Thursday, October 6, 2011

There will be a slight delay...

So... Secondborn woke up.

This would be fine in most circumstances. Unfortunately, in this particular case he woke up at about two in the morning. Screaming. And when we picked him up, he screamed even more. When we tried to put him back down, he screamed louder. When we tried to give him Tyenol, he screamed and sobbed.

This is not the sort of thing that's conducive to a good night's sleep, or to general health and sanity.

This is also an inevitable and inescapable part of being a parent. If you have children, this will happen to you, and rather more than once. That's one of the reasons that I get a bit infuriated when someone starts insisting that children are in all times and circumstances an unlimited, unequivocal blessing; but never mind that.

Our best guess at present is that it's an ear infection. The Rampaging Toddler usually sleeps quite well[1], and the fact that he screamed louder any time he wasn't upright is a pretty good (though not absolutely reliable) indicator.

So the next two entries in The Cell Phone Bible[2] will be late, owing to a massive lack of uninterrupted sleep. At this rate, I probably won't have them ready until early next week. Sorry 'bout that. (Blame the baby. I do.)

[1] When he's not rampaging, of course.
[2] They'll also be the last two entries in The Cell Phone Bible, unless something completely irresistible occurs to me in the meantime.


  1. The earache elf, or whatever you would call the one who delivers those terrible things, has visited our house as well. Last night as a matter of fact. Tylenol, some pain ear drops given to us by the doctor during our last earache, and a warm compress(actually beans in an old sock heated in the microwave)seemed to work for K2. That and crying a bit in the middle of the night, him not me, yet.

    Hope secondborn feels better soon for him and for you and the wife. So you won't the be ones crying in the middle of the night due to lack of sleep. Not that I've done that or anything.

  2. Earaches are terrible! (((Hugs))) for all of you.

  3. Thanks, both of you. I'm not convinced it's an earache - Firstborn had to come home from school because of diarrhea yesterday, and Secondborn was showing signs of similar difficulties in the shower this morning. So it might be a tummy bug instead.


    He did wake up again last night, but we were able to get him back down comparatively easily. Still, I would kill - or at least maim - for the chance to get five nights of unbroken sleep in a row.


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