Well, it's turning out to be a very sleepless new year for me. Jacob has croup. It all started on Friday when he started with a runny nose. I didn't think anything of it but apparently it's gone viral and has been keeping us up the past two nights. Saturday night he had a wild coughing spell so I brought him into bed with me and propped him up as best as I could. He still coughed quite a bit and even ended up coughing himself into vomiting. Ew, I know.
Then last night the same thing happened. Twice. I ended up in the bathroom with him running the hot shower while we breathed in the steam. He was enjoying it so much and only fussed when I wouldn't let him get in the water. Poor kid.
That helped a little. Then I bundled us both up and we headed out on the back deck at about 1 a.m. to take in the cold air, which really helped a lot. The whole time David and I were out there with him (all of about 5 minutes) he was looking at us, wide-awake, like "what the heck? why are we standing out in the freezing cold in the middle of the night?!" After coming back in, his cough had subsided so I tucked him back into his crib where he quietly and peacefully slept for a few hours until another coughing spell came.
I went into his room and set up a little palette-of-a-bed on his floor nestled atop his Elmo foam couch. He coughed himself into voming (again) so I took off his shirt and bundled him up right against me. I moved the humidifier down on the floor by us and we both drifted in and out of sleep after a while, all while I was sitting up holding him. I held him sleeping for the rest of the night until about 8 a.m. when he woke up again and this time with just a small cough.
I decided to take him into his ped's office just in case. Since he had a bout with RSV a while back, I always worry about his breathing becoming an issue.
Thankfully our wonderful ped's office has walk-in hours every morning. I took him in and he's actually not all that bad but the doc is putting him on a steroid for the next three days that will hopefully deter the coughing spells. I hope it works! Tomorrow we start back on our regular school routine and since I'll need to be getting up at 6:30 a.m. to get everyone set for the day, I need ALL the sleep I can get!
Here's hoping we're getting all the sickness of 2011 out of the way right at the beginning so we can have a wonderful rest of the year!
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.