@ 1 year 2 weeks 3 days
Ryan always gave me that ‘look’ on his face whenever I dropped him off at nanny’s. He was not angry, he was definitely not happy, just that expressionless face. At times if mummy is lucky, she gets to see a reluctant smile on her baby’s face (err.. u know those smiles as a result of funny face we made). When she is not so lucky, she has to leave a crying baby behind. Anyways, in a nutshell, a smiley goodbye wave is rare. It’s probably easier to get struck by lightning than to get Ryan to wave bye bye to mummy. *Blehhh….*
All these months I got so used to the morning routine that I have casted to stone the assumption Ryan is simply not a mummy’s boy; mummy’s always the bad one in the family so no goodbye for this fierce mummy…. until…. this day. The day I realised how wrong I was to make that assumption when I discovered Ryan will never waved goodbye if he actually wants to follow. Example when Daddy reversed his car, I’ll coax Ryan to wave bye-bye to Daddy and pretend that we’re not following. Ryan will then show his typical morning face (thinking back, it’s actually quite a pitiful sad face) until we get into the car that’s when he’ll be smiley again. I spotted him behaving that way on several other occassions and for as many times enough to convince I was sooooo wrong to have *accused* my baby for not loving his mummy, for not bothering to smile, wave goodbye when mummy leaves for work.
Sorry baby… if only mummy could read your mind…………
@ 1 year 1 week 4 days
I got the shock my life on Wednesday when nanny told me there’s a lump in Ryan’s neck. I quickly examined and yes.. sh*t!! Indeed there’s a small lump the size of pea just right below his left ear under his jaw line. I almost went bonkerz. I quickly called hubs summoned him to come home NOW! I started to “think east, think west” (speculate). It doesn’t helped that paed is closed on Wednesdays. So the earliest I could drop in is the next morning.
Ryan was down with a slight fever the day before (38C). So, hubs was pretty sure the lump was merely an enlarged lymph node against the infection. I just wasn’t convinced and certainly do not want to take things for granted. Better be safe than sorry. So, I insisted it is a MUST to go see the paed first thing tomorrow morning. NO OTHER OPTION! Blehh.. *very fierce already*
Reached paed’s office at 8.30am. Ryan was #5 on queue but the first patient to go in cos the rest had gone for breakfast. Heehee.. Anyways, as soon as we walked in, Ryan behaved strangely. He showed an obvious gesture he wasn’t comfortable in the paed’s room. And as soon as the stethoscope landed on his tummy, my poor baby wailed like there’s no tomorrow. Anyways, after a thorough check., paed confirmed the lump is indeed a swollen gland caused by the body’s immune defense against the bug. Instantly I gave a sigh of RELIEF!
Hubs was busy comforting the crying baby when I heard paed uttered the word ‘BUT’….. Huh?? But what????? According to paed, the gland will subside after the antibiotics (3ml Zithromax once a day for 3 days) . However, do not expect an overnight recovery as typically it will take up to 2 weeks for it to go back to its normal size. Aiks.. I seriously thought after medication, *gau dim* (settle) lor.. Paed advised us to continue monitor Ryan’s swollen gland. Importantly is to make sure no multiplication or enlargement to the lump. Pheww~~~
No fever, no cold symptoms, nothing, Ryan is all a-okay. Now we just have to complete his course of antibiotics and hope the swollen gland will reduce to its normal size soon.
Again, hubs said I worried too much. But who wouldn’t right….