dispatch from ear infection central

Things I’ve learned this weekend:

1) Baby Motrin is a gift from the Baby Gods. That is some fantastic stuff.

2) Giving Cate her medicine is sort of like giving it to the cats. It requires both me and Dave – he holds her head still long enough that I can squirt the stuff in her mouth. I tried doing it by myself, and she ended up with a big streak of orange goo across her cheek and into her hair when she jerked her head really fast.

3) Amoxicillin works quickly, however it seems to have given Cate explosive diarrhea. Fun! The past couple of days, it’s been so bad that we’ve had to stick her in the tub and hose her down with the shower nozzle. I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for our shower head on the five-foot extension hose, because man, that sure has come in handy for rinsing off her nether regions.

(On a side note, I am worried sick about sending Cate to daycare tomorrow when she has a massive case of the runs. I’m trying to feed her stuff that will constipate her a bit – meats, cereals, etc. – but if any of y’all have other ideas, please let me know. Meanwhile, I’m going to be trying prayer and making sure that she has a couple of extra outfits in her bag.)

4) I’m not sure if it’s the teething, or the fact that she’s been sick, or maybe it’s just another one of those Baby Milestone things, but Cate has suddenly decided to start waking up in the middle of the night. In the past, she would occasionally sort of halfway wake up and fuss a little while she was finding a new position to sleep in. When I heard her on the monitor, I’d look at the clock and give her 2 minutes to see if she would go back to sleep, and she almost always would. Now, though, it’s like this frantic shrieking, and when I get into her room, she’s standing up in her crib and reaching for me. Maybe nightmares? Who knows. She’s fine as soon as I pick her up, and she’ll fall asleep in our bed in a matter of minutes. It’s making me crazy, though. Mama needs her sleep, and I’m starting to wish that there was such a thing as Baby NyQuil. (There isn’t. I checked.)

7 thoughts on “dispatch from ear infection central

  1. We tried the Yo Baby yogurt a couple of times and she didn’t like it. It’s been a while, though, so I might try it again. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Cheese is also good. Emily gets horrible diarrhea, which leads to horrible diaper rash, with every round of antibiotics. I feel your pain.

  3. BRAT diet is the best recommendation I know of for baby diarrhea.
    Rice (baby rice ceral or regular rice, well-cooked)
    Apples/Applesauce (not juice!)

    The daycare and our ped. swear by it. Nothing but BRAT for several days.

  4. Hey Cindy! Can she stand up AND sit back down all by herself? Sometimes at this age they wake up just to practice, and if they have not perfected sitting down… they’re more likely than not going to cry for someone to help them back down. (Shrug) Just a thought. 😀

  5. Hey, is that the Shannon I know from Memphis? Hi!

    Yeah, she can get up and down pretty easily. For a while she’d freak out when she stood up and couldn’t figure out how to get back down, but she seems to have mastered it. Kind of amazing how much motivation the cats are – one walks by and suddenly she needs to get back to the ground so she can crawl after it.

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