Continuing cough

30 Sep

I want to say more about baby’s development, but I feel like I do when speaking to a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while: I’m still in the broad strokes, things are good, everyone’s fine, etc. I want to be in the shorter strokes (wait, that doesn’t sound good, let’s leave the stroking metaphor), telling you about the fact that BB can turn individual pages of a book now, or that he’s developing preferences for stuff.

But C.R.E.A.M., right? Cough rules everything around me. Almost 2 weeks after the croup rocked our household to the core – ok, maybe not the core, and there was some rocking, but you get it man, you get it – baby still has a lingering cough. It’s sneaky though, he’ll be cool as morning dew for the whole day, and then in the middle of the night, bang, coughing spasms 5, 6 times a night. Seriously, is the kid smoking ciggies out back while we’re not looking?

Plus, the internet, man, the internet. You search for ‘lingering cough infant’ and the second item is this yahoo answers post. Dad: my kid has a lingering cough. Any ideas? Internet: cystic fibrosis or pneumonia. Wow. Wait, what? I imagine the next line is something like: Dad (after reading that his baby has life-threatening illness that is masking as a cough) leaves work, comes home to whisk baby off to the emergency room and possibly a life-saving bubble suit.

Anyhow, the cough lingers. We’re starting to get annoyed with this, though baby doesn’t seem to give two figs about the whole thing. He’s just pissed that it’s 5am, and we’re waiting, on principle, until 5:30am to get him out of his crib. He’s coughing, right? Can’t we hear that? The principle, by the way, is that it’s fucking early and we are tired, tired. Plus, since he wears his shoes & bar at night, he’s started banging that shit against the crib. Coughing and banging, banging and coughing. I think he knows that our room shares a wall with him, because he’s now banging the bar against that particular wall of the crib. Or else he’s tunneling, Sandhog style, out of the room somehow. One day, we’re going to look behind his Rita Hayworth poster, and he’ll be gone.

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