Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Starting with last Wed., Jan. 9:
9th: Nathan finishes medicine for sinus infection
9th: Rebekah starts throwing up at 10:30pm
10th: Rebekah still sick
11th: Kids out of school, going to have fun day---Robyn gets sick
12th: Robyn still sick, Sean diagnosed with sinus infection
13th: Everyone stays home from church to get Dad, Mom & Rebekah back to 100%
14th: Robyn still tired, taking it easy and getting back into the swing of things
15th: Day goes great, looks like we're back on track
-----2:10am (or is it the 16th now): Nathan sick
16th: Nathan home from school sick
-----10:45pm: Andrew sick
17th: Nathan and Andrew home sick
Tomorrow, January 18, 2008: A new day.
Planning to send everyone to school and try to Clean up, Catch up and NOT Throw up.
So no photos.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
At 2:10am, Rebekah is flailing around and trying to throw herself out of my bed. I've got her firmly attached to my bed with her own foot. Then I hear the pitter patter of the feet that belong to Nathan. (Nathan comes in at approximately 7:02 EVERY morning to ask if he can play computer before school.) I'm thinking he has his times mixed up. He tells me his tummy hurts and he doesn't feel good. Uh Oh!!
Hustle him to the bathroom (after moving Rebekah to lie spread-eagle in the center of the queen sized waterbed). This is where an almost-6-year-old perspective becomes fun. I tell him to be by the toilet if he's going to be sick. I tell him to be sick into that toilet. So he backs away from me and starts telling me he thinks he'd rather be in the other bathroom (the one without the dimmer on the lights and the brand new Mickey floor--I think not!).
At this exact moment in time, the poor child gets sick on my floor. Good thing my day fell apart on Monday so I didn't get "Bathroom Monday" taken care of. All bathrooms were on the Wed. cleaning hit parade.
After getting Nathan cleaned up and in fresh PJ's, I had the opportunity to scrub my floor at 2:30am. Poor kid feels bad about making a mess on my floor. Looking at the bright side, my bathroom floor is currently sterile and I have most of one bathroom cleaned already.
Pray for Nathan to feel better. Pray for Andrew to remain healthy!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Yesterday after lunch, I'm fighting off a headache. Must be from squinting into the sun on the drive home since I couldn't find my sunglasses. I'm bone-weary tired and of course, nobody will cooperate and let me take a little nap. By the time I'm chilled to the bone wearing multiple layers and blankets to keep warm, I'm thinking I may be coming down with a little bug.
It's true, I caught a form of Rebekah's bug. I got the nausea portion with fever (she never really fevered). I've been sleeping most of the evening, night, and day away. I'm feeling better, but praying for anyone I came into contact with. I truly wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
So SUPER MOM is now sleeping mom and Daddy's been doing a bang-up job of taking care of kids for me. He is fighting off a sinus infection (caught from the Nathan child) so I know it's hard on him, too.
My kids are happy to stay home all day in their PJ's. They have played more computer games than children should be allowed. They are currently on a TV watching spree (which the up side of is my TIVO was almost out of room).
As the sun sets on today, I toast you with my saltine crackers and filtered water. As I giggle at myself---guess I shouldn't have slept nose-to-nose with the sick girl---I've had reminders today that more important things are happening.
Please pray for Coy (see his blog at www.prayforcoy.blogspot.com). He's had a rough day and his oxygen levels are back to almost 100%. There is new infection in the latest blood culture. Please agree with us for his complete and miraculous healing.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
That's when the scream came. The piercing wail followed by "MaMa!" For those of you who are mothers, I think you'll know what I mean when I tell you I knew from the moment the cry started that Rebekah had thrown up. I had 3 dishes left to load in the dishwasher and Sean was taking off at a run. I yell, "I'll be right there--she just threw up." He can't understand how I knew. It's a mom thing and something about 'that' cry. It's the throw up cry.
Poor kid had to get a shower while poor daddy had to deal with bed linens. (Please note: Sean can not stand anything involving throwing up. Just a minor whiff can send him racing for fresh air trying not to lose it himself.) So while I scrubbed it out of Rebekah's hair, he put fresh sheets in the crib and set up another set of clean PJ's in case it happened again. Which, of course, it did. I believe she was sick at 10:30pm. 11:15, 11:45 and 1:00am. Then she woke me up at 2:00 and 3:00 and got up at 3:45 ready to have a day. I wrestled with her until 4:30 when she woke her dad up. We both wrestled with her until she finally collapsed at 6am. I slept until the alarm at 7:10 and got up to face my day.
Today I found myself playing the role of Zombie Mom. Just trying to stay awake and do anything that resembled an accomplishment. I was able to grab a couple hour nap with Rebekah in the afternoon which kept me going until bedtime.
HERE'S MY POINT IN TELLING YOU THIS:
But through it all, I decided there isn't room for "poor me" in all of this. My friend Holly has 4 girls all born within 2.5 years. When they had the icky-sicky at their house, she was sick with 3 girls. The laundry that piled up was as tall as the washing machine. I'm sure it took her weeks to dig out of that ordeal. So I'm tired---big deal, get over it. Our new cyber-friends Chris & Ann Marie would give anything for their baby Coy to be well and out of NICU and at home. (While I don't think they'd be thrilled about the ickys, just having Coy at home would make it worth it.) So I threw myself a 20 minute pity party, nobody seemed interested in joining. What can you do but move on?
Rebekah is fine now. Went to the doctor today and it was a virus going around. It comes with either nausea or vomiting or diarrhea accompanied by a major league headache. She's over it and looking good. I'm feeling better after a good night of sleep.
Now all that's left is to pray for my friends. Coy is off his IV and infection free. He's having some breathing issues, so pray his lungs will mature. Holly's hubby is currently deployed and she is doing a marvelous job of being mommy and still heading up her ministry projects. Pray for her strength and wisdom and for her to continue being able to focus on the big picture.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Well, after our last poorly executed attempt (see 1/31 blog for details), we managed to get TWO museums in this weekend. Went to the Children's Museum and had oodles of fun! We got to see the last Light Show Extravaganza (the reason I wanted to go) and we saw the Making Things exhibit (the reason the kids wanted to go). Nathan drove Rebekah in the car, then Rebekah kicked him out to drive herself.
We also got to go see the astronaut exhibit the day before it left. This was something I really wanted to see. I think the kids enjoyed it as well---especially Mr. Nathan, "Future Astronaut to Mars". Gave us a lot of information if he really decides to pursue this route. The kids' favorite part is always: --Flight Simulator for the Daddy & Andrew kids and ---Flying the rocket for Nathan and Rebekah.
The picture of Andrew & Sean in the simulator isn't the best, but here's the simulator and a little of Nathan & Rebekah flying.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Here is the classic Myth Busters Opening Sequence....
Proving how to drink from the same bottle without passing germs. (This is a science show after all.)
Now we're off to commercial break...
Finally--the best blooper. The video is dark and hard to see, but turn up your speakers. The accidental commentary is perfect.