You would think that on my 4th kid, I would have been through most everything a kid can put you through.
We had our first trip to the ER Wednesday night. Squirt was a little congested when I put her to bed but I really didn't think anything of it. Then, when she woke up around midnight with a barking cough and labored breathing, hubby freaked out, which made me freak out! So we called our neighbor to come over and help hubby give Squirt a blessing. (Thanks Brandon for not going to bed before midnight and always helping out!) We had never dealt with labored breathing until a few months ago when Munchkin got pneumonia. I called the on-call nurse and she said to take her to the ER. So we called my brother--who had also just gone to bed-to come and sleep here so he could listen for the other kids.
We got the ER about 1 am, where they confirmed croup. Our first bout of croup. Apparently croup is a virus that manifests with congestion and a barking cough. Oh yeah, and there is nothing they can do for it! They suctioned her out (and got nothing) and sent us home with instructions to use a humidifier and tylenol if she got a fever, and let her sleep with her head elevated. We got home and tried to sleep in our bed holding her. I layed on my back with her leaning on my stomach. It was not the best night of sleep. She was so fussy and just plain uncomfortable.
The other kids woke up at their usual time of 6 am. And Squirt wouldn't sleep longer than 45 minutes all that next day. So she was uncomfortable and super tired. We got nothing done that day! Just a lot of rocking, bouncing and walking the floor with her. The weird thing was that she ate great! Had all of her bottles and then some. Ate a ton of cereal--she really likes the squash and sweet potatoes.
Then ET started throwing up Thursday night. He feels fine during the day and throws up a few hours after going to bed...usually right after we've gone to bed!
So now is probably not the best time for visitors...unless you like this sort of thing!