T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Thursday, October 8, 2009

All Rules, Out the Door...

Rules that have been broken this week...

1. No sleeping in T Rex Mom and Dad's bed
- the past two nights I have actually sat up in bed - literally - holding and rocking T Rex so he would stop screaming in his sleep. I suspect that he was having a bad headache related to sinus congestion, thus, laying flat was causing pain. He has never had an ear infection so I did not think that was causing the pain. Rule #1 out the door...

2. All meals will be balanced for nutrition and there will be no throwing of food at the table - when the toddler gets sick, his appetite disappears and it becomes impossible to coax him to eat anything. So, when he's sick, he can eat whatever and whenever he wants - chips, yogurt melts, puffs, cheese puffs. And, if he wants to toss the unwanted food off his tray, he doesn't get the "angry eyes". Rules #2 out the door...

3. Potty training does not take breaks - W
ith the high fever T Rex has had, it's decreased the amount of urinating he's been doing. This past week he was only urinating 2-3 times a day. This definitely puts a hamper on the potty training. And I was really wanting to measure his output so there were times when I'd just strap on a diaper and forget about PT. (Those cloth diapers have been a hit - T Rex is not a fan of disposables anymore. I think he thinks the cloth ones are "big boy pants".) Rule #3 out the door...


4. No more than 30 to 60 minutes of Elmo or Baby Einstein videos per day - When T Rex gets a virus, it generally goes right to the chest and exacerbates his asthma. This last one was no exception. Nebulizer breathing treatments can take 5 to 15 and up to 30 minutes, once, twice, or four times per day. You can do the math. That is often more than an hour per day and the only way to get him to sit still for those treatments is by watching his shows. Rule #4 out the door...


It took a week to break the rules and get into bad habts. Now it's going to take a month to get back to where we were at. Heavy sigh...


Rule #5...Rules #1-4 become null and void during illness!

Can anyone else relate to this?

8 comments:

zombiemom said...

Absolutely! Poor little guy! My Middle child is the same, seems viruses always settle in her chest. She has allergy induced asthma and has to have breathing treatments as well.
And then, the albuterol makes them mean and cranky!
Sounds like your doing everything you can. If you ask me, you need a break too! I'm a rule keeper too but sometimes they have to bend in times like these! Be careful not to exhaust yourself too much, we need to keep you strong!
Take care, and hopefully by the end of the weekend you ALL will be feeling better!

Mommy of M's said...

Poor thing, I hope he feels better soon. All rules go out the door at our house when someone is sick too. Which judging from the sneezing I heard this morning will probably be this weekend.

Emily said...

Poor sweet boy. I am totally with you on the rules about movie watching become extinct when sick.

HOpe he is feeling better soon.

You are such a cute mom!

septembermom said...

I can so relate to all of these. When they are sick, you do whatever it takes to get them through the day comfortably. Hope T-Rex feels better soon! Take care of yourself too!

Nina said...

Oh yes.... when they are sick you will do or let the do just about anything. I found some great Popsicle at the grocery that have a full serving of fruit in each one. I buy those and Thomas eats those up especially when he has a fever. So I feel better knowing he is getting something worth while out of a Popsicle.

That has to be rough at night staying up. It seems everything is always so much worse at night when everyone is trying to sleep.

I hope he starts feeling better soon.

Jason and Claire said...

Poor boy. Cute post. I hope he is better and back to following the rules soon!

Jenners said...

I relate to it 100! I do all of that when my Little One is sick. He is just so pathetic and sad looking that I'll do anything to make him feel better or more comfortable. Hope he feels better soon.

Kim said...

OH I so hear you on this!!! Poor little baby - I would never have thought about the sinus bad dream connection. Deaglan had five ear infections last year. So far this year nothing. I'm sending you some good vibes and hopefully this will be the worst of it this winter!