Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring

We did it. We survived winter, somehow managing to avoid catching a cold when everyone in the world had one.

It was quite a feat. Normally, Mo and I swap germs like Typhoid Mary. This year, we were vigilant to avoid passing on anything to Hope, especially since doctors warned she could be hospitalized if she caught a cold. We kept her mostly inside for months and learned a valuable life lesson. Apparently, Mom was on to something with all that talk of hand washing, vitamins, clean living and vegetables. Who knew?

So spring has sprung. Our triumph over the calendar is complete. And, of course, Hope has her first cold.

It began with a few stray coughs. It's evolved into a seven-straight-sneeze symphony that's foul and phlegmatic. She's not sleeping well. The fussbudget is on Fuss Factor Five.

Hope's been out a lot more, so it makes sense that she'd catch a stray something. A few weeks ago, the sniffles and snorts would have sounded serious alarms. We still worry, but realize there's not much to do but ride it out.

There could be some lesson in here about planning your life, excessive caution or letting your guard down. But Mo delights in poking fun of these entries for always ending in lessons.

So perhaps, just this once, a cold is just a cold.

9 comments:

Misty said...

that picture is sooooo freakin cute!! LOL! many thoughts little hope's way!! fight that bug girl!

Anne said...

Jefferson, Jordan, Jeff & your sissy hope that Baby Hope gets better soon. That hat is too cute. We want to kiss her!!! We love you.

Karen said...

I love Hope's hat - did you make it?
We'll be praying that she'll bounce back soon from that cold.

Anonymous said...

Love your hat little Hopesy! Feel
better soon. We love you...
Grandma Clem & Grandpa Beef

Sue Burzynski Bullard said...

Joel, You clearly should have been a photographer. The pictures of her in the hat and in the Easter basket are wonderful. She's clearly got a future as a baby model.

Joel and Maureen said...

Thanks, Karen. Our pal, Ms. Brooklyn Salt, knitted the hat and a snappy dress to match.

Forever Greatful to be a Wife and Mommie said...

Just reading through some of your posts -- she is so darn cute and I love your additude!

Anonymous said...

what a cutie...love the hat.
so glad she is doing well aside from cold. You two work so hard to make sure she is ok. I know we all would do that to make sure our children are ok of course... but then we have not the all the sress that you two have with all your concerns with your daughter and making sure she has the very best of care.

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