Happy New Year

The pink stuff is no longer pink.  Something I discovered on 1/1 when filling two prescriptions for Frederick after our urgent care visit.

The poor dear had a terrible cough for a month and one week of respite. Then he got it all over again, only this time with a fever and lack of appetite and wheezing. After 12+ hours of it getting worse, not better, we decided that our New Year’s Day plans would include a visit to the urgent care.

The doctor he saw recommended a nebulizer treatment there in the office. She said he had retracted breathing, a term with which I was unfamiliar. Basically I think it means “labored breathing.”  She also said his one ear looked red, so that’s where the un-pink stuff (amoxicillin) comes in.

Frederick, the chillest baby, tolerates the nebulizer quite well. Taking oral medicines, on the other hand, not so much. His highly-evolved gag reflex and tongue protruding technique make it difficult to be sure any medicine has made it past his gullet at all. But overall he appears to be feeling better, despite the occasional abuse he takes from his older brother.

Henry has been delightful and helpful and always wants to soothe his little brother. He looooves to hold his brother. He especially likes to walk around holding Frederick, like he’s seen his older cousins, John and James and Allison doing. He’ll hold the almost 14 pound little guy for about 5 seconds and then hand him off. He’s generally good about letting us know that he wants to plunk the baby down. Again, Frederick tolerates it pretty well. Maybe older siblings help create an environment for more relaxed second children?

Anyways, despite the inauspicious start to the new year, I am looking forward to a wonderful year and sharing some of the moments right here with you.

Happy New Year, everyone.


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