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January 28, 2004

Enter Sandman

We've finally figured out why Scotty M hasn't slept for the past two nights. He has a cold, his first one, courtesy of one of the two sisters whom Ngnat had a play date with last Saturday. The younger was a veritable faucet of snot and, as girls tend to do when being ignored by those bigger and older, paid attention to the smaller and younger--Scotty, in this instance. She hugged him, declared her love eternal, and deposited some rhinovirus for his later use.

Ngnat was a daycare baby, so she was sick for most of her first two years. Ever since SW decided to stay home we haven't had to deal with sickness, other than the contagious flu hysteria. We'd forgotten what a sick kid acts like, so it kind of snuck up on us this time. It's nothing serious. Scotty has no symptoms other than a runny nose, though if it continues long enough he'll be at risk for an earache. The angle of the Eustachian tubes in infants is much flatter than it is later on in life, so they clog up more easily.

It's not much of a cold, but it's enough to wake him up every two hours or so. Once he gets congested enough that it interferes with his breathing, he wakes up. At that point he cries until one of us holds him upright long enough for the mucus to drain down. I was on mucus guard from nine until one last night, and again from six-thirty to nine this morning. Scotty and I spent most of the second period zonked out in the downstairs Lazy Boy. SW took the harder middle watch--she went to bed about an hour ago in anticipation of same tonight. Poor thing had been yawning since dinner, at least.

Scotty went down soon afterwards, after a lengthy rock. I'm a good fit for him right now--he can rest his heat in the upper crook of my arm, and the rest of him just curls into place. I can usually count on pacifier, blanket and daddy lap to put him down deep in about fifteen minutes.

All of which come to naught when I try to transfer him to the crib. No matter how slowly I move, he wakes up the minute head touches mattress. The best I can hope for is that he falls back to sleep once I leave, which does usually happen, but I can never get him down without a protest.

It's nice to have goals, though.

Posted by Bigwig at January 28, 2004 10:37 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

At least yours sleeps in the crib. Ours put us in the emergency room over New Years with some nasty virus, and Ellen hasn't let her sleep in the crib ever since.

And guys always say it would be really cool to sleep in the same bed with two women. Sha.

Posted by: scott at January 29, 2004 08:16 AM

Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
Off to never never land

Posted by: Ole Eichhorn at January 30, 2004 03:36 AM
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