And hell yes, once or twice I've given it out when the tasmanian devil dude is on a tear and it's either medicate or duct tape. Lest you think me too cruel, son climbed out of his crib at 17 months and was walking at 10 months. We could not get him to lie still to sleep. The only way to get him to pass out was to either rock him like a hurricane, vigorously and nonstop for about 20 minutes. Or to pin him down by throwing an arm over him till he passed out and we were sweaty from the exertion.
Frankly, it's the mommy's dirty little secret that we whisper to each other at playgroups.
Playgroup Mom #1: God, Melanie will not sleep! She woke up 5 times last night and I'm going to slit my wrists with this playdough knife if I don't get some rest.Jen from Mama Drama (funniest damn chick I read) had a hilarious experience with Benedryl and an airplane ride to Texas.
Playgroup Mom #2: (Mouthing the words) Benadryl.
"Using Benadryl to dope up a kid before a plane ride isn't as predictable as you think. Sometimes they fall asleep peacefully. Sometimes they become tiny belligerent drunks. You know that episode of Cops when the shirtless guy gets thrown into the cop car and he starts screaming and then tries to kick out the window? It was a lot like that, if the guy was two and a half feet tall and wearing a duckie romper."I'm not advocating doping up your kid. But from time to time a little relaxation is in order. When Carol's daughter turned 1 I gave HER a gift because I remembered how insane that time was. From now on when a mommy friend's firstborn enters toddlerhood, mommy gets a shiny new bottle of Children's Benedryl.