So, Norah has been sick for about a week and a half. Started with the stuffy, snotty nose, and progressed into a full blown chest cold.
The doctor thought she might have pneumonia after hearing crackles in her lungs, but after a quick trip to the Children's Hospital for a chest x-ray, he gave us the good news that it was NOT pneumonia- just a big. bad. chest cold.
AS you may know, babies are obligate nose breathers.
That's just how they roll.
When their nose gets plugged up or goopy it makes them grumpy.
Sleeping becomes difficult.
Life is generally more difficult.
I have a bulb syringe- actually two. One from the hospital and one I bought.
They work in a pinch... but they aren't very powerful.
I hate using them because I have to keep assulting Norah's nose to get anything accomplished.
She hates it. She really does.
Poor sweet baby.
I am afraid that she is going to associate me with this terrible blue bulb syringe and grow up to hate me.
Recently I bought an ELECTRONIC nasal aspirator.
Yes. I. Splurged.
I was kind of desperate.
It even plays a cool little jingle to distract the baby- which worked like a charm the first couple of times. However, after that it only served as a forewarning to Norah for what was about to happen and she had time to warm-up for the fit that was sure to ensue... crying, screaming, squirming, tossing her head, kicking her feet, and throwing punches... Lovely.
This device worked. Eventually.
The biggest problem with this battery operated gadget was that the suction was either lacking or too much.
Using per package directions didn't accomplish much, so in order to remedy the situation I would have to pinch one nostril while I suctioned the other because when all the air was directed through one nostril at a time, I could get greater suction power. TOO MUCH suction power.
Plus, this made it a TWO hand job.
Which means I had no hands left to hold the flailing baby down!
So, what is a desperate mother to do?
While commisserating about sick babies with Emily Leach last Sunday, she passivley mentioned that she owned this little snotsucking device that works great because the mother controls the amount of suction via her mouth...
I am desperate.
So when I got home I decided to do some googling...
And I eneded up purchasing one from Amazon.com.
I just got it today!
All ye mothers that have snot ridden babies, listen up!
Have I got a product for you...
BEHOLD! NoseFrida - THE Snotsucker.
It is really awesome. It works like nothing I have ever seen.
Before you run away from your computer to throw up in the bathroom, please read on!
None of the nose goop will get in your mouth- I promise!
There is a little hygiene filter that prevents mucus transfer from baby to you.
Also, the BEST part about this is that you never put anything inside the baby's nose, and you control the amount of suction you use! AMAZING.
They should pay me for advertising...