Oct 28, 2007

A good night's sleep?

Grace isn't challenging any Terrible Two stereotypes, but I can handle the belligerance, the tantrums and even her shrieking "Noooooooooo!" to every question I ask, like, "Would you rather have chili or soup for dinner?" (You see, they tell you to give kids a choice to foster a sense of control over their lives, even though we know better.) If she wants to act so immature, that's her prerogative. But I wasn't prepared for the fact that once she was two and started spending more time in public and around other kids, our entire family would be sick ALL THE TIME. It's bad enough to hear your child hoarse from coughing, but the last two nights have been heartbreaking. She coughs and then cries or moans as if she's in terrible pain. We went to the doctor when her coughing started disrupting her sleep a few weeks ago, and she's been through one round of antibiotics, which she thought were delicious. She was healthy for about three days, and now we're back where we started, with the added element of knowing it hurts when she coughs. Poor little bug.

Even Brady's been sick, probably because in the last month or so she has been attacked by a pit bull, eaten a dead bird, a sea shell and a crayon. The dog bite wasn't her fault, and we dutifully gave her a round of antibiotics at the same time Grace was taking them (not the same antibiotics). But it cost us thousands of dollars to keeep her alive after her last "dietary indiscretion," so I'm thinking this time she'll have to have flames shooting out her butt before we take her to the vet again.

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