I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Cracking up as in laughing my head off, and “cracking up” as in oh my goodness I’ve done five loads of laundry in the last ten hours and Kenny still doesn’t have a clean pair of shorts that fit him to wear to church. And then Casey does something innocent like turn the sprinkler on at noon on a 90 degree day and I find myself choking back tears as I nurse Cooper on the couch, watching the water evaporate in thin air and wondering how our eco-inconsiderate action will affect his availability of natural resources in the next twenty years.
I actually got them both to nap at the same time. In their OWN BEDS. I am not holding, nursing, burping, soothing or jiggling Cooper, nor trying to catch up with all the inanity called housework while attempting to give Kenny some much-needed attention. This infant+toddler equation is not an easy one.
Yesterday found both of them at the doctors’ office – Croup. Yuk. Poor baby Cooper needs the boogers suctioned out to nurse and Kenny sounds like a baby seal. After the un-planned appointment, a group of dear friends had a baby shower for me. I was so overwhelmed with these incredible women, who are so busy with their own broods, that they put together this beautiful brunch and showered Cooper with adorable gifts. It is humbling. It was also delicious! Fruit “pizza” and french toast strata topped the tastes, as did tender blueberry muffins and a fluffy quiche that they swear they just “threw together.” HA! Thank you girls – you are over the top!
As I write, Kenny has wandered into the office – only 45 minutes after I left him (how did 45 minutes speed by so fast and I STILL didn’t have a chance to go to the bathroom?), and is climbing onto my lap asking to “see something,” which is how he asks to watch anything animated, be it a cartoon or an uploaded curious George snippet on YouTube.
So I must be brief with my main question to pose here: Anyone out there have an infant with seborrheic dermatitis on their face??? This is called cradle cap when it’s on the head. Kenny had an awful case for about six months, but it never crept onto his face. Now Cooper has it on his face and neck, but not yet on his head. It is definitely not infant acne, as the pediatrician has seen it. It breaks my heart to see my beautiful Cooper with this rash on his perfect face. I can’t imagine that it will last as long as Kenny’s did. Our doc said that we could use hydro-cortisone every few days to keep the itch away, but to wait five days or so in between each two days of using it, because it can damage tender baby skin. Any advice would be appreciated.
Oops… now Cooper is starting to grunt… So much for naptime…