Sick Day

The children are sick. Not take-them-to-the-doctor sick, just a summer cold. (Isn’t it funny that we–or at least I–feel the need to specify that it’s a summer cold, as though summer colds were in any way distinguished from regular colds? BUT IT’S JULY! And it’s hot out, see? So a cold is funny!)

I should have known something was up when Grace was super-cranky for like three days straight, but it wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that I figured it out. She’d finally gotten down off my lap, after a couple hours of climbing on me and yelling. I thought she’d gone downstairs, and after a few minutes I got up to check. That’s when I found her at the top of the stairs:


Actually, this picture? Is from the second time I found her asleep at the top of the stairs. No joke, it happened twice. After the second time, I put her in bed. She slept until 9:00, played for an hour, and then asked to go back to bed.

Yesterday we pretty much watched TV all day. Grace took a nap in the afternoon and I fell asleep putting her in bed, which makes me think I might be coming down with something too.

Sam is not visibly sick unless you know him very well, which I am pretty sure I do. I gave him my Nintendo 3DS and he played Mario until the batteries ran out. I considered taking it away a couple of times because he was so intensely frustrated, but every time he figured it out, and who am I to take that sense of accomplishment away from him? He also turned bright red (dehydration, Will picked up Gatorade for him) and willingly drank children’s ibuprofen, which he has always found to be utterly revolting (it is). Last night he refused to go to bed unless he could sleep in the big bed with Mama and Daddy and Kiki (his nickname for Grace) and Sammy.

And so it was that I went to bed at 8:30 last night, on the bottom bunk. I got into my own bed at some point (not difficult) and then Grace nursed all. night. long. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a human buffet all night and OH BOY I AM SO TIRED NOW. I got up with her around 5:00 and her diaper was dry–yikes. I mean, sure, she is nearly potty trained, but she should not have been dry after drinking all night. And did I mention that I’m a little dried out? OMG.

If Will had more sick time accrued I would ask him to stay home so I could take a nap, but alas.

6 thoughts on “Sick Day

  1. ~zandra~

    July 12, 2012 at 6:55am

    Well it’s common enough that you are the third person I know in the last 2 weeks to call it a summer cold. And I thought nothing of it until you pointed it out ;) Hope you’re able to get some sleep and that everyone feels better.

  2. Amanda

    July 12, 2012 at 7:31am

    Summer colds sound worse. Because they are.

    There’s just something worse about having to stay in bed when it’s warm outside.

  3. Nana

    July 12, 2012 at 4:20pm

    The same thing happened when you were about 3 yrs old.
    You were cranky as all get-out and I came into the living room to find you asleep sitting up on the floor.
    You didn’t nap much then, so I realised that you must have been feeling pretty ill.

  4. Sarah

    July 12, 2012 at 6:08pm

    sorry to hear everyone is sick in your house. we also have colds, but its winter here so almost expected. The kids are falling asleep wherever they sit! Hope you are all feeling better soon.

  5. Lucretia

    July 16, 2012 at 7:31am

    It’s awful when kids are ill, I hope all of you feel better soon.

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