I missed two days! As an anal, rules-following, only-child Capricorn, I find this distressing, even as an unofficial participant. I was so close to the end of the month, so close!
But I digress.
I wish I could tell you that I had been having so much fun hanging out with my husband while my in-laws watched the kids, catching up with my sister-in-law's dating drama, and stuffing myself with Thanksgiving leftovers, but it ain't so. Instead, I was Learning Things, some the Hard Way. Here's what I learned:
1. When your child sleeps poorly one night, then cries inconsolably for hours during the next night, it's not because she's trying to annoy you. It's because she has an earache.
2. Don't wait for your child--who wants nothing more in the world than to go to sleep--to cry for four hours before giving Tylenol. Get over your "I don't want to give her medicine unless I'm sure she needs it" attitude and just give her the damn Tylenol. It might help, which will give you a clue as to why she's crying.
3. 37°C = 98.6°F. Our #$&@ thermometer would only display in Celsius for some reason. At least the temperature I was measuring was normal. Thank you, Internet conversion programs.
4. It's good to know and be related to doctors. They can get you in to see their doctor friends and you won't even have to pay a copay! And you get free samples of the blessed Tylenol!
5. When your baby hasn't pooped in 36 hours, she'll decide to do her business just as the doctor walks in the exam room to check her out.
6. Flying home with a baby who has an earache might not be as bad as you expect it to be.
7. No matter how tired you are, being home will make you feel better about things.
Glad to be home. So, so glad to be home.