A Change in Plans: Our Little Scare over Spring Break 2014 | Personal Post

Spring Break proved to be different then I expected.  I had big plans to do a cute little 5 month photo session with my sweet little Snug, Benny. (For those of you that don’t know, I call him Snug because he’s forever wanting to be close) So, change in plans, little Snug came down with a respiratory infection causing him to run a fever to have severe congestion.  None of the traditional remedies were working for us to clear his congestion, he had a really difficult time nursing and getting him to ingest Tylenol was extremely difficult.  Since bottle feeding and nursing hadn’t been an issue thus far, I decided to bottle feed him so he wouldn’t dehydrate and it was easier for him to get fluids than nursing.  He was feeling miserable and when he’d finally fall asleep,  we were very scared because he wouldn’t open his mouth to breath…. .. ..  We sat and held our breath as we watched him retract in and out for 10 seconds at a time and then finally gasping for air;  after a while we began gently jostling him to get him to take a breath.  I didn’t know what to do.  You hear so many scary stories about babies who don’t wake and I didn’t want that to happen to him, so I took him to the ER around 9PM.  It was my first time going to the ER with my child by myself  and I felt so alone; I thought it was best for my husband to stay home with my oldest son, Caden.    They checked him for RSV and pneumonia and ran a catheter down his nose to pull the thick mucus out that we were not able to reach.  It was awful watching him scream;  I felt helpless and wanted him to feel better.  They admitted us into the hospital and it wasn’t until 2:00 AM that I had a place to lay down; I was exhausted and Benny was still having these apnea like issues.

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I was angry that nothing was being done to help him as he still struggled to breath.  I sat there most of the night making sure he’d gasp for air; while the nurse monitored his oxygen levels. We woke that morning around 6:00 AM and Benny was shivering and still had a fever.  I felt sick to my stomach thinking about parents with children who are chronically ill or with very serious conditions, feeling stressed and fearful most times; how do they deal with that? The next morning a pediatrician from Associates in Pediatrics came to see him and said his oxygen was good and that he will get better with time, they inserted a catheter again and removed more mucus for him and it did help.  The doctor said they would observe him for the day to make sure he was OK to come home.  That afternoon, his fever finally broke.  The nurses continued to help us get more mucous out asked us to video tape the retractions in his chest to show the doctor when he returned to check on him, so we did.. believe it or not, this was actually an improvement in his breathing.


I called my Mom and Dad, and they comforted me.  Thankfully my Mother in-law was there to keep me company as I tried to relax on less than 2 hours of sleep.  We waited for my husband (who was taking my older son to Lego land as promised) to arrive and for the doctor to return; all the while the nurse continually assured us that he would return for us.I was worried sick because I couldn’t get my son to nurse and I didn’t want our breastfeeding experience to end.  Things were going so well for us and we were benefiting so much from nursing.  I repeatedly asked for a lactation consultant to help me understand how to keep my milk supply up and to help get my son to come back to me to nurse and she finally came around 3:30 to advise me, but no show on the doctor.  It wasn’t until 8:30 PM that another nurse, Patty,  came in to ask if we were sure that the doc was coming…. EXCUSE ME? I was sooooo frustrated beyond belief.  Patty, felt awful and it was obvious.  She called the new doc on call and she said that Dr. Wynn Sheade wasn’t coming back for the night.  Since they weren’t going to do anything for Ben, I just wanted to be at home with him.  Needless to say, we left.  My mother in-law had an hour drive ahead of her and yet she stayed the whole time with me; I’m so grateful for her being there to keep me company.

The next day was much better; Ben’s sinuses were draining and we were able to use the saline and aspirator to help remove the mucus.  I spent the entire day just bonding, watching him rest, cuddling and inviting him to nurse.  We bottle fed him until he was ready and THANKFULLY, around 4:30 he came back to nurse  I was so relieved and he seemed relieved too.  Here’s some of the photos on that day we reunited.

 

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Looking back, I think, phew.. it was only a little infection.  I think I did the right thing making sure that he was monitored during his apnea like episodes.  I’m so thankful for his health and that we’re able to nurse again.  I don’t know what I would have done without the support of my family.  Children amaze me.   They’re so resilient and they’re such a gift.  This was him only a couple days later taken with my Iphone.  Look at his smile……

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  • Laura - April 6, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    So glad he is feeling better! So scary though. You are one of the best mamas out there, Benny and Caden are so lucky to have you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - April 6, 2014 - 3:52 pm

      Thank you @laura. Such a sweet thing to say. I feel the exact same way about you! XoxoxoReplyCancel

Small Business Saturday | 2014 Photo Session Promotion | Northwest Suburban Family Photography | Chiapaint Pics

Happy Holidays!   It’s small business Saturday and I’m feeling so very grateful.  I’m offering a  few specials for 2014. I’ve made four options available and extended them through

Cyber Monday December 2nd, 2013.

30 min (Mini) $150.00-Includes 5 high resolution digital files and printing rights. *Excludes newborn   

1 hour (Half )$250.00 -includes 10 High resolution digital files and printing rights *Excludes Newborn   

2 Hour (Full) $450.00- includes 25 high resolution digital files and printing rights *Excludes Newborn   

Newborn $550.00includes 20 high resolution digital files and printing rights  

  • All photo sessions (*except Newborn) will be held before October 1st, 2014 at an outdoor location within 10 miles of 60110 area code (extra fees apply if they are held outside of that radius). *Newborn session must be held before Dec 15, 2014.
  •  Each session package includes high resolution digital files with printing rights 
  • Sessions are valid for up to 5 people
  • All purchases will be followed up with an email confirming your purchase and a voucher for your session will be delivered to you for your 2014 session.
  • Sessions must be scheduled before October 1st, 2014

To purchase your session use the Paypal button in the “make a payment” sidebar on the left.

 I look forward to working with you!

 

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Sarah is a creative, beautiful and amazing young artist.  She has a bright future ahead of her and  I was honored to have been able to capture her beauty.  Best wishes to you, Sarah.

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I can’t believe Brianna is now 1!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!

  • Debi Hardee - September 4, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Oh my god….could these pics be any cuter? I think not! Wonderful shots Cheryl, so natural & relaxed, can’t imagine she cried! Looks like she was having the time of her life! Especially loved the lace & pearls pics & the 1 yr old birthday hat made the perfect outfit for the occasion! Great job…you are a true professional!ReplyCancel

Crystal Lake Illinois Newborn and Family Photography | Chiapaint Pics |Featuring Seth and his Family

Congratulations to some very sweet friends of mine.  It’s hard to believe we’ve known each other now for almost 9 years now I think?  So much has changed and i’m so glad we’re still great friends.  I’m so happy for you and your growing family.  Everyone welcome, Baby Seth!

  • Debi Hardee - September 4, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Wow! Such a beautiful family…this little boy is adorable ;) Looks like his big sisters are going to love helping mom & dad take care of him! I especially love the black & white shots captured…so natural looking! Love the pod basket prop for the newborns…so fitting! Awesome job Cheryl ;) ReplyCancel

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