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August 26th, 2009


Our camera is broken.   It got jammed full of sand in the bottom of the beach bag on our first morning at the beach this past weekend.   Waaaa.  

Casey’s aunt and uncle have a beachfront condo in Ocean City, Maryland, and they offered it to us for the weekend, which we thought about for maybe half a second before jumping in  with a “Yahoo!”   It was a great trip.     There was only one snag besides the camera – Cooper wailed the whole first night and a quick trip to the local urgent care in the morning confirmed another set of ear infections in both ears.   Poor little Coop.   A prescription of Augmentin and he was a new kid by lunchtime.   But I do wonder a bit about those ears of his.  

It was a little insane, though, traveling to New York City and then to the beach in one week with two little guys.   They were troopers, though perhaps now a little too attached to the DVD player in the car.   We  buckled in for some quick errands today, and Cooper cried the whole way, pointing desperately to the closed movie screen and wailing, “Ope-ee!   Ope-eeeeeee!”   In the best interest of their neurological development, I have also banned all other television since we’ve been back.   Except Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network, because she’s on at 5 when I’m trying to cook dinner, and because she’s so kind and nurturing, it’s practically like having a Grandma on TV to entertain the kids when there’s something hot on the stove.   And for some reason, they both really dig her.

Casey was out of town for the last few nights, too, and there has got to be some break in the day, right?   Our other “break” today was the screech of the house security system which woke the boys and I up at 6 AM this morning.   What a way to start the day…     I didn’t even turn it off until the dispatch called, because the sun was still struggling to get up and there was no way I was going to risk the fact that some early bird robber might be trying to break in.   The dispatch told me that the alarm was tripped by the glass-break sensor by my bathroom window.   Kenny talked about it all day:   “Momma?   Do you think maybe a bird flew into the window and set it off?   Or maybe my toothbrush fell off the counter?   Or was there a fire burning somewhere and our alarm heard it?   Or maybe someone flushed the toilet too loud…”   And tonight just as he drifted off to sleep, “Momma?   I sure hope that alarm doesn’t wake us all up again tomorrow.   That was really loud and I was still really sleepy.”

Me, too, baby.


  1. Sarah says

    Have you considered chiropractic for Cooper’s ears? We were one ear infection away from tubes for our son (2 in 2 weeks!). He would finish the 10 days of abx and then within 4 days he would have another ear infection. We started getting him adjusted in January of 2009 and he hasn’t had an ear infection since! And he is sleeping even better than he did before, which has always been pretty great!

    Hope Cooper is feeling better soon!

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  2. Claudia says

    I completely agree with Sarah, chiropractic care does wonders for so many other illnesses without any harmful side effects unlike prescription drugs. It is incredible helpful for children who wet their bed also. When it comes to recurring ear infections you may want to avoid dairy foods for Cooper for a period of time to see if you can eliminate the infections. For more than half of the children with ear infections the solution is to eliminate dairy from their diet. From personal experience I avoid all dairy from my children and advise my family to do the same hence we never see a case of ear infections in my family. You could google it for more information.

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  3. Jenny says

    Parents or Parenting (I can’t remember which one) just did a full article on Chiropractic care for children. Just do your research first. My daughter had chronic ear infections as an infant (she’s about 6 weeks younger than Cooper) She would get them every 20 days or so and began to lose some of her hearing because of them. We did finally decide to do tubes and it changed her life. She hasn’t been sick at all for 5 an a half months. And her hearing has returned. We decided to do tubes because the doctor explained that even when she didn’t necessarily have ear infections, there was fluid sitting in her middle ear. This was muffling sounds for her. It sounds like Cooper’s language development is coming along okay, but it’s worth a conversation with the doctor. Plus, it’ll be better long term if he doesn’t become immune to certain antibiotics. But, you’re the Mommy and you have to do what you’re comfortable with.

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