I don't know why, but hearing the pediatrician say Elijah "just has a bad cold" feels worse than if he had said "it's an ear infection" or something else that can be effectively medicated away.
This is about the 6th cold this year. The last one was a couple weeks ago and did not last long and we didn't even bother the pediatrician. But this time, it felt like when he was sick in March with bronchiolitis.
We put him to bed last night and he kept waking up, very congested and cranky. So, I moved him into the swing that is in his room. It worked for a couple hours. But when I went to bed he was awake and coughing and sneezing. That began a two hour dance of holding him, cuddling him, putting him back in the swing and listening as he screamed his lungs out as I walked back to our room.
Eventually I held him on my chest while Nathan slept. But all Elijah did was lay there and scratch my arms and chest for about an hour before I put him back in the swing. He gave the swing another shot and we all got a couple hours of sleep.
The pediatrician assures me it's just a cold, but I'm still a little afraid there is an underlying cause to all these colds. Something more than, he's a baby and all babies get sick a lot.