(Hope to add a few more photos but the site was not allowing me to upload for now.)
However, just a few days later the downward spiral began. It went a little like this...
Thursday (Midnight) - Ava coughed all through the night and has a 101 degree temperature. A little Ibuprofen helped the fever but of course not the cough.
Friday - Ava wouldn't eat anything, had almost no energy, was very grumpy, coughed continuously, required oxygen when attempting to sleep, needed breathing treatments, and needless to say slept horribly, but didn't have a fever and would drink her whole milk with instant Carnation Breakfast. She would have very short spurts of energy to pick up a toy but then sit or lay down on the floor or couch.
Saturday - Same status for Ava and talked with the doctor who wanted to wait it out assuming it was a virus.
Sunday - Same status for Ava and now Reese starts getting a nasty sounding cough. Ava is now wanting to spend time either in her crib trying to sleep or in our arms.
Monday - Same status for Ava and the doctor wants to see her. We find out she has an ear infection in one ear on top of everything else. Ava starts antibiotics and steroid. I get hit with flu symptoms of body aches, chills, queasy, etc. and spend the majority of afternoon and evening in bed.
Tuesday - Same status for Ava. I spend the morning in bed sleeping and by afternoon start feeling better. Reese still has yucky cough but no other symptoms.
Wednesday - Doctor wants us to take Ava to Children's Mercy South Urgent Care. They deep suction her airway through her nose, give a breathing treatment, check her oxygen saturation and determine she has a double ear infection now. This doctor believes it is a cold virus with the double ear infection and that we need to wait it out in addition to continuing the antibiotics to knock out any bacterial infection. Zack is now feeling queasy and ends up spending the afternoon and evening in bed or in front of the toilet vomiting. Reese coughs through the night, chiming in with her sister.
Thursday - Ava slowly turns the corner and eats a few bites of food throughout the day as well as makes it until her normal nap/bedtime instead of crashing early. Zack is still feeling weak and crummy but by afternoon/evening begins to feel somewhat normal other than lower energy and lighter appetite. First night in 6 nights that Ava and Reese have a quiet, cough-free night!!! (Zack and I were pretty thankful!)
Friday - Everyone wakes up feeling pretty good, with pretty good appetites and in pretty good moods. Coughing is only at a minimum from Reese who also has a clear runny nose but is a piece of cake to cope with after the past week!
We are optimistic after Lysol-ing the house, washing sheets and towels, sanitizing toys, cell phones, light switches, doorknobs, and on and on and on, we are getting healthier every day. Washing our hands continuously won't get us any hand modeling jobs but the dry, cracked hands are well worth it in order to fight all these winter infections.