Nobody at Casa Juniper slept last night.
(From the Mayo Clinic website. Emphasis mine.)
Croup has an unmistakable sound — a harsh, repetitive cough similar to the noise of a seal barking. Attacks of croup often jar children awake and leave them frightened and gasping for breath. Croup can be scary for parents, too, but it's usually not serious. Because children have small airways to begin with, those younger than age 5 are most susceptible to croup.
On his birthday tomorrow, E will be 6 years old.
A date he smiled as he remembered it out loud this morning at 5:43 am, between rounds of puking and coughing.
Guess he was trying to squeeze in everything possible while he was still 5, huh?