A whirlwind weekend

We have had a pretty crappy weekend, it started on Friday when Emeline didn’t eat any dinner and went down hill from there. 

I was woken by Emeline in the night by tears, it frightened me as it’s an unfamiliar sound for her anyway but as I picked her up, she was so hot to touch. I didn’t even need a thermometer to check she had a temperature, I checked though and she was 38. I went straight for Nurofen as she was clearly unwell. After our usual battle with medicine and Emeline, she settled back down but continued to wake and her temperature continued to spike. Throughout the day, I gave her paracetamol and ibuprofen and put it down to teething.

Scott woke up around 3ish as he had been on nights, even with her high doses of pain killers, she reached 40.1. We spoke to 111, NHS direct, an amazing resource that is worth it’s weight in gold. They advised us to get us to A&E within the next 1/2 hours to an hour. Immediately, we organised Jenson some childcare and packed Emeline up. 

We arrived and checked her in to A&E, having her notes from the call meant she was immediately seen in triage for her stats to be checked in the children’s area. Within the hour, she had had more medication to ease her temperature and a doctor, with no visible evidence of what was going on, we were admitted to the children’s ward, Phoenix Ward for further tests and observation. I felt myself panic for the first time, unsure of what this meant. Emeline’s high dose of pain killers meant her temperature began to drop and that she started showing her beautiful smile. 

Loving life after painkillers at Broomfield

A doctor examined Emeline’s ears and throat immediately and noticed some pus on her tonsils. My poor baby. I know the ridiculous pain that does with tonsillitis and my poor baby had it. We had Emeline on a bed and encouraged her to sleep, it was late at night and she was exhausted as it was. Emeline could not relax at all. She was given a dose of antibiotics and that was a barrel of laughs! She did not enjoy that at all! The doctor came back later to take swabs of her pus – hideous experience. 

It’s funny how Scott and I immediately fall in to our roles in these situations, Scott is always the one to hold the baby down as such. I am so soft and too squeamish to do that myself. I am so grateful he takes this role, he is the calm cucumber who listens whereas I immediately panic and worry. He rationalises and listens and waits. 

The ‘fear face’ when a doctor approached

Each time a doctor came near Emeline, she began to panic. The poking and proding had taken its toll and became too much and she cried whenever they came near. That said, and realising it was tonsillitis we were armed with antibiotics and a care plan and sent home. We were able to go back if we weren’t happen or if things weren’t as we are expected. We arrived home, went upstairs and I got changed for bed ready to feed Emeline and Scott started to change her, then he said: 

Call an ambulance, she can’t breath”

 I panicked as I heard those words and rushed to see them. Emeline was white, blue around the mouth and blotchy faced. It looked like an allergic reaction but she couldn’t catch her breath. I dialed 999 and gave all the information, the ambulance was here within minutes, there was no wait at all. The response was fantastic. Emeline then threw up a load of green pus that had gathered at the back of her throat and cleared and she caught her breath before the ambulance arrived, they were obviously concerned for her seeing the state she was in. They took observations again although they struggled to monitor her breathing as she was in such a state. Her blood sugars were incredibly low but her temperature was normal. They observed her for a while and Scott was sent off to get some non sugar free calpol. Once her sugars were up and she was calmer, they were happy to leave us home on the conditions we monitored her temperature and checked her throughout the night, using our sensor mat and baby monitor. They stayed with us until we were all completely happy. The most amazing service. 

Yesterday, we recovered. Constant doses of medicine and very little sleep. Jenson spent the day with my parents but came home and was delighted to see his little sister. 

We had a rough night again last night but a much better day today. She has been up and down and continued to sleep a lot but has finally had some solid food. She has fed constantly though so my boobs have been fully abused. I am so grateful she is alright, she terrified me Saturday night and I’ll take sore boobs over that a million times over. 

Jenson has been amazing today, we had planned at day to Bewilderwood before he started school and had tickets booked. I rang this morning and they’ve said we can change the booking. Jenson had the option to go with Daddy alone but he preferred to stay home to look after Emeline today and said that we can go as a family. He is so thoughtful and selfless. He didn’t care about his day at all and I am so proud of those qualities in him. 


Tiny person = snot machine!

Emeline is poorly! She had a cold a few weeks ago, a slight snuffle and sniffle and a bit of a temperature that delayed her 12 week jabs, calpol, saline spray and lots of love got us through that one. 

This time, she is poorly. After her meltdown last night, she went down hill, by no means is she unwell as some children, she does just have a cold but it is so horrid to see a baby suffer. 

She slept really well but my gosh did she make noises, poor little love was snorting and snot bubbling in her sleep. She woke up at 4.30am and was choking on the snot which had settled at the back of the throat which was nice for her. Lots of phlegm came up and she was back to her usual smiley self. A lot of sneezes and nose wiping later, careful of her eyes as we are on our second day of antiobiotics for conjunctivitis, Jenson told me she was sweaty, low and behold, she had a slight temperature. Calpol at the ready in the syringe, I used my best tactics to get her mouth open! This girl will not take a dummy or anything and isn’t very forthcoming when it comes to calpol. Eventually she took the dose and had a quick cat nap.

This morning her little eyes have become more red and she is breathing heavily out of her mouth where her nose is blocked, saline spray still being used to help her and I’ve resulted to some snuffle baby on her baby grow – pulling out the big guns. Her nose seems to have cleared but she has the cutest little cough, she is bringing a lot of phlegm up and thankfully sounds less wheezy, I know it’s the snot in her throat rather than her lungs and I am so thankful for that. 

I am snuggling this poor little dot and I would happily take these germs for her. She is still smiling away and wanting to play with her toys when she is awake but she has seriously crashed. Jenson has tried to entertain and comfort his little sister and has been so patient, I’ve asked if he wanted to go to his grandparents for the day but apparently he will ‘miss Emeline too much’. I’ve got the fruit and snacks down for him to help himself. He got himself a bagel for lunch and some Easter chocolate whilst I comforted a very teary baby. I managed to whisk him some scrambled egg and salmon with the bagel and now I can prepare his strawberries and banana.  



My mum and sister have always been poorly as I grew up, my mum had endless medical conditions and lung problems on top of food allergies and asthma and I am grateful everyday that both of our children have not inherited these conditions, as it seems. Jenson has a weaker chest and an inhaler for asthma but it gets better as he gets older. I hope that Emeline will have Scott’s immunity too and neither of them will suffer like my Mum and sister have and do. My heart breaks for families with children that are unwell, it’s so unfair. Their parents are angels. 

Right now, in my first world problem world, I am covered in sick and snot and armed with:

  • Olbas baby oil on a muslin
  • A muslin for snot and sick 
  • Snuffle baby 
  • Saline spray in my back pocket (oh yeah)!
  • Vaseline for her streaming nose! 

Ready to enjoy some time with my big boy now Emie is asleep and I’ll see you all on the other side!