Batten Down the Hatches . . . We’re in For a Rough One!

I drug my sleeping body out of bed, ran a brush through my unkempt hair, and threw on my exercise clothes. The mound of laudry that had appeared in two days from overnight accidents was enough to send into a grouchy mood. I shuffled out to the kitched, fighting off the grouchies, and worked on breakfast and dishes while the kids got dressed for school.

“Mommy, I feel sick,” Emmy’s nearly inaudible voice crossed the counter to my ears.
“You okay honey? ”
“Yeah, but I don’t want to eat.”
I hand her a bowl for just in case and sent her off to the couch. 10 minutes later she proclaimed herself better and came back to eat. She was full again after two bites. I debated about whether I should go walking. “Are you sure you are up to riding in the cart while I walk?” I asked for what seemed to both of us the millionth time. “I’m sure mommy. I don’t even feel sick anymore.”

In the end she convinced me. After a 10 minute search for my keys (which I remembered had been carted into my bedroom and found underneath a sock on my dresser) we were on our way. I had maybe gone half a mile when I had the thought to check on her. I pulled an earphone out (it wasn’t very loud, but she talks pretty soft sometimes) and leaned my head around so I could see in.

“Oh, honey, why didn’t you tell me you threw up.”
She whispered something inaudible.
“Are you okay?” I asked
“No,” she said, looking pale and miserable. Luckily we were only a 1/2 mile from home and we made it back quickly. After she was showered and glad in fuzzy toed pajamas we watched “Curious George” from under mounds of balnkets. (poor kid)

A couple hours passed and she proclaimed that she was hungry. I suddenly realized that no one had been sick in a while and that we were completely out of ‘sick food’. “Are you up to going to the store?”

“Yes mom.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes mom.”
“Are you really sure?”
“Yes. See mom,” she holds up her shiney clean bowl, “I haven’t thrown up!”

I got the kids in the car and went to grab my keys. Ummm . . . where were my keys?
“Not again,” I groaned. “This can’t possibly happen twice in one day.” I looked everywhere, under couches, in couches, behind couches, in the bathroom, in the trash can, in the toilet, and still no keys were found. “I have to find my keys! Aaahh!” I cried in frustration while chomping on the side of my tongue.

I picked up the phone and called Paul to see if he knew where my spare was. “I cand fine my key.”
“I ost my key agin, cand fine my pare, we need ick foo, an I it my ongue.”
Midst numerous chuckles I finally get an answer, “The last I saw your spare it was hanging in the key spot.”
“It ot ere! I-” I stepped outside to look at the cart. “Oh.”
“What?” he continued laughing.
“I et em on op of e cart en I was etting Em aken are of.”
He then bursts out laughing, and I realize that I have now wasted another 20 minutes hunting down keys and such. I finally make it out the door, get to the store, buy the sick food I am in need of (and I stock up on it, if one kid is sick, the others are sure to follow), go to the bank and make it home with out any major (or minor) catastrophe.

So here I am, no school for the kids for the next three days and I feel like I am getting down in the trenches as the onslaught of tummy bug settles in for a long battle. But I am armed at least and prepared . . . well, maybe not quite . . .

maybe I should stratigically place some more clean shiny bowls around the house . . . just in case. šŸ™‚

(Oh, and the swelling on my tongue has finally gone down so I’m not talking funny anymore) heh.


Filed under Children, Em, Every Day Life, Goofs, Humor, Parenting

7 responses to “Batten Down the Hatches . . . We’re in For a Rough One!

  1. Sorry to hear Emily is sick šŸ˜¦ ,poor little thing. Hopefully it won’t spread around to the rest of the gang. Good luck, I’ll be hoping for more shiny clean bowls!

  2. Deb

    I hope Emily feels better soon!

    I can never find my keys when I need to.

  3. Poor Emily! Get out the Lysol and Clorox wipes and kick this bug in the bud! Hopefully she’s feeling better soon and that it doesn’t spread!

  4. I guess with four kids you need to stock up. Luckily we always have oatmeal in the house. I hope Emily is better soon and that her sickness doesn’t spread too much, especially not to you.

  5. Being sick stinks. Having sick kids stinks even more. There’s NO warning before the vomit!

    I hate it when I can’t find my keys, I always start to panic. The worst is when I’ve gone on a walk and forgot to take my keys OR the garage door opener. I’m stuck outside with the kids with NO way of getting back in the house.

    Hope Emily feels better soon and get out the lysol and clorox and clean every service, doorknobs, light switches, telephones everything that they all touch!

  6. What a headache!! Hopefully Emily gets better soon and the others don’t catch it!

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