AndiePandie: Seven Years Ago…

AndiePandie in Action
Seven years ago I was in the hospital…
AndiePandie was the littlest of my three babies, weighing in at 8 pounds 8 ounces  She was happy right away, breast feeding like a champion. AndiePandie was the perfect little baby. That was until we started on the chest infection and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) train.
The official definition of RSV is : a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can be more serious in young babies, especially those in young babies, especially to those in certain high-risk groups.
We fell into the later group within this definition. Andie was born in August and by November we were making twice weekly visits to the emergency room, by Christmas were where at the hospital almost ever day. The ventilator treatments gave AndiePandie the only relief of the day, she slept like an angel and so did I. I cannot tell you the number of times I fell asleep holding her in the hospital waiting room. There is no medication to treat RSV, but we were given the option of having AndiePandie admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and I decided against it. I wanted to continue to breast feeding and I could not fathom leaving my baby alone overnight in the hospital.
Birthday #2
AndiePandie had chest infection after chest infection, too many emergency room visits to count, multiple ear infections and would cough nightly until she would vomit. At least after she would vomit we would get some sleep. This lasted for three years. Andie was distrustful of anyone wearing white and she would scream if she couldn’t see me. This was the most stressful part of my parenting experience, thus far. 
This week AndiePandie turns 7. She is loud, unusually loud due to some hearing loss from the ear infections. She could be classified as precocious, stubborn and some might say indulged. I have been taught many life lessons from my middle child. The art of being patient as she struggles, the wisdom to bite my tongue as she expresses herself to others and belief that at some point all her stars will align. AndiePandie questions everything, she wants to understand the process, the reasons and the results. It may seem to others to be rude, but to AndiePandie it is the security in knowing all the possible outcomes.
She has my competitive edge, my sisters creativity and my brother’s analytical thought process. I love her for all the challenges we have overcome together. AndiePandie has made me more compassionate, patient and kind then I ever thought I could be. Thank you, AndiePandie for 7 years of joy and I am truly looking forward to the next 70 together.


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