2 years, 5 months

Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Sophie, happy to be on a walk with Dad!

I was all ready to declare this a quiet month, and then last week happened! We spent last Friday evening in the ER with Sophie, who was having an asthma attack that was not responding to the rescue drugs the way it is supposed to. She had a few rounds of the rescue medicine in a nebulizer (which makes the drug into a mist she can easily breathe in) and a dose of prednisone. The prednisone stabilized her and she started to feel better, so once she was stable they let us take her home to bed. She was okay after that, other than the fact that the 3 days of prednisone she took to help keep her stable made her wired and unable to fall asleep until very late each night. Now she is off of that and on a daily maintenance drug as well as rescue medication as needed. We are also the proud new owners of our very own nebulizer. In one week, we went to the ER, pediatrcian, or pharmacy basically every day for 5 days, and I am exhausted. But! Our baby can breathe properly now, which is of course worth every second and penny of this draining experience, and I’m relieved to have more of what we need to deal with this now (nebulizer, drugs, an official diagnosis, and so on).

Did I mention we had not one, but two flat tires in the past week, also? None of these events were concurrent, for which I suppose I am grateful, but…really?

Sophie has been a bit stressed and tired because of all this, but she’s still full of verve and recovering nicely!

She relieves stress by busting a move:

Big dance number

Since we lost some time there, Sophie and Kelly and I have been doing a lot of Christmas preparations this week. Kelly has been doing some of my running around for me, and yesterday we all wrapped a ton of Christmas gifts together. It has been great. Here are Kelly and Sophie, matching their outerwear and facial expressions!

Kelly and Sophie rocking matching sweatshirts and funny faces. ;)

Edited to add Sophie quotes for this month:
On seeing a yard ornament of a reindeer pulling a sleigh, Sophie said “Mama, look! It’s a goat…pulling a rack.”
On tripping and faceplanting on the sidewalk: “A big fell camed! But I am okay.”
On waking from a dream: “Daddy, you are a bear!”
She also named her borrowed Playmobil family: Frank (a fisherman), Owen (the presumed mom), Thuthy (the girl) and Jimmy (the boy).
And, Sophie shaking a jingle bell: ““This is a jingle bell! I can jing it!”” (Thank you Kelly, for remembering that!)

As part of learning to use and tolerate the nebulizer, we have been singing Christmas songs while we do breathing treatments. Sophie is now well versed in “Up On The Housetop” and “Jingle Bells”, as well as Tori Amos’ version of “What Child Is This/Nowell”, and Rudolph. We have also been reading a variety of picture book interpretations of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, featuring everything from very traditional Tomie DePaola illustrations to a version set in…Africa? and illustrated by Rachel Isadora. Sophie has been waking up spouting lines from the poem. It is super cute.

My little flower child...

We decorated the tree when Kelly’s friends Nathan and Dave were visiting. It was a nice little party, and Sophie was super excited. She decorated the bottom branches in the traditional childhood style – several ornaments to a branch, very close together. Some of them have stayed exactly that way, some were slightly redistributed. We like to light up the tree upon waking in the morning and only unplug it before bed. Sophie is as big a fan of Christmas trees and hot chocolate as I am, so we are having a grand old time around here lately. Well, you know, when we’re not having periods of bizarrely air-themed bad luck!

Sophie took great pride in decorating the tree.

Happy holidays to all, be cozy, and drink some hot chocolate while gazing at some pretty lights, okay? Sophie and I highly recommend it.

2 Comments on “2 years, 5 months”

  1. 1 Kelly said at 9:08 pm on December 17th, 2011:

    Sophie says, shaking a jingle bell, “This is a jingle bell! I can jing it!” :)

  2. 2 Cindy Freebern said at 4:53 pm on December 18th, 2011:

    Wonderful update, Sarah! Glad things are on the upswing for all of you!