Clara had her six month check up at the pediatrician yesterday and aside from getting four - yikes! four! - shots, she is otherwise doing great. But it was reiterated to us for the second time in as many days just how careful we have to be this winter during cold and flu season. I think I had been hoping somewhere deep inside that since Clara is doing so well and is not as sick as many other babies with her condition that we might get a pass on worrying about sickness all winter. Bummer. We're not special. Clara will be prone to respiratory illness just like any other baby with CDH and it could easily take a turn for the worse and become a yucky case of pneumonia or something else. So, we're doing everything we can this winter/fall to prevent sickness. She got her first flu shot yesterday and will get a second one in another month. She's also eligible for synagis, the RSV vaccine, so it will be given to her every 28 days starting at the beginning of November. Aside from that we were urged to hibernate through the winter. Sadly, she said we should avoid going to church, taking Clara out in any kind of crowd, and especially do our best to stay away from other children aged 12-36 months (the icky toddlers who all have crud and aren't old enough yet to really know how to keep it to themselves). We have another couple of weeks, at most, of freedom before we'll begin our serious hibernating with hopes that we can get Clara through this first cold and flu season without incident. Yes, she will eventually get exposed to all this stuff and will someday get sick, like any child. But we're to do everything in our power to try to avoid letting it happen this first year.
So, just to practice our upcoming hibernation lifestyle, today Clara and I had a pajama day. It was fabulous. I guess she understood just what I meant this morning when I announced to her that we would not be getting dressed today. She took three amazingly long naps totaling 5.5 hours of nappery. I even napped during her first one, which hasn't happened in months! [Sidenote: I needed to nap because I stayed up way too late last night making some changes to the blog. We needed a new header, with Clara's photo and not just the ultrasound and empty crib. So I gave it a bit of a facelift... let me know your thoughts on it.] Aside from that, we read lots of books, she ate lots, we played on the carpet, she bounced in the doorway while I cooked and we had a generally happy cozy day at home. I'm sure it's gonna get old this winter and I'll be going a little stir crazy at some point, but today was truly about as good as it gets. Want some photographic evidence?
|Happy to be in my PJs
|Sitting tall with my bla bla doll
|So big and strong on my belly now
|Wanna see my tongue?
|Happy as a clam
|Whatchu looking at?
|Loving on my bla bla
|You can still bounce, even in PJs
|I love to read stories with Mama
|Snug as a bug in a rug. Three naps = 5.5 hours. Delightful.