Sick Baby Ember

It was no surprise to me when Ember’s eyes started looking awfully watery that first day. Despite numerous requests by me not to touch anything, Sierra had spent the entire week touching everything and everyone.

Payson’s eyes appeared to be watery the same day Ember’s first looked that way. So both my little kids have pink eye… that’s just great.
By the end of that day they were both pink, goopy messes.
That night was pretty horrible. They both woke up a bunch and cried and were pretty uncomfortable. Their eyes sealed shut, running high fevers, the works! It was miserable.
As has been every night since! It’s the same ordeal every (day and) night. Crying, fevers, goopy eyes, thick- crusty- boogery sealed eyes, etc, etc.

I have snapped some pictures here and there of it. I didn’t think I’d take a single picture because they’ve both been so dang miserable that it felt utterly cruel to take their pictures. But on these particular mornings I snapped some.
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I think this was the very first morning that it was totally official she had pink eye. I knew it the day before but the day before it was mostly watery eyes with a little bit of discharge. This morning her eye was pink and swollen. She hadn’t been crying, those tears and the watery eyes were just from pink eye.
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She has been really cranky. There isn’t really anything that makes her happy these days. Sometimes I get a smile out of her while playing with toys, sometimes bubbles get her to perk up, sometimes she really just wants to nurse for a while but mostly, mostly she wants to whine and cry and ferociously rub her eyes.
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Every morning Ember wakes up with completely sealed eyes. It takes a lot of warm water and gentle rubbing to get the hardened goop to come off enough for her to open her eyes. It’s really sad. She actually wakes up about a hundred times a night annoyed because her eyes seal up shortly after falling asleep.
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Today was the first time Sierra’s been to school in over a week. This week is celebrating reading week and today they were supposed to dress up like a “reading rockstar.” The girls picked their outfits and were over the moon excited about being dressed almost exactly alike.
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They wanted to pose like rockstars. I’m not sure those are rockstar poses but they’re pretty funny…
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They always take forrrreeeevvvvveeeerrrr to get out of the car when I drop them off at school. I had to get out and walk them into the office because we were a little late today (it seriously took 15 minutes to clean out Ember’s eyes enough to let her open them!!) and parents have to sign kids in when they’re late. So, I stood there waiting, and waiting, and waiting and… took some pictures.
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And then figured, hey spend two more seconds and get a cute group shot before they’re off.
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After I signed them in and they were off to class the little kids and I headed home. But not before I snapped this to show how goopy Ember’s eyes had become just in the time it’d taken to leave our house and go to the school :S
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When I took that Payson asked if I would take a picture of him doing a spiderman pose. I think you can tell he’s pretty darn sick by his slack expression here ๐Ÿ™
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He has been just as cranky as Ember has been. He’s been whining about everything. I decided at the beginning of the week to just be super nice and doting but my energy and patience is wearing thin after two straight months of dealing with sick kids and sleeping so dang little at night!
Anyway, that’s all the pictures I have. I’m proud of myself for keeping up this year on pictures and printing and the kids’ albums. They have nice thick albums from 2012 already and they LOVE looking through them. That makes me happy that they’re already getting such joy out of the pictures I take ๐Ÿ™‚
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One thought on “Sick Baby Ember

  • My heart is just breaking into bazillions of pieces over those pics of poor baby Ember!!! Oh my gosh. We've had pink eye around here before, but never that bad. That poor little sweetie :c(
    The big girls looked beyond adorable in their rockstar outfits. Too cute!!

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