Where have I been? I’m not even sure where to start as this week has been such a huge blur. Our daughter got healthy, so we took her back to daycare on Wednesday morning. Thursday her temperature rose throughout the day and I was summoned by daycare to take her home early since her fever eclipsed the 102 degree mark.
Anna just can’t catch a break. Early Friday morning I took her temperature and it was over 103 so we visited our pediatrician’s office. They looked her over and deemed her okay, just fighting something off. She’s had a fever on and off all day, causing me to stay home with her.
As parents we’ve been thoroughly tested this week. It is our hope that tonight (Friday night) her fever will finally break and she will kick whatever virus she has to the curb. We’re prepared to stay up all night, drive her around town, sleep on the floor of her room, or take her to the hospital if needed.
My wife and I make a good team as parents, but damn is this ever tough on us. Unfortunately we find ourselves second guessing our abilities and “over-tinker”. Did my wife wean too soon? Is she really allergic to milk-based formula? Maybe the soy-based stuff isn’t helping since she’s now constipated? Could she be teething? If she is teething, does that explain why she’s not eating as well since her gums are probably very sore? Should I really be teaching a five month old baby French? Are we over thinking this whole damn thing? Anyone got a Chill Pill?
We have no clue what’s going on with her little body. All we can hope is that a couple days from now she’s back to her old smiley self, flirting with her parents before bed time. This reminds me how we felt around week ten of the pregnancy and similar to the first week home with her… aw, the great unknown.
My current state: not showered in three full days, my throat is sore, my eyes propped open by caffeine, recent haircut, and my love for my wife and daughter is unwavering. Do me a favor and hug your parents and/or partner this weekend. No excuses, do it!