Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Nicholson Family Plague continues...

For the past week, 75% of the Nicholsons have been well. It's been nice.

Matthew's common cold led to Bronchitis and then to an ear infection. He's currently on an antibiotic and breathing treatments. Although he's been sick for about 7 weeks straight, he's still my all smiles little man :)

Oh yeah, and he now has 2 teeth.

Matthew seems to feel pretty good...Only the occasional cough. So, I could see that complete Nicholson wellness was right around the corner.

And then Emily came home from daycare yesterday with a low grade fever.

So much for my vision of wellness.

Her fever reached about 102 last night, then dropped. She woke up with about 102 again today. And so the battle of medicine begins again. My little girl HATES taking medicine. Dada is at the deer lease, so I get to play this game all day by myself.

I've managed to get 2 doses of Tylenol down her, keeping her temperature around 102. As soon as a dose wears off, her fever spikes...103...104...at one point even 105!

So I'm sure I'll be back at good ol' Beaumont Pediatrics bright and early Monday morning, missing my first day of school for '10-'11 already. What a great way to make an impression on my new principal, right?

If you're still reading this, you must love me and/or my kids, so thank you! This pity party I'm throwing myself makes Cory and I confused about my breastfeeding.

I've always known I would breastfeed my children. I have no idea why, but I just never really looked at it as a choice. I honestly thought formula was only for the unfortunate mothers who physically could not breastfeed. First of all, breastmilk is the absolute best thing I can feed my children. God blessed me with this liquid gold, made especially for my children. A perfect match. Second of all, breastfed babies have a higher immune system.

That was definitely true for Emily. She didn't have her first sick visit to the doctor until after her 1st birthday! She went through about 5-6 months when she was sick a lot, and then it just stopped. She's had a few allergies, but she's pretty much been healthy overall.

Until February. She got a cold the week she started daycare. And has been sick, on and off, ever since...stomach viruses, colds, sinus infections, pneumonia...

Matthew, on the other hand, has had more sick visits to the doctor than well visits! But...He's also in daycare.

I thought breastmilk was supposed to protect my children??

Well, I hate to blame The Nicholson Family Plague entirely on daycare, but I just don't know what else to think. Don't get me wrong: this post is not meant to bash my daycare. I have the best daycare in the area. I've spent a lot of time there, and they are clean! I wouldn't take my kids from daycare, even if Mindy Stanley herself offered to keep my kids again! I just wasn't expecting all this sickness.

Okay, that was a slight lie...I'd probably let her keep Matthew ;)

Regardless of the cause, it is frustrating and stressful.

Pressure to be a good Christian and make it to church.
Pressure to be a good wife to my supportive husband.
Pressure to be a good mom to my precious kids.
Pressure to be a good teacher to my new students.
Pressure to post sessions and fulfill orders for Nicholson Photography.

Now I'm rambling. Sorry! Thank you for "listening."

Your reward for reading all that...Photos of my beautiful children, of course!

Emily...m&m's wouldn't even convince her:

She loves her baby brother:






2 comments:

Jes said...

Rambling or not, you're a great role model for those of us who one day strive to be, "a good Christian and make it to church, a good wife to a supportive husband, a good mom to her precious kids, and to post sessions and fulfill orders for a photography business. " ;) Thank you, your posts are always enriching.

Curran said...

I'm so sorry little Emily is sick again. Sure hope things get better for you all.

I've said this same thing:
"I've always known I would breastfeed my children. I have no idea why, but I just never really looked at it as a choice. I honestly thought formula was only for the unfortunate mothers who physically could not breastfeed. First of all, breastmilk is the absolute best thing I can feed my children. God blessed me with this liquid gold, made especially for my children. A perfect match. Second of all, breastfed babies have a higher immune system."

Addison was never sick until she started MDO at 18 months (nursed her until 12 months). She got her first ear infection & shortly after the croup. Now it's nothing for her to get sick (I don't panic like I used to). Hopefully, Alyssa will be fully protected until she's a toddler too. It scares me when itty babies are sick :( She's packing on the pounds with my breast milk, so maybe she's getting lots of good antibodies also. I joke with the pediatrician that I'm going to start breastfeeding Addison again to keep her well!

Hang in there mama! You are doing the best you can & everyone is thankful for you.