Tuesday morning Isa started coughing. According to my friend Christina (who watches her on Tuesdays while I work), she was tired and whiney all day to go with the coughing. Wednesday morning she continued coughing but was generally herself until the afternoon when I happened to feel her forehead and realized she was really warm. Her underarm temp was 101.5. Yikes! She slept fairly well that night and I was hopeful that she was going to be better in the morning. However, Thursday morning she had a coughing fit so intense that she vomited.
I probably shouldn't complain too much because it's only the 3rd or 4th time she's had a fever and the very first time she's ever thrown up. Even as a little baby, she rarely spit up when I burped her. She's unbelievably healthy and that leaves me completely unprepared for helping a sick little one. It's even tougher because she's still too little for any cold medicine. There's really nothing I can do but snuggle her. Luckily "Mama-medicine" is fairly potent stuff!
Today she was doing quite a bit better. Still coughing but no fever at any point. When it was time for her nap, we looked all over the house for "baba" (her pacifier) to no avail. She had hidden it somewhere and neither of us could find it. I tried getting her to sleep without it but she hemmed and hawed for over an hour. No major tantrum, she just wouldn't settle. I searched thoroughly while she was in her room and eventually found baba hidden in a pile of My Little Ponies. Instead of giving it back, though, I decided it was an ideal situation- today would be the day we broke the Baba Habit! Cold turkey, just like when I forgot her bottles on a vacation. I tucked her in for the night about 1/2 an hour ago without a fuss and haven't heard a peep since. After all of my worry about how difficult it would be to break the paci habit, it was shockingly simple. (Fingers crossed that she doesn't have a delayed reaction later this week!)
And finally braids... I found a new blog via Facebook today all about styling curly hair. The little one on the blog appears to have hair identical to Isa and after poking around a bit, I found some reasonably simple but adorable styles to try. I decided to start with this one, minus the knots. I gave Isa an early bath, then we sat down to watch Anastasia and make some braids! I think I did a reasonably good job, especially given how little experience I have with braiding. The parts aren't the straightest and the braids could be both tighter and smoother, but not bad for a first try. I definitely need to figure out a better seating arrangement for our braiding sessions, though, since trying to get at the right angle to do each braid was tricky.