Welcome to Motherhood

We’ve been really lucky with Jansen. Minus the teething madness, an occasional fever, and the lump on his arm, he’s been a really healthy little kiddo. That has now changed.

We had big plans for our weekend. We were supposed to go to San Antonio to hang out with a friend of Stephen’s from high school. We were going to stay with Stephen’s cousin, his pregnant wife, and their daughter. We were VERY MUCH looking forward to our weekend.

Thursday night around 2:45 am, Jansen started screaming. I tried to ignore him, hoping he’d go back to sleep, but this wasn’t an ordinary scream. I decided I’d go into his room, help him find his binkie, and then go back to bed. I walked in there and stuck my hand in his crib, searching for the lost binkie. My hand didn’t hit mattress. It hit goo. My immediate thought was that it was poop. I hadn’t put PJ pants on Jansen that night for the FIRST time. So I thought that it was quite unfortunately that he learned to take off his diaper the night he had an explosive poop and no pants. But then the smell hit me. The nostril burning was not caused from poop. It was definitely throw up.

I turned on the light. OHHHH MYYY GOSH. It was everywhere. I got him out of bed, stripped him and his bed, and gave him a bath while he was screaming. Poor baby! I brought him back to our bed where he tossed and turned all night, occasionally waking up to ask for water.

The next morning went alright. He threw up twice but thankfully it was only liquid, and thankfully we were on tile. I thought that maybe it was all over. Nope.

The remainder of our weekend was not spent in SA with friends, it was spent changing diapers every hour.

It’s funny how you let go of all the rules when your child feels like crap. Remember when you were a kid and stayed home sick? You got to watch cartoons all day and eat pudding? Well it’s no different for toddlers. Since my poor little Jansen wasn’t feeling well, the rulebook went out the window. We watched tv and cuddled all weekend, he never got dressed unless it was jammies, and he got his binkie during the especially cuddly times.

What a sweet little cuddle bug! He was SO good all weekend, even though I know he couldn’t have been feeling good. The only time he fussed was when I changed his diaper for the 35th time on Friday. His poor little hiney was so red, it just broke my heart. He’d scream, “No Mommy no!!!” It was awful.

I believe we’re on the mend though. He’s been drinking Pedialyte like a champ and eating pancakes and ciprofloxacin 500 mg crackers non-stop. He’ll be back to new before we know it!

Can I just say that I’m amazed that my baby can take this beautiful of a photo when he’s crabby and sick?

10 Responses to Welcome to Motherhood

  1. Lindsey June 4, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I am so sorry he is so sick and your trip was cancelled. I hope he is onthe mend.
    Adeline has been sick since thursday also but she has just run fever and had congestion so I think hers is a cold.
    I can’t even count how many times I have planned a trip (out of town or just a trip to the zoo with friends) and had to cancel due to sick children, It seems everytime I plan something my kids get sick.

  2. Southern Gal June 4, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Oh, I hate that. For him and for you. Nothing like a sick baby to make us stop in our tracks and be a mommy full on. You’re a good mom.

    That’s a great black and white picture of Jansen.

  3. AshleyD June 4, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Aww, what a bummer! I’m sorry Jansen wasn’t feeling well and y’all missed a weekend you were looking forward to. That picture of Jansen really is gorgeous, though. :)

  4. Lesley June 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    poor litle guy. I hope he is on the mend. The first time my baby was sick, I felt so bad b/c he couldn’t communicate what was wrong except yo want to cuddle 24/7. that is when I knew he was REALLY sick. As much as I hated him being sick, cuddle time made it bearable.

  5. Melissa June 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Ohhhh man the poor baby! This is one of the main things that terrifies me of motherhood. The minute I get sick I start freaking out- let alone having to take care of someone else! I feel like it would just end badly. I think that just means I’m not ready to be a mom yet. You handled your weekend like a pro though, and he really is a freaking cutie even when he’s sick. Glad he’s feeling better!

  6. Tiffany June 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh Jansen, I hope you are feeling better today!! You guys will have to come stay with us another time, we were really looking forward to it!

  7. Kim June 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Hey :) Feed him lots of bananas and toast…and applesauce. It’ll help any remainder of messy diapers and because of that will soothe his bum sooner.

  8. Jill June 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    That picture is beautiful. I hope your little man is as good as new before you know it.

  9. rachieannie June 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    so sorry he was sick! but he looked so comfy cuddling with is mama! how sweet is that?

    drew is teething and went on a horrendous diaper streak the last couple of days. i felt so bad for him because i KNOW he hurt when we changed him because he would just whimper. poor kiddo.

  10. Bethanygp June 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Jansen is definitely a handsome kid. Hope he makes a quick recovery and you and Stephen don’t get it!

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