Tuesday night I was thrilled, my son slept through the entire night and I thought, “It’s happening! I’m going to be able to sleep again!” Unfortunately the universe had some other plans for me. Wednesday night we were up 3 or 4 times because he was having a hard time breathing. It seems that he’s caught a case of the sniffles from daycare (and only 3 days into it!), so he was super congested last night and just couldn’t get comfortable. Meaning this morning, I was exhausted! Poor little guy was too though. After I got up and took a shower, I let him sleep to try and catch-up, finally woke him up at 6:30 to get dressed and eat.
Since he’s never been sick before, I’ve never had to use that bulb syringe thing for his nose. Well, it definitely works, but he did not like it one bit. He would squirm around when I tried to put it in his nose, and when I finally got something out, he would start to cry. I guess those things are something that you just have to get used to using. I took his temperature too, since you’re not supposed to take kids into daycare with a fever, and I’d have to use a sick day if I couldn’t take him to daycare. He didn’t so much like the thermometer either, and it is the least invasive one I possible could have used. When I was registering for baby stuff I had thought an ear thermometer was the way to go, but then when I was in the hospital with him they used a forehead (or arterial) thermometer on me and I thought if it’s good enough for the hospital, it’s good enough for me. They’re pretty handy little items. You just place the tip in the middle of your kid’s forehead, push the button, and then move it up into their hairline. I believe it uses IR to measure temperature, so it’s not going to be quite as acurate as say a rectal thermometer (but really, do we need to be that accurate at home?). Now like I said, this has got to be the least invasive type of thermometer for kiddos, but still I could not get him to hold still. That’s the thing about a 5 month old, you can’t reason with them and say, “Hey, hold still for just a few seconds.” After around 10 attempts, I got enough average readings that I assumed he didn’t have a fever, and we got packed to go to daycare.
Even though he didn’t feel great, he was still all smiles and snuggles. He’s just so sweet, it would be impossible not to love that little boy. So now I’m at work, hoping that he’s feeling better and that I won’t get a call during the day saying I need to come get him. I just wish he didn’t feel bad on his first Valentine’s Day. Just means I’ll have to give me extra snuggles tonight.