Around 10:00 last night Jansen woke up crying. He was really upset, impossible to console, and kept curling up in a ball and uncurling and just in a lot of pain. He went back and forth between telling us his head hurt and that his tummy hurt. He wanted "it" to stop hurting so badly and would ask me to hold him and then would want to be back in his bed and then cried to be held again and back and forth. There was no vomiting or diarrhea or fever which was almost more concerning because if those things were going on we would assume he had a stomach bug...we thought it might be gas but what if it was something more serious? His writhing and crying went on for about an hour and we decided to call our pediatrician. He recommended we take him to the ER (I didn't want to do this...I didn't want to be one of those people who bring their child in for non-serious problems...but on the other hand, it's my child! I definitely wanted to help ease the pain and find out what was wrong.) A friend came over to sit at the house with Natalie while we went to the ER. Jansen really calmed down on our way there and was acting pretty much normal so we turned around and came home. He went back to sleep and slept through the night. We found out this morning what the problem was...ruptured ear drum. I guess he is still too young to describe where his pain is (since we thought it was his tummy) but we're so glad it wasn't something more serious. He's happy as can be today and thankfully we avoided a visit to the ER ($$$) to be told he had an ear infection.
Other recent discoveries...it's not easy or fun to play Chutes and Ladders with an 18 month old.