Things that Go BUMP in my Mind

Knitting, stitching, reading, gardening, cooking--I have no time for any of it.

Friday, February 17, 2006

zzzzzzzz *snerk* "wha-huh?" glub, glub.

Owen has put Chuck and I through two nights of insomnia.* He sleeps for a while, then wakes up and wanders aimlessly around the house (periodically climbing onto, then off of, the nearest lap) until he collapses on the floor. He repeats this process every couple of hours. Sometimes he seems awake, sometimes he seems like he might be sleep walking. Not even a substantial dose of Benadryl (w/doctor's approval) kept him down last night. He just stumbled more.

The doctor ascribes all of this to allergies. She cleaned an alarming amount of junk out of his ears, gave him some Zyrtec chewables and nasal spray, and sent him (and us) on his way. If that doesn't work, guess who's house we're dropping him off at tomorrow night?

When at last I dragged into work this morning, all hell was breaking loose. I am drowning in an ocean of work, and someone keeps dumping more water in. You know the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Fantasia? I am Mickey, and the Sorcerer ain't coming back anytime soon.

All of this is by way of saying that I am likely to be scarce, or at least entirely uninteresting, for the next week or so. I've made it halfway through my Olympic knitting project, but it's looking like I may have to pull a Kwan.

*Those who are paying attention will note in that sentence a distinct lack of sympathy for Owen's plight. This is because Owen does not have a plight. He is three; when he gets sleepy, he sleeps. He does not have a job or a five year old or a household to run. He may not like being awake during the middle of the night (although the play-doh fest at 4:00 a.m. indicates to the contrary), but there are no lingering consequences. This is not the case for Chuck and me. Owen may be the one with the insomnia, but we are the ones suffering from it.


  • At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Judy said…

    Take turns. You get up to chaperone the ittle darling for half the night, hubby for the other half. Each of you gets at least SOME uninterrupted sleep...

  • At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Judy said…

    PS -- On the other hand, allergies ARE starting up already, with all this weird weather, so your dr. may be right. Good luck, by the way!! One day you will look back on this and laugh. Yeah.

  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger Stacey said…

    I am so right there with you, darling. My three year old refuses to completely potty train, so guess who is up in the middle of the night changing we sheets?


  • At 6:18 AM, Blogger Elfinlady said…

    Kirsten, why don't you get a baby gate, and put it in the door of Owen's room? That way, if he gets up in the middle of the night, he can't get out. That's what I did when we put DD in a big girl bed, because I was afraid of her getting up in the middle of the night and falling down the stairs.

  • At 6:19 AM, Blogger Elfinlady said…

    Oh, forgot to say, I hope Owen feels better soon! Allergies are awful. :(

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Valerie (grvlgal) said…

    Yikes! Hope he starts sleeping better soon so you can all get your sanity back.


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