Last week, my daughter Lydia had gastroenteritis. I didn’t know what gastroenteritis was, but apparently it’s been “going around.” I DID know that seeing my 13-month old daughter throw up 11 times in about 10 hours (followed the next day by similar exports from the other end of the digestive tract) was one of the more painful things Carol and I have gone through.
We took her to the doctors twice and the ER once. The best thing about going to the ER was that the pediatric resident said that Carol and I were doing a good job with her, that we were right on top of things regarding her symptoms. This was especially gratifying, because as first time parents, we feel that weâ€™re making it up as we go along.
She’s better now, climbing on EVERYTHING, verbalizing, taking steps. It was the lack of those activities, which made us continue to be concerned, even after the other manifestations were finished. Now weâ€™re back to, “No, Lydia, that plant is not for eating.”
As they say on baby.com, â€œHaving a baby changes everything.â€ Oops, Johnson & Johnson TRADEMARKED that? Hasnâ€™t every adult who has kids said to people who are expecting kids, â€œHaving a baby changes everythingâ€ for the last few millennia?
â€œHaving a baby changes everything.â€ TM, (Johnson & Johnson).
â€œAnd blah, blah, blahâ€ Â© Paul Simon