The Nugget Chronicles: Early Warning System

We have a slight issue with Nugget. I have to underline that the issue is a very slight one. And no, it isn’t the fact that she keeps doing stuff that forces me to push off a different post that I’ve been planning for a bit here now (maybe if I was writing about Nugget more than twice a week, but, given that I can’t even guarantee I’ve got time to CHECK this blog more than twice a week, that just isn’t going to happen).

See, our issue is this. She isn’t good about letting us know when she’s feeling ill.

In many ways, this is a good thing. It means that, generally, we’ve got our happy, bouncy, extremely hungry baby on our hands pretty much all of the time. This is a huge blessing, and we are definitely not overlooking it. The problem comes up when, oh, we realize that the Nugget has passed something along to either of her parents, and we’re suddenly dealing with something that’s doing it’s damnedest to knock us flat, all while Nugget just keeps going about her business. Not to say that she isn’t also feeling the ill effects, but that she’s just continuing to happily, bouncily power her way through them.

Case in point? Nugget is currently dealing with a little bout of thrush. First off, this is something that doesn’t happen often in babies her age, so we didn’t register it right away. But thrush it is, and, luckily for all involved, we did catch it in the early going. That said, if she’d been reacting the way that you would expect a baby with thrush to react, we might have been able to get her in sooner. She hasn’t changed her eating habits at all, which is a surprise because her mouth is supposed to be a little sore. She has a bit of a diaper rash, but we chalked it up originally to her switching from cloth to disposable diapers, and she hasn’t really been the worse for wear. It wasn’t until HawtWife started having to deal with her own side effects that we really knew Nugget had developed something that should get looked at.

This is really how all of her illnesses have been thus far. She had a minor ear infection, and she didn’t seem to be bothered by it. Bout with the stomach flu? Aside from a little extra sleep, and a few rounds of vomiting, she wasn’t phased. Clearly, she isn’t going to let a little thing like sickness slow her down. Now, minor inconveniences like a slight self-inflicted bump, or her parents wiping her nose? These will both lead to tears, wailing, gnashing of teeth, and all sorts of world-ending scenarios. But not something that is lingering, and SHOULD lead to at least a little discomfort.

I suppose this is actually a good thing, in the grand scheme of things. With the fact that babies tend to be little petri dishes, maybe Nugget not being phased by illness means that we’re totally dodging a bullet. It means that, instead of being generally upset, we get to have a generally happy baby. And, I’m going out on a limb here, but I think that also means that, when she’s got a serious problem that’s bugging her, that’s when she’s going to let us know.

At least, I hope so. I mean, I’d hate to find out that she caught SARS or something, and didn’t even give us the courtesy of a few tears to know about her discomfort.

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