Archive for February, 2011

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Maddox spent the early part of last week recovering from a cough and cold he’d had for about two weeks. It was great to see him feeling better, and exciting to have the first weekend in three weeks were we all would be feeling good. On Thursday, his nose starting running a bit more though, and on Friday he had a bit of a cough. It didn’t seem to bad though, so we didn’t think too much of it.

Friday night, around 11:30, he woke up crying. Which is pretty unusual, he often sleeps straight through until morning. We didn’t think much of it until he woke up again at 12:30, and started waking up pretty much every 45 minutes after that. As the morning approached we noticed his breathing was different, a sort of rasping pulling for air. Around 10:00 we went to give him a bath, which is when we noticed every time he breathed in his skin was pulling taut against his ribs, he was breathing very rapidly, and really just seemed to have trouble getting oxygen.

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So we put him in the car and drove to his doctor’s office. We were there for over an hour while we waited for them to try various remedies, including an oral steroid and a baby version of an inhaler. Unfortunately, while the treatments helped they didn’t help enough, and we were admitted to the hospital. It wasn’t until I walked into the room and they gave me the TV channel guide and three days worth of meal planning that I realized this was pretty serious!

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In the end, Maddox was discharged about 24 hours later with their best guess being asthma complications arising from a cold. We’re going to keep him home for a bit while we continue to give him the inhaler and make sure his breathing gets better.

When Puppy and Bobby replace Mommy and Daddy

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A common theme with toddlers seems to be that of their favorite television show or movie, and how they like to watch it over, and over, and over again. It’s one of those things that is worth a chuckle to hear someone explain, and to be glad you don’t have to go through that yourself.

Well, we’re currently going through that, and I can assure you there is nothing chuckle-worthy about it. You really can’t explain what it’s like to watch a children’s movie ten, twenty, thirty times until you are forced to experience it yourself.

In our case, that movie is Lady and the Tramp. All things considered, it’s a pretty good movie, and we should be thankful it’s that and not something like Teletubbies. Maddox refers to the movie simply as “PUPPY!”, which seems like a pretty apt description.

One of the funniest things about this though is how completely entranced he is by this movie, and only this movie. We’ve tried other movies with dogs, but they simply will not do. If we put on, say, All Dogs Go To Heaven, he’ll repeatedly yell “NO! PUPPY! NO! PUPPY!” until we put on the correct puppy movie. Is it the animation? The color? Is he a fan of singing bulldogs in particular? We’re not sure.

In any case, when he watches the movie, he cannot be disturbed. I’m still not sure if he even blinks. This lasts for at least fifteen minutes, sometimes even longer if he’s really into it.

Besides watching that movie at home, we’ve also decided to let him watch his other favorite show, Bob the Builder, or simply “BOB!? BOB!? BOB!?” on the drive home each night. When we initially got the DVD player in the car, I figured we probably wouldn’t use it until we had older kids on long drives on vacation. But it’s been an absolute treat recently. We’ve always felt a bit bad that Mads has to be stuck in his car seat an hour each day, but recently he has really been unhappy on the drive home (perhaps because it’s been dark out?). And while he never watched it before, he’s become completely enamored with Bob the Builder on the DVD player.

So much so, in fact, that when we arrive to pick him up at daycare, it’s no longer “Mommy! Daddy!” but instead “BOB!? BOB!? BOB!?” (picture the scene in Finding Nemo with the seagulls and you can hear what that sounds like).

To balance all that out though, we did decide to eliminate the TV completely on weeknights, so we don’t feel quite as bad.