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Friday, December 21, 2007

On sick kids

It is that time of year when the colds are flying around from one kid to another. I knew eventually mine would get it, and boy did they ever. The past week has been interesting to say the least. Brady had it first, and his main thing was the snottiest nose you ever did see...YUCK! When the sickness first began Keith and I were relatively well rested and had all the energy in the world to chase after Brady making sure he was OK and drugged as needed. By the time poor Natalie got sick (she of the hacking cough and perpetual nose drip) Keith and I were exhausted ourselves and found it a bit harder to keep up with their antics. So as it goes the kids pretty much got to play as they wanted, within reason. As long as they weren't crying or whining (2 more side effects of the sickness) then we were golden. The other night when left to their own devices in their bedroom (this was the only completely child proofed room I could let them play in unattended until Brady learned how to get INTO his crib if we leave the side down) they found the stash of Natalie's old (unused) pull-ups. When we first peeked in there Brady was laying down and Natalie was trying to "diaper" him. Later they both eventually came out clad in their new garb. You could tell they were pretty pleased with themselves for actually getting the things on.One of the best parts about your kids being sick (maybe the only good part) is that they become sweeter than sweet (when they aren't crying or whining-see above). Natalie would say sweet things to me like, "Mommy lets ask Jesus to make me better" (Um, OK lets get on our knees right NOW, seriously whatever you want! I can't believe some of my parenting has actually worked!) or "I am trying to get away from it Mommy" "Away from what, Natalie?" "My sickness". Both of these said in the most tiny, pathetic, voice you can imagine. Brady can't talk much but he still says sweet things. Mostly whispers of "Mama! I wuv you." I am pretty sure you don't get much better than that! They also lay around a lot. If I spread a blanket on the ground my children will come lay on it, %100 of the time, guaranteed. That is a fact. Or they do something like this:And your heart melts a little bit. Actually this is a pretty normal thing. I am so glad my kids love each other! Brady sometimes first thing in the morning will ask for "shi-she" so he can give her a "huck". That is exactly what his first words will be in the morning, "shi-she. huck." These kids they kill me! All I wanted was to have children that love each other, hopefully this will last!

Anywho, this morning Natalie is much better, after a whole night of coughing up her lungs she is ready for action. And Brady, he never slowed down!

P.S. And I know Natalie has on a "tank top", but they are her little camisoles/under shirts and she just LOVES to wear them around the house and under everything she wears.

9 comments:

Mrs. L said...

So sorry to hear the kids were sick. Take care of yourselves so you don't get sick too! (wait, I sound like my mom! :)

Aunt Ruth said...

Well I hope some of the stuff I taught you sunk in. I love you dear. Natalie take care. Mommy's need to keep well. Have a good Christmas. Love you, Aunt Ruth

Danielle said...

we hope you all get well soon! drink lots of juices, take your vitamins, and make sure to get plenty of rest.

Ashley said...

Man, we have that same crap over here! Yuck! Hope they feel better soon and that you and Keith don't catch it! I love how Brady asks big sis for a hug. That's cute!

Shannon said...

Thank you all for your good wishes and advice! Luckily everyone is feeling better except Natalie, who is still driving me a teeny tiny bit crazy with her crying and whining. I feel bad for her though because she got the cough :(

Ashley said...

Anything is better than the stomach flu. I would much rather deal with runny/stuffy/plugged up/ coughers than barfers!!!! Just my two cents!

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness! I totally agree! Early this year my kids got the nasty, nasty, barfy flu AND we were staying at a friends house who didnt have laundry facilities in the house. So here I am covered in puke, can't strip b/c its not my house, have to make sure everything I need comes to the bathroom with me and my sick kid, and then carting load after load of laundry to the washer for 2 days. Let me just say it was the worst "vacation" of my entire life...oh yeah, and Keith wasn't with me! So just me and my 2 barfing kids! Horrible! I am a stronger person for getting through that!

Ashley said...

More power to you! Once I drove to Utah with my parents when Chandler was 2, and he vomited the entire trip there and back. Now, while it wasn't stomach flu (he got altitude sickness or something) he did cough, gag, and puke every 30 minutes! It was awful. You should have seen their minivan! I will never forget that! It was awful! We moms sure are warriors aren't we?

Kelli said...

That picture is so funny with that pullup!