4 Month Check-up: The Aftermath

h1 January 17th, 2009

The vaccinations went better than can be expected with a baby awake during nap time and a mom on pins and needles. They sucked, don’t get me wrong, but last time I don’t think I had really heard him cry like that. This time around I knew a little about what to expect. Also, I must say the nurse was good. She was accurate and swift. Bam, bam, bam and we were all done. The third bandaid application took about 2 or 3 seconds longer than I was hoping due to a defective paper backing, but I survived, and so did Maddox.

Pretty much as soon as we hit the car, the baby was dead asleep. He was a bit off all afternoon, but nothing too serious. Mostly Hot and Cold. He would laugh super hard and get the giggles, then the he would be complainy and fidgety.

[Brunch today at Foreign Cinema]

Later in the early evening things started to go downhill, and fast. He was totally miserable. He cried really hard for long stretches. His face was red, tears pooled in his eyes and streamed down his face, he gasped for air. We assume it was from the vaccines. It was so difficult for me, and obviously for my little baby Maddox. I just walked around with him and tried to soothe him every way I knew how. All the gasping for air eventually led to gas build up, which didn’t help matters any.

After some debate and hesitation (on my part), we eventually gave him baby Tylonol at 7:15p. Within 10 min he was totally quiet and calm. He fell asleep shortly after in my arms. For fear of waking him, I just held him for a couple hours while we caught up on some television (24). Then shifted him to his bed. There was some face rubbing, but he slowly relaxed and drifted off to sleep.

I’m happy to report the next morning he woke gracefully and with a smile – back to his normal self. I love you baby!

[Brunch today at Foreign Cinema]

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