My husband and I went on our first vacation sans bebe. It was magical. Nestled in the hills of a Midwestern state, we drank lots of wine, watched tons of movies, got a couples’ massage, and even managed to do some work.
2am the day before heading home, we received a frantic phone call from
Zo’s grandfather (my father) and our babysitter while we were gone. Zo
had a fever, to 102! Granddad was ready to head to the ER.
Vacation-mode-mama put her momma-doctor hat back on. Triage mode: he was
indeed fine (eating, drinking, pooping, peeing) and most likely just
had viral upper respiratory symptoms. Watch and wait I told Granddad. We
okayed foregoing fitful sleeping in his pack-and-play for cosleeping
and Zo happily snuggled with Granddad until breakfast.
forward to our return. Zo was a febrile, coughing, sneezing, whining
fussy-fuss-face with 2 molars and 4 teeth coming in. We returned to
purgatory and Granddad went guiltily back to Grandma. Our week went like
this: waking 5 times a night for cuddling because self settling just
would not do, alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen, a trip to the
Pediatrician for an ear, throat, and lung check, and finally the dreaded
call from daycare “Zo is fussy and has a fever, please come get him.”
every day he kept having fevers so he ended up out of daycare for an
entire week. The gains O and I had made in sleep and patience quickly
evaporated and now we are back to a little one who wakes up multiple
times throughout the night to be consoled. What is this behavior?!? Who
is this tyrant? Not to mention we ended up in the Emergency Room at 3am
(post to come). Our week was one of my most difficult of Intern Year in
spite of being after a 5 day vacation while on an elective; 1 step
forward, many many many steps back.
start a week of nights tonight and O will be on his own. Fingers
crossed and prayers uttered that Zo gets with the program and begins
sleeping through the night again. We are soo very tired but Zo has made
it successfully through his first day back at daycare.
Shout out to Fizzy for your timely post entitled “Need a Vacation”.
Vacations are work and I’m not sure if they are worth it at this point