Wednesday, January 21, 2009
It Has Been a Hard Week: Prayers Appreciated
Well, it started last Friday night when we got back late from Family Fun night at the church and Jackson cried uncontrollably for like 45 minutes. He did not get to bed that night till 10:15...ah! Then Saturday I started to feel terrible (with feminine issues) and I actually had a hard time standing for long periods of time. So, we stayed home Sunday from church. I started to feel much better yesterday and then Jackson was just walking around fussing all day long (with no pacifier in his mouth). I went to change his diaper and noticed he felt warm and sure enough he had a temperature of 100. I was almost relieved because he regressed in speech therapy on Tuesday (he was so quiet!) and I was really depressed about it yesterday before I knew he had a temperature. Last week, he hardly signed at all and tried to say many words and repeated sounds we made. The therapist thought last week that he was crossing the bridge from signing to speaking. But this week he only said a few words...sad. Continue to pray that he will just click with him one day Last week, I really felt hopefully about his speech, but this week I am not feeling hopeful at all. I will be writing a post in the near future on what to do if you child has speech delay.
So today we wake up and Jackson still has a fever of 99.5 and I decided to go ahead and take him to the doctor since we do have a 6 week old baby. She said his throat had some blisters and was red and it was a throat virus. Unfortunately, he is very contiguous and there is nothing we can really do beside wash our hands all the day and spray Lysol. Please pray that Abigail does not get this virus! I know children get sick, but if she gets sick, she is so young she might have to be hospitalized which is so scary. Does anyone have anymore recommendations on how to keep Abigail from getting this virus?
Charlie has church tonight and so I will be by myself with them, so pray for me. Jackson feels terrible and sometimes cries uncontrollably and it makes it hard for me to hold him while I am feeding Abigail. I did find a trick last week. Abigail loves her swing that the Crowsons are letting us borrow. So I can put her in his swing in her room, close the door, turn the baby monitor on, and deal with Jackson...what a blessing! Also, another blessing is that we have not had to feed Abigail in the middle of the night for almost 2 weeks now. She does wake up about every other night around 3 or 5 am but we can usually get her to go back to sleep by either putting her in the bed with us or giving her pacifier to her. So, until she can sleep 3 nights in a row without waking up, I am not putting her in her crib. She is still in the top part of the pack in play (that has a mattress) in our room because it is so much easier (some nights I do not even remember giving her pacifier to her). One night her daddy put her in her crib and she did sleep from 12 am to 5 am. She is eating about 28 ozs a day and I think that is why she can sleep so long and we are still swaddling her although one night she slept on her stomach which was an accident. Some days Abigail only cries like 15 minutes for the entire day and I usually know why she is crying. That is amazing and I am so thankful. Jackson cried about 2 hours every day when he was her age and then when he got to be about 4 months old he just stopped crying and became the happiest baby.
I hope to post about couponing and more topics soon after this virus is gone. Enjoy the pictures. Abigail is so alert and seems to be taking it all in (she also smiles a good bit, but I cannot get a good picture of it...sad). She is living up to what her name means..."father's joy."