I’m sure someone wise out there wrote this Murphy’s law of parenting:
If a child is happy and healthy, it’s because it is daytime. If a child is unhappy, sick, teething, or fussy, it’s because it is nighttime.
If hospitals and doctors realized the real needs of parents and their children, there would be urgent care walk-in clinics that are open all night just for sick babies, toddlers and kids..where you find understanding pediatricians, teddy bears, blankets, bottles and sippy cups ready with warm milk, and a whole staff of grandmas, ready to take over for any tired parent about to fall asleep against a wall.
I’m sure there aren’t any because they know they would be FLOODED with desperate parents, like a toy store at some ridiculously early zero-dark-thirty in the morning hour on Black Friday.
My poor little 17-month-old Thor. Last night he seemed tired early so I put him to bed. Then after 1 in the morning, he woke up crying with a full-blown fever, so I gave him some infant pain & fever reliever and some warm milk in a bottle. He fell asleep but in the morning, I found he had vomited on himself during the night and had to clean him up.
Of course, during the day today he was fine with my husband while I worked. He even called me to say “He seems fine to me. He’s happily playing with his toys.”
Sure. He gets the HAPPY Thor.
Tonight again, Thor was not happy again. He was warm (so, more medicine…), fussy, crying, uncomfortable…sheesh, he just finished antibiotics for an ear infection a couple weeks ago! It took two tiring hours to get him to sleep. All the while, our 4-year-old Heidi was bouncing off the walls and NOT helping (I only gave her ONE girl scout thin mint cookie!), which is probably part of why it took so long.
What’s with that whole daytime/nighttime thing? Is there a little radar in each child’s body that detects when everyone around them most needs THEIR sleep, choosing only THOSE times for all the little germ invaders of the day to have their way?
I blame it on the germs – they’re the ones with the radars! They’ve been using all those antibiotics they’ve become resistant to and converted them to nighttime sensory devices, just to be more sinister!
Okay, it’s past midnight…maybe I’m a little tired and not making any sense.
Anyway, I can’t remember the last time any of my kids got sick when there was light outside. Parents know this – it rarely, if ever, happens.
No wonder coffee is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed in the world every day.
Time to go to bed.
(coffee stats from wikipedia.com)