Poor Liam. His parents are certainly not winning any Parent of The Year awards this year.
My little guy has had a cold for about a week and a half with a funny little congested cough like it was all upper airway. His lungs have been clear, but he has been spiking fevers off and on. He has also been a little cranky off and on, but no other symptoms. Sunday morning we woke up to find ear wax dripping down the side of his face. His ear drum had popped due to pressure. So we brought him in to see the doctor first thing Monday morning and they found a double ear infection. That’s right, a double ear infection that mom didn’t even come close to catching. Apparently our boy doesn’t give the usual signs of an ear infection (like tugging on his ears or showing any signs of pain in the area). No changes in appetite or anything. He is on antibiotics now. It is the first medicine beyond Tylenol he has ever had so we are monitoring closely for side effects (which we have thankfully seen none of yet). The bright spot in all of this is that he likes the taste of the medicine so it isn’t a fight to get it into him!
I was so impressed with how cooperative and well-behaved he was at the doctor’s office yesterday. I strongly suspect it is because one of his favorite dress up games to play is “playing doctor” with his Melissa and Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Set. He loves listening to “heart beeps”, checking ears, giving shots, and checking reflexes. Over the last few months of playing with this set he has also learned to stay still when his ears, eyes, and chest are getting checked. We were able to put those lessons into practice the other day at the doctor’s office. Sometimes Liam acts like such a big boy it makes me incredibly proud and sad at the same time (and now I have Bittersweet Symphony running through my head). In less than a month he will be two (and a big brother as well). Time just seems to be going by so fast. My baby boy doesn’t really act like a baby anymore. Although I don’t wish to slow down his growing up I do miss the first years as we have stepped fully into the adventures of the toddler years (which thankfully still include the occasional snuggle for mom) and prepping to be an awesome big brother.