bad parent of the week: mum
I award myself bad parent award of the week this week. For not realising you were sick and nonchalantly taking you to the doctor for a check as you were extra tired and a bit cranky on Monday, only to be told that you apparently have ear infections in both ears. Which reminded me what a tolerant and happy little thing you really are, as all I had noticed was the extra fatigue and a bit of extra whingeyness when you wanted something I wouldn’t let you have (which was enough to make me want to go to the doctor to check, but I was a bit surprised, I was expecting the usual, ‘he’s fine’).. The new doctor who we’ve never met before kind of gave me a kinda funny look as he told me you had an ear infection and that you needed antibiotics, and that “you need to keep up the pain medication, that is probably why he’s upset” as I’d just 3 minutes earlier cheerily informed you “no blocks until we’ve finished with the doctor… and gee you’re a bit cantankerous today!” as you pounded on the doctor’s door in an attempt to exit the consulting room and return to the blocks you were previously happily playing with in the reception… So yes, the new doctor thinks I’m a bad parent who doesn’t pay attention to her child’s needs and treats his health as a bit of a humourous aside. Well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but that look he gave me certainly indicated he wasn’t convinced I was the best parent either. Suffice to say it was the end of the day, you were ratty, and I was a bit more scattered than usual myself. So maybe appeared to someone who doesn’t know me a bit nonchalant. When really I was just a bit tired and distracted….
health – an ongoing issue
Anyway, all good. You’re on antibiotics and you’re already getting better. Today you played independently heaps during the day, and it reminded me how good and easy to look after you are when you are 100% healthy…. Which reminds me, it seems such a common thing that all babies are sick for ages after starting childcare. My mother’s group doesn’t meet up much anymore as almost everyone has gone back to work, but we still email a lot, and this week one of the topics that has come up has been the relative frequency of sickness in everyone’s kids since starting childcare. So it’s not just you. Which makes me feel slightly better. Starting childcare is a sickness-inducing thing in most kids. Which I knew, but it’s still helpful to have people at the same point as us going through the same thing and talking about it.
So. No swimming lesson today (thought that I’d win bad parent of the YEAR award for taking my ear-infected child to a swimming lesson). Instead: naked playing in the sandpit while I weeded the garden. A visit from little E (who you gave a dink to on your little trike – the cutest thing ever), a bike ride with mum and a stop in the park on the way home…
All good fun.
Love and kisses
P.S. Another photo from last week: exploring at the State Library. I just let you wander about wherever, and this is where you ended up.