Today I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel of sickness as we confirmed that Roy no longer had a fever and was feeling better than he had in days.
This came after a particularly challenging night where it took two hours to get Charlie to go back to sleep after he woke up around 2 AM for the 129879743 time. I may have enlisted Roy's help to shake the pack and play to help Charlie go back to Dreamland. (We find that the motion helps settle him. But it is as inconvenient as it sounds. You'd think that we'd be able to put Charlie down and he'd fall asleep. Uh, no.) Anyway, Roy wore a mask and soaked himself in antibacterial hand gel and took on the job so I could close my eyes for a few minutes. Imagine my surprise when I woke up about two hours later and Roy was still there shaking the pack and play. I am pretty sure I woke up a couple of times during that two hours, and I may have even fed Charlie again - but at this point, all the nights are running together and I can't remember what I did when.
I see sleep training in our future, and this totally bums me out. I guess there is the chance that Charlie will work through this on his own, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really, really discouraged.
I am so happy that Roy is feeling better. I hate seeing him sick, and I got a definite taste of what single parenthood is like. Hard, hard, hard. I am amazed at those who do it. Single parents get nothing but love from me.
Naturally, Roy is glad to be feeling better, too. I know he missed being able to hold Charlie and spend time with him.
The bad news is Charlie was insanely cranky all day. He has developed a cough, and while he doesn't have a fever, my gut instinct is that he's feeling under the weather. We'll be keeping a close eye on him and will need to take him to the doctor if things get any worse.
Even though this week has pretty much sucked so far, I am so grateful for my healthy husband and cranky child.
ETA: Actually, I was wrong. Charlie does have a fever. Poor baby! We'll be calling the doctor first thing in the morning.