Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wanted: A Good Nap

I have fallen into the trap of the Family Cold.

My plan to get it all out of the way quickly was a good one, Emma is well and the twins are on the mend. Marty has thus far avoided it, but Drew and I started feeling it over the weekend, and if all goes according to plan we will be better by this weekend.

You know, just in time for one of us to bring home something else.

Drew is worse off than I am, his little nasal passages get clogged so much faster than anyone else, and he is miserable. The last few nights have been really hard, I finally started timing things and he is waking up every six to eight minutes.

Literally. I am not joking around here. The poor kiddo cannot breathe well and is a fuss bucket all. night. long.

Finally at about five thirty this morning, I gave the poor child a pillow in his crib to prop him up a little.

Yeah, I know it's wrong. He's only nine months old, and you aren't supposed to give kids bedding till they are at least a year.

But he actually slept for a good hour and a half stretch, which he needed badly. I needed that sleep badly, too, but I needed a shower even more badly. I am so tired I am writing things that don't make much sense, like "even more badly." Maybe they do make sense, but in my sleep deprived state, they sound like strange child-created English to me. Like "more better" and "I see it with my ears!"

**By the way, honey, I'm sorry if I was rude to you this morning when you went to the bathroom with your alarm on snooze instead of turned off. I understand that you really thought you had turned it off, and I know that you would never intentionally leave it on for me to deal with, in the middle of my first thirty minute stretch of sleep in a few days. And I apologize if it is no longer in... ummmmm... great working order. There is a small chance that instead of just turning it off, I might have ripped it from the wall and thrown it. It's hard to know for sure.**


Rocky Mountain Memoirs said...

Poor little guy! And poor Mommy, too!

My littlest one is now 17 months and I can give him Benadryl when he is stuffy, but I remember the earlier days when there was nothing I could give him. I run the hot steam humidifier in his room and that seems to help a little, but it just take time to run its course.

Hang in there!

The Campbell Family said...

Since you're sleep deprived I'm sure you haven't thought of this yet... try putting something under the 'head' of his mattress & raising his bed instead of giving him a pillow (since you're "not supposed to until he's 1" and all that).

Good luck, I hope it's short lived for you & Drew and I'm praying really hard it doesn't go around again AND nothing new arrives!

the story of my life... said...

Benadryl....Works..They need to sleep so they can repair their little bodies.

Get a nap!!

DJan said...

Tis is a tough time, and one person gives it to another and... it goes on and on. Sorry you got hit at the same time as Drew. I think you need to do whatever it takes to help you each to get better.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry!! When Noelle had it two weeks ago I also used a warm vaporizer and that really seemed to help her breath better at night. I know he's in your room, but maybe it will help you also. For you, have you ever tried a Netti Pot? I hope you get some sleep. Kristen

Marty (Husband) said...

Are you saying that I will need to set a second alarm tomorrow just in case????? Thank you for not throwing the alarm at me!