My first week back at work was a little rough. I was exhausted at the end of each night and went to bed at pretty much the same time as Elliott did. After that first week things started to get a little easier and we began to find a routine. Supper wasn’t as much of a problem as I thought it was going to be, but we have been eating takeout a lot more than before.

Elliott didn’t have any problems adjusting to the Day Home. I think he enjoys going. There are always kids there to play with since the owner has a son of her own, just a little bit older than mine. But he did catch a cold after his first day there. And then he gave his cold to me and his dad.

So on my second or third week back at work I had a cough and hot/cold flashes (which was probably actually a fever). I was coughing so much that my back and sides were sore and it made it hard to sleep. After about two weeks of that I finally started to feel better on a Saturday. I started cleaning and disinfecting the house and was feeling happy that I was getting better.

Then the next day on Sunday I woke up feeling like death. This is T.M.I. but, I had diarrhea and was throwing up. I threw up at 5:30 am which of course is when Elliott decided to wake up. I started making breakfast for us around 7 am and could barely stand without feeling like I was going to be sick. I had to throw up again in the sink.

I spent most of the day sitting in my chair with my eyes closed because I was exhausted. Thankfully Elliott was happy to entertain himself for most of the day. When he went down for his nap, so did I. When we woke up from our nap around 11 am, I got sick again.

Thankfully my boyfriend was able to come home at 2 pm instead of 6:30 pm. As soon as he was home I went to bed and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the night, getting up once to throw up for a fourth time. This was so unusual for me because I never throw up.

My coughing and my sore body made it pretty hard to sleep so I tossed and turned most of the night. I spent much of Monday sleeping as well. Tuesday morning I felt so terrible that I decided to go to the doctor to see if he could help me. My sides and back were in so much pain that I was hoping he could recommend something to help.

The doctor told me there were two viruses going around and it sounded like I had caught one after the other. He said there wasn’t really anything he could do for the cough but did give me a prescription for cough medicine to help me sleep (which didn’t help at all). He also said I had a low fever, which my home thermometer didn’t pick up. He told me I should be taking Advil or Tylenol so I went out and bought both, as well as cough drops, honey tea, and anything else I thought might help.

I started taking Advil and was surprised that it actually helped calm my cough. I lived off Advil for the next two or more weeks. At night I was up blowing my nose every few hours and I couldn’t lay on my back without having a coughing fit. This was the worst cold I remember ever having, and in hindsight wonder if it could have been the Coronavirus which was just starting to enter Canada (I don’t think it was).

My family and I were finally better around the first week of March and I was happy to get back to working without feeling terrible and actually getting some stuff done.

At this point, Coronavirus had started taking it’s hold on the world. At the store we started slowing down and we were unsure about what was going to happen next. We were waiting to see if we were going to close to the public. But then we got some bad news from head office (more on that in the coming months).

As things progressed, the store was slowly closed to the public and sales were dying. They decided to temporarily layoff everyone in my store except for the manager. I’ve now been home for a week taking care of my son while we wait to see when things settle down.

It’s been fun watching my son Elliott learn and grow throughout his first year of life. I’m so thankful I was able to be home and see all the little (and big) changes he has gone through. Here is a list of firsts and new skills he has gone through over his first year of life.

Monthly Photos

January 17: Elliott was born
January 18: Visited his first store (Walmart)
January 19: First Doctor’s appointment
January 20: First bath at home (he had one in the hospital on the 18th)
January 21: First grocery store visit
January 22: Had his first booger (haha)
January 23: His cord fell off
January 26: Slept upstairs in his bed for the first full night
January 31: First time leaving the house with mom by herself

February 6: Already growing out of newborn clothes
February 14: Met his Lola and Lolo (grandparents)
February 23: Met mom’s best friend and her kids
February 28: Slept his first 5 hour stretch at night

March 8: Mom stopped breastfeeding
March 12: First walk in the stroller
March 15: First hospital visit (8 hour wait for nothing!)
March 19: First immunization needles

April 3: First diaper blowout
April 4: Looks like he’s trying to roll from back to front
April 7: First library visit
April 19: Looks like he’s trying to sit-up

May 2: Sounds like he is saying Mum
May 8: Met his Nanny and Granddad
May 9: Went to his first restaurant (Harveys)
May 9: Had his first big outing to the Botanical Gardens
May 10: Went to the Rock and Gem show with his sister
May 11: Went to Jurassic Forest
May 13: Went to the Royal Alberta Museum
May 14: Left Elliott with grandparents while Mom and Dad went on a date
May 25: Went to the Ukrainian Fest
May 27: Went on a Hike it Baby walk at Elk Island National Park
May 29: Four month needles. Got his first bad fever.

June 4: Went on a Hike it Baby walk at Mill Creek Ravine
June 5: Went on a Hike It Baby walk at Devon Voyageur Park
June 14: First library program attended
June 15: First parade (in Beaumont)
June 18: Rolled from back to front for the first time
June 21: First road trip (to Calgary)
June 22: First time at the zoo
June 26: Started eating solid foods

July 3: Facebook meetup at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
July 13: Went to the Highland Games in Sherwood Park
July 24: Went to his first movie, The Lion King

August 8: Went to the Edmonton Corn Maze
August 14: Went for a walk at Fred Johns Park in Leduc
August 17: Went to a parade in Calmar
August 30: Drove to British Columbia, longest road trip

Sept 1: First time on a boat
Sept 12: Elliott started scooting backwards on his belly
Sept 13: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
Sept 16: Went to a play date in Westbrook
Sept 17: Got his first tooth
Sept 20: First time swimming
Sept 22: Elliott can get on his hands and knees
Sept 23: Elliott can drink from his straw cup on his own
Sept 27: Elliott has his second tooth

October 3: First eye doctor visit
October 4: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
October 5: Went to his first b-day party at Jump ‘N’ Play
October 11: Elliott has started saying Dada
October 16: Went to his second movie, The Adams Family
October 17: Elliott’s two top front teeth came through
October 18: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
October 19: Elliott has started taking small steps from Mom to Dad
October 31: Starting to move forward on his belly like a caterpillar

November 2: Went to his first craft fair
November 2: Went from laying on his back to a sitting position
November 6: Starting to officially crawl
November 10: I found Elliott sitting up in his bed for the first time
November 13: Elliott was found standing up in his bed for the first time
November 16: Met Santa for the first time
November 23: Went to a Santa Claus parade

December 10: Elliott waved bye bye for the first time
December 21: Elliott clapped for the first time

January 9: Elliott got a fifth tooth popping through on top