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Location: My mother’s house in Connecticut

Day: Thursday

Time: 5:38 am

Dylan: (sleeping in the same room as me) I have to go to the bathroom.

Me: Ok, honey. Let’s go.

We return from our pee break. I tuck her in and settle back into a deep, lovely slumber. Make that a deep, lovely, very brief slumber.

5:49 am

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough. Cough.

Me: Dylan, honey, drink some water.

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough.

Me: Dylan, sweetie, drink some water.

Dylan: No. I don’t want to.

Dylan: Cough. Cough.

Me: DYLAN, DRINK SOME WATER OR NO SPECIAL TREATS TOMORROW. (In my groggy state, I have no idea what special treats I’m referring to but no one is pressing me on specifics.)

Dylan: Ok. (She drinks the water.)

5:58 am

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough.

6:01 am

I prop her up with pillows and encourage her to drink more water. She agrees. Damn, there’s no honey in the house.

6:07 am

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough.

I am so pissed off I want to scream, “God, stop coughing. You are driving me #$@!* insane. STOP right now. STOP right now or you will never watch TV again. Never.” Of course, I don’t because it’s not her fault at all. She is just a 3 year-old with a cough. And I am just a mother desperate for silence.

6:17 am

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough.

6:18 am

Dylan: Cough. Cough. Cough. Cough.

Summer begins crying from an adjacent room.

Me: (Major sigh as I hurl myself out of bed to retrieve Summer.)

I am awake. Dylan is awake. Summer is awake.

The oh-so-happy ending: I hand them both to my mother who, thankfully, is also awake.

I crawl back into bed. I am asleep.


mama bird notes

Megan B. is the winner of the stylin’ Mr. B bag! Just for clarification, this is a different Megan than the mama who just won some other cool mama bird loot. What’s with all the Megs? Apparently, they are just overachievers. Another fab giveaway coming soon.

7 Responses to the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad cough

  • Kristen says:

    I am curious. There is not mention of Rick. Did he sleep through the whole thing? I am continually amazed at my husband's ability to sleep through so much noise. Sorry Dylan is sick. Tis the season for lots of things including sickness.

  • Megan A says:

    The next winner should be Megan C. Enjoy the holidays and I hope you and Dylan get more sleep! I wish my mother in-law would wake up early with the girls. She wakes about half an hour before I put Claire down for a nap. I didn't know grandparents could sleep so late. Merry Christmas!

  • Tully's Mama (a says:

    What a way to end 2007 – with a BAG! I've been trying to get online and gloat about my prize but Tully's own hacking keeps interrupting my train of thought. I hope Dylan powers through. She can't ring in the New Year with cold & what if you + Rick have plans? Kudos to the mother that covered a shift. I'm lucky to have a mom like that, too! Cheers to the New Year!

  • Kerry says:

    hope that dylan is feeling better…but, we can top that…drew tossed his cookies (and everything else he ate on thursday) all over his sheets TWICE on thursday night. i camped out in a sleeping bag on his floor for the remainder of the night, dutifully holding the bag for him every hour so he could throw up more. lovely! he's better and is looking forward to partying hard tomorrow night for new year's. happy 2008 mama!

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