Yesterday was a Very long day. I had put H down the night before with a very slight fever, and figured it was probably nothing. I woke up around 5am and got ready anticipating H waking around 6am (Abe wasn’t here), but he slept and slept until after 7:30am. It’s so out of character for him to do that, especially sleeping late two days in a row. Finally, I was getting him ready for school and when I was changing his diaper – things didn’t look quite right and thought that maybe was the reason for the slight fever if things were getting infected or irritated or whatever, so I decided to keep him home and wait until 8:30am when the nurseline opened at his pediatrician’s office.
As I was waiting for 8:30 to roll around, I started to notice some bumps on his body. It was totally hand foot and mouth. His classroom has a notice on the door about it like every few weeks about having another kid diagnosed with it. I had thought we were pretty lucky so far for never getting it when H usually gets every little cold or runny nose going around.
I brought him into the doctor and I was there for the diaper rash issue, but I was happy to kill two birds with one stone. The diaper rash is yeast – which totally explains why it’s been going on for such a mother effing long time. Like probably 3 months, and I’d seriously been losing my mind over diaper brands/wipes/needing to try this or that or whatever – but it was just freaking yeast. After the first application of the script, it looked much worse but he stopped itching it like a mad man, so it’s working. She also confirmed the hand foot and mouth.
After the appointment it was just the two of us… I couldn’t take him to go do something fun since he is contagious, but he was obviously feeling totally fine. Keeping him entertained in the house was beyond draining – and it was 92 degrees outside so we were just trapped. Admittedly, things got pretty weird and at one point I just let him do whatever he wanted to because I was so so tired (also this is why the house is always a dump – I totally didn’t pick up after this).
So it got me thinking – why was it so hard? How do people do this with more than 1 of these crazy kids like every single day? Is it because my child is insane – or is it because I’m tired and distracted all of the time or could I be planning activities better for him? Maybe it’s just his age? Should I just buy a parenting book and get over it already?
Anyhow, he went to bed and then was up at 3am – for the rest of the day. Argh.