Hello, all! Unfortunately, I am writing this from my daughter’s hospital room as she naps on her daddy. Our little one’s first Christmas was not exactly what we pictured. Before we get to the sad story, I want to share all the fun things we did.
The Saturday before Christmas, we went to my husband’s home town to celebrate. Baby K had SO much fun with the other kids.
Santa came and gave presents to the little ones.
Baby went to bed after Santa, and we hung out with everyone downstairs! We had to share a room with her which woke her up when we went to bed. She wanted to cuddle haha!
That Sunday, the boys went to shoot guns, and the girls hung at the house. It was a fun weekend!
The day started great, and we opened our stockings. This is a tradition that my husband and I have had for years.
I was able to get a quick workout in before we headed to my hometown to celebrate with my family. We ate pizza, and baby K got to see all of her cousins. We had a blast!
When we got home, we noticed she was a little congested, so we gave her a bath with baby safe oils, and used the humidifier in her room.
About an hour after putting her to bed, she was crying a lot, so my husband got her up to check on her. She vomited everywhere (including all over grandma). We held her for a long time before putting her back in her room. We barely slept, so we stayed up watching IT Chapter 2. What a Christmas movie, right?
Baby K seemed to feel better, so we played and opened presents.
I made a super yummy casserole for breakfast! I made two different versions side by side (mine is on the right with more veggies and sweet potatoes, while the left side had sausage and white potatoes).
Once the baby got up from nap she didn’t want to eat or play, and was pretty lethargic. She had a high fever and ended up spending most of the day napping on me. My husband’s family came over, but baby K wasn’t interested in opening presents because she felt so bad.
We gave her a bath before bed. She had a rough night full of crying and coughing.
THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS:
I called the pediatrician and got her an appointment for that morning. He diagnosed her with pneumonia, and sent us home with antibiotics. She had one dose before a nap. It was lasting a long time so I tried to wake her up, but she was not very responsive. It was a warm day, so I took her outside to see daddy and she threw up.
We brought her inside to clean her up when I noticed that her chest was retracting. We immediately took her to the ER.
They got us in quickly, and her oxygen levels were low. She was dehydrated and still so out of it. I was absolutely terrified. I am so thankful for my husband who always stays calm in these hard situations.
They gave her IV fluids and antibiotics, did a chest x-ray and blood work. They decided to transfer her to the Children’s hospital by ambulance (I got to ride with her, and my husband drove our car).
She was admitted, but the process took a long time, and we didn’t get into the room until well after midnight.
Baby slept so well, and knowing she was getting the care she needed eased my mind so much. The extremely stiff couch in the room was pretty awful, so my husband and I didn’t sleep much.
Baby woke up and actually wanted to eat!
She is still on oxygen and IV fluids and we will be here at least one more night. She has been sleeping a lot of the day, and is working to fight off her illness. I’m ready to have my spunky, healthy, silly baby back.
Please keep her in your prayers.