The other night, Jon and I watched an old episode of Seinfeld called “The Bizarro Jerry.” Let me try to explain the reference — and what this has to do with our daughter.
Elaine becomes friends with a guy who turns out to be the total opposite of Jerry — kind, punctual, responsible, and generous. “He’s Bizarro Jerry,” says Jerry Seinfeld, “like Bizarro Superman.” Apparently, Bizarro Superman was the polar opposite of Superman, living in a bizarro upside-down world where he said “good-bye” when he arrived, and “hello” when he left.
Photo: Here’s Lucy doing her Elton John. That’s bizarre.
Here’s where Bizarro Lucy comes in. A couple of weeks ago, I was nervous for about three days when our normally playful, laughing, easygoing daughter transformed into a tearful and crabby mess, constantly grumpy and not ready to have any fun. “Is this what happens now that my baby is a toddler?,” I wondered. No, it turned out to be just a rough spot of teething, particularly the cutting of one molar. After her crabby three days, Lucy was back!
Then two nights ago, Lucy started resisting sleep. Normally, Lucy will chat and cry a bit at bedtime for up to thirty minutes, but then falls asleep and snoozes straight through till the morning. But now, Lucy has started a trend of hysterical crying at bedtime, in the middle of the night, plus executing some dramatic daytime nap rebellions. We’ve tried giving her tylenol (teething pain?), holding her and rocking her (but that was not sleep-inducing), getting her up (this makes her happy, not sleepy), and letting her cry (she does wear herself out after awhile). We can’t tell what the reason is for her sudden sleep rebellion:
- Is she teething?
- Is she ready to give up her morning nap and just go to one nap? (When is that supposed to happen, anyway?)
- Is she just feeling really social and wanting to play?
- Is she having nightmares?
- Lucy seems to have an allergy to peanuts, evident by a mild rash that erupts after she had her first peanut butter this week. Has the peanut-butter experiment been bothering her in other ways? (We’ve put the peanut butter on hold for now, of course.)
- Is she developing separation anxiety (perfectly developmentally appropriate)?
- Is she getting jazzed as she approaches some developmental milestones, like walking and talking?
- Do toddler just go through random phases like this?
- Or all of the above?
We are definitely living in a bizarro world around here. We half-expect Bizarro Lucy to chomp down on some broccoli and start playing the marimba. This should make for quite a bizarro trip to Cedar Campus this week!