Things I’ve Learned Since Having a New Baby

Time has both slipped away and lingered on since Mabrey has been born.  Does anyone else know the feeling?

We’ve been thoroughly enjoying our new little one while walking through a few challenges at the same time.

I’m a stickler for keeping new babies away from germs.  We’ve stayed close to home, and the preschoolers have stayed out of church with me and Mabrey for the time being.

So imagine my surprise when almost three weeks ago my two-year-old came down with a fever.  A high fever.  Mallory also room shares with us and I just knew Mabrey was exposed.  I locked myself in a room and cried, while imagining hospilitizations and spinal taps on my newborn.  How was I going to care for my sweet toddler without exposing my infant?  I couldn’t think of a good way to handle this dilemma.  I felt totally helpless.

Pretty soon the rest of the family came down with fevers, vomiting, and eventually cold symptoms.  Mallory is in the epitome of the “terrific twos,” and is into everything.  Including Mabrey’s face and stuff.  Mabrey was fine for around a week.  She eventually developed a cough, but no fever.  Praise God!

We then got word that whooping cough was going around the church we’ve been attending, and that it would be wise for families with young children to stay away for a few weeks.  My heart sunk.  What we had couldn’t be pertussis, could it?

Just when I thought everyone was getting better, Mallory once again spiked a fever. To the doctor we went, and she was diagnosed with an ear infection and mucus in one of her lungs.  Her oxygen level was high, so the nurse practitioner prescribed a basic antibiotic.

Two days later I knew something was still not right.  We returned to the doctor, and this time her oxygen level wasn’t so good.  She was diagnosed with pneumonia.  Pneumonia! I could hardly believe it.

While at the doctor’s office Mabrey was checked out too.  She still sounded good, but was given a precautionary antibiotic just in case.  I mentioned the whooping cough notice, and our doctor said he was sure this illness wasn’t that.  But he recommended that Mabrey stayed away from church for the remainder of the fall, especially since we carefully select and delay vaccinations.

This all happened two days ago.  Mallory is recovering super well, and Mabrey’s cough made a turn for the better yesterday.  Praise God!

Boy, I’ve learned so much through this so far.  First of all, I’ve been reminded time and time again that God’s plans are not my own.  While I don’t understand why our house has been riddled with sickness almost as soon as our new baby arrived, I know that He has a plan for it.

I’ve learned new lessons in perseverance.  

I’ve learned the meaning of praying without ceasing.  At first I begged for mercy, but then I also realized that I had to let go of my own wants and pray that His will be done.  Boy, can this be hard!  When my babies are at the center of my prayers, all I want is for their health to return.

But I need to remember that they are His children first.  They aren’t just my own, and God’s plan will always trump mine.

Prayers are much appreciated.  We are returning to the doctor tomorrow to have Mallory’s oxygen level checked and to make sure her new prescription is working!

8 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned Since Having a New Baby

  1. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My daughter (16 months old) just came down with a fever last night. She is my only child at the moment and has had a great track record with being healthy so I’m not use to having a sick baby. I prayed to God that he would protect and heal her. Her fever began to go down slightly! Praise God! Thank you for all the reminders at the end of your post. It has encouraged me so much! I am praying for your sweet family!

  2. Patty Greenbacker says:

    My son is 9 months old and just came down with his first cold. It is so tough when the little ones don’t feel well, but you are right that the key is trusting God to heal them, care for them, and give us wisdom to meet their needs. Prayer is so important as well! Thanks for sharing!

    God bless,

  3. Marion says:

    Thank You for sharing this post. Mallory is adorable. Such a cutie. Happy to hear that Mallory is recuperating and Mabrey is okay. Will keep Mallory in my prayers for a good check up .
    You have a beautiful family. God Bless all.

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