The Return of Happy Baby

Poor, poor Norns had a SERIOUS case of the Mondays, we thought. She had a great night of sleep without any issues the night before, but from the moment she woke up she was unhappy ~
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Baffs, belly rubs, stories, bouncing… Nothing could cheer her. Something just wasn’t right and all clues were pointing to her poor ears. By mid-afternoon with no relief in sight I emailed Dr. E. He got back to me immediately and said he’d be happy to see Nora at any time, just bring her in.
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With that, we immediately packed up Sad Travel Baby (and all of her accessories included) and headed up to Children’s in Mason to see Dr. E.
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He took a good look into her ears with the microscope and sadly enough she had a double ear infection. Lots and lots of goop and gunk was sucked out of her ears and more antibiotic drops administered. Nora made sure that we were aware that this was something she did not like. 😫 Poor girl.

The tubes ARE working, however the pre-existing infection prior to surgery seems to be the issue here. Hopefully this was resolved with the deep cleaning and the tubes will continue to drain any more fluid that presents itself.

Nora cried for the duration of the 45 minute drive home, and settled off to sleep just as we were turning onto our street. 😑

She was still a little fussy that evening, but her sister can always get a smile out of her!
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Eventually we got Happy Baby back, but she took off again after Mean Mommy put the drops in her aggravated ears.
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We got a report this morning from the night nurse that Nora was unhappy and uncomfortable for most of the night. She slept for maybe a combined 2 hours without much relief from the Tylenol. I let her sleep in as long as possible and she eventually awoke around 9:45. I held my breath as she opened her eyes, half expecting her to pick up where she left off with her monologue of despair. But she didn’t. Neither happy nor sad, I gave Indifferent Baby her morning medicines and then headed up to her appointment at the baff spa.
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She floated around for awhile (with her ears held carefully above the water). We were enjoying the warmth of the bubbly water shimmering in the soft glow of morning sun, when SUDDENLY Nora’s little bum had something to say. What started out as a couple of cute little bubbles ended up in an incredible blast of air that darn near could have propelled her right out of the tub and across the room. I was too astonished at the amount of air that came from such a little girl to care much about the turd shark frenzy that we were now wallowing in.

After that monumental eruption it was all WELCOME BACK, HAPPY BABY!!! Perhaps it was her belly bothering her through the night and not her ears as we had assumed?

At any rate, Nora has been content and HAPPY all day long. You’d think that after a turbulent prior day of ear aches and a restless night of belly and/or more ear pain that she would be WORN OUT. Nope. She feels too good to sleep! Nora had a great, great day!
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And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:19 NIV)

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
(Psalm 106:1 NIV)

11 thoughts on “The Return of Happy Baby

  1. Woohoo !! . Happy baby is back !!.
    Definitely , a case of Monday blues ; it happens to me too ( without the eruption in the baff, ehhh) .
    Love you all !!. Xoxo 🙂

  2. It prob had a lot to do with anesthesia. It shuts everything down (including the colon) and I guess it just woke up! Your description is hysterical!

  3. A lady came up to my desk today wearing a shirt with three birds on it, and I immediately thought of Nora and sent up a prayer. 🙂
    lol’d at your description of the “monumental blast” and “turd sharks.” Just had to read it to my kids. Thanks for the laugh! Glad Nora’s on the mend!!

  4. I love her little wisps of hair (that are getting longer everyday) and her sweet chunky rolls! She is a beautiful girl and I could squeeze her to pieces! I am so happy she is feeling better!

  5. I’m so glad to hear you have Happy Baby back and that NorNor got rid of that old gassy air that had been bothering her! (As an aside……I must admit I got a big chuckle out of the way you described the emission.) I’m praying for healed, clear ears for the sweet little one.

  6. Oh yeah I remembered after reading one of the comments. Surgery messes up your colon. Everything gets all backed up from the drugs. My friend and I know from experience. We’ve had surgery. That’s why she was moody and gassy. Glad it’s over.

  7. SO GLAD “HAPPY BABY” IS BACK!!!! POOR LITTLE NORA’S LITTLE BELLY MUST HAVE BEEN HURTING HER VERY BADLY. I LAUGHED SO HARD, AND CALLED OUR SON IN TO READ HOW YOU DESCRIBED BATH TIME, HE AND I BOTH HAD A GOOD LAUGH. SO GLAD THE TUBES ARE WORKING. PRAYERS GOING UP EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR NORA AND THE REST OF HER WONDERFUL FAMILY (INCLUDING KELLY). LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

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