Thursday, October 07, 2010

Seriously Jet-Lagged and Other Assorted Tales

So if you missed it, you can read the play-by-play of our trip to China to adopt Tate at But now that we're home and I can access blogger again, I'm back to blogging here. If I can figure out how to transport my wordpress posts from China into this blog, I'll do that (and if you know how, feel free to email me the directions!).

We've been back from China for about a week. And Tate's been a trooper and a charmer. We had a physical exam scheduled for yesterday, but ended up at the doctor on Monday because he had some pesky hives that would not disappear and I feared an allergy to his formula, his main source of nutrition. It turned out that:

1. he did, indeed, have a staph infection on his head (which has cleared up nicely)
2. we will treat him as allergic to keflex/ceclor (which we didn't finish the cycle of because of the hives) until he's older
3. he is probably not allergic to dairy or his formula
4. the hives are probably his body fighting a virus (as is the swollen gland at the base of his head)
5. he has two ear infections

Despite his hives and ear infections, he's been relatively smiley and playful.

Unfortunately that mostly happens in the middle of the night or when we are in public. And these days, I'm essentially living from nap to nap. I'm not kidding.

Last night Tate went down at 8:00 pm, then woke up at 1:00 am. I fed him again at 3:00 am because he seemed so hungry (he was), and he went back to sleep until around 5:00 am. This was definite improvement over the previous night, when he woke up at midnight, then went right back down, but was up again at 2:00 am until 4:30 am, and he was joined by Casey who woke up at 4:00 am. You get the point.

So we're working on the jet lag. He needs complete darkness to fall asleep, which leaves us one of the bathrooms or the laundry room. Because the big kids need the hall light on to fall asleep, we have to be creative about making Tate's room dark-- and he zooms right in on the infrared dots on the baby monitor camera. I finally turned it off until he fell asleep last night.

I know, I know-- you want to see pictures. Well then head on over to


Danielle said...

I love the pic. on the banner. He's a beautiful little boy. So sorry to hear about all his health issues. While they're all minor, I know they can add up to feeling yucky and cranky.
Please know that I'm thinking of all of you. Miss you, and love you dearly.

Janet and Kevin said...

Our Elijah just got over a staph infection in his head as well complete with swollen lymph nodes. The nodes stayed swollen a long time after the infection cleared up! Hope Tate's swollen glands go away soon! He is such a cutie. Loved following your China journey.

Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and Elijah