A couple of days ago, there was a lot of good conversation in the “What happened to you recently” thread about whether it was okay to talk about your kids to your non-parent friends. In that conversation, I saw a lot of people in the same boat as me – parents who felt like they couldn’t talk with their friends about what’s going on with their kids (good and bad) out of the feeling that those friends wouldn’t want to hear about it.
So here’s a place where you can do that. It’s not a true replacement for talking to your friends in meatspace, but hopefully it can keep you from bottling up frustration, worry, and even joy. Let it all out!
We think Emmy has croup. Her cousin had it last week, but we’re a little unsure how to proceed. During the day, she’s mostly fine, if a little fussy. Just congested and snotty. But at night, she’s restless, and she wakes up three or four times. We can get her back to sleep, but that’s a lot to be up at night.
From what we can tell, it sounds like croup usually gets better on its own. What’s frightening is that if it gets serious, it manifests as breathing problems - wheezing, labored breathing, etc. So not only am I up a few times at night to put her back to sleep, I’m also up for a while longer each time, worried that I’m going to hear heaving over the monitor and that we’ll need to take her to the ER or something.
We haven’t taken her to the doctor yet because it’s supposed to clear up on its own. But I’m giving her one more night. If she has another rough night tonight, I’ll take her to the doctor in the morning.