I actually really truly felt like a father tonight.
I put Lily down a bit past 9, and stayed in the room with her for a while as she kept crying when I went to leave. She eventually fell asleep and I went out into the lounge room. About an hour later she started crying again, I went in and she was rolling around in her cot a bit with her dummy half in her mouth, trying to breathe. Her nose was completely blocked up.
She was crying fairly severely by this point, I went out and got the baby cold/flu drops and managed to give her some, although she was crying even more now because she was still mostly asleep and not sure what was going on.
I grabbed the baby saline sinus drops and picked her out of the cot, popped her down on my bed and attempted, mostly successfully, to give her a good squirt or two up each nostril. She was thrashing around quite a bit and crying a whole lot, understandably. Once I was done I was just lying next to her while she calmed down, just talking softly to her. I was lying on my side with my head on the pillow, and she actually rolled into me and curled up as she went to sleep.
I know it probably sounds silly, but I’m really proud of myself… I didn’t freak out or have to call mum for advice, I quickly worked out why she was crying and sorted it out, and she calmed down and fell back sleep with me holding her.