Nursery, babysitter, clinic

Tomoe’s been sick.  Last Friday, she had a fever of 38.4 degrees.  We decided to cancel her nursery on Saturday, because they won’t take her if her fever is over 37.5 degrees.  So, we got a babysitter.  Unfortunately, a babysitter is expensive.  We don’t want to do that often.

The babysitter stayed at our apartment, and she seemed pretty good.  She was very kind, asked a lot of questions, and seemed to enjoy her time with Tomoe.  On Sunday, her fever was gone, and she could go to the nursery.  She was fine on Monday, too.  Tuesday is my wife’s day off, so she stayed home.  Wednesday was another story.

Yesterday morning, Tomoe had a fever of 38.3. We immediately emailed the nursery to tell them that she wasn’t coming.  We got an appointment with a clinic in Yamato that also has a nursery.  I took Tomoe to the clinic, the doctor checked her quickly, gave me a prescription, and then I brought her up to the nursery.  They asked me to get the medicine from a pharmacy, which I did.  When I went back, I gave them the medicine, then I had more than 2 hours to kill before work.  What I liked about the nursery is that it’s much cheaper than the babysitter, and they provided me with a website, username and password.  I could actually control the camera in the nursery to watch Tomoe.  I did see her playing around a bit, then taking a nap.

Today, I’m at home with Tomoe, taking care of her.  I hope she’ll feel better on Saturday.

She’s full of surprises today

Tomoe has caught a cold.  This morning, she woke up with a 38.5 degree fever, and it’s gone down just a bit to 38.2.

We went to Yamato today to visit a clinic and have Tomoe checked out by a doctor.  That clinic is also an alternative day care for when she’s sick, but only on weekdays.  If she’s sick on the weekend, we need a babysitter.  She got some medicine, including one that should help her fever.  If she has no fever tomorrow, she can go to her regular nursery.  The medicine also makes her incredibly drowsy.  She fell asleep very quickly.

In addition to going to the clinic, we visited Yamato Park, which is near Yamato Station.  Tomoe walked around the park a lot, including pushing her stroller and trying some steps.  Well, she sure gave us a surprise.  This was surprise number one for the day.  She climbed the steps by her self!  She didn’t need any help going up, but she still can’t go down.

She loves pushing her stroller around.

She loves pushing her stroller around.

Let's try the stairs!

Let’s try the stairs!

I can do it all by myself!

I can do it all by myself!

But I need help going down the steps.  I don't want to go down, I want to go up!

But I need help going down the steps. I don’t want to go down, I want to go up!

This wasn’t the only surprise.  After we arrived home, she walked around the living room and went for her big bottle of tea.  It has a straw in it, but the cover was closed.  She picked it up and gave it to me.  She wanted a drink, so I opened it for her, and she took a drink.  It surprised me a lot.  She’s beginning to figure out things like that.

The third surprise happened only a few minutes later.  Her formula bottle was on the floor, and she found the cap for it.  She picked it up and went over to her bottle, then put the cap on the bottle.  She knew where it went.  She’d never done this before.  She’s understanding how things fit together, how to get what she wants, and more.  To top it all off, she’s been pointing at things that she wants.  Yesterday, she kept pointing at some plants.  She just wanted to touch them.  She was so happy when she touched them.

Even though Tomoe is sick, she still seems to have a lot of energy.  She’s actually been in a very good mood today.  I just hope she gets over her cold soon.

Fever

Tomoe’s cold was getting better.  She got to walk a lot today.  However, she seemed to be in a bad mood all day.  Turns out her cold hasn’t quite gone yet.  She has a fever.  She’s been waking up every 30-60 minutes tonight.  Tomorrow, we’re supposed to go to Costco.  I hope she’s okay for that.  We’ve already reserved a rental car, and we don’t want to have to pay a cancellation fee.

Sleep doesn’t come easily

Having a cold isn’t easy.  For an adult, it can be anywhere from annoying to difficult to go about your day.  For a toddler, it can mean restless nights.

Tomoe has had a cold since late last week, and so has my wife.  Tomoe was the first to get sick.  So far, I haven’t gotten sick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did.

For Tomoe, a cold can mean difficulty sleeping.  She’s unable to blow her nose, so we have to suck the snot out for her.  She hates it.  When she sleeps, she is often noisy because she can’t breathe through her nose.  This causes her to wake up occasionally and cry.  Her nose runs a lot, too.  She’s woken up in the morning with her face covered in dried or semi-dried mucus, including her forehead and in her hair.  She’s made quite the mess of her face.  But when she’s awake, she acts as if she’s healthy. However, her cough is very dry sounding.  It made me wonder if she’d lose her voice, but she hasn’t.

One thing that helps her sleep is if she sleeps next to her mom.  She appears to be comforted a lot.  I took this picture of them sleeping together.

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She looks peaceful.

I’m hoping this cold is gone soon.  It’ll be nice to have a healthy little girl who sleeps well.

Now that was a word!

Well, Tomoe has finally done it.  We are certain now that she has said her first verifiable word.

Before, she’s said things like “mamamamama” and “dadadadada,” both of which have been shortened to “mama” and “dada/dad,” but we can’t be sure if she was trying to say the words.  She repeats sounds quite often, and she repeats after us, as well.  But it’s always been simple syllables repeated over and over again, like “yayayayayaya” and “nenenenenene.”  But this time was a real word.

After repeated attempts of getting her to speak, she finally said something.  In fact, she said it 3 times, somewhat unclear, then a 4th time she said it very clearly.  What did she say?  “Hello.”

And there you have it, Tomoe’s first word!

In other news, she’s still got a cold.  But she’s a strong girl, and doesn’t complain.  She plays like usual, ignoring her cold.  This morning, her voice was quite hoarse, which is a first for her.  I’ve woken up with a similar, more adult and male sounding voice while I’ve had a cold.

Tomoe now has 4 teeth out, but I think more are on the way.  She’s been drooling and biting things like crazy.

And I think I’ve discovered a favourite food of hers.  She seems to get really excited about mashed potatoes.  She loves it!  Then I later held up two bowls that she had just eaten from, and asked her which one she liked the best.  She then pointed to the pink bowl, which had a kind of vegetable and squid food called happosai.  Maybe she also liked that one, or she preferred the colour pink over the clear bowl.

I need more pictures of her.  Soon!

Bubbling noises in the night

That’s the sound of Tomoe’s breathing while sleeping tonight.  Seems she’s caught a cold again.  It’s her second cold, and it’s not helping her sleep.

She’s been unable to breathe properly with her stuffed up nose.  She woke up crying after only a couple of hours, so we decided it was time to bring out the dreaded mucus clearing device, that snot sucker from hell.  She hates that thing. She struggles and fights so hard when it’s used, and she screams so loudly.  It takes both of us to hold her down to get it done.  Thankfully, after a while, she fell back to sleep.  I guess we’re in for a week of this.

Another noisy sleeper is our dog, Biscuit.  Although lately, he’s been feeling bad.  He’s pretty old now, though we don’t know how old.  My wife found him when he was already an older dog 8 years ago.  The vet guessed he was 10 years old.  That would make him about 18 now.  Up until a couple months ago, he was still fairly active, always walking around, going for walks with good energy.  However, he’d been losing weight.  He used to be a chubby dog, as recent as a year ago.  He is so skinny now.  He eats just as much, but has been losing weight so quickly.  He’s lost bladder control almost completely, as well.  His eyesight is extremely poor, and he can hardly hear.

In the past month, Biscuit hasn’t had his usual voracious appetite.  He used to vacuum up a bowl full of food in less than a minute.  Now, he leaves a lot of it and eats it slowly.  His hind legs have lost a lot of strength, so he stumbles around a lot.  He falls down regularly.  His face looks so much older now.  He walks into things, and can’t seem to find the door at times.

It’s sad seeing him like this.

Sick, but so full of energy

Tomoe may have a cold, but she sure doesn’t act like it.  She’s like the Energizer bunny.  She keeps going and going and going.  She hasn’t even had a nap yet today.  Just constant playing ever since she woke up around 9 hours ago.  It’ll be nice when she finally takes a nap.  Here are some of her playtime pictures.

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Getting a gear out of her toy box.

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She’s concentrating so much on her toys.