Mel has always been the patient one. The quiet one. The innocent one that we rarely have to raise our voice at, but lately she has been testing our patients. For the past few weeks the always obedient, quiet little girl has traded her beloved personality for a back-talking, loud personality. It all started about three weeks ago when we discovered she had a urinary tract infection. After complaining for a couple days, she finally told us she needed to go to the doctor. We knew she wasn't feeling well. How many 4 year olds ask to go to the doctor? It was 6:00 in the evening so we headed to the emergency room since the Doctor's office was closed. They confirmed that she did in fact have a UTI. After 9 days on an antibiotic, she was still complaining of pain, so I waited a few more days and she was still complaining. Off to the pediatrician we went only for Doc to tell me that she was completely fine. Nearly 6 days later she is still complaining of her "tummy hurting" about 25 times a day. At first I was concerned that something else could be wrong...and that thought is still in the back of my mind because I am a worrier by nature(what mom isn't?), but she goes from complaining to playing in the blink of an eye so that has my mind at ease a little bit. We usually tell her to take a drink of water and off she goes. She also has me checking her temperature probably 3 times a day! It's always normal, but she insists and sometimes it's easier to break out the old thermometer than to argue!
Maybe the man upstairs just thinks that I need my patience tested. As if they aren't tested enough with 3 kids including a newborn! Or maybe the terrible twos that Mel never seemed to go through are finally reaching the surface. There are the Terrible Twos, the Trying Threes, but what are the Fours called?? Here's to hoping this phase soon passes!