The beauty of sleep

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It all started about 2 weeks or so ago. Ethan contracted high fever, up to 39.5°C. I had to stay home with him to monitor his condition and at times it was pretty scary, because the fever fluctuated up and down throughout the day. We then decided to take him in to Urgent Care, where we could just walk in and not have to make an appointment. But that meant waiting for quite a long while, and after the doctor’s checkup, and we had gotten the prescription filled at the pharmacy, there was the arduous task of force-feeding Ethan the antibiotics. Not a pleasant scene at all, I can assure you.

In addition to his fever, Ethan was also coughing and thus, he was finding it difficult to sleep and rest at night. He would kick and scream and refuse to sleep soundly, resulting in both Daddy and Mommy not sleeping well either.

But thankfully, he is better now. It is always a joy to see him back to his usual cheeky and perky self.

Being at home with Mommy for that extended period resulted in an uphill task in getting him ready for daycare after that. He would grumble and throw a big tantrum and became extremely whiny when we had to leave the house in the morning. And that’s not all…one day after we picked him up from daycare, he decided to make a big fuss about not wanting to leave the car, crying and screaming his lungs out in the car garage. And when we finally got him back home to our apartment, he started crying again. Although we put our foot down and warned him sternly that he was not to repeat it, it hurt our hearts to see him behave that way.

We were quite certain it was Ethan’s natural reaction to finally realising he was going to be a big brother soon, and we figured it was his way of trying to get our attention as much as possible.  And we were at our wits’ end as to how to overcome it.

Then the weekend came…and amazingly, Ethan slept through till way past 9:00a.m. both on Saturday and Sunday! When he awoke, he was cheerful, smiling and had happiness written all over his face. He also had his afternoon nap. And added plus was that he began to have a better appetite for food!

So it looks like Ethan has finally inherited Daddy’s and Mommy’s traits of loving to sleep. Well, a growing mind and body definitely needs more sleep, and it is obvious that sufficient sleep makes for a happy toddler. And certainly, no one is complaining! :)

 

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3 comments

Good to know that he is better now…
its tough time for parents when kids are down and weak in bed….

I don’t think I’ve congratulated you yet!
Congratulations!
When will the little one be due?

Joyce says: Thank you! We are all happy when Ethan is all better too! Our 2nd one is due March 13.

Grateful to know he’s better now…Must let him drink more water…

And tomorrow is Ethan’s Bday, rite?
My warmest wishes to him, ‘Happy Birthday!!!’
He is so smart boy now, learn a lot of things..and indeed at this age, he’ll like to imitate what adults do… :)
Joyce says: Yes, we are trying our very best to give him as much water as possible! Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Awww….poor little thing. I guess we just have to be a bit more patient with them when they are ill. I, for one, is not very good at being patient! But happy to hear that Ethan’s back to his usual, perky self :)
Joyce says: Parenting teaches us patience, don’t you agree? :)