Thursday, April 24, 2014

Not so good first birthday

We went away for Easter, rented a cottage in the west of Ireland, absolutely fabulous and we were blessed with sunny and balmy days! Children had a blast, we had a very friendly horse in the filed attached to our back yard, and the farmland we were on had cows and calves and not a car or another house that could be seen for miles all around.

Mike took part in an adventure race which consisted in 16km cycling, 13 km run and 16 more km cycling all up and down a hill. It was tough but he did very well (considering he barely had any training!) and we met up with friends which was lovely.

Martina took her first steps on Easter Sunday, she was so excited! Definitely knew she had done something special and really wanted to keep trying!
But then on sunday night she started feeling not so well, very clingy, felt warm (but I had not brought a thermometer, so not sure how warm she was) we gave her paracetamol and she ended up sleeping in our bed as the only way she was happy was attached to me. 

We drove back on monday and she got sick in the car, we were stuck in traffic, it took ages to get home and by then we knew she caught some sort of a bug and her temperature spiked close to 40 C. Not good. Tuesday during the day she was ok, no temp but not in great form, coughing and sneezing and rapid breathing, off her food etc. As the evening came, so did the temperature and we were back up to 39.8 and sort of hovering around 39 even with ibuprofen. I took this pic a few minutes before midnight on tuesday thinking this is not going to be a very happy birthday for the little girl.

A trip to the doctor on wednesday confirmed it is a viral infection, we got the prescription for an antibiotic in case she doesn't get better within a couple of days, but chest sounded clear and nothing major was seen in her throat and ears. We attempted a mini party with a cake in the evening but it wasn't really worth it as she didn't eat at all. 

By that time Oliver started complaining that his tummy wasn't feeling so good and that he was cold. So he came down too with high temp and cough etc. 
Today Martina is a better, no temp all day and even now that we put her to bed she was in the normal range, but last night we had a couple more spikes near 40 C which scared me quite a bit. 
So hopefully with the weekend the children will be back to good form and we are doing our best not to catch it too!


  1. First of all...your vacation sounds idyllic! I'm so jealous!! And I am so sorry that Martina got sick. That sounds a lot like what Cadet had a few months ago! It can be scary! I hope everyone gets better soon. And give Mike a "high five" from all of us!!

  2. Poor Martina! I think your vacation sounds wonderful though! Mike must be really fit to get through that race! I hope your little ones are both on the mend now! Promise I will update my blog in the next few days!

  3. Poor girl! I recognize that look. I had to google Celsius to Fahrenheit. 40 C is high! Sounds like it probably is viral if Oliver has it. Here's to hoping you and mike don't get it too!

  4. We've been battling sicknesses over here too! I hope Martina and Oliver are feeling better. It is not fun when the kiddos are sick. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. The vacation sounds marvelous. Happy Birthday Martina.

    I really hate it when the kids are sick. I hope both the kids will recover well and quickly.

  6. What a bummer, to be sick on one's birthday! Happy birthday, at that, Martina! I hope you get to celebrate later, in a proper way, with cake and everything. :-)
    Incidentally, there has been a viral thingy going on over here too, fever, loss of appetite, gone in two days tops. Weird. Hope you're all better by now.

  7. Your trip looked so peaceful and beautiful! I'm so sorry to hear the kids got sick. High temperatures can be scary! I hope by now both kids are feeling better and that you and Mike avoided getting it.

    I miss you, friend, and thank you so much for your email (of a month ago!). You have jolted me back into the blogsphere.


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