Thursday, January 17, 2008

Do NOT smile at me.

My kids are seriously draining me lately. All you out there ready for a complainfest? I cannot take them anywhere without them making a scene lately and I have no explanation for it. I suppose I could just chalk it up to then being boys, and I'm sure that's the comment that Diane will be leaving here in a few, but I need a better reason. Today I was at Joann fabrics and out of the blue Ethan decided he wanted to bite Cohen's hand, so hard that he left 4 big teeth marks. WHAT? Who are you? Cohen of course lost it, I don't blame the kid, it looked like it hurt, and I, while standing right next to the rack of very sharp scissors, wanted to grab a pair and shake them at Ethan - like, now let's see what you are made of kid!!...but I didn't...instead I put him in a shopping cart and parked him in a corner. I don't know what has changed in his head, but Ethan is constantly hurting Cohen for no good reason. It's like the jealousy that people talk about when #2 comes along has just begun. He never had it when Cohen was a baby. Why now?

Ethan's numbers have also been screwy lately and I can't get him back on track. They are hovering in the low 200's which hasn't happened since he got the pump. He spikes every night around 11pm for no reason. I have done all the calculations needed to figure it out and it's not working. So bugged.

Yesterday, I took Cohen to an ENT because the kid has had at least five ear infections since he was six months old. Of course, he recommended that he have tubes put in his ears. Anyone out there have experience with this? I guess it's just a quick outpatient surgery, but he still has to be put under. Freakkkkyyyy! I'm not a huge fan of toddlers on hospital beds. They always look like they don't belong because they are so little compared to the big beds. It will just bring back bad memories of Ethan hooked up to all kinds of monitors and beepy things. Nice.

8 comments:

Scott said...

Ear tubes are a quick surgery done all the time. As long as you trust the ENT should be good.

leigh said...

I haven't had experience with ear tubes, but Charlie got his tonsils out a few months ago. I was pretty worried about him being put under, but everything went fine. You'll probably feel better if you know the ENT's good AND that the anesthesiologist is also good.

Claire - Adam - Anna said...

Oh josie! I know how you feel about the crazy outrage against child #2! Sometimes I would like to just scream... here is something that made me smile.

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=_OBlgSz8sSM

Claire - Adam - Anna said...

whoops try this one...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSM

the Ormsby's said...

Josie, I've been a lurker on your site for awhile now. :) If it makes you feel any better, my boys start screaming if I even pull into JoAnn's parking lot. They are a nightmare at fabric stores.

bethany said...

Josie-I was checking out your blog from the healthy hog site and saw your question about tubes. I have a 21 month old and he had 8 ear infections from last March until November...and his biggest symptom? Vomiting...of course. Needless to say it got old for both of us. That and he hadn't started saying any words because he could never hear us. At the beginning of Nov, he got tubes in his ears. I too was wary about the idea of the Drs putting him under, in fact I cried after he was taken into the room where they did the surgery. But, it was really quick and after sleeping it off, he didn't seem to be traumatized in any way. And, the best part? No more ear infections!! It's been over 2 months and every time he gets a runny nose I think "Oh no!", but then, nothing!! It's glorious!! He now has seven words and neither of us have to deal with the week long sickness. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a kid with a lot of ear infections-it has been such a blessing. Anyway, if you have any other questions about it, feel free to write me :) Good luck!

Kristen said...

Ditto from above - my son got tubes in a year ago and went from 6 ear infections in a year (that we knew off, he was sick every well baby visit plus a handful of other times) to ZERO after a year post tubes. It is scary to have them take your baby away, but it's so fast. The worst part is getting them to lay still for 2 minutes on each side with the drops. That was Rhys' first time having a sucker. Besides leaky spit in my leg, it worked. He just had hid tonsils/adenoids removed last week and believe me that recovery is sucking WAY MORE! We flew to Wales 2 days after his ear tubes!

Emily said...

Josie, I don't know if you remember me...I just found your blog from Paige's. I totally know how you feel about this midwestern weather...we're in Iowa and the high on Saturday was -2. Anyway, my oldest son Jack had chronic ear infections the first year of his life, and we finally decided to pull the trigger and have tubes placed in his ears when he was 11 months old. I was SO nervous about the whole thing and also cried when they took him away, but I can honestly say that was the best thing we've done for him. He was like a different boy and has not had an ear infection in the last 2 years! Amazing. And it literally took like 20 minutes. Also, that mini hospital gown is to die for! I promise, you won't regret it. I just had to comment on this because I'm such an advocate for tubes!
Emily (Whitney) Nestman