An apple a day does not keep the doctor away
Health & Wellness
We are finally starting to feel a little relief around here from the cold we all caught. Paul’s pretty much fine now, but Nathan and I still have some lingering symptoms. Nathan’s is a snotty nose jammed full of a disgusting amount thick, sticky boogers that coat and then flake off his nostrils. Mine is an insanely suffy nose and ears that are so stopped up that I often can’t even hear my phone ring. All three of us still have chest congestion and a phlegmy cough. But we’re kicking this cold, by golly, and hopefully it will be gone when baby makes his grand debut.
Speaking of stopped-up ears, Nathan asked me a question four or five times today, but I couldn’t hear him. I don’t have the best hearing anyway, but now it’s as if my ears are plugged up with cotten. Everything sounds thick, fuzzy, and unintelligable. I kept telling him that I was sorry but my ears are stopped up. At that, Nathan ran over to me, swept my hair behind my right ear, and peered curiously into my ear canal.
“What are you doing, buddy bear?” I asked him. (He loves being called Buddy Bear. In return, he calls me Mommy Bear and Paul is Daddy Bear. Oh, the cuteness! It burns!)
“Did your ears go swimming?” he asked.
“No, sweetie, they’re stopped up from my cold. That means there’s fluid behind my eardrum, making it hard for me to hear.” He looked befuddled, so a quick Internet search pulled up a diagram of the ear. Nathan is now very proud to know the anatomy of the ear, and he can tell me where the pinna, ear canal, ear drum, middle ear, and inner ear are located. And he smiles with gleeful excitement as he points them out on a diagram.
I love, love, love how he loves to learn!
Well, it’s definitely not allergies. Now Paul’s sick too. We are one miserable lot, I tell ya. And it really sucks that Paul and I came down with it on Mother’s Day, of all days. So prayers that we all get well soon would be much appreciated! I hate being sick, especially when my entire little family is sick!
In other news, I thought of something funny to share. Whenever I go to the gym, I bring my gym bag with clean clothes, shower supplies, a towel, etc. Last week as I was walking in, I was stopped by another lady who opined that she didn’t like me carrying such a heavy bag since I’m so pregnant. I stopped and offered for her to carry my bag for me, but ironically, she quickly changed the subject. She never did carry my bag for me. Which is fine- I’m a big girl and can carry my own stuff. However, why would someone complain about it if they aren’t going to help? It makes no sense.
People say the most absurd things to pregnant women sometimes! Sometimes all you can do is laugh…
So of course Nathan is sick… right around the time I’m due to have this baby. So, that’s not stressful or anything. So now, I’m hoping this baby does *not* make his appearance until Nathan’s better. And juat this evening, I’ve started coming down with it. Sore throat, sneezing, runny nose & congestion. I was just fine earlier and *wham!* started getting sick.
It only seems to be a head cold, but as we all know, something as small as a head cold is fine for adults & older children, but can have dire consequences for newborns. Since their immune systems are immature, a little cold can quickly progress into croup or pneumonia.
I hope Nathan feels better soon. I hate when my baby doesn’t feel well. And please pray that my symptoms miraculously go away because if I go into labor, I really don’t want the added stress of worrying about my newborn getting sick! I’ve been spraying my nose with nasal saline & gargling with salt water… hoping it helps!
Ahhhhh. Guess what I have? A cold. You might be saying, “So what? What’s the big deal about a cold?” Well, when you’re pregnant and you’re limited to a handful of remedies to alleviate symptoms, that’s a big deal. Nasal spray, gargling with salt water, using a netti pot, taking Tylonol… nothing is helping and I feel all whiny and miserable and pathetic right now. My sinuses are throbbing and whenever I roll over onto my side, I feel like my sinuses are about to explode. And now my jaw is aching, my head hurts, my throat hurts, and I’m coughing and sneezing.
So I just had to get all that out. Because when you’re pregnant, apparently you get sick a lot. I didn’t really get colds or illnesses when I was pregnant with Nathan, but now it’s different because Mr. Nathan gets sick from other kids. And a pregnant woman’s immune system is lowered during pregnancy so her body doesn’t reject the baby. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t reject as many cold viruses either. So Nathan shares his colds and germs with me.
Nathan was sick Sunday night and Monday, but he was over it pretty quickly, within a couple days. Fingers crossed that this cold I have won’t last much longer!