Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sometimes being a mom is scary

This morning it sure has been at least. Baby woke up ridiculously early (again) this morning, and started crying pretty much from the moment I laid him down on the changing table to get him out of his PJ's, and didn't stop until he finally fell asleep for a short nap (before we head to the pediatrician's in a little bit). But that's not all.

He's been on a bit of a food strike the last few days. Suddenly, favorite foods like jelly sandwiches are tossed aside and rejected, and even pasta was rejected yesterday. As a result, he's not eaten much, so I thought for sure that he was just hungry. We sat down to a breakfast of oatmeal (because waffles and pancakes are very passe to Baby at the moment), which he tolerated about half a bowl of. That was pretty good. As soon as we sat down in the living room, though, he was a mess again. He was crying so hard that I think he was a bit hysterical. He didn't stop until I offered him his sippy cup with some water in it, but as soon as he decided he was done with the water, he went right back to crying. And it wasn't like "darn it I'm mad" crying, it was pathetic crying where he wanted me to hold him nonstop.

I thought maybe he was still hungry, so I offered him some Cheerios, which he dove into hungrily, and shoved a ton in his mouth. I should have tried to dig them out, but I didn't, he started to chew them, and then started choking. I totally froze. I didn't know what to do. At some point, I started patting his back hard, and screamed for Husband, who hadn't yet left for work, and ultimately Baby vomited all over me, but stopped choking. I handed him to Husband so I could clean up the mess, and just tried to keep it together. I failed in that respect, and totally freaked out about what could've just happened. Baby continued crying, and after I cleaned up the mess, I called the pediatrician and set up a sick baby appointment for later this morning. I laid him down for a nap, and it took him a little while to settle down, but he's quietly asleep now.

Crap, I spoke too soon. He's up from his nap and crying again already. I almost hope he's sick, just so the pediatrician can tell me something other than "it's just a phase." If this is going to be just a phase, I'm sorry, but I might need to do some bawling too. Wish me luck.

10 comments:

ModernMom said...

Ear infection? The one time my babe was completely inconsolable it was her ears. Hang in there:)

Margo said...

That sounds very scary. Becca has choked a few times like that. If I can't get whatever it is out of her mouth soon enough (usually a large chunk of food, because, you know, little cut up bits are for babies..) she will gag until she vomits it out on her own. And I'm always a little shaky afterward.

I hope he just has a tummy ache. Those are bad, but at least they don't last long. It sounds like maybe his picky eating has caught up with him. That, paired with a growth spurt, could cause a very unhappy, and uncomfortable, little man.

((HUGS)) Hang in there. Hopefully everything is back to normal by later today.

Elizabeth said...

ModernMom, are you an MD? It is indeed an ear infection, one of the worst my pediatrician has seen in a while. Now, Baby is doing a little better, he's had the Ceflex and some Motrin and the tears seem to be taking a break (although that could be because I broke down and turned the television on). Stay tuned and thank you for the well wishes!

kyooty said...

My guess is sore throat? Temperature or new teeth. something that makes eating painful

Future Mama said...

Awe, man girl. I'm so sorry about your hard week! I hope he feels better too. I'm so glad he didn't choke too bad... I'm sorry he thew up on you though, that's no fun!

Poor baby, you're such a good mom for being there for him. Although he can't tell you, I'm sure he appreciates it a bunch! :)

Lizzie said...

poor little guy :( and poor you too :( my daughter cried ALL THE TIME when she was little. i thought i was going to lose my mind!!! there were many afternoons i would put her in her crib and just sit on the front porch away from the crying for 15 minutes and listen to silence. i hope everything turns out OK with the doctor.

ModernMom said...

Not an MD! LOL Just a Mommy who has been through that "What the hell is wrong with my baby..I'm doing everything she needs, I'm rocking, loving feeding and nothing is working and now I want to cry" I guess I could feel it in your post!

Good news in your babe will bounce back fast!

Take care of you!

MM

Elizabeth said...

Thanks everyone for all of your well wishes, Baby seems to be doing a lot better this evening. He fell asleep tonight without much fanfare, and was a much happier boy by about midday, thanks to some antibiotics and Motrin. I just know he's feeling heaps and heaps better!

Veggie Mom said...

Hope you don't have a picky eater on your hands! Stopping by from SITS to Share the Comment Love...

Kristin said...

Poor little munchkin. I was plagued with ear infections when I was little. Tubes helped.

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