Well, despite being vigilant, there’s just no way avoiding it. Obviously one of us brought the nasty bug home and gave it to poor little Ethan, who got his first serious illness at a week shy of his 10 month birthday. Look at his poor runny nose…
Yup, that and a cough and a 104°F fever that didn’t break for almost 2 days, suppressed only by repeated doses of baby Tylenol. The little trooper, as miserable as he was, he still managed to sleep through the nights – and days – cuz his little body was using all his energy to fight off this nasty bugger. Luckily, once the fever went, the little guy sprung right back into action.
Of course, things were complicated by teething pains. Those two big front chompers are bursting out, and well, incessant drooling did cause a terrible cheek rash that no amount of aquaphor and lotion was able to quell. Aww, see those sad puppy eyes saying: “Daddy, Papa, my cheek hurts.”
Poor guy, finally he’s got some hair too, but short of slathering on some styling gel, it looks like he has a perpetual bout of bad hair days.
“What?!?! Stop staring at my frizzy, electrifying hair!”
What’s more, after an entire week being cooped up essentially in his crib and room, no one can blame him for suffering a bit of cabin fever.
“HELLOOOOO??!?! Let me out, let me out, LET ME OUT!”
Luckily, he is easily distracted… “What was that you say? You’ve got some apple sauce?!?!”
These days apple sauce is about the only thing he’s willing to eat though. Since being sick his milk intake has plummeted, and weight-wise he has also shed a pound or so. As worried as we are about dehydration, we’re happy if he’s willing to take in 2-3oz of milk each feeding, but his daily totals only add up to barely 1/3 of what he’s used to eat. Hopefully, his appetite will come back in a couple of days or so.
We’re just relieved that he’s feeling much better and back to his old self. He crawls like a super baby and easily gets up on his knees and feet when he braces against something. Cruising freely should be around the corner soon. What we find amazing is that these little milestones – sitting, crawling, climbing, standing, etc. – appear to occur relatively suddenly. One day out of the blue you just see him do something new. It’s just so amazing, this human instinct, the innate developmental ability.
Oh, and did I mention he’s beginning to verbalize “Dah-dee” and “Bahhh-bahhhh”? Happy 10-month birthday sweetie!