Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Okay, gotta make this brief. But it’s important information for any mom who is as clueless as I am.
I was on a playdate yesterday and was telling my friend about Fia’s sleep issues. She said she had a friend with a similar scenario and it turned out to be an ear infection. She told me to take her to the doctor.
I basically shrugged it off. I mean, I’m a week out from my C-section. I don’t have time right now to do this, nor did I think it was anything ear related. Fia is a hypochondriac. I wrote a post about how she is going to be the youngest person diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She always has me kiss her elbows, her knees, her wrists. If any other body part was hurting her, she’d be the first to tell me.
I went to bed last night, fully preparing for the SIO (Scream It Out), as I am at a loss of what else to do. Armed with ear plugs and extra pillows to put over my head, I feel asleep at 10. At 3 a.m. the screaming began. I refused to go in this time. Phil moved downstairs and slept on the couch to try and escape the noise. I sat there and watched the monitor until 4:30. At that point, I decided to just go in and tell her to please lie back down. I was desperate. And hate to see her upset. I walk in and go to her crib. You ready for this? She says, “Mama, ear hurts. Kiss it.” I almost dropped to my knees. I grabbed her and held her. She kept pointing to her left ear. “Mama, ear hurts,” she said again. I don’t know what hurt worse: her ear or my heart.
I gave her some tylenol and put her in bed with me. She slept, I didn’t. I kept thinking about how terrible I was.
I am taking her to the doctor in 2 hours to find out for sure. But for today, I think I get the worst parent award. Or at least the most unaware. I guess ear infections can have almost no symptoms. I had no idea….
I will let you know the diagnosis shortly.
Monday, December 12th, 2011
Fia had her 2-year old checkup last week here in LA. I loved her new doctor, Dr. Iyer, at Glendale Pedatrics. She walked in, sat down and said, “Tell me everything from the day she was born.” Wow, I thought, I get the doc for 5 hours. Ha. I gave her the synopsis of her little life and she asked questions, took notes and just seemed very engaged. Not rushed at all.
Fia is developing fine, physically and verbally. No red flags. She said the hypochondria is probably a combination of attention seeking + knowing her body parts, which is very exciting to kids this age. I can ignore a little more, (since right now I immediately go and “kiss” the hurt area), and tell her not everything has to always hurt. Seems logical.
A few reminders she pointed out that I have to stay aware of: toddler safety. Phil and I tend to get a tad complacent, thinking, “well, she knows better than to…(fill in blank).” And for the most part she does. But she is still a tot, so we have to be hyper vigilant. For example, sometimes I’ll let her eat while watching Sesame Street and I’ll be out of eyesight in another room cooking. The doc gently reminded me that humans can choke on just about anything. Even a raisin (I have looked over to Fia before in her highchair and seen a mouth full of them). We always need to sit with our babes while they eat and not leave them unattended. Remember: choking is silent.
–Plants, including Poinsettias, are poisonous. I knew they were to cats, but I didn’t know they were to us as well.
–Toilets: This is the age where she may start to throw things in the toilet (gross). And along with that, toddlers may reach in to retrieve their toy and fall in since they are head-heavy.
–Make sure chords on our blinds don’t loop. Cut them so they dangle down individually.
–Secure cabinets. Two ounces of perfume contain enough alcohol to kill a small child. Mouthwash too, as it’s 85-95% alcohol.
–Stove top: cook on the back burners of your stove if your toddler is around while you’re cooking. I know Fia can almost reach the front burner now. Also, turn your pot handles inward, so they can’t grab it and pull, potentially spilling boiling water on them, etc.
–Helmets: we are thinking of getting Fia a tricycle for Christmas. From the very beginning make them wear a helmet. You want to develop a life long habit on this one.
And for my own fun, here are her stats:
Weight: 25.4 pounds (30th percentile)
Height: 34 inches (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 19.25 inches (83rd percentile).
Some helpful websites for safety issues as well:
Picture of doctor and baby via ShutterStock.com
Categories: Fearless Feisty Mama, Milestone Monday, Must Read | Tags: choking, Dr Iyer, eating, Glendale Pediatrics, hazards, Holiday, holidays, hypochondria, hypochondriac, milestone, milestone monday, Pediatrician, safety, toddler safety, turning 2, turning two
Monday, December 5th, 2011
"My Finger Hurts," Fia says
Author’s Note: Join me every Monday as I share Fia’s ongoing milestone (mis)adventures–from potty training to talking to everything in between. Mayhem and mischief guaranteed on Milestone Monday!
How is it that my toddler turns two and develops severe hypochondria? Actually, it ‘s been going on for some time now. Every part of her body seems to be in constant pain.
“Mommy, finger hurts. Kiss. Make better.”
“Mommy, eye hurts. Kiss. Make better.”
I’m all for smothering her, but this is getting a little ridiculous.
The most common body part: her elbow. I’ve never met a person who has such constant elbow pain. And none of these body parts are on the same side. Sometimes it’s the left thumb. Other times it’s the right pinky.
The best is when I’m driving. These phantom pains pop up as she sits in her car seat listening to Elmo. Isn’t it bad enough that I can’t listen to NPR? But now I have to hear her listing off her knee, her cheek, her shoulder ailments…. I’m not stopping on the freeway to offer kisses, that’s for damn sure. Silly girl.
When I was in 2nd grade, I had a fake cast made and wore it to school. I pretended I broke my arm. Clearly I was a needy child, desperate for attention, even though at that time in my life, my parents gave me plenty. Did Fia inherit this trait? And is this hypochondria thing a normal milestone, or am I going to have the youngest person on the planet diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
Baby Finger picture via Shutterstock
Categories: Fearless Feisty Mama, Milestone Monday, Mom Situations, Must Read | Tags: body, body parts, health, hurts, hypochondria, hypochondriac, kiss, kisses, milestone monday, smother, turning 2, turning two