Sunday, February 21, 2010

Are you curious about what I was doing at 3:30 a.m. last night? Hmmmm?

It figures. The one time I actually plan ahead and buy a friggen present for a kid's birthday party in advance, Junior decides to spend the night barking like a seal, and we miss the party.

According to the nurse in the emergency room of the Mulletville hospital, it's croup. (I told you we should get frequent flyer miles from them.)

If you're unfamiliar with croup, it doesn't like rain forest-like conditions, which is what Chuck and I did to Junior's room pre-emergency room visit (crank the heat! blast the humidifier on "hot"!).

It likes cold air.

Junior got plenty of that on the way to the ER. By the time we'd arrived, he was almost fine. Don't you love that?

By the time we left the hospital, it was 4 a.m. We managed to get a steroid-injected Junior back to bed without having to suffer through a middle-of-the-night viewing of Curious George's A Very Monkey Christmas (wow, pukefest flashbacks), which is a good thing. A friend recently offered to place the DVD by my tire and cheer as I ran over it; all I needed was one more night of that damn monkey and I was there.

But back to the kid's present. Have you been to Target lately? Have you seen this line*?



It's called Battat, and the box wraps itself, like this:



All I have to say is, finally. There's nothing worse than birthday party waste—or any party waste. And this gift was only $9.99. They get it.

Know who else gets it?
Cute as a Buggy
gets to go to Starbucks on me.



Congrats.

* No one paid me to write this post. But they should have. I'm writing with my eyes half-closed for frick's sake. Four a.m.!

24 comments:

kyooty said...

Fun gift, congrats to the winner.

Pricilla said...

Poor Junior.
Poor You.
Lucky winner.

SLColman said...

Wow a self wrapping present that a kid might actually like!! Someone was thinking!!

Sorry that Junior has the croup :(

The Crazy Baby Mama said...

ooh, what a night! i hope you all get some rest!

Lindy said...

You're a damn liar!!! You know I won that giftcard.

Whatever....congrats to the winner.

What an awesome idea on that gift though - love the "wraps itself" concept!!

Small Town Mommy said...

It sounds like you have had a rough year with all the illness. I really hope you have hit the end of the road for the winter. I keep kids' presents in my closet so I have one on hand whenever my kids go to a birthday party. I have forgotten too many presents until the last minute.

Jeanne said...

Phinn is a Curious George freak, I'll have to look for that video!

blognut said...

Oooh! Is that a microphone? I'm not allowed to play with microphones. :)

Lori said...

Oh, no! I hope it wasn't Pulmacort. That junk makes my kid a zombie and ensures terrible sleep patterns for the rest of the week.

Perhaps you should keep the Starbucks card for yourself?

justme said...

i had to take my son to ER just last week for the croup as well; not fun, hope he's doing better soon!

Ms. Salti said...

That just sucks... hopefully you've caught up on some sleep and Junior is feeling better!

Brandy said...

middle of the night ER visits are the worst. Glad he seems to be feeling better. and thanks for sharing the cool gift thing.

The Mother said...

Croup is scary. Hope he feels better soon. You too.

Leanne said...

Blah. I liked living in the USA, but I LOVE living in Canada. Except there's no Target and I can't enter these contests. Sigh. Maybe love is too strong a word...

Leanne said...

Oh. And I hate ER visits too. I'm glad he's feeling better. And no, I didn't know the whole cold air thing either....

Buggys said...

Oh I won? I WON! Yippeeee! I'm so excited. Not about the ER visit, that sucks. BTW, I always use cool mist humidifiers, I thought that was the only kind sold anymore?
Thank you, Thank you.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

We have that toy!

All of our kids love it!! Well, not ALL of them. I mean, the baby is only 3 months old for pete's sake. But she is willing to chew on it.

Otter Thomas said...

I am too understand that this comes "wrapped" already. As a man I say we quickly adapt this strategy to all gifts. Hope junior gets over the croup soon.

Jenni said...

that line used to be Parents,but it was less cute and did not wrap itself.

Jenni said...

also, glad your munch is doing better.

Beth said...

Croup... I have fond memories of my boys having that. And I had to learn that hot/steamy v. cold/dry lesson the hard way, too.

Kelly said...

that cough is the WORST! i can't stand when my kids get croup. it sounds like their chest is about to cave in!

newdaynewlesson said...

Liked your post.

Croup is scary. even worse is having to sit outside in the freezing cold with the kids!

Dagmar said...

This is so funny, I am also recovering from a very late night. I blogged about printing coupons at 4 in the morning.

http://dagmarbleasdale.com/2010/02/not-me-monday-printing-coupons-at-4-a-m/

Hope the croup has left the building. Great gift, must check it out. L loves microphones.

Best,
Dagmar

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