It has been an ugly couple of days over here. It’s Cullen’s first real sickness, and it hasn’t been an easy one.
Our poor little guy has been absolutely miserable – stuffy, sneezy, and dealing with a painful and persistent cough. He’s had a few runny noses here and there, but this is the first time he’s been legitimately sick.
We’ve been doing our best to keep him as comfortable as possible, and I’m trying everything I can to help him get better quickly. I’m trying to keep his nose clear and clean, although that usually just results in a of thrashing and screaming.
I’ve talked to to his pediatrician’s office a few times, who suggested turning our bathroom into a homemade steam room, as well as using a humidifier in his bedroom at night. We’ve been spending a lot of time sweating it out in the bathroom together. He’s not quite sure why we keep going in there and getting so hot!
I didn’t have a humidifier, so I bundled him up yesterday and dragged him out to a nearby store to quickly grab one. I grabbed a cart, strapped him in, and he promptly vomited all over both the cart and himself. (Side note: this incident has motivated me to buy one of those shopping cart covers I previously deemed unnecessary.)
I cleaned up the baby and the cart, grabbed the humidifier (and a large chocolate bar for myself), and headed home. Now he’s all set up with the works, and I think (HOPE) it’s helping a bit.
During the day, he hasn’t been quite like himself, but – God love him – he’s still trying to play and have fun.
He’s been napping and eating much more often than usual, but I’ve pretty much thrown any rules or schedule out the window to get us through this. He’s been a lot more clingy than usual, and seems to just want to be held and snuggled most of the time. Carrying him around for days on end prompted me to finally figure out how to do the side-carry using our Ergo carrier!
I had just finished a recent Babble piece talking about how I miss babywearing now that Cullen is bigger, but now that I’ve figured this out, it is most definitely back! He loves being carried around on my hip, so having a little extra support is a major game changer for me (and my aching arms!).
The nights have been a different story. Just when I think we are headed in the right direction, night time hits and all my worries come back. Cullen has been up most of the night for several nights – coughing, barking, crying, twisting, and turning. I’ve spent a lot of time in there too – watching, hugging, feeding, and soothing. Not much sleeping.
I know it’s just a cold and in the big picture it’s no big deal. But it’s his first one, and our first one as parents, and I’m starting to understand how scary and helpless some of the not-so-fun parts of parenting can feel. Casey has been working from home to help lend an extra hand and stay close. I’m working hard to find my inner confident parent, so that he feels comforted and reassured even though he’s feeling crummy.
Here’s hoping today is the last of it, and that our peanut is back to smiling and laughing sooner than later!