Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Really? Are you sure?

Apparently, when a baby sneezes right into your face, you can catch whatever virus she's got.


I caught Mia's flu

For some reason, I was completely oblivious of the flu being as contagious when contracted by adults as it is with children. No matter how cute these children are!

Of course I didn't have the choice. I couldn't stay away from Mia since I was the one caring for her.

But I probably could have taken some precautions and maybe avoided her sneezing right in my face quite a few times...

Now I have to avoid breathing in her face as much as possible because the last thing I want is for her to be sick again. Especially that my throat feels like burning rocks (now I know why she wasn't eating well) and I really, really don't want her to be in pain again.

Lesson learned.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Mother's Memorable Moments

This year, Mother's Day was truly special:

It was my very first as a mom.
That alone was enough to make it the most memorable one of my life.

But children always have a way with "perfect timing", right?

For instance my mom tells me that when we were babies and we would get sick, she'd stay at home and complete the usual protocol for such cases until there was no improvement and professional help was needed. Apparently, even the fiercest of fevers would completely disappear once the pediatrician was ready to examine us! What better time to be completely healthy than during an *emergency* visit to the doctor's?

Likewise, when I decided to take on a project, just for a couple of weeks, I came back home after a four-hour meeting and proceeded with Mia's "sleep routine". That evening I thought, well that wasn't that bad, we had managed to put her to bed at a fairly decent hour (around midnight). That very night she didn't sleep more than a couple of hours! She was completely restless! We finally got some sleep at around 5am only to wake up at 11:00; with a major headache obviously. My attempts to focus on work were constantly distracted by the incessant banging of my brain against my skull. If there was even a one percent chance such a night would happen again, there was no way I could submit my deliverables on time or up to standard. So I respectfully declined the offer and went back to my most precious full-time job: Mia.

Of course, children don't do such things on purpose but I guess it's probably just the irony of life reminding you you're a parent now :)
Not that I'm complaining, far from it! This blog itself is a testament to Mia and the way she makes us all a little bit more alive just by being here.
Last Saturday Mia attended her first birthday party. The next day, she was a bit cranky and sneezed a few times, but there was nothing really alarming. She sneezes a lot since she was born and there were no (other) signs that could have led us to be concerned. We took her temperature and everything was normal so we assumed she was nagging a little because of her teeth.

Memorable  Milestone  

(throwing a forth "M" to the mix)

That evening, Mia and her papa gave me my Mother's Day gift as hubby was traveling on business the next day. 
 (A beautiful gift; with a little touch of Mia in it which makes it all that much more special. It's not just any Mother's Day; it's my very first and she is the reason why)

Then came the night.

Our very first insomniac flu night.
Another milestone.
One I would have gladly missed.

Two events to celebarte:
Her first flu on my first Mother's Day

Poor baby was exhausted! She kept crying and screaming in pain! It was truly atrocious. She was so tired and wanted to sleep so badly and yet would keep on waking up coughing the snot stuck in her throat and which was completely preventing her from breathing. She finally managed to fall asleep in the early morning.

Monday, my very first Mother's Day, started like any other day with my Mia ritual: play a little with her while she's still in bed, change her diaper, feed her and then play a little bit more.

But that morning, I cut the last part short and woke up hubby because I had literally not closed one eye that night and couldn't stand straight anymore.

I think I fell asleep instantly only to wake up a little before noon! Now that's what a call a celebration! I mean what other mother of a four-month old wakes up at noon? :)

The rest of the day flew by smoothly mostly with saline solution and nasal aspirators... We've had some crying and nagging but nothing really worth mentioning and most importantly, we avoided fever; forget about sleeping until noon! That alone should call for celebrating!

I am so ecstatic to report Mia slept relatively well last night and woke up at 7 this morning with her usual routine. Except this time she didn't play much and got back to napping quite quickly. Poor baby needs her rest after the past exhausting two days...

Watching her now and totally loving it... Take a peek for yourself :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Aspiration Inspiration

Last night we had our very first family-insomnia festival:
Mia has the flu.

I have to admit I'm a little surprised she hadn't caught any virus earlier, Dubai swarms with all sorts of contagious viral infections.

On Saturday we took her to the mall for her very first friend's birthday. She didn't seem to be cold or anything but who knows why, what we had been dreading for months happened.

We came back home that day and she was restless and continuously nagging for no specific reason. We thought it might have been her teeth because lately, she rubs her gum with anything she can get her cutie little hands on. And I didn't really take her sneezing seriously because she usually sneezes a lot (I think she may have inherited her dad's allergies).

But when she looked at me with a congested, running nose, I got the message (duh!): FLU.

Last night was atrocious.

Poor Mia was crying her heart out the same way she did when she got vaccinated! I couldn't believe my ears! I would recognize this screaming anywhere, any time!

Except last night, it didn't end once the needle was away. This time, it seemed like she was in pain for hours!

Nothing could get her to rest which made things worse because she was exhausted. Yet, there was no way she was going to be able to sleep; snot was getting to her throat every time she was lying down even on her inclined mattress (and even when we were holding her up for that matter) and so she kept of coughing and waking up all night.

Of course, paranoid as I am, I couldn't allow myself to sleep because I was so tired, I was afraid if I do nap even for a little while, I could fall asleep so deeply I wouldn't hear her cough.

We finally got some rest at around 8 in the morning when daddy ran to the pharmacy and got us an "Electro Nasal Aspirator".

It turned out to be very effective!

We already own a small manual nasal aspirator as part of her Mothercare grooming kit which turned out to be completely useless! It was "aspirating" absolutely... nothing!

A friend had previously recommended Chicco's Nasonet which is composed of a tube that goes in the child's nostril and another in the user's mouth to apply suction until the mucous is visible in the tube. I looked everywhere and couldn't find it! (She had purchased it in Lebanon)

Meanwhile, I had already spotted the electric aspirator a few weeks ago at my neighborhood pharmacy, during my "perfect nasal aspirator hunt" but wasn't very excited about using an automatic device because the user cannot control the force at which the mucous is aspirated.

However, following yesterday's nightmare and the painful difficulty Mia encountered to breathe; in addition to the astonishing failure of the manual suction device, we had no choice but to turn electric.

It was actually an excellent choice for that particular emergency situation. We're really happy with the results considering Mia's breathing has dramatically improved. Immediately after we use the aspirator, she can breathe almost normally and it gets her going for a while before we have to repeat the procedure.

I'm very happy mostly because she can finally nap in peace for a good half an hour (her inclined mattress helps tremendously) and eat, which she was not at all keen on doing with a stuffed nose!

I'm still using the electric device quite reluctantly because I don't want to harm her nostrils especially that she wriggles like a little goldfish out of the water so I'll definitely check Chicco's aspirator once in Beirut.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

: I am so tired, I want to go to bed...

Me: No way, you're traveling tomorrow; spend some time with us!

Hubby: I'm traveling every week! Do you expect me to spend time with you every day? It's not fair!

Me: ...

Hubby: Demands, demands... Always demands!...

Happy Mother's Day!

I should probably mention Mia and her papa got me the nicest gift today for my very first Mother's Day :) Yes, he's not always an ass! :P Love you both!