Orange Medicine

Sunday evening Smiley told me that he had a headache and wanted some ibuprofen.  No problem.  I got him some.  Then Spike told me that he needed ‘orange medicine’, because we buy the liquid kind for the little guys.  I couldn’t think of why Spike would need it, except that Smiley was getting some.  So I told him that he didn’t need it.

All day on Monday, Spike didn’t really eat.  By the end of the day, he had eaten 8 Ritz crackers, 1 banana, and 1 avocado, and several glasses of water or coconut milk.  He kept telling me he was hungry, but then he wouldn’t eat.  (He usually only does that when he is teething, but I thought all of his teeth were in.)

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Lately he has also quit taking naps, since about Christmas time, so we have been putting him to bed between 7 and 8 p.m.  Last night, I was at basketball practice with Shorty when Spike fell asleep and went to bed.  By the time I got home, only about 8:45, he was awake again and crying.  I had the thought he just might need some ibuprofen.  I fixed some up and took it to him.

I brought it into his room, while he is crying on his sister’s lap in his bed.  “Do you want some orange medicine?”

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“Yes.”  And he took it and drank it without complaint.  Then he was ready to lay down and go to sleep.  I laid down beside him, covered him all up, put medicine of his itching feet.  He started to breath deeper.  Then he said, “Thank you giving me orange medicine.”

I felt so bad.  He did need orange medicine.  “Have your teeth been hurting?”

“Yes.”  So sorry little baby!!!

“I am sorry I didn’t listen to you last night.  I should have given you some.  Sometimes I need to listen better.”

And off he went to sleep.  Silly mother.  Sometimes you don’t know it all and you should listen to your two year-old!

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