We are finally starting to feel a little relief around here from the cold we all caught. Paul’s pretty much fine now, but Nathan and I still have some lingering symptoms. Nathan’s is a snotty nose jammed full of a disgusting amount thick, sticky boogers that coat and then flake off his nostrils. Mine is an insanely suffy nose and ears that are so stopped up that I often can’t even hear my phone ring. All three of us still have chest congestion and a phlegmy cough. But we’re kicking this cold, by golly, and hopefully it will be gone when baby makes his grand debut.

Speaking of stopped-up ears, Nathan asked me a question four or five times today, but I couldn’t hear him. I don’t have the best hearing anyway, but now it’s as if my ears are plugged up with cotten. Everything sounds thick, fuzzy, and unintelligable. I kept telling him that I was sorry but my ears are stopped up. At that, Nathan ran over to me, swept my hair behind my right ear, and peered curiously into my ear canal.

“What are you doing, buddy bear?” I asked him. (He loves being called Buddy Bear. In return, he calls me Mommy Bear and Paul is Daddy Bear. Oh, the cuteness! It burns!)

“Did your ears go swimming?” he asked.

“No, sweetie, they’re stopped up from my cold. That means there’s fluid behind my eardrum, making it hard for me to hear.” He looked befuddled, so a quick Internet search pulled up a diagram of the ear. Nathan is now very proud to know the anatomy of the ear, and he can tell me where the pinna, ear canal, ear drum, middle ear, and inner ear are located. And he smiles with gleeful excitement as he points them out on a diagram.

I love, love, love how he loves to learn!

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