Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Parenthood + Naps

I love my sleep.  I relish the fact that both kids sleep all night long pretty much every night.  When they are sick it nearly kills me to be up and down in the night.

Well this weekend it hit Everett.  Friday night he had a bad breathing episode and was shaking so hard.  Jade left to take him to the ER.  I was terrified.  I sat in my chair crying, and realized that Ollie may kill me with her little heart.  I was so upset over Everett going to the ER and well it doesn't compare to what my future holds!  I then decided that since I was up, I would clean.  I stayed busy until Mom & Dad arrived.  Then, cell phone coverage was lost in our area so Dad decided he'd just take me to the ER.  By the time Jade got Everett to Effingham, because I insisted he go there over our local hospital...Everett was perfectly fine.  We were half way there by then.  Seriously, how do kids do that?  How can they be so sick, and twenty minutes later they are fine.  He woke up and said Dad what are we doing, where are we - I just wanna go to bed.  Seriously being a parent is hard. 

He was fine most of the weekend.  He ran a low grade fever off and on and had a barky cough.  Then, he got pretty sick again Sunday night.  He had a high fever, coughed all night, and just didn't sleep at all - neither did I.  Yesterday I took him to the pediatrician and he confirmed Everett has croup.  We're praying the steroids work and he doesn't get pneumonia!  Apparently croup has turned into pneumonia for many kids this year & we don't need that.  Overall it was a really good appointment.  I had a chance to discuss Ollie's care, and I'm confidant our pediatrician will be a good fit for us.  He's a very nice man, and has a love for kids so surely he'll love our Ollie too especially when he sees her so often! 

Everett was of course as good as gold at the doctors office.  He had them all fooled.  They went on and on how sweet he is.  Which he is very sweet, but he's usually hyped up like he lives on Mountain Dew.  Typically he's into the tongue depressors, the garbage, then he's pulling out the leg stirrups on the table for OB visits.  It's never ever quiet.  In fact they have said before boy it's not quiet in here when I take him to the Dr.  Small rooms + Everett = Me on the brink of a melt down.  Yesterday though, he sat perfectly still, answered their questions, and said thank you as sweet as he could.  It was shocking to say the least.  He was obviously very very sick!

So I took him home, and thought he's so tired if I put on a movie and lay with him on the couch he'll take a nap.  Wrong - I took a nap - he played around me.  He looked terrible with dark circles under his eyes so then I thought, we'll get in my bed with a movie & pull the blinds - he'll surely take a nap then.  Wrong again - I took a second nap.  Seriously - what the what Annie?!?  I may not survive a newborn the way I like sleep!  How did I do this before?  I don't know - that was 5 and 3 years ago - oh dear! 

On a positive note, I did a load of laundry, mopped the floor, baked cookies, & made dinner so I wasn't a complete slacker!


  1. Yes I feel your pain (with the no napper) I have fallen asleep with Bella and woke up wondering how long was I asleep for and what she was doing while I was off in dream land. Luckily she was good and made sure to comment on the fact that she didn't sleep. Thank you little miss obvious!

  2. Well I will be praying that Everett doesn't get pneumonia and I am praying for Ollie too:) It's getting so close. Hey, I love my sleep too. I remember how good it felt when our kids were old enough to get a pop tart and watch cartoons on saturday morning without me getting up. Whoa, that was a long time ago.


  3. Hey Annie, praying for both your kiddos, it is indeed hard. As far as sleep, remember you are in the final stages of pregnancy, when the exhaustion takes hold. It goes away when babe is born, then you are just hit with newborn exhaustion! :)

    Effingham? I thought you guys were around Bloomnington Normal? We are in Champaign-Urbana. (and I totally found you and started reading you before I knew that, that is amazing to me that in the whole blogosphere I found someone actually close in geography!).

    Again praying for Everett and Ollie! ((HUGS))

  4. Annie! You are no slacker!! You are 20 months preggers with an active Everett who's been sick. With the croup! I had that a lot as a child and my son had it when he was less than 2. I remember how scary that barky cough was. Here's to hoping everyone is feeling better - and rested. Ann {{Ollie + the rest of you}}

  5. Poor baby, and poor mommy! It's the worst feeling when your kids are sick! And I have the perfect solution for your sleep deprivation...take naps with that sweet baby Ollie! It'll be win-win!

  6. Poor little guy ! My matthew was a croup champ. The ped told me to take him outside in the cold when he was really bad - and that that would stop the crouping. Worked like a charm. She said that's why when they're soooo sick like your guy was and you take them to the hospital, they're "better" by the time you get them there - it's the cold air ! I would bundle him up and open the window in the bathroom wide and let him breath the cold - while running the shower to steam up the room - sounds weird but it always worked ! Of course we did plenty of decadron (steroids) too over the years, but at least the nights were better controlled.

    (((((annie)))))) being a mommy is TOUGH and you are doing a wonderful job !


  7. Praying for a speedy recovery! LOTS of that junk going around right now. We survived the high fevers, but nothing more than that.



Thank you so much for your kind words & support! I love hearing from you & read each and every comment you leave for me! ~Annie


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