Poor, poor baby has been to see the doctor more times in her short four months than Andrew has in his almost three years.
This week, it's a terrible cough, stuffy nose and her first ear infection.
The ear infection showed up about a week after she got sick with the cold. She woke up crying and wailing a few hours after bed Friday night and then kept it up all night long.
One of the things I like the best about nursing is that it's almost always a fool-proof way to soothe a sad baby. But not a baby with an ear infection. Poor girl wouldn't nurse, couldn't sleep. She was just the saddest thing.
So Caroline's currently on an antibiotic for the ear infection, an antibiotic to help prevent another UTI because she has kidney reflux, tylenol to help with the ear infection pain, an abuterol inhaler to help with her horrendous, conjested cough and Hylands teething tablets because she cut two teeth this week.
I've been feeling so sad for her, but also so thankful. I know that all these things will clear up. The ear infection will be gone within the week and the cold should run its course in another ten days or so. She'll most likely even outgrow the kidney reflux.
Dealing with all this sickness has really given me some perspective. We are so very, very blessed to have these relatively healthy and happy children.
So many families deal with really sick kids who won't get better soon. Many children don't even have access to medicine to make them feel better and recover quickly.
So this week, rather than feel sorry for my baby and Brian and myself that we have to deal with all this medicine and breathing treatments and the snot, I'm choosing to be thankful. Thankful that my baby is so happy most of the time. Thankful that she'll be better soon. Thankful that I have the ability to make her more comfortable even when she is sick.
We really are so, so blessed.