Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Perfect Day

So last Sunday, Erik's nose started running. This is his second cold. Monday I was home with him and in spite of his cold, it was the perfect day. Most days, he's awake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours then naps for 30 mins. Monday he was awake for about an hour then slept for 45 mins. Maybe more like when he was a newborn. Anyway, I loved it. He wasn't cranky but was really engaged and fun. We played and played all day. He just needed more sleep. It gave me more frequent and slightly longer breaks during the day which really helped me recharge and be able to focus on him when he was awake. Win-win.

As the cold progressed it did start to affect him more. He lost his voice which was very sad. It was really hard for me to watch him trying to cry and only a squeak came out. Nights became hard, too. The first couple nights, the cold mist humidifier in his room was able to keep him comfortable. The last couple nights even though he was just tired tired, he couldn't sleep in his crib. We tried putting him in his carseat, not really expecting it to work, but it was like magic!

The picture is from this weekend when Erik's grandparents are visiting. The sleepiness and need to sleep upright represents his reaction to having a cold this week. Fortunately, things are getting better and best of all, Erik has his voice back. I've never missed his crying more!

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