An update on Khloë’s illness

As Khloë’s symptoms were not improving, and her cough and rattling breath was worrying me, I took her to see her doctor late Wednesday afternoon. On Monday she had seen a nurse practitioner, but this time it was her family physician. Dr K took a look at her and said that it looked like bronchiolitis.

She sent us down the hall to the ER (the health team is located in a hospital) and we checked Khloë in. They took us right away. She was examined by another doctor and given a steroid drug that would help with her breathing and breaking up the mucous. Khloë was getting upset by this time; she really wasn’t feeling well and didn’t like the constant poking and prodding. The doctor sent us to the X-ray department because she wanted to rule out pneumonia.

Jordan had to put her in the Pigg-O-Stat, a contraption that looks like a torture device to children (and to Mommy). She was closed in with her arms above her head, crying because she didn’t know what was happening; I felt so terrible for having her in there. The technician took the x-rays very quickly, though, and within minutes Khloë was out. She looked so pathetic and sad in that thing.

After that ordeal, we went back to see the ER doctor. She said she’d had a look at the scans, but without a radiologist there to examine them, she wasn’t 100% certain it was pneumonia. She said she could put Khloë on an antibiotic that it may turn out she didn’t need, or we could wait until the next morning for the radiologist to view the scans. We decided to wait for the results.

Because Khloë wasn’t nursing very well with her difficulty breathing, I woke up at 4 am Wednesday morning with a severe pain in my left breast. Mastitis struck again! By 10:30 am I had developed a fever, headache, and chills. Khloë and I slept most of the day until it was time to see Dr K. At Khloë’s appointment I mentioned that I was sure I had mastitis again. One quick peek, and Dr K wrote me a prescription for clindamycin.

So we went home with sick baby and antiobiotics for Mommy.

Thursday morning Khloë seemed in better spirits. The rash on her face and torso had disappeared. However as the day progressed she got fussy and began to cluster feed. She still isn’t feeling well but she was at least breathing better. I continued to give her Tylenol to help her sleep.

By today (Saturday), I could tell she’s feeling better, though she does have a lingering cough. We plan on heading to Kingston for a few days to visit family. Unfortunately, I came down with a cold Wednesday night and I feel pretty miserable right now.

Khloë visits a farm (and her first illness)

…The Agriculture & Food Museum in Ottawa to be exact!

We spent the weekend at Serena & Cheepow’s. Our two year old niece, Zoë, liked having baby Khloë to “play” with. Mostly she would sit beside her and watch me change the baby’s diaper, dress the baby, or nurse the baby.

On Saturday Jordan and I decided to use his sister’s free pass to the Agriculture Museum to take Khloë to see the animals. We bundled Khloë up against the chill and put her in the stroller for the first time. She seemed comfortable and didn’t fuss.

First stroller ride

First stroller ride

The museum is not all indoors. Basically you walk from building to building to see the animals. There were cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. We also listened to a talk about honey bees and saw the cows being milked. I think it would have been more enjoyable in better weather; it was muddy and a little cold when outside.

Look, it's a cow!

Look, it’s a cow!

Look, it's a tractor!

Look, it’s a tractor!

Watching the cows get milked

Watching the cows get milked

Before leaving I tried to nurse Khloë in a quiet corner in the Learning Centre but she got really fussy and wouldn’t drink. I figured she was getting tired and needed her nap. We took her back to the house and I put her down for a nap. She seemed a little stuffed up but I didn’t think much of it.

By 1:30 am on Sunday morning I had to suction the snot out of her nose because she was having a hard time breathing. I kept waking up to the sound of her choking on mucous. Later in the morning, after nursing her, she was really fussy and nothing would make her happy–definitely not the norm for our girl. We all headed to church and I kept thinking to myself that I should have stayed at the house with her. Mother’s intuition! She cried almost the whole time and I spent the whole service in the nursing mother’s room trying to console her. She didn’t want to nurse and finally slept about 30 minutes. Her nose was still pretty clogged.

Back at Serena’s she finally had a good breastfeeding session and fell asleep for two hours. When she woke she had developed a nasty cough. I gave her some infant’s Tylenol because I was afraid she was getting a fever. The medicine seemed to improve her spirits enough to do a little photo shoot with her cousin.

Photo shoot at Aunt Serena's

Photo shoot at Aunt Serena’s

Khloë & Zoë

Khloë & Zoë

We got all packed up and made the 2.5 hour drive home; Khloë slept almost the whole journey. I gave her more Tylenol to help her sleep, suctioned her nose again and fed her. In between doses she was able to sleep but her breathing and coughing sounded awful.

As soon as her doctor’s office opened Monday morning I called and made an appointment. The nurse practitioner confirmed Khloë most likely had a virus and that we were to continue to give her Tylenol, nurse her as much as she wants, and let her sleep. She checked Khloë’s ears and chest, which sounded clear, and said that the mucous was all in her sinus area. Hopefully this illness doesn’t last more than a couple days; my poor girl is miserable and I miss her beautiful smiles. And I think she might be passing her cold on to Mama…

Khloë: 7 weeks old

Baby Girl is a growing machine! She nurses like a champ, spits up a lot, but still continues to gain weight. A few days ago she weighed just over 11 lbs. She’s still in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing fits her well. A few onesies are getting snug in length and belly, but that’s probably just the brand. The onesie in the picture is one of the snug items!

7 weeks old

7 weeks old (January 21)

On the weekend I ended up having to go to the ER in Deep River for mastitis. My right breast had a swollen, hot, red patch that was incredibly painful. The night prior, I had suffered from headache, chills, fever, and sweats. I thought I was just getting sick but a friend tipped me off that it could be mastitis. The doctor took one look and said, “Yep, that’s an infection!” and wrote me a prescription for clindamycin. I have been taking the pills all week and only have another two days to go. Some of the antibiotic does enter the breastmilk, but I was assured not a significant amount. By Sunday night, poor Khloë had suffered from diarrhea all day. I only realized that’s what it was after changing the ninth dirty diaper and looked it up in a book. I quickly called TeleHealth and the nurse advised us to take her to see a doctor. So back to the ER at 9 o’ clock at night–but we were the only ones there so it was a fast trip. The doctor wasn’t worried as Khloë was still drinking and wasn’t getting dehydrated. She said just to keep an eye on the poop to make sure there’s no blood.

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Dressed for church

Dressed for church

Khloë still sleeps a lot during the day. When she’s awake we play hand games or go on her play mat. She gets excited when we put her on the change table and she is definitely starting to smile at Mommy and Daddy. For such a happy girl, a few evenings a week she gets really fussy with gas pains and cries constantly. It’s hard to handle seeing her in pain and not being able to make it all better.

I don’t know how long baby acne lasts, but her face is always covered in little red splotches.

Second trimester: Weeks 18 – 21

Week 18 (July 15)
The cold was gone by this week, but I was left with a persistent cough that kept me up at night. I have had a craving for peanut butter on toast. Mid-week, while I was sitting at my computer, I had a sharp pain at the top of my belly (right side) that lasted maybe 20 seconds. It spread to my back and was quite painful. I was a little concerned but it only happened the one time that day. For the rest of the week I would get that pain a couple times throughout the day but it would be very quick and not leave me breathless like that first one.

On the 19th, while sitting on the couch, I felt something poking behind my belly button. It happened 3 times in the span of 15 minutes so I believe I finally felt the baby kick! A storm rolled in that afternoon and I lost power and water for 2 days, which wasn’t fun.

I also dropped off urine sample at the end of the week. Next midwife appointment is August 1st.

Weeks 18-19

Weeks 18-19

Week 19 (July 22)
The pains at the top of my belly continued so I left a message on the non-urgent line. I just wanted to make sure that what I was feeling was normal. Suki called me back and said it’s probably just muscles stretching and organs moving around. No other symptoms to report. I’ve gained 11 lbs total.

Week 20 (July 29)
The anatomy scan ultrasound! Drove to the big hospital early as instructed. They were behind so we had a bit of a wait. I didn’t drink as much liquid as last time, but rather than water I drank orange juice. I think the scan lasted a good 45 minutes. The technician was super nice. She told me that the baby’s head is pointing down and the bum is upward, with the feet out to the right. At the end of the ultrasound, she brought Jordan in and showed him the baby and pointed out that we are having a baby GIRL!

At the end of the week I saw the substitute midwife again. She explained that everything looked great with the ultrasound. Placenta is in the front and there’s a normal amount of amniotic fluid. We heard the heartbeat again (140 bpm) and Baby Girl is in the right spot. My urine sample showed no UTI. Blood pressure normal. Up 12 lbs total. Next appointment I will see Suki, on August 30th.

Weeks 20-21

Weeks 20-21

Week 21 (August 5)
So far this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful. Nothing new or weird to report for this week, other than gaining a total of 14 lbs so far. My belly seems to have popped out!

Second trimester: Weeks 14 – 17

Week 14 (June 17)
After a busy two days in Kingston visiting family and playing with my nephew, I woke up with what I found out to be round ligament pain. When I stood up or walked, it felt like a pulled muscle in my lower belly. I spent most of that day on the couch. After plenty of resting my body, I felt better. Up another pound this week for a total of 5 lbs gained.

Weeks 14-15

Weeks 14-15

Week 15 (June 24)
Nothing new to report for this week in regard to symptoms. I experienced normal aches and pains and continued to eat apples and blueberries every day. Started using Palmers massage cream on my belly. Total of 6.5 lbs gained.

Week 16 (July 1)
Had an appointment with the substitute midwife on July 4th. She took my blood pressure (normal) and weighed me (up 9 lbs total). She had me pee on a stick that checks for proteins and other stuff in your urine. Then I climbed onto the exam table and she palpitated my stomach. The baby was sitting just below my navel, which she said was where it should be at this point. This time she found the heartbeat, which was really cool to listen to! At first the heartbeat was 140 bpm, then it sped up to 150 bpm after the baby moved around a bit. She gave me a requisition and sterile bottle that I need to pee in and bring to the lab at my leisure. The second trimester anatomy scan was booked for July 29th at the large hospital. I will be 20 weeks at the time and Jordan will be home to go with me!

I joined a free Prenatal Nutrition group that meets Wednesdays. We made egg and cheese melts for lunch.

Weeks 16-17

Weeks 16-17

Week 17 (July 8)
I had spent the past weekend in Kingston for Ashe’s second birthday party. On the Saturday, just before I hit 17 weeks, I woke up with a runny nose and very sore throat. I ended up driving home on the Monday, feeling like crap, cutting my visit short. The rest of the week I suffered from a nasty cold. I took Tylenol for my headaches, sucked on Vitamin C Halls for my throat, and went through box upon box of tissues. By the end of the week I had developed a phlegmy cough. I had to skip this weeks Prenatal Nutrition meeting.