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Baby Dumps Honey Badger, Embraces Spitting Cobra

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Did you really just spit on that nice lady?

We often refer to Maddie as the “Honey Badger” because of her rare brand of toughness. But this morning, the baby adopted the characteristics of the honey badger’s archenemy, the dreaded spitting cobra!

More and more, Maddie has taken to expressing her displeasure by sticking out her tongue and blowing spittle. You really can’t miss the noise or saliva splatter that carpets the area when little Maddie is acting out.

When Maddie directs this behavior towards her Dad, I cancel the transaction by placing my finger on her bottom lip. This type of behavior has recently started to ramp up during one of three activities:

  • Diaper changes
  • Wardrobe changes
  • Headband adjustments

This spackle/spittle issue really didn’t cross my mind when the baby arrived at the craniologist’s office this morning. We had a simple appointment to get Maddie’s headband adjusted. Once the adjusting process began, it didn’t take long for Maddie’s fussiness meter to start pinging.

I warned the headband technician to beware of Maddie’s spittle. She told me not to worry just as Maddie tried to apply her first coat of spackle onto the poor woman. I gently touched the baby’s bottom lip to remind her that we don’t spray people with our saliva. Luckily, the spray missed its mark, but I cautioned the tech again to be on the lookout.

Just as Maddie was getting the back of her head examined, she fired a second round of liquid love that fell helplessly to the floor. Once again, I apologized for Maddie’s boisterous behavior and the tech assured me that I had nothing to worry about.

Well, we’ve all heard that the third time is the charm. No sooner had the tech relaxed when Maddie the cobra let loose a venomous splatter of biblical proportions. The generous spray caught the tech right in the face and in one of her eyes. The tech staggered back, struggling for composure while Maddie eyed her suspiciously and I spewed my vehement apologies.

I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to watch your child do something wildly inappropriate, I just never thought the first incident would occur so early. I suppose this was how little Maddie decided she would celebrate her 6-month birthday. We can only imagine what goodies she will cook up for us when she turns one-year-old.

Parents Try to Make Sense of Baby’s Treatment Options

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Ignorance for new parents can be like a disease. Suddenly your pediatrician tells you that the baby might need to see a cranial specialist. The word might suddenly takes on a whole new meaning and becomes just a bit overwhelming. You take the baby to a specialist and they talk about possible future issues with jaw alignment and other nasty possibilities to fill your head with for the holiday season.

There is no real problem yet, but if left untreated, there could be a chance for future problems. With a newborn baby, who in the their right mind wants to leave anything to chance?

So today’s consultation was either very good or somewhat bad. Good because things can be corrected easily and bad because there are some complications.

I have been blessed with an amazing daughter who is a very happy and healthy baby. There are so many people out there who have much more serious problems, so there is no room to complain. But dealing with your child’s health issues is much more taxing than dealing with your own.

If correcting the child’s balance and symmetry now can save her from future issues, of course we must do it. The fact that extra tummy time may also correct the problem by itself just isn’t good enough. And that’s where the trap is. Nobody wants to deal in the world of could haves and should haves years down the road – so whether this treatment is truly necessary or not, it must be done.

I’m sure every parent has found themselves in similar situations at one time or another, but it’s definitely a first for us. What we do know for sure is that the treatment won’t hurt Maddie and I guess that’s all we really need to know. It ultimately comes down to making the best decision for the baby with the information we have available. Like Denzell said in the movie “Training Day,” it’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.”