Monday should entail my big girl at school, my little girls at preschool for the morning then picked up by a babysitter to be home for the afternoon and me at work. It's all so perfectly planned.
What I'll actually be doing today is nursing a recovering Gracie from a stomach bug.
We got home yesterday afternoon a little after 3pm. We were at church all morning then at a birthday party in the afternoon. Understandably, the kids were tired and Lily had skipped her nap.
I got the little girls settled on the couch to watch a movie and rest a bit. I had to fight to keep Lily awake. Then Gracie told me her throat felt like it needed to throw up. Sugar overload perhaps?
Around 4pm Gracie did start throwing up and did so until 10pm. First her stomach contents emptied, then she was throwing up bile, then dry heaving. The first few times I still wanted to attribute it to sugar (cake, cupcake, rice crispy treat, M&M's...she usually eats the topping or frosting of these items, but still a lot of sugar). But when she kept throwing up and her body was heaving so violently, it seemed a lot more like a big.
Miss Rose threw up once last week (or was it the week before?) from overeating. But it was one and done and she felt better the next day. Gracie is very mellow and not feeling well at all today.
Oh, and right now Bean has Miss Rose at the doctor. She's been complaining of a sore throat for a week. I kept her home on Thursday to try to rest and get better. Over the weekend she was hit with a cold and she is still complaining about her throat. Poor kid said she was waking up all night to blow her nose. I don't think she has strep based on how her throat looks. She's a hard kid to read because she has allergies and deals with those symptoms so often the line between allergy and infection is very fine and hard to distinguish. Our pediatrician can be a little cranky and likes to give parents and "F" for our diagnosis. Our neighbors see him too. He treats our kids well, but his bedside manner leaves a bit to be desired!
If she doesn't have an infection, Bean will be taking Miss Rose to school. But she could end up home with us too.
For once, Lily is not the sick one. Yet. But she doesn't really like how her sister is getting more attention and every time I was holding the puke bucket yesterday, she'd decided she wanted to sit on my lap or get super close to me. Gracie really needs space around her and Lily LOVES to get in that space, and she knows exactly what she is doing.
So I'll be pulling Lily off Gracie all day.
Oh and I'll be trying to work from home today. I have a big project that requires a lot of reading and note-taking , which is perfect for doing at home, IF the kids will stay occupied. I contemplated still taking Lily to school but the time, effort and gas required to get there just didn't make sense.
I honestly don't know what I would do without a job that is supportive of my family and where I have the ability to work from home. I don't know what I'd do without a husband who hoards his time off, so when he needs to go in late or leave early, he can.
I am fairly certain I have worked from home almost as much as I've been in the office so far in 2012. Lily has been sick, Miss Rose has been sick and the list just goes on. This week it's Gracie.
I'm ready for warmer temperatures, more moisture in the air and less illness.
One Tired Mama