I had a whole post planned for today but Mazzy got an ear infection last night and it quickly proceeded to take over our lives. I think at one point, probably at about 4am, Mazzy, Harlow and I were all crying at once.

I did not sleep for one second. Mazzy was inconsolable and screaming and crying like she had been possessed by the devil for pretty much 12 hours straight. Overtired + sick + three-year-old drama queen makes for a very trying evening.

We were both in Mazzy's bed, we were both in my bed, we were both in the glider chair, we were both on the couch in the living room, we were both on the floor. Finally, I gave up trying to put her to bed and turned on the television only to find that our Netflix wasn't working. You can imagine how that went over.

All the while, I was trying to make Mazzy understand that if she screamed too loudly, she would wake the baby, which would result in less attention for her.

Not exactly a concept easily understood by a toddler, as evidenced by her continuous screaming. If you heard it from your house, I would not be surprised. If she woke your baby, my apologies.

Mazzy finally fell asleep at 8:30am, less than a half hour before I had to wake her up to take her to the doctor. The doctor's diagnosis was "the beginning of an ear infection" so I'm hoping we nip this in the bud because I can't even imagine her reaction to a "full-on ear infection".

Next was the process of forcing her to take the medication which always ages me a good 5-10 years. I even promised a lollipop afterwards and that didn't convince her to sit still and just swallow the stuff.

Where's Mike? Away for work in San Francisco.

But I'm looking forward to simulating the experience for him as soon as he gets home. You think the Dutch could figure something out?

Anyway, the photo above of Harlow looking at a Curious George book like it was a Playboy magazine with a centerfold was the only thing that brought a little levity to my night, so I thought I'd share. Parenting really sucks sometimes if you don't have a sense of humor.

Tomorrow, I'm doing something fun with all the "Babe in a Mug" shots so keep them coming. Just post them on the Mommy Shorts fanpage.

And now, I'm going to drink my third cup of coffee.