02 Jun The upside of puking…
As many of you know, our household recently survived its first stomach flu. It’s been going around the playgroup, so I wasn’t TOO surprised when B started puking. I figured we were in for 12-24 hours of yuckiness. I was wrong. 36 hours after the first vomit, B was still not keeping any liquids down. We grew very worried about dehydration (she went 12 hours without a wet diaper) and our pediatrician asked us to bring her to the hospital. We thought we’d have to admit her for IV fluids (no fun!), but our wonderful pediatrician, Jill, was able to get B to swallow a teaspoon of Pedialyte and keep it down. Jill sat with us and kept helping B sip the Pedialyte and eventually B nursed and kept *most* of the milk down too. So she sent us home–no needles required!
The worst part of your 7-month-old being sick? The helpless, horrified look she gives you when she’s throwing up, as if to say “Mommy, what’s happening to me??!!” Broke my heart.
There is a silver lining, though. During those few days of sickness, B was so exhausted that she slept through the night (9-10 hours in a row). Once she was well again, we had two bad nights where she woke up every hour or so (I think she was genuinely hungry after being so sick!!), but then she went back to sleeping 9-10 hours! I hate to jinx it by bragging, but it feels like we’ve turned a corner sleep-wise.
To celebrate, I’m going to do something I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time. On Thursday night, I’m putting B to bed and then going out with some girlfriends to see the Sex & The City movie. I figure I can finally afford to stay out late! And Kris has generously offered to stay home with the sleeping B.
Here’s a photo of the girl from yesterday. She looks so grown up! She was helping me as I planted my “salsa” garden. (tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, etc.)