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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Twenty-Seven - Cooties

11:41 PM

It's official.  It's a part of her lineage I guess.  Ladybug has cooties. On vacation, well on staycation.

When we were younger, my brother and I would alternate getting sick on holidays.  Ladybug has taken this and run with it.  Her low grade fever morphed into 103 in the middle of the night, followed up with a nose bleed this morning.

I've never had a nose bleed.  Or at least not one that I remember. Jethro has so I'm totally blaming his DNA on this one.   There's something super disturbing about seeing a toddler with a nose bleed.  Especially your toddler with a nose bleed.  She didn't freak out, she probably has no idea that blood isn't supposed to leak from your head. On the outisde I was calm cool and collected, on the inside was a different story:

OH LAWD WHAT AM I GOING TO DO MY BABY IS BLEEDING FROM THE FACE! FROM THE FACE!!!! I AM DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO GOOGLE THIS.  GOOGLING THIS WOULD BE BAD.  WHY ON EARTH IS BLOOD COMING FROM HER FACE?!?!

A trip to the doctor and a little blood work later, she has an antibiotic and I'm beating back a fever with a Tylenol/Motrin combo.  Beat it fever.

She didn't really take a nap and after seeming like she was completely healed, 6pm hit and wham.  Baby meltdown.  I ended up rocking her to sleep. And it occurred to me that this really is the easy part.  No, it's not easy to see her sick, but for now, her ailments are easily solved with cuddles, kisses and being picked up.  When she can't sleep, it's fairly simple to pick her up and bring her in the bed with me (where she will promptly take up 90% of a king size bed).

What happens when she's 15 and upset because someone doesn't like her or makes fun of her?  Sticks and stones and all of that but that doesn't make it hurt any less.   When she was six months old, all she needed was a boob.  Boobs literally solved everything.  The older she gets, the less magical fixes.

Waking up for 3 am feedings is nothing compared to waking up at 3 am because of some foolishness your teenager is on.

I'll enjoy these toddler years all I can.  Even the cootie filled ones.

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2 comments:

  1. Baby I know, motherhood is hard. You wants so much to make this world a painless experience for your child and you can't. So you do the best you can. When they are little the fixes are easier. When they become school-age the fixes are more. When they become teenagers, their needs are so big, yet don't pretend they're not. The true happiness comes when you see your baby as an adult and that adult is thriving. it is a beautiful thing to see your child develop, grow, and deal successfully with a complicated world. The icing on the cake, is to see that adult handle a little one of their own. Love you much, The Momma

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  2. Dragon speaking still needs a little work.

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