Comedy of Errors Makes an Angry Mother

There are some things in the world that can make me an angry mother.  I readily admit that I have a bit of a temper, and things can bother me.  However, one area that seldom brings out the angry mother within is retail staff.

You see, I worked in a grocery store through high school and college.  I know that customers can suck.  As such, I usually cut retail and wait staff a lot of slack.  Usually.  Today, it was a cashier that brought out the angry mother. [Read more…]

Why I Use a Toddler Leash – Hot Topic Tuesday

A whole lot of people criticize the toddler leash.  It’s okay; I totally understand why they aren’t fans of it.  A favorite reason for criticizing the toddler leash is that children are not dogs.  The husband bought our son a toddler leash when he was smaller, but we haven’t really used it much.

Now, though, I use that toddler leash any time we go somewhere that doesn’t have a shopping cart and isn’t particularly stroller friendly.

Hang on.  Before you decide that I must be too lazy to watch my kid or something, allow me to remind you of a little story.  Last month, Norton tried to take off in the library.  I was holding his hand.  He got hurt.  And we ended up spending hours in the hospital getting x-rays since he couldn’t use his arm at all.  That was when I found out about nursemaid’s elbow. [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.