Colds, coughs, sneezes, snots

I think the title sums the last month up. With the return of all the children to day care, all the germs of the world seem to have fallen upon us. We keep trying to figure out how to avoid the constant colds they get: are we dressing them enough? too much? is the heating on/off enough? are 1 tog sleeping bags still OK or should we move on to a higher one? socks or tights? fluffy or jeans jacket? … enough to drive you insane when the lingering cough shows up, yet again, in the morning. Mr H and I also had a “wonderful” run of throat infections that required antibiotics the size of a horse. Suffice to say we’re tired… but managing!

A bit worried about Alicia as her last cold ended up with some aerosols because of a slight respiratory distress. The doctor felt her spleen a bit enlarged and thinks it’s the viral infection she was fighting which, in turn, could have caused the distress. We’ll still be monitoring that closely. I committed the enormous error of googling enlarged spleen and of course it’s all terrible things I don’t want to think about unless they actually happen. Now it’s constantly playing in the back of my mind and can’t wait to see if it just goes away as the paediatrician thinks it should.

Other than that, Alicia is just not progressing towards solid foods like her sisters despite having the most teeth. The paediatrician tells us it’s just a question of maturity of her throat and her swallow reflex and to just give it time. While I know she’s right it’s just frustrating at this 1.5 year mark to still have her eating pureed food (and not that good either!). We need to avoid pushing too hard or creating tension around feeding time to ensure she doesn’t develop negative associations with feeding time. It’s just so hard!!!

The three now roam free around the ground floor of the house which is really fun but also a source of numerous falls and bumps. But it’s clear they enjoy having spaces to go to and hide and play together without everyone watching them. The kisses have arrived too! and it’s the cutest (and sloppiest) thing 🙂

Talking is also starting to happen. We’ve now moved beyond “zapato” and “giraffe” to “cat”, “teddy”, “woof woof”, “doggie”, “ana”, “bath time”, etc. It’s lovely! And they point correctly at most of the things we ask them to show us, they bring stuff, they take stuff to each other, they comfort each other by bringing dummies… and of course, they also shove, push, pull hair, sit on… but that’s old news so I’m not focusing on it 😉

Fun story, our poor Stella has been re-baptised “Caca” (poo, in spanish) as every time they tried to pick up her toys to put it in their mouths we kept telling them “no, caca” so now they point at Stella saying “caca” … oops!




2 thoughts on “Colds, coughs, sneezes, snots

  1. Definitely nothing you can do about the colds. Once they get in any form of child care it comes with the territory. Ours just started pre-school in September and right before they started they came down with a quick 3 day minor cold. A week into school they came down with another inconvenient cold with annoying symptoms. And it made its way through most of the house.

    Definitely also hard to not compare the three as far as progress goes. I forget when yours were born (at X weeks). Ours were born at 29.5 weeks and will be 4 October 23rd. The earlier they come, the longer the list of issues they may have to contend with before things stabilize is. Ours don’t have any issues developmentally, but our son is behind his older sisters talking. That’s apparently normal. But he’s trying hard and catching up fast, building his vocabulary based on their progress. Health wise, when they get colds, the impacts tracks back to their lung development in the NICU. Emma, our middle child, has the most challenges with colds as they get into her chest the fastest and she presents with a horrible sounding cough. She was on breathing assistance the longest. Christopher also tends to get a bad cough when colds strike and bad drainage. Both of them needed breathing help (intubation) after being born.

    Anyway, regarding eating this will likely pass and be replaced with new frustrations as you may end up with picky eaters and days where you wonder what (if anything) they ate.

    Things will continue to get challenging but it is all part of the process. Enjoy the ride and the memories, as there will be many !

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    1. Cheers for that! I know all of it but man is it hard to apply to one self some days! Ours were 32w5d and to be honest Alicia was the only one without cpap since birth that’s why my mind wonders why she got it worse… But more often than that the answer is “no reason”. We’ve been super blessed that so far so good with regards development and serious health issues. Alicia is actually the most advanced in everything except eating so I don’t know why I obsess about it. I think it’s a consequence of NICU stays… I obsess about everything health wise! I’m loving the growing up though, different challenges but oh my so much easier on the body!


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