I am the mother of a snot-monster.
Seriously, the kid's nose hasn't stopped running since yesterday morning. And this morning, when I got him out of bed, he had dried snot all over his face. Disgusting, but true. And, of course, his nose hurts, so wiping it has become this major struggle. Every two minutes.
So, I pulled out the snot-sucker. I have never, ever used the thing on him. But then, he's never been this congested before. I held him down, and fought with him, and in the end, he was breathing through his nose. Briefly. Then, exhausted from our epic struggle, he fell fast asleep.
I'll probably be cleaning dried snot again in an hour.
It wouldn't be so terrible, except the kid was already on the verge of extreme crankiness because he has four molars coming in, all at once. We have been fighting these teeth for almost three weeks now. So far, he's done wonderfully. He gets a little fussy for awhile, sometimes, and then I put on the Orajel and life returns to sunshine and rainbows.
But now, with this cold, he just can't force himself to be happy. He tries. He played with eighteen toys in the space of ten minutes this morning in an effort to distract himself. When that didn't work, he climbed into my lap, put his head on my chest, and whimpered.* I tried comforting him, but he assumed I was trying to put him down for a nap, and he bucked backward and climbed back to the floor, looking again for comfort in his toys. And so the cycle continued. Over and over again for the next hour. Until I pulled out the snot-sucker and he finally fell asleep.
As if that weren't enough, I woke up with congested sinuses this morning. It's going to be a long week.
*And then blew his nose on my robe.