Back in the days when I was very much a newbie mom, before C had taken her first steps or uttered her first words, before we knew she had asthma and I’d become an expert in all things cough related, I made the funniest gaff of my parenting career.
It’s a little sad that I peaked so early, but when you go big, it’s hard to top yourself later when you set the bar so high.
My little baby, who looked so small in her big crib, had a cough. And as we all know, you can’t give cough syrup to babies. So, to avoid standing in the shower steam with her all night, I did the next best thing.
I bought her a humidifier for her room.
Well, first I went to the drugstore and stared at the humidifiers in utter consternation.
Do you know how many kinds there are? Do you know how unhelpful drugstore clerks can be?
Hot air, cold air? Fine mist? With Vapo action?
What did I know?
The hot steam one caught my eye, and, assuming that since the shower steam was good, hot steam had to be good too, I snagged it. Plus, it was all serious looking, unlike all the cute animal ones on the shelf next to it, which looked like they clearly were just for show.
I brought the thing home and low and behold, the baby slept and didn’t cough.
The next day I patted myself on the back heartily and congratulated myself on navigating another tricky parenting moment expertly. (I told you I was a newb.)
That night I plugged the humidifier in again and headed to my room for another night of great sleep.
(Who laughed? Was that you in the back? Do you know this story already?)
In the wee hours of the morning the baby screamed. Not a hurt scream, an angry scream. A really, really pissed off baby scream. By the time I got to her room she was back asleep. I shrugged it off and went back to bed.
She screamed again.
I hurried back, wondering what could possibly be wrong. Once again, she was sleeping like an angel.
And then, as I watched her sleep sweetly, breathing in the healing warm steam, I felt it.
A big, fat, freezing cold drop of water. On my face. That almost made me scream.
I looked up at the ceiling and saw, hundreds of sister drops of water, pearling and gently reflecting the hallway light, just waiting to rain down on my unsuspecting innocent baby.
My hot steam humidifier had turned her room into a rainforest.
She slept in our bed that night and, after cleaning off the ceiling, the next day I returned the humidifier. This time I read the reviews online and got the cutest little frog Crane humidifier
. Cool mist. Guaranteed to not turn the nursery into a tropical land.
And now, when I’m at Target or the drugstore and I see a young mom looking at all the options with that confused look on their face, I steer her to the Crane humidifiers. It’s my way of atoning for my first blooper.
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