Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tuesday's Truths

So, I never got around to posting yesterday. I've got a lot going through my head, and I think I'm just afraid to see some of it in black and white.

This weekend I actually managed to watch a couple of movies, get about 75% of my mei tai carrier sewn, and wrangle in a visit with the MIL plus nookie! (not at the same time, of course) Tree Faerie is actually sleeping better, too, ever since I started giving her teething tablets before bed. Apparently when she's up during the day, there is usually enough activity around her that she doesn't really pay attention to her gums, except that she is constantly chewing hard on everything. She still doesn't have any teeth showing, but it's not for lack of trying. After I get her to sleep and she's no longer chewing on things, apparently that's when they hurt the most. So, since I've been giving her the teething tablets before bed, I've managed to get more sleep. It's still hard to drag myself out of bed in the mornings, but at least it doesn't take nearly as long for the fuzziness to clear from my head.

My kiddo has become more mobile, which seems to go hand-in-hand with bumps and bruises. Last Tuesday at daycare, she was crawling on the tile portion of the floor and one of her arms just kind of gave out and she bumped her head on the floor and got a bruise. This is completely believable since I've seen her do it on the carpet at home so many times. It's like she's trying to move her arm forward but doesn't realize it's the one supporting her weight. Then on Friday at daycare, she was pulling everything off the bottom shelf of the short bookcase when she slipped and bumped her head in the middle. Still believable, but that was two incedent reports in one week. I was starting to get a little worried, but really tried not to show it yet. I prefer to analize the situation before reacting so that I'm not just flying off the handle for no reason.

Friday night at home, we're hanging out in the living room watching Doctor Who and Tree Faerie is trying to pull up on the couch. Of course she slips and bonks her head on the other side! Poor baby! Not 30 minutes later, what does she do? She bonks her head on the same spot as her first bruise last Tuesday!

So she now has a crown of bruises. And it seems like she'll continue to have a crown of bruises because just before I got to the daycare yesterday afternoon, she hit her head on the carpetted part of the floor there. She was still upset when I got to the classroom, and of course there's a bruise there now.

I'm beginning to wonder if maybe she's developing another ear infection, because she has had a runny nose (clear, not green or yellow) for over a week, and she does occasionally pull on her ear. I know that some bumps and bruises are normal, especially since she's crawling and trying to pull up, but seriously, enough is enough. Her entire forehead is just going to be purple forever! I'm going to give it a few more days before I do anything more. Her ear isn't red when she's not pulling on it, so I don't know... I'm just trying to cover all my bases.

And I really don't think it's abuse or neglect or anything at the daycare, because they really don't seem to be trying to cover something up, and I'm usually really good at picking up on those types of things.

Speaking of picking up on those types of things, I'm currently struggling with how to tell a friend that his choices are what got him into this mess, and now he needs to buck up and take responsibility for those choices, ESPECIALLY because there are children involved. Granted, I'm beginning to think that the best thing for those kids would be for someone else to take care of the kids besides the parents. I don't know how to say that, either, without just coming out and saying, "What the f... were you thinking?!?"


Manic Mom said...

Hi, popping in to see how things are! I love that you call your baby your Tree Faerie (spelling not sure, cuz I'm too lazy to backspace and check!)

Andrea said...

you got the spelling right! :) Nice to see you from this end of the blogger world!

Manic Mom said...

Hey! You don't have to comment on EVERY blogger I listed! Just a couple! I sure hope you didn't do that! That would take forever! (I just saw your comment at Jess Riley's blog!) LOL!

Andrea said...

LOL! No, I didn't commenting on every blog, just a few. I thought about commenting on every one, but then I actually had to WORK, so it didn't happen. Jess is on my blogroll, too, so I was already going there. :) Of course, I originally found her through your blog.