Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Bug in our House

We have a bug in our house. That sounds so much nicer than saying, "We have the stomach flu in our house." Exactly 48 hours after Luke started puking, Emilie joined in. She seems to have a much "bigger" bug. She has thrown up about 10 times in the last 5 hours. Luke only threw up 5 times in 36 hours. I hope hers ends quickly, like Luke's did. I also hope that Zachary does not follow suit. If Zachary starts throwing up 48 hours after Emilie, it will be 5 o'clock in the evening on Halloween. He will be so sad to miss all the fun!

I have not really felt too sorry for myself, surprisingly. Usually, I would be using the sickness of my children as an excuse to wallow in self-pity. The reason that I am not sinking into a depression is because of my awesome friends and my sweet husband. The first day Luke was sick, my friend Laura came to my house and picked Emilie up to go play with her daughter. I am not that nice of a friend. I would not let siblings of sick children into my home to spread their yucky germs. Laura says it is because she thinks her kids already had this virus. But I know her better than that....she is just that kind of friend....amazing.

This morning, when Luke was still sleeping and I was supposed to be taking Zachary and Emilie to school, I was able to call two moms to help me out. One came and picked up Zachary to take him to school and then after school took him with her and her son (Zachary's friend, Wyatt) to run errands and then brought him home. The other mom picked Emilie up for school and then brought her home afterwards. Amazing.

So many of my friends have been sending me sweet messages through Facebook. It is so nice to have a connection to other moms when I am trapped at home with sick, tired, and cranky kids. I know it only takes a minute to leave a sympathetic message but I have really been encouraged by all of their kind words. Amazing.

Matt agreed to be "on duty" tonight. He is sleeping on Emilie's trundle bed so that he can "hold the bowl for her." That is a good dad right there! Amazing.


Laura said...

That's what friends are for! Thanks for being my friend when I needed one, I seriously don't know what I'd do without you. Love you!

Kristal said...

I'm so sorry for Emily (and you) I hope she feels better soon and Zach can enjoy Halloween!

Teri said...

I loved reading this! Friendship (and a good husband) is what keeps us moms going - 'specially when kids are barfing!