Sunday, May 6, 2012

Divide, Survive and Conquer

Our life right now can be summed up in three words. Divide. Survive. And Conquer. Lily is now almost a month old (HOLY COW HOW??) ((Not how in the how in the world has she survived way, but in the how in the world has it gone so fast way)).

3 weeks :)
Jackson has adjusted pretty well to having a new little sister around. Well a new little being taking the show from him that is. He has had a few moments of "This is still MY show lil sis" but nothing to theatrical or terrible ;) He is so sweet with her. He loves to cuddle her, hold her, and kiss her.

BOY does he love to kiss her.
Which brings me to the title of this post. There has been something terrible in our house. Lurking around for about a week and a half, causing this house some distress. And yesterday, it almost took us down. BUT we divided, managed to survive and conquered it. What was it you ask? A BUG. Not a creepy crawly oh lets squish it bug, but a VIRAL or BACTERIAL cant see it but its taking over our bodies bug. Now I wont point fingers bc you can never tell where a bug truly came from, however I had a little stomach issue a few weeks back. Assumed it was post partum hormones, food choices and yada yada. Welp, last weekend (Saturday) Jackson was in the car with Taylor and Taylors brother John. They were on their way home from picking up dinner for us all and Jackson upchucked his pb&j, pears and Pirates Booty all on himself and his carseat. Yuck. Serious Yuck. THANK GOD they were just around the corner from the house when this happened. We pulled poor, traumatized 3 yr old from the spewage swamp that was once his carseat.  Jackson NEVER throws up. Like, EVER. So this kinda had us spooked. Especially with a defenseless, little, almost 3 week old in the house.
Divide, Survive and Conquer, take one. I cleaned him up (to which he repeatedly apologized for messing up his shirt, his car seat and throwing up. :( Then he said to me so sweetly as I was drying him off from his bath, 'Thanchoo momma for cweaning me up, I wuv you'. And hearts. Poor sweet boy) Taylor and his brother (god bless him) took on the car seat and eventually we tucked him into bed and thought we were good for the night, it must have been from the hot dog he ate at lunch. (Hot dogs can make a stomach up turn if not properly cooked my friends. Trust me on that.) He had no fever, no other symptoms. Just a sidenote, DO NOT google stomach bug without fever. If I didnt trust my mommy instinct so much I would have thought due to the internet that he had a twisted intestine. UGH. Cut to an hour later. Lily is crying bc we hadnt filled her tank up enough (Havent posted about this yet but this girl CAN EAT. AND must eat and be FULL before bed or no sleeping for her) and he throws up everywhere in his bed.
(Proof of happy baby after eating)
So Divide, Survive and Conquer take two. Taylor strips bedding,changes and consoles number 1, I take number 2 and top her off with food to stop her screaming and put her to bed for sleepy time. Whew. We did it. We.Feel.Like.Rockstars. Mostly bc we didnt bite each others heads off. We were so nice to each other. Weird. ;)
Another hour later. Screaming from number 1's room. (Feeling less like rockstars now)
Divide, Survive and Conquer take three. Taylor enters, and we have more throw up. This time it wasnt much and Jack managed to put almost all of it in the bag we so generously left for him. (small feet dont get to the toilet too fast...). I realize quite quickly we MUST at all costs keep the two little ones seperate (they had been already but now I knew for sure).  Jackson was crying now and very upset bc he just 'wanted to sleep with us' pwease. :( I kept saying you cant bc of Lily, etc etc. and he says 'But I pwomise Ill be quiet and wont wake her up, just pwease let me sleep with you'. BIG :( Poor babe. Taylor takes the rest of the night shift in bed with Jack and I stay in our room with Lily.
Next morning, he was fine. Starving, energetic and fine. Soooo we assume that it probably was just a little yuckiness from hot dog. RELIEF.

The week goes on. Everyone is doing well. Wednesday Taylor comes home complaining of upset stomach, nausea, etc. Great. Give him an immodium. He feels better, Friday he still has stomach issues. Saturday morning Lily throws up. Then again. And again. Awesome.
Divide Survive and Conquer revisited. Taylor is in process of mowing, so he and Jack work in yard then have a little fun in the sprinkler. I bathe and soothe number 2. She manages to keep down a couple ounces of formula. Still has wet diapers, no fever, active, happy, not upset about throwing up. But still call Dr, bc I want to make sure we are doing everything right. We are. Yay. Rockstars again. (kidding). So we all take a nap. Jackson wakes up from nap and has a gross green discharge coming from a slighly irritated pinkish eye. Um. Yeah. That would be pink eye. OH MYYYY GAWWWWW. Rockstar status REVOKED.
Divide, Survive and Conquer take, oh heck, I dont know which take it is anymore, lets just go with survival mode. LOL. We immediately start keeping it wiped clean with warm, wet towels. Not getting better, not really getting worse either. I call Dr. Again. Sigh. This time its about my other kid. They ask me the gammut of questions and call in a prescription for eye drops for us. Jackson NEVER gets sick but somehow since we brought Lily home he has managed a stomach bug and now pink eye. Which he has never had (nor have I for that matter). Lily is doing same. She keeps most down but is still vomitting a little bit. SO dr says to take her off formula and go straight to pedialyte. Dr. says give her 1-2 tsps every 5 minutes for 4 hrs. If she keeps it down double it and then after 8 hrs of no throw up switch back to small amounts frequently of formula. Well remember what I said a few paragraphs up about food, night time and Lily? Yeah. You can imagine 1-2tsps went over really well to a almost 4 week old who is hungry and ready for bed. HA. So I caved. After she was screaming for about 30 minutes even with the pedialyte coming every 5, I up'ed it to an ounce and then 30 minutes later another ounce. This seemed to satisfy her a bit more. She ended up keeping all the pedialyte down, so at 2am she was able to have formula. Kept 2 oz down, then kept another ounce and a half down 3 hrs later and then another 2 ounces down 3 hrs after that. Jack woke up a few times in the night with 'bugs in his eye'. Nothing a warm, wet washcloth and mommy love couldnt take care of. This morning we have MINIMAL eye boogage, and the eye is less red/pink than it was last night. YAY. Can I say how grateful I am that my child takes eyedrops (and meds too for that matter) like a champ. LOVE HIM.
We have survived! Everyone is on the mend and THANK GOODNESS Taylor and I are okay and healthy.
This is what its like to have two huh? Utter chaos. Craziness, Love, Laughter, and I stand by order to survive, we must divide and conquer. I love my husband. There is no one else Id rather divide and conquer with. ;) Now lets all say a prayer that next weekend we stay healthy. These weekends havent been too relaxing around here. And we need one for sure.

***Update, Lily has thrown up 2 more times. So we have a dr apt this afternoon. She still is happy, and no fever and not dehydrated so hopefully its just from too much formula to soon. Sigh.
******Update Lily is all better, getting back on formula slowly, Jacks eye is almost completely healed. So I would say Jack is at 96% and Lily is at 85%. Oh and at the dr apt she is weighing in at 8 1/2 pounds. YEAH!! Told yah little stinker loves to eat :)


  1. BLESS YOUR HEARTS!! I am praying that everyone gets well and stays well! You two are great parents, hang in there!! HUGS from Aunt Mimi!

  2. I read this and reviewed it... I just can't understand why y'all missed church this morning? :-)

    Mama... it's not all this bad. Things will look up. Praying for a good dr. report and better week ahead.

  3. :( Poor things! We didn't know all this was going on. Sure hope Jackson and Lily get over the crud soon.

  4. I just read this and had flashbacks to when the boys both had rota virus at 4 months. Nearly brought me to the fetal position just thinking about it! Keep moving forward on the ever- changing chaos! Glad you have a great perspective and sense of humor!