Monday, August 22, 2011

It all makes sense now

Ever since Alli's hospital visit for her "Croup" illness, Mommy B and I have noticed that she hasn't been 100% her normal self. She's had a lingering cough (which is typical for Croup) - but it just never seemed to go away. The doctors told us that it could last for a couple weeks, but that was almost a month ago now. The cough has slowly gotten better, and only seems to happen at night. This, of course, leads to her waking herself up slightly and interrupting her normal sleeping time. Now she knows how we feel...

All jokes aside, it concerned Mommy B and I that she would still cough at night. Even if it didn't wake her up all the way, it still disturbed her sleeping. And it woke us up, no matter what. We were on the verge of taking her back to the doctor and asking WTF? Sunday was a real picnic - she was fussy all day, wouldn't take her afternoon nap, and had a runny nose basically all weekend. We tried putting her down for her afternoon nap, but she wasn't having it. Her nose kept running, and she tried to wipe it so much that she actually cut the side of her nostril with her fingernail and it started bleeding. Needless to say, Mommy B freaked out when she went to go check on Alli and saw blood coming from her nose.

We picked her up and she was hot to the touch. We took her temperature and she was running a low-grade fever. Nothing major, but she seemed to just be all-around miserable. We stripped her down to her diaper and tried everything we could to cool her down. After some Tylenol, a cool rag on her back, a few minutes of clinging to Mommy and watching Dad-E do yard work, she had calmed down and was feeling better.

We decided to call it an early night for the poor kiddo, since she had been awake since 10am and it was after 5pm at that point. We gave her a cooler-than-normal bath and she seemed to be in much better spirits, although tired still. We took her out to dry her off, and that's when it all made perfect sense. Mommy B was helping Alli brush her six teeth, and was checking things out in her mouth - and that's when she saw them...

BAM! Two more bottom teeth are about to pop through! In an instant, everything was explained and it all became perfectly clear. It explained the fussiness and irritability lately, as well as the runny nose and low-grade fever. But more importantly, it explained why her cough appeared to never go away. It wasn't that it never went away, it was that she started teething right after her Croup - and the excess saliva had been causing her to cough at night!

It's been a couple months since she's had any teeth come in, and we must've forgotten what she was like when teeth are about to pop through. In any case, upon further inspection, it appears that her next two bottom teeth on both sides are about to bust through. I estimated that we'll probably be able to feel them by Wednesday or Thursday. We'll have to see if my guess is right.

It was such a relief to Mommy B and I on so many levels. We finally had an explanation for all the crap... I mean, trouble we've been going through for the past couple of weeks. And, hopefully it means that things should be getting better and Alli should be back to normal fairly soon. I can't believe she's going to have 8 teeth in by the time she's 10 months old... that's got to be some kind of record or something.

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