A little while back we bought a children’s version of Bob Marley’s greatest hits – B is for Bob – to play for Maile. I think there is some subliminal messaging going on because Maile’s latest trick during meal time is to take her food and rub it all in her hair. Typically by after lunch she starts to develop some serious baby dreads…
Due to my chicken pox we’ve been couped up inside the past couple of days. Needless to say we are starting to get a little stir crazy!
While mommy was working yesterday, I told daddy I was a bit bored. He took me into the bedroom and taught me all about jumping on the bed. I don’t think I was very good at it – but cut me some slack, it was my very first time! If you look carefully, you can see that while I don’t get nearly the same height that daddy gets, I do have the head bobbing motion down pretty good. Daddy mentioned this is another thing to add to the list of things he’s going to be sorry he taught me one day very soon…
(Oh, and yes, I’m feeling much better – although I think I might milk – no pun intended – this extra special care my parents are giving me a bit longer: sleeping in the big bed with mommy and daddy, nursing whenever I want – you know, the good life!)
Maile Girl gives the thumbs up to feeling MUCH better!
First, Maile Girl wanted me to pass along a big “thank you” to everyone who expressed concern about her well being. She definitely turned the corner a bit today. She is still pretty fussy and uncomfortable, but her fever went way down and she was almost back to her normal self in terms of playing with her toys and everything. She doesn’t have a great appetite and she wants to nurse constantly, so today was definitely a long, tiring day for Mommy – but we were both very happy to see our little girl start to act like our little girl again.
Most of the pox have started to scab over and there didn’t seem to be any new ones so hopefully we’re just a few days away from being through this particular episode!
As you know we found out on Thursday afternoon that Maile had the chicken pox. She woke up on Friday with a few more spots, but for the most part was still her normal self and didn’t seem too bothered by everything.
Things changed dramatically on Saturday.
The chicken pox take over (with calomine lotion)
This is NOT comfortable.
For the most part on Saturday day, Maile was pretty good. The chicken pox started appearing all over her body, but she still was playful. She had a lot of trouble napping and her appetite went way down. She wanted to nurse way more than normal. She also was running a temperature of 102 to 103 throughout the day. (Side note: I can’t tell you how many times we’ve taken Maile’s temperature over the past 10 months thinking she might have a fever and have it come back normal. Now that she really does have a fever, I can say that you know a fever when you feel it – she is really hot to the touch, like hot pavement in the sun.)
Saturday night things got much worse. We just couldn’t get her down in her crib by herself. Christine ended up going to sleep with her at 8 PM and she basically would sleep for 15-20 minutes and then wake up from the itching or some other discomfort. This continued until about midnight. Then I went to bed with them and she tossed and turned between us all night long. She finally started sleeping longer spurts around 2:30 AM and I think we all got a good solid few hours in the early morning.
Unfortunately, she work up with the highest temperature yet – 104.7(!) We called the nurse hotline and were able to get the temperature under control with some Tylenol and a lukewarm bath. For all of Sunday morning she was really lethargic and definitely not her normal self. She basically slept on either Christine or I all morning long and when she wasn’t sleeping she was nursing or crying.
Mommy taking good care of her girl - this is how Maile spent most of her Sunday morning (when she wasn't doing the same on Daddy)...
This afternoon she started to perk up a bit and we were able to get her to play with her toys a bit – even crack a few smiles. We really hope last night and this morning was the worst of it, but we’ll see how tonight goes. Poor girl – she looks so uncomfortable.
(Side note: I was curious how many kids still have to suffer through the chicken pox now that there is a vaccine. I didn’t spend a ton of time on it, but this site from the CDC seems to indicate a decline of 85% in test areas (where they checked before and after the introduction of the vaccine). Pretty sure if Maile could talk she wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone, so hopefully she’s the last of her friends to suffer through the Pox. Perhaps this is the first “unique fact about me” she can use for an icebreaker one day!?)
When Mommy came home from work this afternoon she had a surprise with her – Auntie Kari! She was in town from Los Angeles. You might remember I went to her wedding way back in September when I was only 6 weeks old! She told me she couldn’t believe how much I had grown up. I should her all my new tricks – and tossed in a melt down right before bed so she didn’t think I was a perfect angel
I had great fun visiting with Auntie Kari (and thanks for the fun presents too!)
Dad note: Auntie Kari also learned how hard it is to take pictures with a 10 month old - look at the bunny, Maile!