Every time Livi gets her shots, she switches gears to a higher level of fussiness and becomes even more clingy than usual. It lasts for about a week or two and then she goes back to her “normal” self.
When she is teething, she is also needier, which I am sure all babies are. This teething business is no joke.
Enter last Friday, when we had an appointment for Livi’s 12 months checkup, which also included a series of shots. She had started teething earlier in the week and I was about to reschedule her appointment as she seemed especially fussy this time around.
My husband, however, convinced me otherwise. His logic was to get it all over with and move on. Since it would have taken forever to get another appointment, I reluctantly agreed.
The appointment went as expected with lots of tears and screams and heartbreak (mostly mine).
Livi was right on schedule and by evening her fussiness had increased as expected. The next few days and nights were difficult, but we were able to handle it.
Now comes the fun part: apparently my husband picked up a nasty cold at the pediatrician’s office and has been home sick all week long.
Since I don’t want Livi to get sick on top of everything else, he has been sleeping in the guestroom, coming out maybe twice a day.
Which leaves me to fend for myself day and night. I think I have slept 4 hours the last couple of nights, half of it with a restless toddler on top of me. And during the day, she is either clinging to my leg or otherwise attached to me. She has also reverted to taking naps only while I hold her, God help me.
The house is an even bigger mess than usual, which I did not think possible. And we are slowly running out of food.
I can tell Livi misses her dad and doesn’t understand why she cannot play with him and why he won’t pick her up. The disappointment on her face is hard to watch.
Let’s just hope it is worth the effort and Livi and I will not get sick, too.
Next time, remind me to just reschedule the appointment or make my husband wear a face mask. Although, I am not sure which one would be easier.