Funny enough, cold medicine can affect kids in one of two ways. It can either make them very lethargic and quite sleepy or it can make them the exact opposite. And wouldn't you know, our kids get the opposite. It's not like I have calm children to begin with, so this medicine amped them up to unprecedented activity levels. Dave and I were now sick, cranky, tired and pretty annoyed.
But David had a genius idea.
We put the kids in Tots room, put a babygate in the doorframe (neatly locking them in), and then set up a portable DVD player on a tiny table in the hallway. Strong.
This occupied them for about 15 minutes, long enough for David and I to decide that if we wanted to feel better at all, we were going to have to do something. So, we did what I promised I would never do, no matter how old my kids got.
We put a TV & DVD player in Tot's room. Sigh. I know.
I never wanted to do this, because I know that watching too much TV isn't good for kids and having one in their room makes it so easy to forget that it's better for them to just play outside. But MAN, all those reasons sounded very dumb compared to the very good possibility of chasing the kids around all day while I was feeling absolutely awful and David wasn't much better. So we got a TV from David's man land (don't worry, I'll post about that someday) and the DVD player from our room (that we never use) and put them on Tot's dresser and behold: The kids were mesmerized.
In fact, they started to play so well in there that we decided to make Tot's room into a bedroom/playroom. We went to Target, got a bright pretty rug and a toybox. When we got home and set it all up, the whole family watched Shrek 2 and played with toys. Pretty great sick day, huh?
Anyways, I feel a little bad about starting the TV in the room thing so early, but I figure this: She can only watch DVD's (we didn't hook up cable), and she can't turn on the TV on her own, nor can she touch the DVD player, so the amount she watches is totally up to me. Also, since we don't have an actual playroom, this works out perfectly. The kids have somewhere to play while I'm doing stuff around the house and they won't be all underfoot (which they are. Constantly.) and they can play in there together and have lots of fun.
Which brings me to my next thing to tell you guys.
You need to watch this video because my Tot is the cutest thing in the whole world. I could just eat her up :)