Little Girl Purple

Posted: July 29th, 2009 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Sophie is still brand new, but already she has been colonized by an aggressive invading force of living creatures. Yes, she has thrush in her mouth.

Thrush, by Sergey Yeliseev

Thrush, by Sergey Yeliseev

No, not that thrush. This thrush, a.k.a. Candidiasis, a.k.a. a yeast infection. Her pediatrician assures us that it is quite common and easily treated (I’ve had thrush twice before, due to taking oral steroids for my asthma, and a good anti-fungal got rid of it in two weeks each time).

So now we have an anti-fungal cream (apply to baby’s bottom three times daily) and an anti-fungal mouth goo (squirt into baby’s mouth four times daily) and, just to top things off, we’ve got ourselves a bottle of Gentian Violet, which is a mysterious substance that is not made from Gentian flowers or Violet flowers, but if you ranked anti-fungal treatments on a scale of 1 to 10, Gentian Violet would be King Kong.

The problem with thrush in a breastfeeding infant is that it’s easily transmissable to and from the breastfeeder’s breasts, and when you’ve got a thrush infection in your nipple, 1) it keeps on spreading the love, where “love” means “infection,” and 2) it causes shooting pains that people have described as “like shooting needles through your nipples”, which would be a really handy trick for an assassin or spy, but is not great when all you are trying to do is nourish your baby.

So, while I keep smearing yellowish gunk on the baby’s bottom and squirting more yellowish gunk into the baby’s mouth, Sarah has applied Gentian Violet to her nipples in an attempt to stamp out the invaders as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

If you know about Gentian Violet, then you know that it is bright bluish-purple (hence its name). You also know that it stains anything it comes into contact with that same bright bluish-purple color. Finally, you know that the color doesn’t exactly stay on the first thing it stains, but likes to spread itself around until everything you own has little bluish-purple spots on it. If you’ve watched Arrested Development and remember Tobias Fünke’s non-job as a backup for the Blue Man Group, and the side effects of his blue makeup, you understand what I am talking about. There is bluish-purple on our sink, bluish-purple on our clothes, bluish-purple on our dishes, and bluish-purple on our furniture. We have boxes in our closets that contain items that we haven’t looked at since before we were married, and I’m fairly sure they have bluish-purple smudges on them.

Oh, and the other thing that has bluish-purple stains on it? That’s right: Sophie.

Sophie, feeling Blue

Sophie, feeling blue.

The inside of her mouth is even more blue. She doesn’t seem to mind, and we went out in public today and nobody noticed her unusual coloration (possibly because her face was smooshed into my chest most of the time), but it’s certainly amusing to see!

In an effort to make her shocking purple lipstick less problematic (in a fashion sense), we tried dressing her up in a weather-appropriate matching outfit:

Sophie makes the best out of a bad situation.

Sophie makes the best out of a bad situation.

We’ll keep you updated on the bluish-purplification of our daughter.


2 Comments on “Little Girl Purple”

  1. 1 Meredith Graves said at 7:40 pm on July 29th, 2009:

    Oh I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the fact that YOU HAVE A BABY ^___________^

    Sorry. Still freaking out. xx

  2. 2 raina said at 11:07 pm on July 29th, 2009:

    hehe. the purple stains on those awesome cheeks are kinda fantastic. of course, i wish you guys were not having thrush issues, but the resulting pictures are enjoyable.:)

    funny thing about the Tobias paint stains, is that the first time i saw the show I had NO IDEA why there were stains everywhere, but definitely noticed lots of blue hand prints and stuff and was intrigued.;)