We took Amelia to an ENT specialist today downtown and the verdict is tubes. July 3 is T Day. That actually works out very well since I am off July 4th and can give her lots of TLC. (And could I possibly use any more acronyms?) My big question is, do we buy special ear plugs for her or just use cotton balls swabbed with a bit of Vaseline to keep her ears dry during bathtime as the nurse suggested? At 15 months old, she’s not yet mastered the ability to follow directions and she is a wild little curly haired mermaid in the bath, especially when I am rinsing her hair. So if you have experienced tubes with your kids and have any wisdom to pass on as far as keeping ears dry during bathtime, please let me know. The thought of not washing her hair for 12 to 18 months is tempting, but that’s just not going to work, unless we go for dreadlocks. Any way, according to her pediatrician and the ENT specialist she is a great candidate for tubes. At 15 months (and one week…today!) she is also soaking up language like a sponge and now pointing at everything and asking, “Dat?” Her actual vocabulary, what we can understand, is still pretty small but I think that once her ears are clear for the first time in months that she’ll start talking even more.
In other random thoughts, I actually uttered the words, “Ya’ll watch Fat Bug and make sure she doesn’t climb into the fireplace” while I was making a down home dinner of fresh veggies (yea for home grown zucchini and squash and tomatoes), hoe cakes, and white beans. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
And, in complete and utter randomness, if this couple ever has a baby, it may be the world’s funniest child. One of the most hilarious pregnancy books I ever read was Jenny McCarthy’s “Belly Laughs.” It made the “What to Expect” pregnancy Bible read like the Farmer’s Almanac.