This week David got hit hard with the flu virus and missed 4 days of work! He woke up Sunday night (actually early Monday morning) with bad chills and had blankets all over him. We went to the doctor Tuesday and got some Tamiflu, but the chills and hot flashes continued for 3 days. His fever finally broke Thursday and then he had to wait 24 hours before interacting closely with us. Ella and I had been keeping our distance as best we could, I was basically single-parenting it for those days, hoping not to get sick myself, and especially that Ella wouldn’t get it.
Well Thursday evening sure enough Ella had 100.6 fever and started behaving as though she didn’t feel good. “Newborn” and “fever” should never go together! She was hot to the touch and was whiny and puny. We called the pediatrician and they scheduled us for this morning at 11:30.
The good news is the fever is down and she had no congestion. Doctor said the best medicine is breastmilk so just keep on and she will likely fight it off on her own. So they are going to check in with us tomorrow morning to make sure she isn’t any worse.
What’s been the hardest part? Well there were two hardest parts. One was knowing your 2 month old doesn’t feel good and trying to put them to bed! Last night she was exhausted, we put her down and listened on the monitor as she cried. Most nights we let her cry it out a bit to fall asleep but I couldn’t do it last night. We brought her out into the living room and she finally fell asleep in her swing. I think structure is important, but not to the point of losing sight of my child! I am usually the strong one when she is crying at night not to go get her but last night melted my heart! I hope tonight she is able to fall asleep easily. Sleep is what she needs. The second hardest part of this week has been not being able to touch and hug my husband or sit by him on the couch! I even slept in Ella’s room for 3 nights. Today is the first day he is back to normal, and its been sooo great. Not to mention he can help again with changing diapers and hold his baby!
What’s been the best thing? Two things have been the best thing. One, that we have the best pediatrician ever and two, that Ella still smiles when she looks at us, especially in the morning. She was still showing her little personality in between coughs and sneezes. I took these pics when she woke up today. Priceless!