queasy parenting and still…gifts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Parenting a house full of sick children isn’t fun. Then, when you get sick yourself, and your husband is feeling sketchy as well, it’s even more not-fun. Did I mention that one of our two bathrooms has been essentially out of commission for a few days? The worst part about a large family is that even when the stomach virus has already hit four of you, you can’t feel relieved because you're only halfway done. Hopefully my big kids will avoid the heavy-duty sickness since this is Trick-or-Treat week and school costume parade week and Girl Scouts costume party week. Oh, the aching disappointment of having to miss a school party.

Even in the midst, I can count gifts:

  • teamwork to clean up the baby’s crib after a middle-of-the-night vomiting spell
  • the resources to make an immediate purchase when we desperately need a carpet cleaner to remove the traces of the stomach bug from our living room
  • cuddly sick babies
  • wiping the cold sweat off of a brown-skinned brow
  • holding her for hours while she retches
  • a husband who knows how to check vitals when we’re not getting good responses
  • a day with him at home – even with both of us not feeling well, we can still get things done
  • chicken and noodles
  • saltine crackers
  • Sprite
  • a handy husband to fix a broken toilet (p.s. plastic airplanes don’t go down the drain)
  • helpful big kids
  • Strawberry Shortcake, PBS kids, and all the other television that keeps the kids semi-occupied so we can rest
  • Lysol
  • hot tea
  • afternoon naps

All of this, and I’m thankful.

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