Friday, May 14, 2010

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

It feels like forever since I've had time for myself - what spare time I have is usually spent either washing clothes or folding them and putting them away!

The last week has been a tough one for us as Annabelle has been ill. I was at work last Friday when I received a call from her daycare mum asking me to come home and collect her - I commute to work, which normally takes 2 hours each way, but of course last week track work was being done on  my line so it took even longer to get home.

Initially Annabelle seemed quite cheerful, despite having gastroenteritis, but as the days wore on her temperament worsened and the last two days have been filled with lots of sad moments. I seem to spend a lot of time questioning why Annabelle is crying; does she have a headache? Is it a pain in her tummy....? It's so hard when she can't tell me what's wrong and sometimes cuddles from Mummy make no difference at all.

In the middle of this was Mother's Day - my first ever! I wish I had photos but when I got my camera out the battery was flat. Still, the fact that I'm actually able to celebrate Mother's Day as a Mother is something that I am thankful for every day, I'm still amazed to have Annabelle as my daughter.

On Tuesday I took Annabelle to the Doctors as I was worried that she was dehydrating but I was more concerned that she wasn't improving as she's such a wee thing and can't afford to lose any weight. The Doctor told me to feed Annabelle nothing but diltuted sweetened condensed milk for at least 24 hours, after which her stomach should improve enough for her to start on bland solids.

I'm not saying the Doctor doesn't know what he's talking about but if anything the condensed milk made Annabelle worse as she started vomitting after each bottle so on the advice of the local pharmacist I put her back on her formula and finally today she seems to be improving.

I'm hoping for a weekend with a few less nappy changes, less nappy rash, a lot more smiles and a stretch of sleep that is longer than 4 hours! Perhaps I'm asking for too much.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oh I finally found your blog again. Hope Annabelle is a lot better, there's been a lot of that bug stuff going around here. I don't know how you working Mum's cope I really don't. My sister is lucky in that she has us looking after the little ones. Nia has been unwell with a chest infection, its dragged her down but she's picking up. Hugs and cuddles from us all here