This time, I did not panic or freak out, as this is the third lice experience we've had, and the last time (which was the 2nd time overall) I found lice on my middle daughter, my youngest had a febrile seizure later that day putting it all into perspective. I'd rather deal with lice than seizures any day. Anyway, I ran to the store, got the shampoo and some fancy donuts to pacify and unhappy little girl and began the process of washing her hair then combing it out. Which. takes. forever. And, also washing every blanket in the house, every sheet, pillowcase, towel and stuffed animal that belong to all three of my kids. We also treated all fabric couches and chairs in the house with spray. Thank God my Mom was here to do all that while I spent at least 2 hours combing through her hair while wearing a headlamp because if you don't have the right light it's impossible to see the lice or the nits. Especially when they are the exact golden blond color as your daughter's hair.
So, I checked my other daughter daily, and lo and behold I finally discovered little eggs on her hair 5 days later. Luckily I caught her's early, but not before she had just spent the afternoon at my next door neighbor's house. While I was washing and combing her hair, I sent my husband next door to break the news to our neighbors. I'm sure they are really happy about that, but the upside is they have dealt with lice before.
The good news about all this is I did not freak out like I did the first time when I found lice on my middle daughter at Disneyland on my birthday, and had never had a lice experience before in my entire life. The other upside is that lice prefer clean hair, so I must be keeping my kids clean. And the last upside is after all my lice experiences I know that it's just a HUGE pain in the ass - not dangerous, not a health concern (like an asthma attack or something) that will land someone in the hospital.
The downside is that I hadn't wanted to spend my New Year's Eve day picking through my kids' hair like some kind of monkey. But, we seem to have solved the problem and I got to have a great NYE with good friends!
Happy 2014 Y'All!