Somehow, we made it over three months before Theo came down with any sort of sickness. This was completely baffling to me and Betsy because A) we are very far from germiphobes. (You can wash pacifiers?!) B) Theo gets licked by Porter the Dog multiple times a day… sometimes in his mouth.
But, every kid gets sick and this week was his week! Luckily, it wasn’t anything too serious. He had a mild fever and lots of coughing and snot making.
He’s feeling better already, but Porter pretty much hasn’t left his side the whole time. Whether he knows it or not, Theo already has a best buddy.
(Sorry for the grainy photo. Dim room and didn’t want to use a flash.)
One Quick Parent Rant
I remember hearing a This American Life a long time ago about the dangers and realities of overdosing your kid on Tylenol (Found it!). At the time, I remember being pretty self-righteous in thinking that it couldn’t be that hard. Now, after having to brave it, it is incredibly, stupidly difficult and I completely see how mistakes happen.
Keep in mind that when most parents are doing this for the first time they are sleep-deprived and mildly freaking out.
For starters, there different products both labeled for kids but one is literally twice the dosage of the other (80mg/5mL vs. 160mg/5mL – you have to read the fine print to be sure which one you have).
More importantly, the measurer they give you is in milliliters, but the dosing instructions from pediatricians is in teaspoons.
So you have to convert teaspoons to milliliters and then eyeball it on this dropper.
It’s like some sick SAT word problem except with a screaming child sitting next to you.
I get that it’s important to get the dosage exact, but hey… the people who designed the package should know it’s important to get the dosage exact.
Anyway, I pretty much nailed the conversion and administered what I believe to be a perfect amount of medicine which was immediately drooled out.
A few things that caught my eye this week.
Ridiculously Intense Steak – I saw this steak in the most recent Bon Appetit and my first thought was, “I have to try that!” Then I read the full recipe and I thought, “I’m probably never trying that.” But, after reading this review, I might actually do it someday. (@ Bitten Word)
Have a great weekend everyone!