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Grumpy Pants

August 1st, 2009

After Kenny’s sick day this past Monday, we’ve been passing a pair of grumpy pants around the house.   This is otherwise known as a viral infection.   Kenny was good as new on Tuesday, but Cooper started acting like a banshee again and finally on Thursday I took him back into the doctor where they declared that his seven days of amoxicillin did absolutely nothing for his double ear infection, and prescribed something stronger.   An hour after taking the first dose of Augmentin, he was a different kid, and I now hold great reverence for the folks at GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals for their miracle drug:

See The Coop before his first dose…


…and after…


Seriously, though, betwixt the ear infection debacle, Casey developed a case of vertigo, which was no doubt exaserbated by Cooper’s all-night screams and my pacing the floor.   Oh, and Dudley licks himself a lot when he’s stressed, so just imagine with me  that he’s now missing all the fur where his manhood used to be, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of how our long-suffering dog is doing.

Kenny caught a case of the “nobody plays with me” virus on Thursday in between various doctor’s visits, and I ended up hiring a babysitter for part of the day on Friday for Cooper  so that I could spend a few hours alone with Kenny.   It was so much fun!   I definitely need to do that again sometime.  

But Saturday dawned with Kenny in a funk again, asking if he could skip swim lessons and lay on the couch instead.   I think that this may have been partially motivated by the fact that he got to watch TV most of the day when he was sick earlier in the week, and secretly hoped that his ails might trigger my remote finger again.

It did.

I let him watch a movie while I mowed the lawn and Casey took Cooper to his swim lesson.   Mistake on all fronts.   Kenny spent most of the rest of the post-movie morning whining, and Cooper came home with a fever, no doubt finally showing the signs of the viral infection Kenny had at the beginning of the week.   By late afternoon, Casey took Kenny off to play some miniature golf while I spent a quiet evening with Cooper.

Now if only I could figure out how to take a sick day myself…

Being alone with Cooper tonight, though, I reflected on how different life is for the second kid.   Here it was, such a novelty to play uninterrupted with the little guy, reading silly books and giggling and playing peek-a-boo.   I started thinking about Kenny at this age, and how he had my undivided attention all day long.   No wonder birth order plays such a huge impact on personality!   It makes me ache for time with Cooper.   I don’t want to miss the little age of wonderment!

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