Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Trusting my instincts
Last year, i wrote a post about how Mia doesn't sleep. She would go to bed at 7 and wake again around 11 and then again around 1 or 2 and that would be her awake for the day. On average, i was getting around 2 hours sleep per night. I became seriously sleep deprived and really struggled during the days. I had no idea why Mia was waking up. I had a lot of people tell me to just leave her in bed and let her cry it out. I just didn't feel like i could do that with her and now, with hindsight, i am so glad i didn't.
I had noticed, since she was born, that Mia's hands and feet turn purple and blue very quickly. This past winter, Mia's legs and arms were turning dark purple and were starting to swell. I thought it was just because she was cold and i wanted to see how it would be as it got warmer. The weather improved but the purpleness didn't go away. I took her to the doctors and he asked us to send in blown up print outs of the photographs of her arms and legs so he could send them to a specialist at the hospital. We then got an appointment with a pediatrician and took her last thursday for her appointment. We were told that Mia hasa condition called Vasomotor instability and overactive blood vessels. This means that she cannot control her body temperature. In a way, i am very relieved that this is something that we can control and help her with and not something very serious such as a heart problem. This is the reason why she didn't sleep all those nights. I feel awful that i didn't realise. I am just glad that i didn't leave her like people told me too. Even the health visitor told me to leave her be and let her settle herself. I knew there was more to it and i am so glad i listened to my instincts and kept bringing her in with us because that warmth of being between me and her daddy meant that she got to sleep and her body managed to warm itself up.
It's going to be hard for her in the colder nights. We are now going to start collecting fleece onesies and i will try and prepare ourselves for when it starts to get colder. We have cold nights 9 months out of the year so it's going to be an on going thing for her. It makes me just want to pack everything up and move us somewhere warmer. We have friends in Australia and i would love to move our little family there but i am such a family girl and unless our whole family would come with us, i don't think it will happen any time soon.
I am just so glad that i trusted my instincts. Its too easy to get caught up in other peoples advice and doubting yourself as a mother. I knew there was something that wasn't right and, now we know about her condition, we are more prepared and we can just give her extra warm cuddles when it starts to get cold.
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