"Croup is characterized by a loud cough that may sound like the barking of a seal and may be accompanied by fast or difficult breathing and sometimes a grunting noise or wheezing while breathing." (http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/croup.html)
So Lexi was on an antibiotic last week for the beginnings of an ear infection. The day she ended her antibiotics she started coughing. Last night when she went to sleep she sounded a little wheezy. I put the humidifier in her room and turned on the baby monitor. I stayed up until about 1 am to make sure she was sleeping well. She woke up around 3am crying and I brought her into our bedroom. She sounded quite wheezy and her breathing was labored. So I called the after hours nurse and bugged her (probably from sleep) for information as to what to do. I thought maybe Lexi had RSV. Anyway, the nurse said it sounded like croup and told me what to do. So, Matthew gave her a father's blessing and we decided that we'd wait until Community Care opened in the morning.
Matthew, the wonderful husband that he is, took Lexi and Kalin around 8:30am to the doctors. Lexi got a steroid shot and more antibiotics. Kalin was really concerned that the baby was getting a shot. I was so glad that Matthew let me sleep this morning so I could function the rest of the day.
Lexi is already sounding better. She is still coughing, but doesn't sound so wheezy. She's still a little cranky, but that's expected when you don't feel well. I hope tonight is more sleepful!