Somebody Shoot Me

September 23, 2008 7:05 am

I would consider Jamie and I pretty competent parents on most days. We provide our kids with a stable environment along with love, discipline and structure. We read up on parenting methods and try to stay ahead of the curve with our kids. We have fun and spend a lot of family time together. That being said, we’ve got a few issues going on over here that are literally kicking our parental asses. Please indulge me this once and let me have a pity party before I go off the deep end.

Poor Graham has had a double ear infection for a little over four weeks. FOUR. He went through three rounds of antibiotics that didn’t touch the infection. With each new prescription, we were waiting for him to feel better and for his mood to improve but it never did. Our formerly lovable kid has been a hot tempered jerk for the duration of his ear infections and who could blame him. His father and I have been feeling terrible for him but we’re at the mercy of modern medicine. This week the doctors brought out the big guns and gave him a series of injections that he had to get three days in a row to kill off the infection, we’re still waiting to see if they did the trick.

Elliot has had a cold for a couple of weeks and was uncharacteristically irritable yesterday so I took her to the doctor to have her ears checked. After an hour and a half wait, I found out that she has an ear infection too. Luckily we caught hers early so hopefully the antibiotics will do the trick. With all of the doctors appointments we’ve had for both kids, I feel like I should just camp out in the lobby with a sleeping bag. We have NEVER been through the office in under an hour and I have been spending my days growing increasingly more frustrated with the medical system, the system whose mercy we’re at.

Graham recently learned to escape his crib. This is a huge deal to us because he goes straight for the shades in his room and I’m terrified that we’re going to wake up one morning and find him strangled in the wires. We have a baby monitor but he goes into super sneaky stealth mode when he’s up to no good so I’m not sure we’d even be able to hear him.

And then there’s the fucking Oak tree. Really, you say? She’s going to bitch about an Oak tree? Believe me, that damned tree deserves every angry word I wrote about it.

At this point, you may be wondering where I’m going with all of this. Let’s try to tie it all together, shall we? Graham is sick so he’s not sleeping well. We have a fucking tree that has declared war on us and is pelting the side of the house and waking my already sick and already light sleeper up. The now awake kid climbs out of his crib UMPTEEN times a night and risks sudden death by strangulation. The walls are paper thin so the kid is also waking up his baby sister in the next room. The parents are both wide awake ALL night and spend their nights luring the bright-eyed child back to his crib over and over and over. Nobody is sleeping.

Today Graham refused to nap, he scaled the bars of his crib and ran to the door when we put him down. We started his bedtime routine over several times hoping it would stick but it was not meant to be. Something has got to give, really. I loaded Graham up in the car and drove to Babies R Us to buy a crib tent. Two miles down the road, Graham conked out so I ended up driving for an hour to let him sleep. We made an unannounced visit at the grandparents house so it was a win win. I left Graham there while I ran to the nearest Babies R Us for the crib tent.

Jamie and I are both walking around here feeling defeated. Nobody has gotten a good night’s sleep in weeks, and the kids are both happy to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to start their days. Graham has been feeling so badly for so long that we hardly remember what it’s like to have a happy toddler around. We have two kids to take care of, TWO. How can having two kids be this hard when there are people happily doing it with five or eight or ten? Tonight we’re beta testing the crib tent. If Graham can stay put and get a decent night’s sleep, then the rest of us might be able to as well. Cross your fingers please.

Jail Break

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  1. simply anonymom

    I totally understand your frustration. My 3 year old STILL does not sleep through the night, ah and she has iven up naps. Lovely huh.

    I am sorry your kiddos are having such ear problems. My boy had chronic nasty ear infections but his pedi never gave us antibiotics because he said it was a typical side effect of teething. He said when the teething stopps, the ear infections will stop. He was right ( I guess) since he has had no infections since he got all his teeth, but he was MISERABLE MISERABLE MISERABLE for a long time.

    Is there any way to get the tree to stop puking acorns on you? or maybe is it almost out of acorns and will stop soon?

    Hope you have a good day.

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  2. feener

    we used teh crib tent for my older daughter when she learned how to climb out of the crib while on vacation. it worked wonders. i told her it was her pretty butterfly tent ?? whatever works right ???

    and yes i often wonder how the hell folks do it with more than 2 kids and they keep having more. when i feel like 2 i can just barely do it.

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  3. mrsbear

    That sucks. I know it sounds like a load of bull, but it’s temporary, try to remember that. You’ll never look back on this time fondly and wish to relive it, but eventually it will pass. That’s the only thing that got me through the months of ear infections we went through with Max. The lack of sleep compounds it and makes you feel like you’re truly on the brink of madness. You are actually on that dangerous edge I’m sure many times throughout the day. Take turns walking away, take turns sleeping. You’ll survive it and eventually your happy toddler will return.

    That tree though, that thing has to GO.

  4. Christy

    I don’t envy you at all! I am awful when I don’t sleep and I would NEVER willingly go back to those early baby/toddler days! But that doesn’t help, now does it?

    I hope the crib tent helps…do they still have those clips to put on the cords of your blinds? I remember we had those for a while when our girls were little, but eventually we got rid of the blinds. Some people swear by drugging their kids w/Benedryl…not that I’m advocating that, mind you. Although, they do have colds, right? Does Graham need help for his stuffiness?? Muwahahahahha

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  5. Christy

    Oh yeah, and burn the fucking tree to the ground.

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  6. HeatherPride

    Oh, girlfriend. Every issue is magnified like 1000% when you’re not sleeping. I know this to be true from experience. I’m so sorry for all the ear infections. They are the worst. Have you seen an ENT doc? I’m telling you, getting tubes in Logan’s ears was like the best thing we ever did. The poor kid lived with a constant ear infection before we got the tubes in.

    I feel for you! Truly!! I hope things turn around for you soon!

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  7. Krystal

    oh honey – i am so sorry for you – i hope the injections worked. (You should have seen results by the second shot – especially in his mood – this is the only thing that works for Angel Eyes)

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  8. Zip n Tizzy

    So sorry. All I can say is this too shall pass.
    I hope everyone starts feeling better, and you guys get some sleep. There is nothing worse than those days on end when you can’t get any zzz’s!

  9. Janine

    Oh, how I feel for you. I have three and sometimes, they all get sick at once. We can go months where we’re going to the doctor for one or all of them at least once a week. Sucks.
    I hope the new crib goes some way to solving your problems.

  10. Miss Jack

    I’m not too sure what to say to that. Growing up I remember having ear infections all the time. I use to have to lie on the couch with my head to one side as the medicine made its way through my ear. With that said, I was afraid my boys would have constant ear infections, but (knock on wood) they have not got a single one. I’ve heard mixed reviews about tubes. Not sure what other options you have. I’m crossing my fingers for you a Graham that the shots work!
    Now, as for the bed situation; I’m telling you… (I’m not going to lecture you…), but you really need to get him into a big boy bed. He’s trying to tell you, in so many words or should I say actions, that he’s VERY ready for a normal bed. You might not be ready but he is. It will take a little work from you and Jamie, but no more than what you’re doing right now. IF you want to know more, let me know. Seriously, GET HIM A BED and you will get some peace.

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  11. Linda

    Hang in there. I swear when it rains it pours. I’m going to link this as one of the Baby Bunching bests for the week. 🙂 See the post on Sunday–when I get around to posting them all. BTW, the Oak Tree posts had me laughing so hard, I think I even peeed a bit in my pants!!! Ha!

  12. Umma

    I have a baby boy (8 months old), cant wait till he learns how to walk.

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