Toddler Diaper Rash Help and a Happy Heiny – GP#17-18

I know that I have things to be grateful for.  And darn it if I’m not so busy enjoying those things that I’m spending more time being happy than writing about it.

Day 17  – Once again, I’m grateful for our medical system.  Norton has been dealing with a nasty diaper rash, and it’s not a typical toddler diaper rash.  It started out irritated from the acidity of his poo, which was just icky for a couple of days.  And then I never could get that toddler diaper rash to ease up.  Since we’ve been mainly using cloth diapers pretty much since Norton’s birth, any time he’s had some sort of redness on his bum it’s cleared up within a day or two, and it’s never been the kind of rashes that my friends have spoken of.  But this was a whole different beast of a toddler diaper rash.  I used Boudreaux’s Butt Paste on it, and it helped, but didn’t completely nuke the rash.  (I used a flushable liner in the diapers so the cream wouldn’t get on the cloth diaper; Butt Paste may be great for diaper rashes, but it’s not really meant to go with using cloth diapers.)  Then I started trying good old fashioned baby powder.  That helped, but it didn’t make it all go away. [Read more…]

Gratitude Project Days 12 – 16

So, wow.  I totally slacked off on the daily gratitude project posting.  As far as I’m concerned, though, I have the best reason in the world for not bothering with gratitude project posts… or any other sort of blogging, for that matter… for the last four days.

I was too busy enjoying the things that I’m grateful for to write about them.  I’m okay with that. [Read more…]

Toddler Injury Takes Us to the Hospital

Yesterday seriously sucked.  First we had our library trip of d00m, which is when our toddler injury occurred.  Then we got Norton checked out during my doctor’s appointment and found out that we needed to take him to the hospital for x-rays to find out the extent of said toddler injury.

That was when it got fun.  The toddler x-ray took under an hour, which is pretty darned amazing since we just walked in with a requisition and no appointment.  Since I’m pregnant, I obviously couldn’t be the one to go in.  I was never so grateful for my husband coming along for all doctor’s appointments as I was yesterday.   While the husband was in with Norton, I waited in the hall and listened to my toddler screaming in pain.  The guilt was unbelievable.  It was my fault that Norton was hurt. [Read more…]

Toddler Injury Becomes the Focus of Mom’s Appointment

After we got home from our disaster trip to the library, I put Norton to bed to try to decompress.  I had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon with my family doctor to be referred to a new OB/Gyn (you know, since my first attempt at prenatal care was such a massive fail).  I figured it would be a brief “go in, get referred, and leave.”  A toddler injury wasn’t even on the radar when I booked that appointment a week ago.  Our “quick visit” actually ran long due to my doctor’s attention to the as of yet undetermined toddler injury.

It’s funny how those things work out.  This isn’t the first time that someone in our family has booked an appointment, only to find that someone else in the household needed that appointment more by the time it arrived. [Read more…]

Toddler Injury Becomes the Focus of Mom’s Appointment

After we got home from our disaster trip to the library, I put Norton to bed to try to decompress.  I had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon with my family doctor to be referred to a new OB/Gyn (you know, since my first attempt at prenatal care was such a massive fail).  I figured it would be a brief “go in, get referred, and leave.”  A toddler injury wasn’t even on the radar when I booked that appointment a week ago.  Our “quick visit” actually ran long due to my doctor’s attention to the as of yet undetermined toddler injury.

It’s funny how those things work out.  This isn’t the first time that someone in our family has booked an appointment, only to find that someone else in the household needed that appointment more by the time it arrived.

You see, I didn’t think that there would be anything to come of Norton’s toddler injury at the library.  I figured he’d take a nap and wake up happy, as usual.  He didn’t.  He woke up when it was time for us to get ready to go to the doctor, and he woke up screaming.  He felt like a little hot water bottle, so I gave him a bit of Tylenol.  He screamed as we got ready to go.  He screamed as I put him in his car seat to get his dad.  I didn’t know what to think beyond “he’s still in the same crappy mood that he’d been in all day.”  He woke up crabby first thing this morning, so I didn’t think anything of it more than that.  When we got to the husband’s office to pick him up, there was still a fair amount of toddler whining and crying.

It wasn’t until we were waiting that the husband and I noticed that if Norton’s left arm was jostled, the toddler screaming would start again.

Crap.  What did I do to my kid?

While my doctor was in with us, we asked her to take a look at Norton.  We also noticed that his ear was red, so we thought that maybe it was an ear infection or something.  Norton had never had an ear infection; was it possible that something making his ear hurt could be effecting his arm?

Our doctor took a look.  His ears seemed clear when she looked (aside from the earwax that’s in his ear canal and will have to work its way out on its own).  But his arm… when she touched it, he screamed.  Ultimately, she handed us a requisition for an x-ray and instructed us to take him to the hospital.

Joy.

Who Knew a Library Trip Could Cause So Much Parenting Stress?

For two weeks now, I’ve really wanted to go to toddler time at the library.  I don’t have much in terms of real life mommy friends, and we only know one other couple with kids around Norton’s age.  I’m pretty introverted, so I’m perfectly happy to skip doing social things.  But Norton needs to go.  He needs to be around other kids, and so forth.  Yesterday things worked out and we finally got to go.  I anticipated songs and “dancing.”  I did not anticipate untold amounts of parenting stress, parenting stress brought on by trying to wrangle my kid. [Read more…]

Who Knew a Library Trip Could Cause So Much Parenting Stress?

For two weeks now, I’ve really wanted to go to toddler time at the library.  I don’t have much in terms of real life mommy friends, and we only know one other couple with kids around Norton’s age.  I’m pretty introverted, so I’m perfectly happy to skip doing social things.  But Norton needs to go.  He needs to be around other kids, and so forth.  Yesterday things worked out and we finally got to go.  I anticipated songs and “dancing.”  I did not anticipate untold amounts of parenting stress, parenting stress brought on by trying to wrangle my kid.

A few times, trying to manage Norton got to be too much during that thirty minute toddler time. We almost left, but each time the activity would change and he’d be cooperative. I’m not sure that he knew what to make of the singing and such; I don’t really sing at home because apparently my singing is offensive to my kid. He screams at me if I sing while I clean the house. But we survived. And once it was over, I felt a surge of relief. I wasn’t sure if we were going to ever do this again, in spite of the fact that I knew darned well that we should. Besides, it would get better with practice, right?

We left toddler time and I tried to return the books we checked out last week into the book drop. It took longer than you might think since Norton kept trying to take off. I ended up holding a squirming little boy in my arms when I tried to get the books in the book drop. I carried him upstairs to the level with the “grown up” books to see if I could quickly find some natural childbirth method books. When I put him down so that I could look up the call number, he took off.

sigh

All I wanted was to find was just one book to help me figure out the differences between the birth methods out there.  That’s it.  Just one book.  I didn’t want to spend the day leisurely browsing through the library.  And even if I did, I know that it’s not possible with a toddler in tow.  I’m nothing if not realistic.

The computer catalog was slow as molasses (or maybe it just seemed that way because I was trying to get Norton to come back without raising my voice).  I got down on one knee and opened my arms, so he came running back to me to throw himself into my awaiting arms.  When he got to me, the results were in, and I knew the section I wanted to go.  I could relax.  We were almost done.

And then I felt my parenting stress levels rise once more as he took off.  I could not manage my toddler’s behavior.  If he could just hold it together for a few more minutes….

Finally, I caught up to him in the foreign language books.  I was getting angry.  I held his arm since Norton is too little to hold hands and won’t do it, and marched him over to the right section to find my book.  Once we were on the aisle, he tried to wrench his arm free.  I felt a pop as he hurled himself to the ground and began screaming uncontrollably.

It didn’t even occur to me that we were dealing with a toddler injury at this point.  I figured he’s my kid, so that means that things will pop just like they popped with my mother and still do with me.  All that I knew was that I had to get him out of there.  I was embarrassed as all eyes stared at the idiot mother who can’t manage her kid.  I was beyond embarrassed; I was mortified and humiliated to realize that I had become “that mom.”  I tried to muffle his screams somewhat (without actually limiting his ability to breathe) as I carried him out.

Needless to say, we didn’t get any books.

And Norton?  Well, he was going straight to bed for a nap when we got home.  I’d had it.  We’d gone beyond parenting stress at this point; my nerves were completely shot.  The screaming only stopped for brief intervals on the way home.

And I’d decided that I was just going to have to buy or check out books on my Kobo rather than ever return to the library.

Wordless Wednesday 9/7/11 – Checking Out the Petting Farm

We took Norton to the local fair and let him visit the “petting farm.”  Overpriced?  Yes.  Absolutely worth it?  Most definitely. [Read more…]

Fort George Park – A Playground Photo Adventure

Giving the swings a try [Read more…]

Giving the Toddler Playground Another Chance

It’s been a while since we’ve taken Norton to the toddler playground.  The toddler playground across the street from my house is out; all that it has are playground swings, and Norton doesn’t like those.  The toddler playground on the next street over has other things, but Norton doesn’t actually like the slide either. [Read more…]