Monday, November 30, 2009

Princess Emery is 7 weeks old!

My sweet Princess Emery,

Today you are 7 weeks old, I can't believe it's been that long since you arrived and find myself double-checking all the time to make sure I have counted right! This last week was a whirlwind of activity and we pretty much went nonstop. Even though we were constantly on the go, you did great!

Unfortunately we noticed you were getting a cough on Friday afternoon and that evening it started sounding very wet. What really worried me was that you would cough, gag, and then struggle to breathe. I'm already a paranoid freak about SIDS because of Katie (I'll admit it) and that was about to push me over the edge. Let's just say I don't think I've slept very much these past few days! We took you to the on-call pedi on Saturday and she felt you probably had gotten whatever virus I had (did I mention I had a virus, I can't remember) and that you are one of those babies that refluxes all the way up your sinuses and that that was causing your cough to sound wet. She said to do saline drops, run the humidifier, and stay on top of your reflux meds. From there we'd just have to wait it out.

Well Saturday night and Sunday were no better, in fact, at one point I almost panicked enough to take you to the ER and woke your Daddy up from a dead sleep with my screaming. I just couldn't handle something happening to you. I called your pedi first thing this morning and got you an appointment so we could get her opinion... I knew something wasn't right. Needless to say you have bronchiolitis caused by RSV. You are so miserable and I hate it! Even worse, you probably got it because of me and that makes me feel like total poo. I'm so sorry my sweet baby girl! Dr. Q said we caught it very early and Saturday the virus had not made it to your bronchial airways yet at the time, which is why you are worse now. She also said that we are just now hitting the peak, so we can look for another bad night... that breaks my heart for you. At least we know what to look for in terms of when we need to really panic, hopefully those things won't happen. We started you on breathing treatments and hopefully they will help with the inflammation of your airways, even if it can't get rid of the mucous for you. You took your first treatment like a champ and I, of course, got pictures as proof - see below. Too bad the nebulizer mask is bigger than your face!

I know that this too shall pass and you will once again feel like your normal, happy self. I have to go back to work next Monday (boo!) and am praying that you are all better long before then! I'm so sorry you have to spend your 7 week birthday being sick, but I promise that I will take the best possible care of you and your wish, is my command!!!

Love you, Mommy

Here are some pics from our week, including a bonus picture of Big Brother Chase because it was just so cute I couldn't resist!

****I am grateful for
1) Dr. Q - we love our pediatrician!
2) Our pedi's office, they always fit us in
3) Emery's meds that will hopefully let her breathe better
4) still have 6 days before I go back to work, that's better than none
5) support systems


KuKd Chick said...

What a beautiful little princess! She's precious. Thanks for remind me again to be grateful every day for the things I have in life. :-)

Stacy E. said...

Get well sweet Emery girl! I love you! Tell your Mommy to call me if I can help in any way! :-)

Aunt Stacy

P.S. You are totally "rockin" the new hat! Too CUTE!

Michelle said...

She is so cute. I hope she is feeling better soon! sending lots of prayers.

Amanda Hoyt said...

Oh poor Emery! I hope you all feel better soon!

Leah said...

So sorry that your baby is sick. I am terrified of SIDS too. I have an angel care monitor and it helps my nerves so much. You can get them at b r us. It's just little plastic pad that goes under baby's mattress and it picks up their breathing movements. If there is no movement for 20 seconds, an alarm sounds. You should get one!!