She does not like being sick. I took her to the ER last night after she'd thrown up a few times and wouldn't nurse because of congestion. She had a fever of 102 and a slight case of pneumonia so she's now on antibiotics and we've been playing with our new electronic aspirator. (Thanks for the heads up, Sarah!) The funniest thing about it is that it plays music to supposedly distract the baby from the hum of the little motor. I find it's hard to get interested in a song when it feels like your brains are being sucked out your nose but it's helped clear her up faster than the traditional blue bulb so we're sold on it. Brett picked ours up at Walgreens but Wal-Mart, Babies R'Us, and a few other online stores carry them.
We've had our vintage Christmas records on rotation around here. I found all three at my favorite D.A.V. about a month ago and they are in surprisingly good shape for $1 each. You can't go wrong with Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra so I knew they'd be good but I mostly bought the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer album for it's cover. It's a happy collection of popular jingles aimed at kids and both of mine love it.
This little corner is one of the few corners that feels finished in our new home. My mother-in-law found the old school desk for me, the metal crate was a flea market find, the mirror was thrifted in town before we even moved here on a Red Velvet weekend, the paint-by-number and frame were also found locally. The Crosley record player is the one from Urban Outfitters that Brett surprised me with for my birthday. We've since curated a nice little collection of mostly new records. I have a feeling that we'll be adding a few more after Christmas.
Ruby's most used sign from the baby sign language that we've taught her so far is 'music'. It's just waving your hand back and forth like you're conducting an orchestra but she's always busting it out whenever Brett is around. Brett usually has music on when he's home and she's got a strong association between the two. This morning the first thing she wanted when she woke up was her daddy and his music. Considering she was sick and hadn't really eaten much all night it was surprising that this would be her first request!
She also likes to put her coat on when she sees Brett heading out. She's her daddy's biggest fan and he loves every minute of it.
So many of my online friends have been sick or have sick families this week. How do you take care of yourself or others when sickness hits? I feel like when I got sick as a little kid there was usually chocolate ice cream involved in the recovery process. When I lived in England and came down with something one of my co-workers brought over a bunch of grapes. He explained that it's custom to bring grapes rather than chicken soup for their vitamin C. It was thoughtful and I always think of that when I'm in the produce section at the grocery store. ;)
Hoping for a healthy weekend for all.