Wed – 4:30 PM – Tori wakes up and vomits everywhere
Thurs – Tori doing okay – no more vomit
Fri – Tori okay. 7:30 PM Tanner starts throwing up. Continues every hour for the next eight hours. 1:00 AM – I start. 3:00 AM Tori starts and Jim is in the bathroom too.
It felt like a pandemic! It was AWFUL! At some points I felt a bit panicky because everytime I would have to help Tanner, I would be running for the bathroom to. Getting up to help the kids made it worse for mom. Tanner needs mommy right there – I mean RIGHT there – when he is sick. When Tori started all over again when I was two hours in I was begging Jim to go clean up her crib. He was sick too but he had not reached the advanced stage yet. I broke into a bit of hysterical laughter when I was in the bathroom and could hear Jim moaning trying to clean up Tori. You always wonder what you would do if everyone got the stomach flu at the same time. I was very close to just sleeping in the bathtub with Tori because I was too sick to have to clean up after the baby and too sick to hold her to make sure the output was controlled. During the early morning hours Jim put her in her playpen in the front room with me and she was furious. She wanted me holding her and I was just too sick to do that. She kept crying and then giving me her angry eyes over the top of the playpen rail. It was bad!!! I laid there praying for the mama’s in Africa and counted my blessings that I had clean water, a bed to sleep in and medical care (and parents willing to drop groceries off at the door).
Picture this scene. Saturday morning. I am laying on the couch. Tanner is laying on the couch. Jim is reclined in the chair. Tori is sitting in the playpen completely dazed. The tv isn’t even on. We are all miserable not even wanting to talk. Ty is sitting at the breakfast table eating. First he let’s out this long happy little sigh – “Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. He follows that up with this:
“What a nice day at home!”
Jim and I stare at one in another in numb silence. Then we crack up. Needless to say, in our worst of moments, Jim and I will forevermore be sharing that line with one another. Everyone needs a Ty. I expect that even if he had been sick, he still would have said it. He would have thought it wonderful that everyone was home, in the same room, and he got to sleep on the couch with the family. In his mind, that is what a good day is made of and if the price to pay for it is a bit of vomit – well worth it. Don’t you want to see the world the way that he does?
We are all feeling better today but I suspect Ty isn’t out of the woods yet. We shall see. When Ryker had this flu he kept throwing up until Jodi put him on Soy. Her Dr. told her that the flu strips all the lactose out of the body and that babies need a milk break for 2 to 3 weeks after the flu. I wonder if that is why Tori started throwing up again on Friday? I had just given her a milk bottle at bed. I switched her to Vanilla Soy and so far so good. I love that stuff myself. I read that soy isn’t good for little girls though (I think), so I’ll switch her back in a couple of weeks.
Have I ever written about how Sweetie got her name? One of our close friends, Michelle, has a daughter named Jacquelyn. When J. was three, my mom babysat her while Michelle worked. Jim and I moved in with mom and dad during that time because our house was being built. J. was adorable and still is. She had this gorgeous red hair that made me hope for a red head even more (I was pregnant at the time). Anyhow, it was J. that first started calling my mom Sweetie and the name stuck. Here is Jacquelyn – is she an amazing beauty or what?
Michelle’s parents celebrated a big anniversary this year so Michelle and her sisters decided to have some photo shoots done so that they could gift their parents with some large prints and a 12×12 album. Thought I would share some pages of the book with you.
I did my homework on several different pro labs for book prints and was very happy with my final choice. I had several priorities but one of which that was a MUST have was the ability to print panorama spreads well. I like my workspace to be a rectange instead of a square - placing the picture over the hinge adds to the drama and makes the spread really cohesive I think. Further, these books layflat so you can display them on a stand well. I still haven’t printed a book for me yet and I am getting excited to do so.
I had this bright idea that a feather pillow fight amongst sisters would be really cute for the book. We learned the hard way that you can’t restuff four feather pillows in four feather pillow cases. We used seven trashbags and it was a nightmare. It was fun, memorable, and a good end to the book though.
P.S. Happy Birthday Kelly!