Sunday, June 27, 2010

Survival of the Parents

How was your weekend?

Mine looked like this:

Dr. Mommy, Esq. has diagnosed Ned and Penny with conjunctivitis (the mucus in the eyelashes/red and puffy and glassy eyes) - which I will confirm tomorrow at the pediatrician's office. Josie and I both seem to have thrush so that will total FOUR co-pays in one day.

Every weekend is torture. Josephine has been fine - she's up for two hours in the middle of the night and wants to clusterfeed/is fussy during the 4-7 pm twin meltdown and bedtime routine - but overall she's pretty manageable.

The boy we call Ned - he's not manageable. Penny has also started getting into the act. Husband's and my asses are being kicked by our toddlers. I wish I could say it was because they are sick or maybe their two year molars are coming in but we all know that is a crock of b.s. Toddlers are soul sucking creatures whose tantrums and screaming are designed to embarrass and exhaust you.

I'm in survival mode again and it has nothing to do with a newborn.


ABS said...

Oh my! That's a lot of different fluids flowing on Ned's face. Poor all of you! Good luck.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher, but after that, I think we're getting some decent weather. At least then you can let the toddler monsters run around wreak havoc outside instead of in your house.

Liz Jimenez said...

Oh, that poor runny nose and sad, goopy eyes! I hate hate hate it when they get sick. So sorry to hear it.

Yes. The toddler age you're hitting has some really, REALLY hard phases. Sorry to hear you're in the midst of one. Hang in there.

Lisa said...

To quote my husband: All of that sounds freakishly familiar. We're in it with you. Also I feel so bad for you about the thrush. I had it with the girls and it really did clear up relatively quickly once I treated all three of us, but the girls were never symptomatic, so I had two relapses before I convinced my pedi that we had to treat them with me.

Anonymous said...

I love that picture! That was totally us until my oldest turned three. Knock wood! I'm sorry he's so miserable, but it's so illustrative of the oozing.

We took a great one on Easter when my daughter was 2.5 where she had put her face into a handful of M&Ms, and like 10 of them were stuck in her fluids.

Hope you get some rest soon and they all feel better.

Shelley said...

Oh no. Hang in there. Since Ethan was born, people always ask how Im managing with 3 kids. My standard answer....."Ethan is a piece of cake but I'm losing my mind with the 2 1/2 year olds". Sometimes I feel bad that a 6 month old is exposed to such a chaotic environment (of course it won't even phase him, but I still worry). You're at a hard age. Just dig deep, try to stay consistent, and keep your chin up. I swear they can sense it when I'm beat down and they work together to break me. :-)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

@ Shelley LOL at them "breaking you"

that poor face looks so sad.

Feel for all of you and very scared for us at what lies ahead.

At least Josie's co-operating!

Nicole S. said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry :( If I can be of help in anyway, let me know. I know sometimes my kids act better when they are elsewhere so if you want to escape your house again, let me know. We can lock them outside with the kiddie pool and the sprinkler and enjoy some quite time inside :)
Or we can come over there and and distract your kids from their toddler-ness.
Hang in there!!

Rebecca said...

Oh dear. We have certainly had some weekends that feel like that. There are some really hard phases in there--I've found our kids do much better if we are out and about. Obviously, not really possible with pink eye, but maybe later in the week. Oh, also, my pedi doesn't require my kids be seen for pink eye---it's fantastic, they just call in a prescription. Might be worth checking yours out to see if they can help you out that way.

ElizabethEK said...

Hang in there. *hugs*

Just Kristen said...

Geez, that is some goopy mess!! It is terrible, but when mine get like that, I end up saying things like " I don't negotiate with terrorists!"
That doesn't stop them from really giving it a good effort! Be strong! ;)

jerseygirl77 said...

Oh man, that sucks. Nobody seems to mention that the "terrible twos" actually start at 18 months and last until they're at least 4 1/2. Breastmilk does wonders for pinkeye though. Hope you're all feeling better!