Friday, March 18, 2011

The Sick Little Boy

I have to say one thing, that from all the times that Jack has been sick, he is the super champ of all super champs.
He doesn't drag his feet. He doesn't complain really. He still loves to play around a lot. He just looks sick. He will also take longer naps, which kind of screws us over at night,because then he will go to sleep at 10:30 at night. I like to go to bed at 9:30 - how am I supposed to stay up another hour? It's hard.

Last weekend, Jack had an ear infection. I feared the worst since this was his first. However, super champ reigns again as he just had one bad day, but with the amoxocillan, he was as good as new the next day.

Then the cough came.

And he had the worst kennel cough that you could hear. It would hurt my throat just to hear his hoarse and unstoppable cough. Day after the day and it seemed like it wouldn't go away. What do you give a three year old with a horrible cough?
We took him to his doctor and she said the dreaded prognosis - Bronchiolitis. And then more dreaded words - inhaler, use seven days, more medicine.
We are not a family of inhalers, so this is all new to me. Brian said that it was ok, that it was no big deal, but my mother in law marks the point that using the inhaler could stimulate his nervous system and maybe that is why Jack is acting so hyper .

Insert brakes here. Is this what I have to go through as well as a mom? To use a drug that messes around with my kid's nervous system? Hell no. I know that there are a million families out there, and that they would all probably say, this is no big deal. People use this all the time. blah blah blah
But a foreign substance that screws around with my kids neurons is a major deal. To see my child act in a way that he has never acted before, talking rapidly, having rapid motions. Is that normal? The reason why we were given this is to stop his coughing. Jack had the best night ever last night. And he stopped coughing.
I think that is reason enough to stop.

The saddest quote

Jack slept over my sister's on Sunday since Brian and I had a wedding to go to. She said that everytime he sleeps over, he gets a bit weepy becuase he knows that we are not there to put him to bed.

As she was putting him to bed on Sunday, he was saying Where is Mama and Papa.
My sister told him that we went somewhere where they couldn't take kids there.
Jack responds with "but they take me everywhere."

1. I never even knew that he would know to say something like this
2. I felt so bad when I heard that. I know that it is good for Jack to learn to be at other places without us.

He actually does great at my sisters.He really loves being there. But just hearing that broke my heart.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Pronoun Reversal

Jack usually switches "you" and "me" when using a sentence.

Case in point - when he burbs, he looks at me and laughs. I will tell him "say excuse me" and then he will say " excuse you." Which now that I think about it , I don't know if he says that because he thinks it's funny or because he really does reverse the me and you. It would be the former since he laughs himself silly every time he says that.

But for awhile now,if he wants to get picked up, he will say "Can I carry you?" Which really means " carry me."

Brian and I always joke around when he says that. We will say stuff like "Oh, I don't know, we're kind of heavy for you." or " You're going to carry me? Great! Here we go!"

Which Jack will just give us the look of "Yeah, yeah, now can you just carry me? "

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Newcomers

To our friends, who have just announced that they are expecting a little one.


Welcome to the best time of your life. Your time together as a twosome will always be great and cherished. Now, as a threesome, it will be even better. And you may not believe me when your baby is crying and it seems like nothing will soothe your baby. But when that little one is sleeping, and you hear their little sighs coming from the crib, it is the best sound ever.

When your child grows up and is three, and just wants to wrestle, it will be the best time ever. You can spend at least an hour spinning around, holding your kid up high, flipping him around. Guess what ? Your kid will think you are the coolest person ever, just because you can hold him above your head. When your kid says "I want to go higher" you will think there will never be another phrase more cuter than that one.

Welcome to little hugs, little kisses, little hand holding, books being read, movies that you loved to watch as a kid, you can watch all over again. Dances, cries being soothed, little owies being kissed to make it feel better.

We can't wait to meet this little one.And you can bet that Jack will be right there, showing him/her the ropes.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Time Off

There are times when Brian goes out and does his own thing. Goes out with friends, whatever.When he does, and it is just Jack and I at night, those are my snuggle times with Jack, because we just watch a movie and lay on the couch.Relax.

Today since Jack hasn't had a nap, he fell asleep really early. As in 6 pm - this kid usually sleeps around 8:30. With Brian gone, I was hoping to have my time with Jack, watch Bambi, and lay in bed and read books.
With Jack sleeping and Brian gone, I have never been so bored in my life. I am soooo used to being the mom that runs around, has dinner, washes dishes and has maybe 40 minutes with her son before he goes to sleep. Sometimes I think, if I could have a night to myself, I would love it and just relax and sit and do nothing.

Now I have such night to myself. And all I want is to wake up my son so I can see his little smile. Yes, I still hate that I have to work. I hate that everyone is doing all this great stuff with my kid and not me. Brian takes him to museums, my parents bought him Bambi. I wanted to buy him Bambi. I wanted to be the person that would give him that great surprise. What do I get him? A tired look. And the working mom phrase of "I've had a hard day, can you please eat your dinner?"

The moral of the story is - Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. " I asked for a night to myself and here I am. I am going to make the best out of it. make some hot chocolate. listen to Radiohead,catch up on this blog.
I will try to relax on this cold March day. I say cold because this apartment has no heat, and the landlord scrimps us of heat. I can go and complain to him, but I've had a hard day. Can he just turn the heat up just a bit?