Thursday, January 21, 2016

Growing Pains

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and winnond
Nope, not the show.

My toddler is going through a growth spurt and he's been in a lot of pain (primarily at night when we should all be sleeping). My husband wasn't convinced it was growing pains, but after looking at all the evidence I don't think it could be anything else.

Exhibit A: He's been eating nonstop for days. It's like he can't get enough food in his little body. He'll eat his dinner and ask for yogurt 30 minutes later. I think he actually ate more than I did the other day and that's saying something because I graze all day long. Side note - have you tried Boom Chicka Pop dark chocolate and sea salt popcorn? If you haven't, don't. It's like volunteering yourself for a crack addiction and I think it's only sold during the holidays. Don't set yourself up for failure.

Exhibit B: He was up off and on all night long crying because he was in pain. The other night it was his feet, but last night was his hands. He wanted me to rub them and would immediately start crying if I stopped. I finally gave up at 5 a.m. and we sat on the couch and watched PBS Kids. It was so pitiful and I felt so helpless. I've since heard about some essential oils, which I should probably look into for the next growth spurt.

Exhibit C: He took a 4 1/2 hour nap. No joke. We were driving home from Target (of course) around noon and he passed out before we got home. I ate lunch, watched the first episode of Outlander (hello, new obsession), worked out and showered before he woke up the first time. We were about two hours into his nap so I figured he was ready to get up. Nope. He climbed up onto the bed with me, put his head on my chest and passed out for another 2 1/2 hours. The only downside - and this is me really nitpicking here - is that I couldn't move. I've been surviving on a few swallows of water at the bottom of my Camelbak and a package of cookies I found on the nightstand. And believe it or not, there's not that much to look at on the Internet. I know. Clearly, I've lost my mind. But 4 1/2 hours, people!

Right so, crazy appetite, complaining about pain and finally, a ridiculously long nap. I think we're at the end of the growth spurt. I'm wondering if I should measure his feet to see if he needs new shoes? This kid's feet seem to grow faster than everything else. I've learned to stock new pairs in the next size in the closet. I digress.

Looking back, I wish I had put the computer down and taken a nap myself. Or better yet, held him on the couch so I could watch more Outlander. Has anyone else watched the series? I've read all of the books, which come out to like 500,000 pages (that may be a slight exaggeration) so I already love all most of the characters.

Anyway, where did that popcorn go? I feel a craving coming on.

Cheers,
Jen