One of the unfortunate side effects of The Boy's difficulties this summer is that I have not had a lot of time to spend with Younger Bro. He doesn't know me, at 6 weeks, nearly as well as The Boy did, and vice versa. Pretty much every time he was handed to me, or I picked him up, he would howl like a banshee until I passed him off to The Wife. It was unfortunate, but I figured it was part of life. You know, the kids are sometimes in Mommy phases and sometimes in Daddy phases. I figured this kid was in an extended Mommy phase.
Not so much.
Long story short, it turns out that thrush, a fungal infection, had set in my wife's system. It's not a HUGE deal, healthwise. I get it all the time in my throat, as a result of the oral steroids that I take. No matter how carefully I rinse, or what I rinse with (water, Act - a "base" rinse, Listerine, etc.), the fungus sets in about every five or six months. But, it got into my wife's system and Younger Bro's food source.
A couple of little pills, a change in diet back to the detox no wheat no dairy no nothing, and within 24 hours, he was a different little man. The change was extraordinary.
I've always been good with babies. Like, my nickname is Baby Tranquilizer. Pretty much any screaming baby that gets picked up by me calms down pretty quickly. I was actually losing faith in my abilities before this medical issue was diagnosed and dealt with.
We know that order was restored in the universe: when Younger Bro was screaming yesterday afternoon, I picked him up and cuddled him. He sighed, farted, looked at me, then closed his eyes and went to sleep. As it should be.
With luck, this will help things get back to where they should be. I'm convinced that Younger Bro is going to be more of a Wandering Jew than his older brother is, which isn't a bad thing at all. It'll still be challenging for my wife, being alone with two small children in the Valerie Center or a small hospital room. But, if this thrush was really causing the wounds to stay open longer on her breasts and causing him to feed poorly and gassy, and causing him significant discomfort, then things should smooth out.