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Daycare Toddler Down Emily 20 JAN 2016

One of the inevitable truths of having a baby or toddler that attends daycare is that they are pretty much guaranteed to get sick. A lot.

With so many small, unhygienic little tykes running around, sneezing, and well… touching things, daycare rooms are pretty much covered in little germ surface-to-air missiles (no matter how much the staff wipe and disinfect), meaning that escaping it is nigh impossible!

Unless of course your kid has an impressive immune system at this super young age, or the mix of vitamins and syrups you force feed them before school each day actually does what they promise to do on the box.

sick toddler emily sleeping on the couch with big monkey

Sadly, neither of these two apply to us, and so, after a long, healthy Summer holiday, just a week back at Baby Steps has been enough to leave us with a feverish toddler who keeps throwing up everything we feed her.

Sigh, at least the doctor says it doesn’t look particularly serious, though she did point out a particularly nasty ulcer that seems to have appeared out of nowhere on the side of Emily’s tongue. Ouch!

craig lotter with emily sleeping on his chest

So yeah, I’m not getting a super lot of work done from home at the moment – and for a change it’s not my buggered knee tendon holding me up…

[UPDATE: Oh. It looks like Emily has contracted hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Wonderful.]

Jessica’s First Day at Baby Steps Daycare Jessica 05 JUL 2011

Hey, another milestone reached, little Jess Jess has now started daycare! (So no more working from home, trips through from Bellvile for Ouma, or off to Aunty Ingrid any more).

Admittedly, we were a little worried that she might give Rochelle from Baby Steps a little trouble with her penchant for fighting her sleep, but by all accounts she was an absolute star on the first day, slotting right in and capturing the hearts of all the daycare staff on duty, right off the bat! She even surprised Mommy and Daddy by reportedly quite happily eating her lunch while seated in her Bumbo chair, something she has historically not been all that happy with.

Of course it was tough for Mom to drop her daughter off with strangers for the very first time, but she managed to do it without losing her composure or tearing back inside, grabbing Jessica and then running off with her, so I’m proud of my Chantelle for that. :)

And yes, now that Jessica is away at Baby Steps from 07:30 to 17:30 it is most definitely going to make our lives that much easier in getting everything that needs to be done, done, and hopefully Jessie with enjoy the experience too, now that she gets around the clock stimulation and interaction with the other babies and toddlers who inhabit Baby Steps.

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Jessica back to Full Health Jessica 04 JUN 2011

Yay! So the doctor confirmed yesterday on the check-up visit that the antibiotics seems to have done the trick. The ear, nose and throat infections have all receded, the various swellings are down, her chest is open again – in other words Jessie is back to full health again!

The only minor side affects that we are still dealing with is a nasty little nappy rash brought on by the antibiotics messing with her pH balance (shame, she definitely has her mommy’s sensitive skin), as well as a slightly discoloured tongue due to her vitamins reacting with the antibiotics.

But other than that, all is A-OK, bringing the Lotter household back to 100% seeing as Chantelle is also back to normal.

Of course, I’m sure it is only a matter of time before it’s my turn :(

Anyway, we’re now in the final month of looking after Jessica at home before she gets accepted into the daycare centre, and at this point we really do have to mention just how much of a godsend Chantelle’s parents have been in terms of helping us out here, because without them I simply don’t know what we would have done.

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