If you're wondering where the hell I've been, I've been trying not to whine to the interwebs about the terrible last few days I've had as a single parent living with in-laws who are actually helping -- which makes for absolutely no good blog posts.
Aside from feeling like a total failure, I've yelled at my daughter twice for waking up my son, pulled some weird muscle in my shoulder from not being able to put said 19lb son down for longer than 15 minutes, and broke down in tears three times.
Exciting stuff here at The Mom Trap.
But better, my son is hoarse. I have no idea why, but today after I went out to a quiet joyous kidless birthday lunch with my BFF, I came back to find him sounding like a little seal. Except with no weird cough or anything that might indicate illness.
Which then led me to believe (I know, my brilliant parenting and deduction skills are unmatched) that he cried.
The whole time I was gone.
He was with my mom who said he didn't cry, but his big red eyes, and well, TOTAL HOARSENESS sort of gave it away. He's had a little cold with a runny nose, but nothing that would indicate chest congestion or um, A COUGH, so I'm assuming he literally lost his voice.
Of course, just to be safe, I've googled "Newborn Hoarseness" about 14 times -- which aside from scaring the crap out of me has indicated that he's either got bad reflux (which I sort of knew but was hoping wouldn't manifest into his almost total silence) or
Cried a lot.
I'm going with the latter.
And then she told me he cried the whole entire way home from his walk. Which could have been 5 minutes or 20. Sadly, I'm thinking 20 although I guess I find out tomorrow and the rest of the week if he's still hoarse.
So, I've taken to calling him Bonnie Raitt. Or better, Dicky Barrett (remember him?).
It's sort of cute.
And I can't hear him cry. Which might not actually be such a bad thing.
So aside from the fact that I feel like I can't leave him with my mother for any extended period of time, he has no voice and I'm in total fear that he has a weird disease or the coughless croup, and that I can't put him down AT ALL now, I'm great.
Groovy in fact.
Thanks for asking.