Monday, January 07, 2008

I miss my healthy boy

Little Elvis isn't feeling well. He has a stomach bug, and this is a new experience for all of us. He's never been sick before.

Last night I went into his room to check on him, and it smelled really sour. I rushed back to our room and got Bob to come verify my sniffer. He confirmed that it did really stink in Little Elvis' room. And after further sniffing we realized that Little Elvis' crib was blanketed in vomit.

Our sweet baby was so quiet and passive while we changed his sleeper, sheet, mattress protector and undid his bumper. He patiently waited while his mommy and daddy tried to get all of the stinkiness out of his room.

Then he rested his head on my shoulder while I rocked him.

This morning, everything started out as usual, except that Little Elvis did not pee out of his diaper -- he pretty much always pees out of his diaper. In fact, the diaper and diaper doubler weren't even full.

Bob fed Little Elvis breakfast, we played. Then, around 10 a.m., Little Elvis decided to put himself down for a nap. I was organizing his bookcase and looked up to find my sweet baby lying down on the floor sleepily staring at me.

As soon as he woke up, I started feeding him lunch, and he started spewing out lots and lots of food, it even came out of his little nose. After three big heaves, he seemed finished and quietly watched while I called the doctor and tried to mop up some of the mess.

I bathed him, tried to get him drink water or Pedialyte, put him down for another nap and fretted.

He woke up from his nap hot and fussy. He refused his drinks and just wanted to be held. I placed him on the floor to get something for myself to drink and when I came back he was lying on the floor. He didn't even have the energy to sit up.

We ended up going to the doctor and by the time we got there, his temperature was 101.9.

But he wasn't one to let a temperature and upset tummy to keep him down. While we were at the doctor's office, Little Elvis flirted with a teenage girl in the waiting room and clapped and grinned for the nurse.

I attempted nursing when we got home, and he threw up again, but we were able to get some Tylenol down him and his temperature wasn't nearly as high by the time we put him to bed.

It was nice holding my sweet boy all day, but I miss his busyness. I miss his chatter. I miss chasing him around the house. I miss his cute giggle. I miss my healthy boy.


Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

I hope he is better soon!
I know it was the only time my daughter wuld sit and snuggle with me was when she was sick.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Marla said...

Poor little kiddo. Hopefully this flu bug will pass quickly. hugs.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Poor little guy- hope he feels better soon. Be sure to take care of yourself...we moms have a challenge in caring for both ourselves and our wee ones.

Sending you lots and lots of healthy vibes.

2:08 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

i hope you both feel better!
i'm gonna hate when this happens to me. and i fear it will happen when i'm alone.

i'm glad the tylenol seemed to help.
i'm sure he'll be bounding in no time---- and then you'll miss the sweet complacence.

good luck!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Gage was over a year old when he got a tummy bug. In fact, it was over Valentine's Day 2007. (how do i know that????) Anyway...that was the exact same thing w/ us. He puked in his crib, and slept in it. I didn't even know that he'd thrown up until the next morning when he had crusty dried puke in his hair & all over his PJs & face.

After that---diarrhea & puking for days. Some fever. And, then dehydration. I tell ya....they make this anti-nausea medicine for little ones---it dissolves on their tongue. I think it's Zofran for kids. It was WONDERFUL!

good luck, & hang in there!

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

Oh, there's nothing that'll make you appreciate how active your baby is until he stops cuz he's sick. It's so heartbreaking. And it never stops - when my 11 yr old is sick, I feel just as sad as when Zachy gets sick. Ugh!

10:40 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

is he feeling any better yet?

7:52 PM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

We had the very same issue over the holidays and it broke my heart. I too loved the cuddles, but I was so worried about him and missed his busy little bee/jovial style. Glad he's feeling better, love!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth F. said...

Oh, I hate it when little ones are sick. I always feel so helpless. The good thing about nursing a sick baby is that even if they throw it up, if they keep it down even a few minutes, (since breastmilk digests quicker than other things), baby will get some nutrients. I hope he's feeling better soon! Nice Blog.

1:31 PM  

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