Sunday, 22 May 2011

When do you resort to Calpol?

Weekend at the in-laws and staying away at the moment is definitely not a holiday!  The girls cry whenever we go anywhere new or if anyone comes to visit us, but the crying fit they have when we arrive is short lived.  I’ve noticed that I don’t get to say a proper hello for at lest 10 minutes until the stereo twin siren has died down.  I didn’t manage a meaningful conversation with the in-laws because I spend most of the day trying to keep the dog away from them.  She wants to play and the only way to stop her is to stand up all the time.  Itchy narrowly misses a sharp paw, and I have to control the lioness in me that wants to drop kick the dog into the garden.  

Husband takes them out with him in the afternoon and I get an hours kip.

After an hours crying fit from Itchy I want them both to go to sleep at 7pm.  Try and put them to bed but they won’t sleep in their new surroundings.  Spend an hour humming Scarborough Fair which usually does the trick but the loud noises from family fun downstairs means that it takes me and hour and a half to get them to sleep.  I’m angry and am telling them to shut up and go to sleep.  I’m not proud of this but there’s only so many crying fits I can hear before I get really narked off.  They are teething so I try teething gels, teething powders.  Itchy also gets colic so I try Infacol and Gripe water, as well as a myriad of different positions. She’s screaming hard and it’s difficult to know if she’s crying cause she’s over-tired and angry or because she’s in pain.  I should have put them in the car as it calms them instantly but it doesn’t occur to me.  It is a brilliant trick though and I wonder if I’ve got travellers all wrong.  They’re not tax dodgers just desperate families trying to get their children to sleep. 

So I’m left in that position where I want to resort to Calpol but am not sure if it’s appropriate.  Obviously drugging your child to get to sleep is high up there in the bad parenting guide, but then again she may be in pain…  I weigh up this dilemma for about 5 mins and decide to give it to her in the hope it’ll calm her, which it does.  I feel guilty and that I’m using the calpol for my benefit more than hers, but thank God for peace finally.  Eat cake, wine and thank the Capol God before having an early night.


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