Baby Teeth and the infamous cold that sticks around forever…

I have noticed that my youngest daughter is getting 7 teeth in all at once. Why do they have to hurt so bad? I just feel awful for her, four of them are her 2 year molars as well as her 3 of her incisors. One of the incisors has already come through but the other 7 are playing a painful game of peek a boo with her.

I don’t think that I would feel so badly for her except that it is virtually impossible to get medicine down this child. She vomits when you even come near her with the medicine, even baby Tylenol and Orajel. The last couple of nights have been almost pure hell because she is in pain and can’t sleep. Last night my poor husband and I were up until almost 4 am with her, taking turns holding and cuddling her. If you know my daughter you would know that she is probably one of the most anti-cuddling children that I have ever met. She is so independent and wants so badly to be grown. (Or at least bigger than she is) So yesterday we knew that it was getting pretty bad and she had to be absolutely miserable when she was sitting on my husbands lap and she fell asleep. We tried to put her in bed but she wasn’t having that so I took my turn to hold her and she fell asleep on me for a very short while. I think that I can recall the last time that happened and it was when she was in the hospital for several days, almost a year ago.

Poor baby.

Then to top it off our oldest child is very sick as well. The only upside to having Alex sick is that he can tell me what is wrong, where it hurts and if what I am doing is making a difference where as the baby cannot. So he I believe is coming down with a sinus infection because when I pressed on his sinuses he complained of pain. In addition to that he has congestion in his chest, a cough as well as a mild fever. So he is miserable as well but at least he will take his medicine with out too much of a complaint as long as he has something to wash it down. (preferably Apple Juice 🙂

I get so frustrated when my children are sick because I feel so helpless to fix what ails them. I am sure that most parents feel this way wishing that we had a magic wand that would make it all go away. Even if I had to deal with what they are going  through instead of them. Just something.  I am afraid that I am going to get what Alex has because when he is sick all he wants to do is sit with me and cuddle or hang all over me. I am not complaining about it I just wish that I wasn’t going to get it. It just seems like the kids get sick then me and lastly my husband, but then the kids get it again and the cycle just keeps on going. I feel like I am going to go crazy sometimes when we just pass an illness around and around and around, over and over again.

It is just hard sometimes because if the kids are sick even with a runny nose you are not supposed to send them to school which is fine for us because I am a stay at home parent. But then since some of the laws have changed in Oregon if your child misses more than one or two days of school ( I believe it could be more days than that) and you don’t bring in a Dr.’s note then they can call Child Services on you. I understand the purpose of the law but who takes their child to a Dr. every single time that they catch cold? I just feel that if your kid is sick then you have the right and responsibility to keep them home and seek medical attention if it gets worse, but for a stuffy nose and a light cough seems a bit over board. So what do you do? It feels like it is a catch 22, damned if you do but damned if you don’t.

Well the baby is quiet for the moment and Alex is I believe watching a movie in his room so this seems like the perfect opportunity for a little mommy time, so I am going to be headed for the shower and bed. I hope that you have a wonderful night and a great day tomorrow.

Baby Teeth and Tubes in the Ears

Oh my gosh I am so excited my baby Brinley had just broke through her first tooth. It is so cute, you can barely see it but you know its there when she chomps down on a finger. (I thought that I was going to loose one 🙂 The only thing that sucks about her getting teeth is that she is super irritable. I swear she is not sleeping like ever and I feel bad giving her tylanol all of the time, along with teething tablits and baby orajel. I feel like I am just drugging her and it doesn’t seem all that fair but when she is so miserable that she is screaming all of the time what other option do I really have? There doesn’t seem to be a good answer. At the moment I am just trying to follow what the doctor has told me to do.

Then on the other hand I have been giving her the tylanol because Brinley has a bunch of fluid on her ear drums and it is causing her pain. Basically it is like a never ending ear infection, that I can do NOTHING about at the moment. I just took her to an ENT (ear nose and throat Dr.) and they have decided that they are going to place tubes in her ears. For this small surgery they have to put her under, and I don’t think that I am totally comfortable with the thought of having my 7 month old under with a general anesthesia. They are going to use a little mask thing and it should only take between 5 and 15 breaths for her to be asleep and the whole thing takes about 10 – 15 min and recovery takes 10 – 15 min so it should be alright.

I just hope that everything goes well for her. I will keep you updated as I know more because I am just so nervous about it.