On Tuesday morning Leo woke up sounding like he was starting to get a cold. No runny nose or sneezing, just congested breathing and a rough cough. At 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning we ended up in the emergency room concerned with his breathing and the barking that he was doing. The doctor gave him a steroids shot and then sent us on our way.
On Friday afternoon, Leo’s conditions returned, he was breathing faster than normal and really having to work hard to breathe in. I picked him up early from the babysitter’s house and took him straight to the quick-care clinic near our house. The doctor on call recommended that we get him to the ER and then admit him in to the hospital overnight. So we headed over to the ER again where they started an IV, did some blood work, gave him several rounds of steroids and breathing treatments and took X-rays of his throat and chest. With the tests they were able to determine that Leo’s epiglottis was swollen, causing his breathing to be strained even more than just the croup conditions.
Leo was admitted into the hospital to stay Friday night so the nurses could continue to monitor him and administer treatments. Luckily Leo really responded well to the breathing treatment and additional steroids that they gave him in his room, and he was dismissed Saturday at noon.
Here’s some photos of Leo’s ER and hospital visit:
A few days ago Brandon finally got a chance to feed little Leo as we introduced his first bottle. Both dad and Leo did a great job, just like they’d been doing it for years. Leo drank two ounces of milk and Brandon completed the job without any help from me (despite the fact that I was hovering over them, you know, just in case…).
At the next feeding time, Leo converted right back to his regular breastfeeding routine, just as if the bottle never happened. I shouldn’t have been surprised – my big boy is an eater, no matter where it comes from!
Now we’re now trying to give Leo a bottle twice a day and starting to establish a routine that will work after I return to jhP from maternity leave.
Tonight Brandon and I collaborated to give Leo his first “official” bath. I say official, because technically we have already given him one – there was an explosive poop situation a few days ago when grandma Gillespie was still saying with us. But we’re considering this to be his first bath because we actually had time to setup the baby bathtub in the sink and think the whole thing through.
Leo seemed to really enjoy the bath experience! He didn’t cry until we took him out and he started getting chilly while we were drying him off. I think that bath time will become one of his favorite things to do soon – I can hardly wait until he’s old enough to start playing with some of the bath toys that we’ve got.
Kudos to Brandon for taking lots of great photos! It will be an experience that we’ll be able to remember and appreciate for a long time. : )