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The last few weeks of Lenny’s first year ended up being a little more dramatic than we expected. 

I spoke too soon about how smooth the start of childcare was. Lenny ended up sick for a few days following the first week but got better just in time to return for the second week. As it turned out, that was unfortunate because after just two more days at childcare he ended up really sick. First with gastro and then bronchiolitis with no break in between.

The short version is that Lenny spent six days in hospital. I don’t want to go too much into the detail expect to say that he was in a pretty bad way – he barely ate for 10 days, he didn’t move, sit up, crawl or walk for seven days and he didn’t smile for six days. It was extremely sad to see him like that but the good news is now he’s back!

Here’s his photo diary.

In the emergency department

Monday 21st July: Second time in the emergency department in 24 hours. Lenny's respiratory rate was 60-80. The ideal rate is 30-40. He had fever over 39 degrees and was as the doctor described it "miserable". He was quite dehydrated so they put a canula in straight away. He was so brave and the doctor did a brilliant job.

 

While the drip was keeping Lenny hydrated not much had changed by this stage. He still had running fever and laboured breathing. The poor little guy couldnt manage anything more than this.

Wednesday July 23: While the drip was keeping Lenny hydrated not much had changed by this stage. He still had running fever and laboured breathing. The poor little guy couldn't manage anything more than this.

 

Concerned there was little progress the doctors decided to try some other treatment including antibiotics in case there was an underlying infection causing the fever and ventilin to see if it would help open up his airways.

Thursday July 24: Concerned there was little progress the doctors decided to try some other treatment including antibiotics in case there was an underlying infection causing the fever and ventilin to see if it would help open up his airways.

 

With the fevers under control, a little food in his belly and 24 hours without oxygen the doctors decide its time we go home!

Saturday July 26: With the fevers under control, a little food in his belly and 24 hours without oxygen the doctors decide it's time we go home!

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It’s been a big week for all of us but especially for little Lenny. In one week his whole world has changed. Not only have we moved out of our apartment – the only home he’s ever had – and into mum’s house. He also started daycare for the first time. 

Day one went pretty well. No tears when I left him there (from Lenny anyway) and no signs of stress when we got home. In fact he was happy as anything, even more giggly than normal. 

Day two was a little different. He got a bit upset when I left but had already turned to play with his new toys before I was out of sight. He wouldn’t eat the hot lunch they served but he wasn’t too sad to refuse the yoghurt and biscuit Emma (his carer) got him instead. He’s showing some attachment to her already and wanted her to stay close by all day. I think that’s a good sign. 

It was a strange day for me. I don’t increase my days at work until next week so on day two I was home alone. Lucky we’ve still a million things to unpack, repack and sort out because I had to keep busy to ease my guilt of being at home while Lenny was at daycare.

So the routines are set to change again when I’m back at work three days next week and when Nath starts doing uni in the evenings in a fortnight. Despite all the changes though I know Lenny will do well. He loves being here with nana, Mitzi the cat and the big garden to explore. He’s getting his fingers in the dirt for the first time and loving it. He’s not an inner city baby anymore…

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