The "D" word...

Josiah’s nine-month birthday came and went with nary a mention — it was on January 17. I apologize for that. Here’s a photo to make up for it:

Our new area rug

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(Warning: those with queazy stomachs may want to stop reading now.)

In all of Josiah’s nine months, thankfully, we’ve never had to experience what we heard people call a “blow-out.” This weekend changed all of that. On Friday, we were having dinner with some friends, and Josiah decided it was time to projectile vomit his entire dinner. We had never seen him throw up like that. It was pretty terrible (for us, that is — Josiah didn’t seem to care at all). We gave him a bath (thanks, Jason & Megan!) and thought we had experienced the worse of it.

From left to right - Jason, Dave, Jill, Megan, Julianna, Josiah

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Then, on Saturday, when I was getting Josiah out of bed, I noticed that his back felt wet. I thought that his diaper had probably leaked, but I soon found out it was much worse. Not only had Josiah gone diarrhea, but it had shot out of his diaper in every direction imaginable. It was on his stomach and all the way up his back to his shoulders… It wasn’t a pretty sight. (Of course, Josiah didn’t seem to care about this either!)

Saturday brought a couple of more “D” spells, as well as a couple more baths — Josiah was having the time of his life with that.

On Sunday, it didn’t stop. In fact, after a couple more times, we finally decided to call our doctor’s office. We were sure that Josiah had a viral infection and the nurse confirmed that. She also said that we shouldn’t change his diet at all, as long as he seemed to be acting normal (which he was). The crazy thing is that she told us they wouldn’t even want us to bring him into the office until he was having at least eight big diarrheas a day… Eight?!

Sunday presented us with another few big “Ds” (and a few more baths), but not eight.

This morning brought us one more big one (and a fun morning bath — at 5:30am). Josiah was thrilled to be up with us, doing one of his favorite things. Hopefully, Julianna doesn’t have to deal with too many more (it’s a tough job to do all alone).

The most important thing we are trying to do now is keep Josiah hydrated. He already looks a little skinnier.

Being sick is not fun… We feel sorry for the little guy, but his smile tells us that he’s not in too much discomfort at this point.

By the way, the first photo is of Josiah on our new area rug. Click here and here to read more about that (and see another photo).

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