Growing a Critter

We’re growing him on the outside now

My new best friend, the snot sucker December 9, 2007

Filed under: body weirdness,health,profession — crittermama @ 4:50 pm

All hail the bulb syringe! We’ve got three of them, but the only one worth it’s salt is the one we stole from the hospital. The little guy and I both started getting stuffy last week, and I had hoped that it was just a side effect from the cold weather.

And snow! We had snow! Here’s the critter with his Pa:

sNoah and Pa

And with me:

sNoah and Mama

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures, but of course our GOOD camera had a dead battery. Bother!

Anyway! Back to my baby’s nose and nasal discharge! We’ve used a humidifier in the room for a couple of months now, since he’s always been a little snurffly, and we’ve had to clear his nose a time or two in the past. But wow. We’ve never gotten anything like what we’re seeing now. It is SO SATISFYING to clear his nose. And he can tell a difference, too. At first, he’d cry and scream, but this morning, he actually SMILED at me as I went after him with the bulb syringe. Crazy kid.

We’re keeping him home from day care tomorrow, which means that we’re each giving up a half day of work. I’ll take him to the pediatrician tomorrow morning, and Dave’s going to come home in the afternoon so I can get some work done. It’s not a whole lot of fun for the little guy to be all stoppered up, and we want to make sure that we’re doing the right things. It’s probably just a regular old cold, but we just want to be sure.

On another front, we’ve found the Sleep Lady’s book, and we’re both making our way through it. I hope this one helps!


49 Responses to “My new best friend, the snot sucker”

  1. allison Says:

    the bulb syringe (or, as its known here, “the snot sucker”) is indeed a wonderful thing.

    of course, the Dark Lord is fairly certain that using it constitutes TORTURE and STOP IT STOP IT STOP IIEEETTT!

    Good times. You should hear him when we try to do something REALLY horrible! Like, wipe his face!

  2. racher Says:

    I thought i was the only one who found sweet satisfaction in the extraction of copious gooey snot from my small infant’s nose! mostly it was the noise…shhhlllluuuuurrrrrppppp. Ah. Music to my ears. It would be great if we could use it on our 2 and a half year old, because he sniffs every .01 seconds and has yet to figure out what “blowing” means.
    Also, we called it the booger sucker.

  3. Abby’s drainage ramped up right before her tooth began coming in…. If you’re both stuffy, though, that is probably not the cause. :o)

    Abby and the Dark Lord seem to have the same reaction. We went out and bought a battery-powered one! In and out before she notices, most times. It took some practice by each of us, but now we are huge fans!

    We got ours at Target, but here it is on Amazon:

  4. Heather Says:

    Ah yes, the boogie getter is a wonderful contraption. I know every parent has their 2 cents on sleeping suggestions – for us I swear by Dr. Marc Weissbluth’s book “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”. I found that Mary Carter was ready for me to enforce a sleep routine around 5 mos, and it changed my life. Love the snow pics – it was 75 degrees here today!

  5. Jennifer Says:

    They make battery-powered snot suckers now? Where were those this time last year when I had the baby with the snottiest nose in five states???

    Love the snow pictures. Love any pictures with the critter and his parents.

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