Monday, January 7, 2013
The First Cold
We had lasted a little over nine months. With not even a little sniffle out of Xavier. He has been an extremely healthy baby and we have been so very lucky and blessed that he is so. I also credit myself with still breastfeeding and staying home with him (not having to be in a daycare) as a big reason why he has been so healthy. However, right after Christmas we were hit and hit hard with Xavier's first cold. Not only did it hit him but it also managed to hit Nick and I at the same time.
It started quietly at first. Xavier had a little sniffles. We didn't worry too much as with the cold it comes and goes and he is teething. Then, came the coughs, they stuffy nose and the crankiness. He never ran a fever, but his nose would be running down his face if you did not catch it fast enough.
We spent our first New Years literally on the couches together with Xavier resting with us and playing on the floor in front of us. We relaxed and watched hours of Nick Jr on tv.
It is hard when your little one is sick. Especially since there is very little you can do for them. They cannot even take cold medicine until they are two. So your options are humidifier, raise the mattress, and give lots of fluids to wait it out. Our poor little man had to have his nose sucked out constantly and his face wiped a lot. We couldn't raise the head of his mattress because he insists on moving about so his head is never in the same place. We brought the vaporizer out into the living room and ran it all day for all of us. Not only is it hard to watch your little one suffer and know there is not much you can do about it, but it is also very hard when you are sick yourself. You do not get much rest. Luckily, Nick and I worked in shifts with Xavier so we could try to get some rest. We tried to cuddle him as much as possible and just let him know that we were there when he needed us. I guess as a parent that is really all you can do. You just have to make sure your children know that you are always there for them when they need you. If they know that, then they know they can tackle anything.
In the end, we all came out ok and to be honest I am an even stronger mom knowing I can now tackle when my baby is sick. I was dreading that day when it would come and we were very fortunate to postpone it as long as we did, but now that it has come and gone I am proud that we worked together as a family and are now even stronger then ever!