Matthew woke up at 1:36 on Christmas morning with an awful fever (104). I was up with him until 3:45 and then again from 4:50 until 7:30. I didn’t sleep much while I was with him – he was just too uncomfortable and shifty for me to rest. It was a hard night for all of us. B knew to get rest because he knew I’d be exhausted once we got up and that he’d have to be the primary care-giver until I got a nap in.
We had to call B’s family to let them know that we wouldn’t be making it to their family celebration and they totally understood. I knew it was the right decision, but I hated missing it because it was at his aunt and uncle’s family farm this year (where B’s dad grew up) and we always have a good time out there and enjoy the big, country Christmas dinner. We alternate Christmas every year between B’s family and mine, and I hate that we missed B’s family’s Christmas this year. We did see them all the night before at B’s grandma’s house, but it wasn’t the same and I feel like they got the shaft.
I had intentions of making home-made raspberry muffins before anyone woke up, but that didn’t happen for obvious reasons. I finally got them made around 8:45 or so before we opened gifts. Matthew is still too young to understand presents and was feeling awful, so there were tears here and there because he just wanted to be held and fall asleep. It was quite sad. B and I did not discuss Matthew’s gifts this year and we both ended up getting him a lot of things – more than either or us would have planned had we discussed. Needless to say, there were a lot of presents to open for a sick little boy. By the end, we were rushing things.
Matthew got 10 or 11 new books (we seem to have misplaced one already) and as we were opening them, he kept wanting us to read him his OLD books. So funny! We stopped a couple of times to read his two favorite “old” books.
Matthew’s nap was short – he just felt terrible. I don’t think he even slept 2 hours. I napped for about 45 minutes before getting him up. We spent the bulk of the afternoon in bed together, as a family, watching CG. Matthew snuggled with us both and laid still for many, many episodes.
One of the biggest problem we had yesterday was that we had no food in the house. We were planning on having a huge meal at B’s family’s and then just eating muffins later on. Not a single grocery store was open (which is how it should be) nor were any restaurants, so we swung by a gas station that makes pizza and had taco pizza for Christmas dinner. It was actually good – right up my alley! Matthew wouldn’t touch his food and we assumed it was because he was so sick, but it turns out he was majorly constipated. B’s grandma fed Matthew a TON of cream pie on Christmas Eve. I only witnessed 2 bites but B and his brother said she gave him 10 or so when B was with him. We think the introduction of gluten and refined sugar messed him up – which makes sense. We learned a valuable lesson – we are the parents and next time, we will put a stop to it. We let it happen because (at the time) we thought the joy she was getting was way more important than the damage it could be doing. WRONG.
Matthew finally did his business after eating a pouch of prunes and much agony. After that, he was in a good enough mood to snuggle on the sofa, eat some oranges, and read his new books. We read all of Matthew’s new books to him and that was nice and cozy. He was in no mood for a bath so we put him to bed at 8:00. My poor boy literally woke up every 20 minutes after going to bed and would cry and cry for a few minutes each time. I could not let him go through that any longer. B and I finished up frosting sugar cookies, cleaned up quickly, and prepped for a roommate for the night.
At 10:45, Matthew joined us in bed.
I was up every hour or so helping Matthew settle himself, but that was better than him crying and being miserable alone every 20 minutes. Matthew slept pretty well for the circumstances and B and I both enjoyed seeing him sleeping next to us. There’s something very peaceful about having your baby sleeping beside you!
Today is better. Matthew’s not feeling great and still has a fever, but he’s better and that’s what matters. He went down for his nap with no problem and is still sleeping almost 2 hours later, which is better than yesterday!
Not the Christmas I imagined, but are they ever? HA!
December 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Oh noooo, poor baby! 104, that’s high. 😦 I’m glad he’s feeling better, but what a bummer to miss our on the big celebration. I’d hedge my bets on this being a story you re-tell many years down the road with much laughter… gas station pizza for christmas, mountains of books, PRUNES. LOL. I hope everything gets back on track soon… maybe a happy new years?
December 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Thanks! The pizza was actually quite awesome for Christmas dinner, though I am digging your Christmas Tacos idea!!!!
December 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Those muffins look delicious!
So sorry to hear that Matthew has been feeling so cruddy. Not the ideal Christmas, for sure, but those cuddles look divine!
December 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Thanks! The snuggles were terrific!
Note about the muffins – always use salted butter for muffins unless told otherwise. I used unsalted and it was noticeable.
December 28, 2012 at 10:04 am
Oooh, good to know. I never even buy salted butter and my Mom thinks I’m crazy. Eek!
December 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Poor baby! I am so sorry. It’s hard when we have expectations about how Christmas should go, but then “life” happens. We missed Christmas dinner with R’s family- we got to his aunt’s house and G started screaming hysterically and wouldn’t stop, so we had to leave. I hope Matthew is feeling better and is back to his cheerful self soon! Merry Christmas to your family!
December 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Expectations set us up for failure at every pass! I’ve learned that holiday expectations are stupid – and to just go with it!
I’m sorry that you guys had to miss out on some fun too. Shoot!
December 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm
What is it with our boys and fevers? Finn was sick over Christmas, too. I hope they’re both on the mend soon! Merry Christmas!
December 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm
I know! Finn looks to be doing better. Matthew is on the mend too – just snotty as all get-out!
December 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Oh no, sorry to hear you had a sick boy… still family time but not quite as planned:[ Hope he is feeling much better soon. It drives me nuts when people give our little guy all kinds of foods that they like because they are not there when he is crying and miserable when those foods don’t digest!
The muffins look delicious!
December 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm
You’re not the first person to lament (with me) the holiday food given to babies by family members. Our pediatrician today said the same thing.
Thanks! I loved those muffins!
Your Christmas looked super fun, by the way!
December 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm
I’m so sorry Matthew was sick… I feel his pain…I was super sick today and am just now starting to feel better. I hope he too is on the mend and he can get to enjoy his new books…And I agree with Josey…the cuddles look divine…..don’t get much of those around here any more…too busy getting into EVERYTHING! Merry Christmas a day late and I hope by New Year’s you’re all back to normal!
December 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm
I’m sorry you’re sick. Ugh.
Matthew is doing much better – fever broke yesterday on its own after a 4.25 hour nap (we woke him up and that was difficult). The snuggles were really nice… especially when he slept with us that night.
Merry Christmas to you two days late 😉
December 27, 2012 at 6:18 am
Oh, buddy! That must have been tough on all of you. 😦
Merry Christmas my friends! I’m glad Santa brought you cuddles 🙂
December 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm
Merry Christmas to you guys too! We’re glad that the fever is over – we needed that to break so that we could get a break from the grumpies 😉
December 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm
Aww man. I’m really behind on reading blogs and I’m bummed to read this one about your Christmas day. But ya know what? Despite missing B’s family get together, a day at home to cuddle with your sweet boy sounds like a pretty good way to spend Christmas. Just wish he hadn’t felt so crappy. The muffins look delicious and I like to think Matthew was keeping his baby brother/sister company and included in the festivities too by laying on your belly. Hope things have turned around for him now!
December 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm
You are right – a day at home to just snuggle is a special gift! Matthew kept the baby good company all day long 😉