The Penguin Hat

penguin hat

I was supposed to be writing a real blog post right now. Instead, it’s almost 11pm on Tuesday night and instead of writing, I’m sitting in the living room listening to my oldest son cough…endlessly. He went to bed at 8pm and it’s now 11pm and he’s still coughing. T-h-r-e-e hours of coughing.

I hate this part about being a parent. I hate not being able to make it all better. I wish that my cuddles and snuggles really were magical and that they would allow my son to relax and finally drift off to sleep.

Instead, I’m sitting here googling “kids cough” and “kids cough medicine” (remember when all the cough medicine was recalled?), debating whether or not to call the doctor. Not that the doctor can really do anything except maybe offer some peace of mind.

Of course, there’s also part of me thinking forward to Wednesday, running through the different scenarios – kid goes to school vs. kid stays home – and figuring out how Ed and I are going to split the day. Both of our schedules have already been thrown off this week because my younger son came home from school early on Monday. Oh, and there’s a long weekend this weekend.

I think about all that and then I think that I really shouldn’t be worrying about those things or the deadlines this week because my kid’s sick.

So I don’t have a blog post (sorry) and I’m sharing this ridiculous picture of Everett instead (the non-coughing child…at least for now). He’s in love with this penguin hat he got for Christmas. Only problem is that it’s an adult-size hat and about two times too big for his head. So it falls over his eyes unless we use a binder clip to cinch the back. He insists that you call him Penguin when he’s wearing the hat. Then he places his hands in the gloves, rests his hands by his hips and proceeds to waddle. Ridiculous.

How’s your week going?


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  1. says

    Sorry J isn’t well. I almost threw in the towel with my post this evening too. Too bad we didn’t realize we were both struggling.

    Hoping J is better soon and the Penguin doesn’t decide to take up running. John Bingham might be pretty pissed that someone stole his name.
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  2. says

    Poor little guy (and poor mama!). Hope the cough clears up quickly. I’ve been up the last few nights because my little one has been up throughout the night. Teeth, perhaps. To make life even more exciting, she discovered how to climb up the rails and launch herself out of her crib. Fabulous. Guess we’re getting a big girl bed sooner than we anticipated! Thanks for sharing the penguin pic. Adorable!
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  3. says

    ..but you do have a blog post! And it’s..great.
    I’m so sorry about the coughing. They tend to linger for weeks and weeks. Scarlet had years ago and it would not go away for 3-4 weeks so they put her on asthma medication, which they say they do occasionally to clear out nasty viruses. I got so paranoid about it but it’s been years since she’s had a cough so I know there’s no asthma.
    Anyway, I hope it gets resolved! Did you try all the weird things yet? Like eucalyptus oil on his feet?
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  4. says

    OMG he is just the cutest. And the poor thing. I FEEL for him as I was tossing and turning all night with the most clogged nostrils EVER. sleeping with an open mouth is just impossible. and the cold I had during Thanksgiving was just like his, coughing ALL night, nobody sleeps when that happens and nothing seems to make it go away. I hope he feels better. You are a great mom, such heart, love and affection for those beautiful boys! XO
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  5. says

    That hat is so cute and I love that he wants to be called a penguin when wearing it – you will have to post a video of the whole waddling thing!!!
    And, so sorry for your older son and the horrible cough – I hate that!! So hard as a mama to listen to and know that there isn’t much you can do. Sorry y’all are having a rough week with sickness and schedules but blog posts can always wait!!!
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  6. says

    Sorry Christine! I woke up at 11:00 last night to a toddler throwing up in his bed. :( No amount of snuggles will make that better. So I’m sitting here trying to multitask. The joys of parenthood.

    This is a good blog post. I love remembering that we are real humans with real life situations to deal with.

    Sending tons of good and healthy vibes your family’s way.
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  7. says

    Ugh, I hate it when kids are sick! It is frustrating that there doesn’t seem to be any medicine anymore that you can give them to help the poor little guys feel better. I gave up after listening to my son hack for weeks on end and took him to the doctor today. She wasn’t 100% sure but she’s thinking it’s a sinus infection, so antibiotics here we come!
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  8. says

    I think your feelings are totally natural. We want to be able to do it all, and sometimes it’s hard admitting we can’t. I love the picture and story about the hat. Everett (penguin) sounds like a character. I hope your older son feels better soon!
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  9. says

    I’m sorry about the endless coughing. I commiserate fully because my oldest coughs a lot (a combination of his asthma and allergies and just general suckiness of the petri dish of germs, known as school). Other than administrating Ventolin and Zyrtec and a lot of prayer and butt clenching (because as painful as hearing them cough is, it’s also slightly annoying, hence, butt clench), there really is nothing we can do. Sigh.

    Love the penguin hat. So cute!
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  10. says

    Oh honey my week is going the same as yours! I was sick first and now both my boys have bad colds. I did all the Googling and scenario running you were doing. It’s so awful to not be able to magically heal them.
    Hope your son is doing SO much better!
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  11. says

    I hope your little guy is better now, Christine.

    Them being sick does throw our schedules off. And like you, I think that that shouldn’t be what’s on my mind when my babies are sick – and it’s certainly not the only thing on my ming – but it DOES affect our schedules. There’s no denying that, and there’s no getting around the need to shift things around to accommodate them, is there?!

    My 7 year-old started throwing up at school at 8:30 last Friday morning. He’d complained about a tummy ache that morning, but he complains about a tummy ache EVERY morning because he doesn’t want to go to school. When the nurse called me, I was running and at least 30 minutes from home/my car. My husband was in a meeting, my son’s dad was not answering his phone … and I was desperate to get that little sweetie picked up. I ended up calling my dad, telling him where I was, and asking him to come get me so I could get to the school sooner.

    After giving my sick boy lots of cuddles, we had a discussion centering around the Boy Who Cried Wolf fable … and why it’s not a good thing for him to tell me he’s sick every morning even when he’s not :)
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    • says

      Oh Shana. I hope your boy is feeling better. It’s so hard to tell when it does sometimes feel like they complain about every little thing. And it’s stressful when you get that call! That’s happened to me too and it’s the worst feeling not to be able to get there right away.
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