Monday, December 8, 2008
Zoe and I got to the ER at a perfect time they were able to take us straight back to the triage area. They checked her weight, her temp (100.3) and gave her some tylenol. James from the respiratory dept came down and gave Zoe a nebulizer treatment - actually I gave it to her - she spent most of the time chewing on the tube - but that was fine cause it just needed to be breathed in by her. After that Rob showed up and we had to head to the waiting area while they got a room ready for us. We actually didn't have to wait too long. There are some interesting folks that occupy the ER at North Memorial at 11pm on a Thursday night. I was very glad Rob was with us!
They got us to a room - Zoe was decked out in simply a diaper - she had started to develop a rash on her face, arms and legs. It was a little weird. An ER nurse came in to the room and checked Zoe over and confirmed that it was croup and then the ER doctor came in. He could hear Zoe breathing and right away agreed with the diagnosis of croup. He was actually more interested in her rash though. He said it was not a typical rash that shows up with a viral infection so he wanted another doctor to come in and take a look. It was weird - I all of a sudden felt like I was on an episode of House and my child was their big mystery patient. The other doctor came in and took a look too.
After a little while the nurse came back in with a steriod for Zoe to take to help with the inflammation of her airway. She took it orally and did well - almost as well as cherry tylenol. We ended up sitting in the room for another hour - people checking on us periodically. They were giving the steriod a chance to start working before they felt comfortable sending us home. The funny part was that it was now midnight and by looking at Zoe you would have never known! She was wired - the steroid they gave her had quite an effect on her and she was all over the place. I was ready to pass out from exhaustion and she was ready to party!
About 1:15 the doctor came in and told us he felt comfortable letting us go home. Made sure we knew all of the reasons we should bring her back and all of the reasons that would necessitate taking her to the pediatrician in the morning. We crossed our fingers that none of that would be necessary. After another half hour we were walking out of the hospital and so ready to get home.
Zoe went to bed the moment we got home. I followed about a half hour later, Rob had a snack and was right behind me.
She slept through the night - I didn't, but she did.
We ended up cancelling her birthday party - it was quite a bummer but we couldn't risk infecting others with the virus and she really needed to have a calm weekend.
We had a quiet lunch on Saturday with my mom, Missy and Travis and then a quiet night at home. On Sunday, Zoe opened up a couple of her presents with Rob and I before he had to head to work. She was not at all happy about daddy going to work - and she let him know it!
My mom came over to visit in the afternoon. She occupied Zoe for a little bit so I could clean the bathroom - it was so great! I know to most people that sounds weird but you have no idea if you don't have children. They make it so hard to clean and do all of those other things when they require so much of your attention. And don't get me wrong - I would much rather hang with Zoe every moment of every day than clean the bathroom or any other room in the house - but there comes a time when it just really is absolutely necessary.
So, that was our birthday weekend - not quite the fun we had planned but that's life. Our baby is on the mend and that is all that really matters to me anyway. We are going to reschedule her party for January so she can still celebrate with her family and friends.
Happy Birthday Booba!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Zoe has really been keeping us on our toes lately. Still no actual walking but a lot of fast crawling and some standing. She does a lot of walking between pieces of furniture and even a couple of times has forgotten and lets go - she still seems to prefer crawling for the time being. I was hoping she would be walking by her birthday - but she will do it when she is ready and people keep telling me I should not speed it up.
She is talking a ton though - she has some words that are pretty discernable and I actually think she is using them in the proper way. She has said Da-da-da for quite some time but she actually has said it to Rob and actually says it when I point to him in a picture. She also says ma-ma-ma and has directed at me so that is awesome! But the best one is baby - she says it - clear as day - when she sees her dolls she says it and when she sees other little people when we are out she says it. It is so cute! And the other day I asked her if she wanted a banana and she said "nana" - now this can be duel purpose since it applies to her favorite fruit and also can be used for Nana Lynne. That's convenient!
Zoe's birthday is less than a week away - I can hardly believe that last year at this time I was getting ready to have a baby - no idea what to expect - fearful of childbirth, fearful of taking this baby home and not knowing what the heck to do with it, fearful of how my husband would react to becoming a daddy. Thank goodness the childbirth wasn't all that bad - totally worth it, bringing her home wasn't so bad - except for the no sleeping in conventional beds for 6 weeks, and mostly I am thankful at how wonderful Rob has been with our child. They spend quite a bit of time together since he is home with her during the day most of the week. He is so good with her, they have their routine and just really enjoy spending time together - I couldn't have asked for more from him! I think he is actually going to be a little sad when she starts daycare next month and their time together is not as frequent. I will be a little sad for him too!
My mom and I took Zoe last night and got all of the decorations and plates, etc for the party this weekend. She is one doted on child - if it had Elmo on it - gma sharon was buying it! It was too funny - I actually had to tell her no on some things - just cause the two of us can go over board! It is going to be a fun party and I can't wait to celebrate my little one's first birthday! So crazy!
Tonight is the 12 month pictures - wish us luck - she has a cold that started on MOnday night so it should be interesting. This could be the first time in the last year that we may have to redo the pictures. I hope not - I am hoping she will come through like she has so many other times but we'll see - I am not going to put a ton of pressure on us to get the perfect shot - cause really any shot of my beautiful little girl is perfect! I may be a touch biased!
I got my first birthday present early today! Grandma Sharon got me a Giggle Elmo Chair! My mom has wanted me to have a little chair that I could sit on and play with and this one is perfect. Every time I touch it or sit in it Elmo laughs at me and I think it is so funny! I am having so much fun playing with it and I even sat down and read my books while I was sitting in it the other day!
We made it to our seats and actually gave Zoe some formula before we got to far in to the game. She took turns sitting on our laps and was perfectly content making faces and smiling at all of the people sitting around us. She also was actually in to the game - she would cheer when we all cheered and she danced the whole game - she loved all the music and lights!
In between the first and second periods we went up and found Barry and his family. They were at the game too so we had to meet up and say hello. Zoe was immediately drawn to Barry's daughter who had some Wild beads on - she just hung out and played with her beads while we all stood around and chatted. Note to self - get Zoe some beads for her next game!
I had heard that the exhibit was kind of short but very intricate and detailed. My sister in law had gone the day before with my nieces and they were actually able to go through it twice within an hour - that would not be our fate - many more people attend these types of things on a Saturday than a Friday afternoon.
Her favorite of all of the exhibits was the Christmas Tree being decorated by all of the different animals. We stood there the longest - she just kept saying "ooohh" "whoah" and pointing at everything! It was so cute!
We made it to the end - Santa's Workshop where there were tons of elves making candy and wrapping presents. The exhibit was just jammed packed with lots of stuff - it was really cute and all of the kids, including Zoe seemed to really think it was pretty cool!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Because pretty much everything I have done as far as decorating and accessorizing for Zoe has revolved around jungle animals - and primarily the giraffe - it was only fitting that when I spotted a giraffe costume at BRU a few weeks ago it was necessary to purchase it. So, Zoe was going to be a giraffe for her first Halloween - no discussion was had with Zoe - I figure I only have two or three years when I will get to really have a say in what she is for Halloween so I am taking full advantage. However, when we put the costume on her to go to the Zoo - she did not complain at all and as always looked so darn cute!
So, one more milestone down - so many more to go! After all the pushing fun she decided she wanted to be in the bin so we had to oblige her!
She is quite the ham! She is growing up so fast - we are already in her 10th month!