My little girl has a cold. She’s been coughing a bunch today and she had a couple of meltdowns after getting very tired and grouchy.

I was warned before HP’s birth that there would be times she would try my sanity, and when she has a full-bore meltdown, screaming in my face at the top of her lungs, it’s hard to think. I tell myself to remember that it’s her way of saying “I need you,” and that makes it a lot easier.

HP is in bed now. We gave her a warm bath and a nice warm meal and then she was out pretty quickly. Her appetite is definitely stronger than it was this afternoon. I hope this is a sign that’s she’s already winning this fight.

I worry about my daughter’s health a great deal. I’ve taken a poor path for my health for much of my own life, and I’m trying to get in better shape so I can take better care of her, and because I don’t want her to suffer the same problems I’ve faced.

I need to get back to exercising regularly. I know that once spring gets here I’ll be taking her on walks every chance I get and pushing her everywhere. Until then, I need to figure something else out.

 UPDATE: Took HP to the doctor Monday morning for her 4-month checkup. Doctor discovered she had an ear infection. That explains the meltdown. I feel like an idiot for not spotting it sooner.

I had ear infections a lot when I was a child. I guess she’s inherited that from me.