Elliott @4 months.. The Narrative

Today, you turned four months. So hard to believe, really.  In some ways its hard to believe that it has only been four months, yet in most ways it is harder to believe it has already been four months.  We are 1/3 of the way through your first year of life and everyone keeps saying that the really fun time is right around the corner.

The first three months of your life were a big change for our lives as well.  The world itself becomes much smaller and for the first time in my life, that is ok.  We are settling back into life after a long trip to Germany to see your relatives and then the biggest snow storm I have ever seen in Seattle came shortly after we got back.. The entire city seemed like it was shut down for several days and the first wave came when I was trying to throw a surprise party for your mom’s 30th birthday– but the storm scared everyone inside.  We got to spend  A LOT of time with you that week and then you came down with your first sickness– which was, at the time, a pretty scary moment for your mom and I…

It was the middle of the night.  You hadn’t slept well, so we were sleeping very lightly as it was.  It was also the first week you were sleeping in your crib (like a big boy should), so we were keeping one eye open, should you need anything.  I think I heard it first, a cough that was very distinct– followed by a Darth Vader like wheezing.. I want to say like a whistle pig, but it wasn’t really like that–but whistle pig is such a cool term I had to throw it in there.  It ended up being this thing called Croup.. which is a common sickness with a virus thrown in for good measure.  I should mention, as a side note, that all of this was going down on my birthday.  First thing in the morning, we were on the phone to the doctor to see what we could possibly do.

The doctor prescribed a steroid and said you would pretty much clear up in 24 hours or we should take you to the ER!  So that was an interesting plan.  Steroid or Emergency Room.  That registered pretty clearly.  Luckily, you cleared up and saved us the ER nebulizer…

Since then, you’re sleep schedule has been off, so ours has too.

But, in spite of all that, it has been a great four months– which is soon to turn into four years at the rate we are going.  Hard to think of life before you and it’s even harder to think of life without you.  Everyday now, you stay awake longer, smile more and we have to find more time in the day just because it is so amazing to watch you grow and develop.  We are very lucky to have you with us– you make us grow almost as much as you are growing…