We all know the saying to watch out because mom has eyes in the back of her head. As kids we knew that our mother’s were all knowing. Mommy intuition is an amazing thing. As soon as your child is born, sometimes even before their born, you create a special bond with your child that helps you sense things about them. I’ve always been able to sense when something isn’t right with Nick. My problem comes with figuring out what that something actually is.
This has been my problem recently. Nick got a cold right after his birthday and he just hasn’t been the same since. A week ago he started pulling on his ears. At first I thought he must have pressure in his head from his cold. Then after a few days I thought maybe he was having teething pain, but there was no sign of any new teeth. Then I started to worry that it might be an ear infection. He didn’t have a fever, but his sleeping had not been good and he had gotten very cuddly with me which is not like him. Still an ear infection just didn’t seem right either because for the most part Nick was very happy.
On Wednesday night my head was spinning trying to figure out what to do. Should I take him to the doctor or not? He seemed so happy, but I didn’t want him to suffer a ruptured ear drum because I let it go. My mommy intuition just wasn’t sure what to do. I knew that part of my problem was the knowledge that our insurance won’t cover sick visits, so my mommy intuition was warring with my practical side. I decided to give Nick some ibuprofen and then wait the night out to see how Nick did.
Nick slept pretty well although he did wake up at 5:45 and I had to get him back to sleep. When he got up for the day he was quite happy, so again I was wondering what was going on. Then later when he was playing he got really fussy, grabbed his ears as if in pain, and then in a blink was fine again. That set off my mommy alarm bells. I had to know what was going on, so I called and made him a doctors appointment.
The doctor said that everything was fine! Her best guess was that Nick’s eczema was bothering him. Now I think she was just trying to make me feel better about thinking that something was wrong because I know his eczema isn’t that bad right now (this was also not Nick’s normal doctor).
I still can’t shake the feeling that something just isn’t quite right though. At this point my only guess is that he is having teething pain. I’m just shocked that it has gone on for so long. Hopefully it doesn’t last much longer. I wouldn’t mind seeing a new tooth either, so I can know that my mommy intuition isn’t off.