Things are a little crazy over here.
Clara went to the pediatrician today so the doctor could fill out a form for our adoption finalization and the doctor immediately was concerned with her breathing. She thinks that Clara did, in fact, have RSV, or a similar respiratory virus, and now has swollen airways in the wake of the virus. She was very concerned with the grunting sound she makes upon exhaling.
Incidentally, it's the same grunting sound she made last Tuesday that concerned a nurse, and the same grunting sound she was making when I called last Thursday to see if I needed to bring her back in. What a waste of time it was seeing whatever doctor was available last week (always the newest one with the fewest regular patients, it seems)!
Our regular doctor today said that a new pediatrician might admit her to the hospital based on her symptoms today (well, apparently not all young pediatricians would, as evidenced by our doc last week) but that she was going to try a round of steroids, an antibiotic and continued breathing treatments and singular (our days now revolve around giving medications and battling her on many of them).
She also wants to see Luke since I told her he is having a terrible time sleeping at night (which means we all are) and did have a stuffy nose last week. She wants to listen to his chest to see if he has any residual affects from a virus, possibly RSV, as well.
I feel terrible for Clara and am praying she gets better fast. It's amazing though - you wouldn't even know she was sick except for her cough and runny (really runny) nose. She is a ball of energy. Which may be why the degree of her illness wasn't initially obvious.
Back to Luke's lack of sleeping... That's the other reason why we're going crazy over here. About three weeks ago he totally reverted back to his first couple weeks of life and just stopped sleeping at night.
Our problems are two-fold. One - we can't get him to sleep. We have tried everything. I'm not kidding. I still find myself googling for new answers and I just have to laugh at what all these experts say to try. Oh really? "Shhh" him? Rock him? Let him cry for a few minutes and then go in and reassure him? Play ambient sound, music, heartbeat, or whales talking? Swaddle him? Nurse him to sleep? We've tried it all. They make it sound so simple. Ha.
Two - once he does fall asleep, he wakes up after one to two hours. (During the day he sometimes naps for two to three hours and even goes down awake! But not at night. Sometimes he does sleep for 4-6 hours, but it's definitely not the norm.) And after I get up and nurse him, he will not go back down. Even if he falls asleep nursing, he will wake up when I put him in the bassinet.
We've tried different sleeping locations as well. He did great in the crib in his nursery about a month ago, but that only lasted about a week. We are now using the bassinet in our room and while that, too, worked at first, it's not working any more (although, again, he seems to like it during the day).
For a second I thought that maybe he just was so used to our eat, play, sleep schedule that he wanted to play at night. But no, he's frantic. Definitely not in the mood to play even if I wanted him to.
Other important information for any kind souls wanting to give me some much-needed advice - we swaddle him in a miracle blanket; he takes a pacifier when falling asleep but it falls out once he enters a deep sleep and doesn't need it replaced (and when he does wake up, replacing it does not help); we vibrate the bassinet when we're desperate; I sing to him while putting my hand on his chest and gently rocking him in his crib or bassinet (worked wonders for about a week); I walk around holding him sideways shushing him (he falls asleep in my arms and then wakes up once he's put down); putting him down awake works great during the day but not at night. We've also tried the swing, vibrating seat, his car seat, and whatever else you might be thinking right now. It all worked at some point, but not anymore. He's also on medication for reflux and it seems to be working (although he does spit up a great deal still, but he doesn't seem to be in pain).
And his schedule (this is very roughly speaking) is to wake up around 7:30 a.m., eat, play, take a morning nap sometime around 10 a.m., wake after an hour or two, eat, play, take an afternoon nap around 2 p.m., wake around 3ish, eat, play, and then that's where things seem to go off track. He then won't go down again after that, so it becomes eat, play, eat, play, then fuss, eat, fuss, eat, and then he finally falls asleep some time between about 10 (on good nights) and midnight (on okay nights). And sometimes (like tonight), he's wide awake at one a.m. He then wakes up a couple hours later, and that's when it takes another one to two hours to get him to sleep again.
If anyone is still reading this, thank you! I'm about to go take over for my husband right now and try nursing him again. I hate to do this because I know the excessive feeding could be causing him tummy aches and leading to this cyclical problem, but what choice do we have? We're desperate. Nothing works.
And how is he not more tired? How is he wide awake right now while we're exhausted?
Maybe it is the virus. I don't want him to have had RSV, but at least that might be a reason for this and breathing treatments might get him back to normal.
I feel bad talking about him behind his back! He really is a great baby. We love him dearly. Here's the little guy, to prove what an angel he is despite his lack of sleep:
|He's lucky he's so darn cute!|
We'll sleep again some day, right?