It has been one crazy week. I'm going to give the short breakdown, day-by-day, for those of you who aren't Facebook friends! Join more 7 Quick Takes Friday Fun at www.conversiondiary.com!
Saturday, May 5th
I took Alice in to the Emergency Room, because the stomach bug had gotten out of control. My poor 3-month-old baby was emplting her stomach both ways at least 12-14 times in a single day. She was lethargic, spiking fevers, and only had two wet diapers all day. We'd taken her to see the pediatrician on Friday and recieved a list of "warning signs" to watch for. Once we saw them, it was to the ER we went.
Sunday, May 6th
After spending the remainder of the day and all night in the ER, Alice was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital around 2AM on Sunday morning. She was so sick, that it was extremely scary. She was refusing to eat ANYTHING... no nursing, no bottle, not a drop. I have never, ever had any of my other children become THIS ill, especially as such a young baby! Lucy (2) was home with strep throat, so she couldn't be left with anyone but Daddy. Although it was the hardest thing I've ever done, I was alone in the hospital with my baby for 2 days and long nights.
Monday, May 7th
My parents drove all night so that Adam could be with us in the hospital. I had only slept about 30 minutes in two days, so was emotionally and physically wrecked! I was so relieved to see him. They did some more testing and ultrasounds, and it turned out that Alice had a kidney infection on top of the virus she was fighting. It was a very difficult day. She was in a lot of pain. She didn't nurse all this day either.
Tuesday, May 8th
Alice slept all day. She started nursing for about five minutes at a time, which was the beginning of her turnaround. We just took turns cuddling her and got her to nurse as much as she possible could.
Wednesday, May 9th
Alice continued to improve by the hour, increasing her amounts of nursing with every feeding. I took an hour away to attend Ben's preschool "Tea Party" for Mamas, and I was so glad I did! I hadn't seen my little boy for four days and I know how hard he'd been working on the songs. They waited on us hand and foot, and it was quite possibly the cutest thing I'd ever seen. I spent the rest of the day at the hospital with Alice and was overjoyed when we were discharged around 8 PM.
Thursday, May 10th
Alice slept much better at home, and began nursing regularly again. She still isn't herself and will be on antibiotics for the next 10 days, but she is doing so much better. I am so thankful for the care we recieved.
On a happier note, Isabella also had a special program for Mother's Day at school. The kindergarteners had a "Mommy's Makeover" day. I was pampered with hand massages, a manicure, brushing my hair, and she even did my makeup.
Friday, May 11th
All of the sleepless nights caught up to Mom! I had to go in for a left ear infection, eye infection, and yes... strep throat. Alice and I are taking a nusring vacation... spending the days in bed together, taking our medicines, and getting well as soon as we can.
We got wonderful news today that Ben's name was pulled in the lottery for the Two-Way Immersion program offered as a magnet school option in our public school system. There was probably only a 10% chance with the number of applicants this year, and we feel EXTREMELY blessed that he got in! Ben will be in a classroom with 10 English speakers and 10 Spanish speakers. He will rotate instruction... one day in Spanish, one day in English. It is a HUGE commitment on the part of the parents, and he must stay in the program though 5th grade for the best results. By 2nd grade, we will have mastered social Spanish... meaning he can play on the playground and communicate effectively with a Spanish speaker. By 5th grade, he will have a good grip on academic Spanish too. Since siblings are in the first round draft, this paves the way for Lucy and Alice to enter the program too when their time comes. I still am hoping we can get Bella in for first grade, too. SHe is on the top of the waiting list.
Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! :)