- Bea had her dance "recital" on Wednesday. There wasn't a whole lot of dancing but there was a whole, whole lot of cuteness! Trying to get 9 two year olds to do anything at once is like herding cats, but their teacher, Ms. Rebecca, is so amazing with them. We attempted to get a group photo of them all together afterwards, but only the girls were interested:
- Bea had a pretty serious cough on Wednesday but we didn't think much of it because she was running around and acting like her crazy, mad-toddler self. But when she started running a fever on Wednesday night, we made the call to take her into the doctor. We still go to our pediatrician's office in Raleigh, even though there are about 2,000 pediatricians here in Durham, associated with Duke Hospital. I just can't make the break from the doctor that has seen Bea since the first day she came home from the hospital. Dr. Calm is a trained neonatologist who works as a general pediatrician now... where else am I going to replicate that knowledge of weird preemie things? Plus, her office has a fish tank in the waiting room. Bea love it:
- Once we were in the exam room, Bea put on her best "I'm sick feel bad for me" face:
- But don't feel all that bad for her... about .0002 seconds later, she was acting like her normal, silly self:
- Turns out, Bea has a sinus infection (hence the fever) and the very, very early start of what could possibly turn into pneumonia if we didn't treat it. This is the first time Bea's ever been on antibiotics, so we are watching extra carefully to make sure she doesn't have some weird reaction. So far, the only reaction we've noticed is a crap-ton (scientific measurement) of extra energy. She woke up last night at 11:30, midnight, 2 a.m., 3 a.m. 4:30 a.m., 6 a.m. and got up for good at 8. Casey and I feel like we have newborn all over again. So much for any residual Baby Fever!
- Something else to note about Bea's appointment. Her doctor, not Dr. Calm (she doesn't work on Thursday and Fridays), said that she thinks former preemies have an extremely high pain tolerance compared to other kids their age. She thinks it's because they form their opinion of what pain is from such a tough start that anything else that happens in their lives is hardly that bad! So, when a preemie tells her something doesn't feel right or that something hurts, it almost always is something extreme. It breaks my heart to hear that but it also makes a lot of sense. Bea has never been sick more than a day. At least, on the outside anyway. She may actually have been much more sick than she let on.
- Aside from the antibiotic, my doula head was immediately in full force and I also requested a prescription strength probiotic to go with it. Strong antibiotics are notorious for wiping out all the good flora in your gut and I'm not dealing with gassy, non-functioning toddler bowels over Christmas.
- Bea's also spent a fair amount of time watching television this week. I feel so terrible as a mother, but it's the only way I can keep her still, which prevents another coughing fit from taking over! She asked to watch Dumbo and now it's on repeat in our house. It's so cute.
- After the doctor appointment, I spent the afternoon finishing things on my to-do list. One of those things was to wrap gifts! So with a little assistance from Bea (I'll apologize now if your gift arrives a little ahem, tattered) we got most of the rest of our gifts under the tree:
- I still have a few items to pick up here and there and I really, really need some alone time today to get a gift for someone special in my life...
- Speaking of gifts, we ordered most everything this year online or bought it from a local merchant. The UPS and FedEx men are my new BFFs as a result.
- This morning, when Bea got up for the final time she wanted to play "Baby Jesus in the Manger"... This is her interpretation:
|Strawberry Baby has never played such an important role in her little Doll Life!|
- This will likely be our last real, meaty post until the New Year. We'll be so busy
visiting family, playing the Lovefeast Band, eating dinners, opening gifts,spending time together and hoping Bea gets well soon, I doubt I'll post much until then. So I hope you and yours have a splendid holiday and a Happy New Year. Merry Christmas!!