Let’s boogie tonight?

Poor baby. Charley was being whiny and fussy, constantly wanted to be held to sleep (okay maybe our fault for carrying her too much during confinement but who could resist isn’t it?) and snorting. Wait a minute, snorting? My poor baby was having a bout of nose blocked and she’s not having it easy.

Charley has been finding it tough to breathe recently. Initially I shrug bit off (Not being irresponsible since I was monitoring her) because babies usually sneeze and the booger comes out. Not this one apparently. This episode happened on a rainy Sunday. It was cold and baby’s nose decided to have a life of its own. The booger was probably so cooled down that it became so sticky and even though we could see it from the outside, it was actually way deeper. We went to a GP since it was a Sunday as the PD was closed. The prescription was given and we bought an equipment to suck the world out of her nose but it didn’t work. As Charley’s nostrils were really tiny, we didn’t want to try to dig out the dirt with a cotton bud only to have the bud stuck inside. With that, we went to the PD the following day since I was also due for a overall checkup. Dr. Ratna’s immediate rescue was to dig out the dirt on the spot. Maybe her magnifying scope makes it all easier but she actually did it with a cotton bud! And oh my, whose booger was that?!

I don’t have a photo of it (I was busy pinning the crying baby down) but I swear that one belongs to an adult. Haha! With that, we went home with a nasal saline spray and a happy baby.

Paying for the doc to dig the nose out sounds really funny when I type it out in words but well, anything for a happy baby. It was quite crazy because baby was finding it so hard to get air in that she woke herself up and started crying really badly.. You definitely wouldn’t want that in the middle of the night. Of course, my current job scope aside to taking care of baby will also include learning to dig her tiny nose. Maybe one day I will become a professional nose digger. Okay not funny. But anything for you my little one.
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Ramblings.

I find it totally fine being a worrywart for my child. Afterall I’m a first time parent and I should be given the chance to be extra attentive to my first (all) child. It’s not because the advices I’ve got from you guys ain’t fantastic. But how could you expect us to tone it down just because you’ve been there and done that? I don’t enjoy being worried but I find that it’s a process for all first time parents and well, we should be allowed to learn from our own experiences too isn’t it?

Just saying.

First-Time Parents

I have been so held up with taking care of Charley that I simply have close to zilch energy to blog recently. Forgive the hiatus.

So what have been we been up to?

Many times people wonder how could one be so busy taking care of baby. Shouldn’t bonding time be free and easy? Not quite so. I could tell you most of my time is taken up feeding and burping baby, trying to coax her to sleep, washing bottles and sterilizing every feeding equipment after using them once..(as recommended by PD because infants have yet to build up their system). It’s a 2-3 hourly feeding at this stage and before you know it, it’s time for next feed. This cycle would pretty much be it for the next couple of months.. And if we get lucky, night feeds gets extended because baby feels like it. So far her best record was set at 6 hours but we didn’t slept alongside to her on that particular night because we least expected a 6 hour stint. Right now, we are on 2-3 hourly night feeds. So imagine waking up to feed the baby every 2-3 hourly, burp her, put her to bed, wash the bottles, sterilize them, sleep, wake, feed the baby, burp the baby… You get the drill.

Most of my friends would read the above and probably say, FYL Mel. As much as I wish to get my beloved sleep time back, I know with a fact that I will never have that luxury of sleep ever with our new family addition. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.. because how long could my little one stay as a newborn? This window of growth would pass by before I know it. So even if I had to sneak a 15 mins sleep just to make sure my baby gets her sleep then so be it. As they always say, suck it up!

Charley currently weighs about 4.4kg and is a tall lady for her age. In another few weeks she’ll be as heavy as a little bundle of rice. It’s quite funny because I can’t wait for her to get to that stage and look all ‘Michelin tyre-like’. It has also been quite crazy setting routine and keeping to it. Newborns don’t take routine very well because its not time to let them cry it out at this age so whenever she cries, we have to soothe her down or pick her up if she gets too clever and knows that crying is the way to go. Well… I can only say that Charley is a clever girl. Haha.

This period of time would be more toiling because she’s still young and there’s plenty of things we’re unsure about. Such as when her nose gets so blocked up and she seems to be short on breath; I was so worried that she can’t breathe at all and we brought her to the PD the next day to get the piece of dirt out. (Okay, we saw a huge chunk of nose dirt in her dainty little nose and we tried using some equipment to suck it out but to no avail, we tried ok!) Or the times where her prickly heat rash gets all over her body and she seems to be really fussy about it. Or her inconsistent output – poop. The list goes on. But once she’s more settled and is at a fun age (3 months onwards), I’m sure we’ll have it easier too.

Forgive and bear with us if we get too anal about baby’s well being at this stage. Trust me, it’s first-time parents syndrome and it will definitely get better! 🙂