This week has been tough. Violet’s cold turned into an ear infection while Nick and I got whatever horrible cold Violet had. Finally we are all now on the mend just in time for the weekend!

One thing you don’t think about until it happens is that when you’re sick with kids, you can’t just lie around, hibernate and take a lot of boozy drugs till you feel better. Instead you have to stay alert, moving around despite how uncomfortable you are.

In this case it was Violet’s first illness and our first bad cold in years, and it had me in the SF Bay Pediatric clinic first thing New Years Day (great clinic and staff!). While there I was chatted up by another mom with a sick kid who was incredibly friendly/invasive and asked me if I felt really bad about bringing Violet on an airplane when she had a cold. Not only was Vi’s cold not that bad at the time, but she was showing no signs of an ear infection either, and her pediatrician said there was no way of knowing if it was connected to that or if she even had one when we flew. (Apparently ear infections can show up quite suddenly.) Regardless, I couldn’t believe someone would just come out and ask a stranger something like that. I think I responded by saying that she didn’t have a bad cold on the way back and that we had to get home…then tried to get away from her and her myriad of questions and judgments asap.

Anyhow, in the last couple weeks I’ve had 5-6 people-including this women-strongly recommend the NoseFrida Snot Sucker. I couldn’t bring myself to use one, plus continuous steams and a bulb syringe worked fine, but given that it has such great reviews on Amazon, I may have to invest in one of these…hehem…snot suckers. (Side note: every mom I’ve talked to says that their kids hate having their nose cleared, so don’t feel bad if you have to pin them down…the cleaner their nose, the sooner they’ll be healthy.)

Now to talk about something else…

Tomorrow Nick and I have a date night for the first time in a long time and then we’re hoping to fit in a hike at some point. What are you up to this weekend?

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