Last week I brought Cooper to the doctor for a case of extreme fussiness. He’d been on the decline for about a week - more cranky, not sleeping, and (shockingly) eating less. Overall his temperament was just "off," and I knew something must be very wrong when he all but lost his appetite. Cooper is an eater, ever since birth, so if he wasn’t interested in a meal, it was time to take notice. Now, of course, I’d been watching him, but there was no fever, no tugging on the ears… nothing, in particular, to put my finger on.
With that said, enough was enough. Momma was getting just a little frustrated with all the screaming, hitting and spitting. Honestly, I started to become very concerned that this was “it.” I mean: What happened to my sweet boy? Had the terrible twos come an entire year early? Does he hate me? What’s going on?!? So we packed up and headed in to see the doctor, and on the way, I prayed for a diagnosis other than “it’s just a phase… it’ll pass.”
My pediatrician and I have been through three kids together, so by now we know each other well and if I came in for “fussiness,” he knew I wanted to make damn sure there wasn’t a medical explanation first. First came the stethoscope - all good. Next were the eyes and throat - they’re clear too. Then came time for the ears - this was the one I was banking on. I thought that it could potentially be a rip-roaring ear infection that would explain why my angel baby has turned into a tiny mess… but he hasn’t been messing with his ears, and there was no fever. So I held my breath, and after he gave the ears a check, I heard those five magic words, “It’s a double ear infection.”
Before I could even help myself, “Oh thank God!” burst out of my mouth. I was worried he may think I’m an evil Mommy who wished illness on their innocent babies, but instead, we both had a good laugh. Once we came up for breath, he said, “and I can fix that,” which was the entire reason I was so instantly elated. Thankfully, there WAS a reason that my Super Duper Cooper was unhappy, and it wasn’t “just a phase.” Poor baby had a DOUBLE ear infection - hallelujah!
To be clear, I definitely don’t wish for my children to catch an infection, but if they’re super irritable, cranky, and un-pleasable, I feel much better knowing there is a medical diagnosis - a treatable one at that. Hopefully, I’m not the only one who’s ever had a similar Mommy-to-pediatrician moment, and, if you have, I’d love to hear all about it!