Benadryl: A Mom's Best Friend

I've made no secret about the fact that when neccesary I will use Benadryl to restore sanity. I don' t give bennies out often but long distance travel often demands sedation. And I'm not just talking about for me.

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.

Playgroup Mom #2: (Mouthing the words) Benadryl.
Jen from Mama Drama (funniest damn chick I read) had a hilarious experience with Benedryl and an airplane ride to Texas.
"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.

10 comments:

misha said...

Ditto-Yes-Amen-I'm-with-you-So-true! :)

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Ahmen my sista. Where would I be without the Bennie?

Jenny said...

Hee. I'm totally blushing over here. And also? You rock. It took me a whole day to write up my hometown experience and here it is like a minute and half later and you've already written two funny ass posts.

This is why I can only love you from afar...or through email. Because you are the girl who has everyone rolling on the floor with your off-handed responses and I'm the girl writing witty sayings on a cocktail napkin hours after everyone else has left the bar.

Lotta said...

Jenny! I bask in your worship and promise to be your blogger BFF. Ha! :)

Besides I'm the girl who THINKS she is saying witty things all night but is really just being mouthy after too many drinks.

Janet - (high fiving you!)

Mama C-ta said...

Running to the medicine cabinet right now!

Anonymous said...

Really? Do moms nowadays do that...were you serious or just teasing a bit? I am not judging you...just a wee bit taken back...parenting seems to be a bit different now then when I was in the mommy mode...
Lucy

Lotta said...

Lucy - we talk big, but really it's a rare thing to pull it out. An in case of mental breakdown break glass kind of solution. But yup, many of us do use it to help the wee ones sleep at times.

Lotta said...

Mama C-Ta. Amen.

Betsy Wasser said...

My parents attempted to drug me with Dramamine when I was a kid, only to have me turn into that guy from COPS (only with a shirt). Probably best to test drug your kids before a long trip!

Lotta said...

Drug test your kids...Do you have a party the night before and see what happens? Kinda like blowing pot in the dogs face in high school?

Just messing with ya! ;)