The summer cold is much better, but not completely gone, mainly because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in six nights. Why, you ask? Well, my husband was out of town for the past week while Wito and I were left here to drown in our snot. Of course, I couldn’t tell you this because I’m filled with paranoia self-destroya about announcing to the internet that I’m all by myself, PLEASE COME KILL ME.

(Also, I think it’s important to point out that while I was dying over here, he was in the midst of a furnishings installation at one of his client’s homes in a swanky resort town, sipping pinot noir and marveling at the majestic beauty of the mountains.)

(For six days.)

(While I died.)

So, yes, AS USUAL, within thirty minutes of dropping D off at the airport last Tuesday, Wito was covered in phlegm. (Why is that the case, people? WHY??? 3 out of the 4 times he has left town, Wito has come down with an uber illness! GAH.)

However, my positive attitude was steadfast. Wito’s cold was not going to put a hamper on our time alone! I put him down for a nap, hopped on the Wii Fit for a rousing round of Super Hula, and within 15 minutes, felt that familiar raw tingling in my throat.

That was 2:45 on Tuesday. Game over.

Since that time, my nights and days have been filled with frequent wakings (Wito) and frequent tantrums (me). That second child we were thinking about attempting? After this week of horrible sleep? Maybe we should push that out a leeetle further, honey.

And the best part? Right as Wito started feeling better and sleeping through the night, my cough started and I hacked my damn brains out all night.

(The complaining! How do I stop it?)

The bright side! D is back, the babysitter watched Wito while D and I had a nice lunch at a fab restaurant with the ocean breeze blowing through my horribly tangled hair, and I’m feeling much better. I think I need to be a Lady Who Lunches. You know, just in case you were wondering. I can’t even remember the last time I had lunch without worrying about Wito being messy/bored/not eating/too loud. I’m sick of the parental shifts, where one parent scarfs down food while the other walks around with the child. DOWN WITH THE SHIFTS! JOIN THE REVOLUTION!

I think I would be an excellent LWL, and I must admit, the one Cadillac margarita I had before my meal was the perfect cocktail to give me that tingly buzz while the sun warmed my raw nose. (Of course, the Alka Seltzer Cold Medicine gelcap I took beforehand might have played a mild part in the buzzing…honest mistake, I swear.)

Now, if I could quit blowing my nose every 32 seconds, my life would be heavenly.

(I bought a Neti Pot. I’m scared to use it. More on that later.)

Good night to all.

  • gorillabuns

    June 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    You can have one of my slightly grown kids or a 1/3 gestated one. Take your pick. I’ll ship them to you. For free. SERIOUSLY!!!

  • little miss mel

    June 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    glad all is feeling better. Especially sleeping back through the night boy (so jealous)

    Remind me to NEVER feel sorry for D. That Punk! ha.

    Get down with your bad self and the neti pot. You’ll love it!

  • slynnro

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    What is a neti pot????

  • sizzle

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I am seriously frightened of the neti pot. Please post pictures of tutorial like you do with the hair styling.


    P.S. My nephew has had a high fever every time my BIL goes out of town on business. Coincidence? I think not!

  • rebecca

    June 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I bought a neti pot back in February when I had lost all hope. I will say that it made me feel somewhat better, but the initial experience was bizarre. I think if I was even more regular with it, I was see it’s true value.

    ps…do not post a picture tutorial. You would not want to show the internet what comes out when you use the neti pot (trust me :)

  • Mel

    June 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I too was first FRIGHTENED of the Neti Pot. I love it now.

    Advice for a Neti-Pot version — Do NOT use as much salt solution as they say to. Go from none and gradually add in a little more each time you use it. Everytime I feel a sinus infection creep up or my allergies are getting to me, I use mine. Some people use theirs more regularly. I should…

  • Tera Rae

    June 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    do the neti pot and do use the saline or it burns like hell! trust me as disgusting as it is, it really makes the snot situation much better!!

  • Abigail M. Schilling

    June 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Dude, I’m totally terrified of the neti pot. I can’t even watch the videos, totally creeps me out.

    And I can hear my mom in my head about the Wito/D/illness thing. She would say that it starts out mental, that you’re scared since the first time it happened so your immune system is weakened and then you pass that on to him. Of course, my mom uses this theory when talking about her pets, but I bet it’s the same. In her world.

    Next time, you should invite yourself to the furniture installation and drop the sicko off at the vet. I mean, grandparents.

  • Jenn

    July 1, 2008 at 3:50 am

    It seems like every time I get ready to start thinking about a second child, my 21 month old comes down with a cold or changes his sleep schedule or remembers that he HATES naps and then I wind up awake for 90 hours or so. THEN I remember the torture that is a newborn. So thanks for that, universe.

    Glad you’re feeling better. Hope the neti pot helps even more.

  • Lauren

    July 1, 2008 at 5:46 am

    That video was nasty. NASTY!

  • lisa

    July 1, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Glad D is home and Wito is sleeping again…Ok…that thing…I have NEVER seen ANYTHING like it! The video was BIZARRROOO hope it works;) I like the idea of LWL:) I have 2 kids and it’s a battle to eat for either of us when we go out….GOOD luck with the neti pot!

  • Jora

    July 1, 2008 at 7:15 am

    I would like to join you as a memeber of the LWL. I think I would be quite good at it too. :)

  • Moms At Work

    July 1, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Tell me you did NOT buy a Neti Pot! I am sitting here at work watching the YouTube vid with the sound off and giggled so much that I nearly peed myself.

    Is it for REAL?

    Yes, and I plan on doing the toe touches. ;)

  • Michelle

    July 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    The gal on the You Tube Neti Pot demo needs a Hair Thursday consult. Pronto.

  • andrea

    July 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Please count me in for the LWL club. I can’t tell you the last time one of our meals out wasn’t accompanied by the soundtrack of ‘get down, get down, get down’ on repeat for the entire 32 minutes we are allowed to sit in a restaurant.

    Good luck with the Neti, those things scare the shit out of me.

  • tricia

    July 1, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I **love** the neti pot!! good advice posted above, to go easy on the saline mix. You’ve gotta get used to it otherwise it burns terribly.

    It’s really amazing how much gunk it cleans out. I found the whole process rather refreshing after having my head feel like a huge wad of cotton for days. But I DID make sure the bathroom door was locked! Not the kind of thing you wanna do with any witnesses around!!

  • Nate

    July 1, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I think a Neti Pot would be just the thing for me, as I suffer horribly from allergies and have been told it would help me enormously, but it absolutely terrifies me. When I first saw the videos of it online I thought it was a joke. Let us know how it goes; in other words, PLEASE BE OUR GUINEA PIG.


  • Jennifer

    July 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    The Neti Pot is EVIL!!!! How about trying breathe right strips? It’s a sacrifice of vanity for the pleasure of breathing.

  • Gretchen

    July 1, 2008 at 10:44 am

    The concept totally freaks me out, and I’m almost embarrassed to admit it since I’m SO not a granola, but I LOVE my neti pot. Don’t use it all the time, but every once in awhile, it is just the only thing that works. Now don’t tell anyone I said that…

  • The Over-Thinker

    July 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Summer colds SUCK. Now, ladies who lunch with the accoutrement of margarita chased cold medication are freaking awesome.

    Where do I apply to be one of these Ladies Who Lunch?

  • diane

    July 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Ooh, go for the neti pot. It is worth the ooky feeling.

  • sunny

    July 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I liked the neti pot link because it brought up a video of natalie dee’s husband drew, and that dude is awesome

  • katie

    July 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I love lunching! Especially with drinks!!

    First, on second child, you MUST get pregnant while Wito is still napping. So that during your first trimester you can nap too. It makes it all bearable!

    On the Neti, I was very frightened when I bought mine. Just make sure that the water tastes like your tears before you do it. It is kind of gross, but good in the end.

  • Kaili

    July 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Neti pots scare me too. I think I might drowned!

    I am also paranoid about telling anyone in internet land what we do in current time. Haha!

    Poor little Wito (and you!). He misses his Daddy, then gets a cold. Poor dude.

    I also understand the whole want to add another child thought, but then am slammed backwards once anything throws us off our game. Like getting sick, or anything that involves MORE effort than usual.

    Wii Hula? Fun!

  • annie

    July 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    How many takes did they have to do before the neti pot lady could demonstrate it without laughing?

    With a toddler and a newborn at home, I find myself wondering if I will ever “lunch” again. sigh…

  • Jen

    July 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    argh, I feel your pain. Maggie finally slept through the night last night for the first time in almost 2 weeks. She had a nasty cold/sore throat combo, and as it turns out, was also cutting ALL FOUR MOLARS at once. So yeah. Plenty of 3am tantrums all around, Mommy and baby. However, my husband was here with us, so for THAT you totally deserve a cookie.

  • Abi

    July 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Long time lurker… first time poster…

    I had a neti pot years ago and it was a pain to use! It was awkward, to say the least. I use THIS instead.

    It is SOOO much easier to use and not nearly as scary as the neti pot. If you haven’t already used it, return that sucker and get the Neil Med sinus rinse!

  • Mandi

    July 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I totally thought I was the only one who did the one-parent-scarfs-while-the-other-walks-around-with-toddler thing! I always see these happy little families with calm children sitting quietly in their highchairs, and I wonder what I did to deserve THE MOST ACTIVE kid on the planet. I’m NOT ALONE! Thank you, Whoorl!

  • NOLADawn

    July 1, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Another lurker chiming in… I L-O-V-E my Neti pot…. I totally agree about the saline thing. I use way less than suggested. I have chronic sinus issues (who knew in New Orleans anyone could have sinus crap? ;) ) and I use mine frequently to alleviate the crud.

    Hope you feel better!

  • am'ti b

    July 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    leelee is a huge fan of the neti pot, it is the only thing that works for her congestion besides hard drugs!
    i can’t believe you stayed behind i would have found some way to go…………. glad you got a day out with your man.

  • Miguelina

    July 1, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    You’re a brave woman, trying that Neti pot. You must tell us more.

    The kids and I *always* get sick when my husband is out of town. And if they don’t I can never get to sleep. And then he calls complaining about having to eat room service alone.


  • amanda

    July 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I bet you’d make an incredible LWL, but I don’t think those ladies use Neti-Pots. I turned the video off before its conclusion, so distressed was I by the sudden stream of water from her nose and the wicked lisp the spokeswoman had.

    Hope you are feeling better.

  • Sonja

    July 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve got to join Abi and recommend the Sinus Rinse bottle over the Neti pot. My pharmacist said that it was more effective than the Neti pot because you’re actually applying some pressure and not just pouring it through. It pushes it our harder – which as gross as it sounds – is what you want! First time is wierd, but you can do it! It’s not anything as bad as when you snort water up your nose!

  • justJENN

    July 2, 2008 at 6:45 am

    My summer cold turned into walking pneumonia. I am eyeing my kids carefully. While I lay dying, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to get the courage to use a neti pot, though.

  • Lyndsay

    July 2, 2008 at 6:51 am

    It is so true – Doodles is healthy as a horse when Hubby is in town. The minute he leaves – fevers spike and we head to the after hours clinic. And then I proceed to take three days off of work and watch 29 episodes of Wonder Pets resenting Hubby the entire time.

  • megan

    July 2, 2008 at 7:12 am

    careful with the neti pot! my roommate has one, and the first time she used it she put too much salt in. and then basically cried all day – she said it felt like the ocean went up her nose! the WHOLE OCEAN.

    so just use a little sea salt, so you can save your nostrils…

  • Heidi

    July 2, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Fear not! The neti-pot is awesome. Words of advice – make sure that all of the salt has dissolved completely. Just put your finger in the pot and see if you feel any crystals at the bottom. If not, you are good to go. Also, when you start pouring into your nostril the first time you will fill that strange “I just breathed in water” feeling for a split second. Just when you think “I don’t like this,” the feeling will go away. Depending on how clogged you are to begin with, you might have to do it a couple of times for it to break through all of the gunk. Good Luck! Can’t wait to hear how it all works out.

  • ali

    July 2, 2008 at 9:29 am

    …and that is why i NEVER take my kids to restaurants. :)

  • ginny starr

    July 2, 2008 at 10:51 am

    oh.my.god, i had to hurry and exit out of the neti pot illustration, that is sincerely disgusting!! The only reason I even clicked on it was to see what the hell a neti pot was. Gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Catherine

    July 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    My husband is in the Army and deployed to Iraq 10 months ago, when our son, Lucas, was 10 months old. Lucas had NEVER been sick. Within a few days of my hubby leaving, Lucas and I both got the WORST STOMACH FLU EVER. Since then, he’s had several colds, another bout of the stomach bug, a reaction to his MMR shot, Pinkeye (which I got FOUR TIMES), and Hand Foot and Mouth disease. The hubby is due back in two weeks (WOOOHOOOO) so hopefully all of Lucas’s illnesses will magically disappear. If they don’t, I’m running away and leaving the hubby to deal with it!

  • martymankins

    July 4, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Summer colds are very hard to deal with. There’s one that’s been trying to stake it’s claim on me twice now in the last couple of weeks, but I’ve taken to a couple of antioxidant measures that seem to either keep it at bay or move it off for another couple of weeks: green tea and grapefruit seed extract. Taken in regular doses, it really does help (even if it’s some sort of placebo).

    Hope Wito gets better and you have a safe and happy 4th.

  • abby

    July 21, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I love the part of your post about the lunch shifts. That is exactly how I feel. It isn’t even fun to go out to dinner anymore because we eat in shifts and are worried the little man will lose it at some point because it is semi near his bedtime. I like your “Lady who lunches” plan.