Wednesday, 09 November 2011
My son will be four months old in a few days and he has already had three distinct viruses. This all started when I went back to work two months postpartum. It's okay, you can judge me for that, I realize now that it was too early. I was only desperate to keep my job, health insurance, and amazing benefits, like five weeks of paid time off per year.
Anyway, I brought the first cold home shortly after returning to work. Of course, the baby got sick. What a terrifying time! I was convinced that he would suffocate due to congestion. He got over that one pretty fast, but a few days later he got a stomach bug.
I had no idea what the term “projectile vomiting” meant until it started shooting out of his mouth like Old Faithful. We made it through that, no problem. But, not even a week later, he had another cold, which turned into croup, which sounds a whole lot like pneumonia now.
It is amazing that he is still gaining weight and developing normally. He has almost doubled his birth weight, he's got head control, and he just started rolling both ways. We have been in and out of the doctor's office and received some treatment, but mostly reassurance that he is still developing normally and seems pretty cheerful despite being sick.
I am not particularly worried, but I am curious to know how many illnesses other parent's experienced in the first year. Did stay-at-home kids get sick this often or did they get sick this often when they started school? How did you cope with illness in the first year?