Oh HI! Remember me? I wrote here just shy of a month ago? Let’s sum up the last month:
We’re now on our NINTH ear infection, and I’m currently waiting for our next appointment with LG’s ENT, so that I can punch him in the taint. Because this whole “let’s wait and see what happens over the spring and summer months” attitude clearly isn’t working out for us. I don’t want to jump the gun and rush into tubes or anything. Nine ear infections must not be considered enough, even though my daughter has started asking for full sized sippy cups of zithromax.
A couple of weeks ago, was the big trip to Disney World. We drove. I’m not sure there is a gross exaggeration big enough to describe how that trip was. Honestly, on the way down, it wasn’t that bad. We left at bedtime for the ride down, and did the whole thing over night. This doesn’t bode well for a good night’s sleep for the kids, especially one who was recovering from ear infection #8, and upon discovery, in a rest stop bathroom, also pink eye (I just went ahead and packed the drops for that possible situation). We all survived and arrived in one piece, thanks to lots of toys, coloring books and Curious George the movie on loop.
After a good night’s rest we were raring to go. Before I was a parent, one of my “I’ll nevers” was kid leashes. I swore up and down.I thought it was horribly cruel. But the Mini was a runner, with no regard for his own safety. So leashes became a way of life. Prior to our trip, I texted the The Disney Freak to ask if kids in leashes were passé, because in a sea full of jorts, mullets and fanny packs, I do not want my kid to look like a dork. We chose a backpack style, which she absolutely loved. She felt like a big kid. She hates to hold our hand, so this gave her the independence to walk on her own, and I didn’t have to worry about her running off, or losing her.
But the looks that some people gave us. The older generation… “I NEVER…” and the younger couples, pre-children, whispering “we’re never going to do that to our children.” This sort of reaction both pissed me off and cracked me up. The older generation is very adamant that you teach children not to leave your side, and are very old school child rearing. The younger group of people, are just naïve, like I was. My biggest fear is losing my kids. Especially in crowded areas. So maybe I am mindful of her looking like a dork, but the stares of disgust and disbelief that I will put my child on a leash, well, I hope my daughter clotheslines you with her tether.