old now! She is talking up a storm, running around like a madwoman, and she loves loves loves music. Favorite songs of the moment are, in order, ABCs, “Slippery Fish,” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” And this girl is particular. She will ask for a song, then a few measures in of my singing it, start frantically waving her little hand back and forth saying, “no! no! no!” And then the mommy-vs-behavior analyst fight in my head begins again. “Do I stop singing now? Yes! She hates this song! No! Don’t reinforce that! She doesn’t always get to have her way!” Sigh. This is just a brief example of how I question myself all. day. long. I know this questioning will not end until she’s way way way grown up, if ever. May as well accept it. Seriously though, I know I’m biased, but Lucy is awesome. Awesome! With a capital A. Other stuff she’s really into now include:

* putting anything in a basket or box (plastic eggs, puzzle pieces, mommy’s makeup etc.)

* being asked if she will “help ____” and given a toddler-sized job to do

* dancing to music of any kind

* eating snacks (current favorites are animal crackers, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, avocado, plain yogurt, crackers, and cheese)

* chasing Bear (the dog), snuggling him, and patting him while saying, “good boy” (cuteness overload, people!)

* “feeding” her stuffed animals, putting them to bed, and putting herself “to bed” (stretching out a blanket on the floor, laying down, and pretending like she’s snoring)

There are so many other things I could list. These little moments and things that make Lucy who she is, are these tiny fragments of her day and her character, and I want to hold onto them forever. So many precious things that I just can’t get enough of. I want to remember how, if I act sad, she says, “hug!” and comes and snuggles me. Or if she’s waiting for me to change in the locker room at the gym, she finds an empty locker, opens it up, and has a seat! Or how she hugs every single one of her friends in her class when I pick her up to go home from daycare. And how she wants me to sing “Ring Around the Rosy” when we take walks 5 million times. At the last measure of the song, she’s already asking for “Rosy” again. And one more – she loves to point out which things in the house are “mommy” and which things are “daddy” (pretty great that she sees a water bottle, and that’s “mommy” – guess who she calls a beer bottle?). Can I bottle some of that awesomeness up and save it? Love you, sweet Lucy girl. Hope you sleep well tonight.