Monday, December 15, 2008

a week in review:

lily's past week went something like this...

monday: terrible cold. had to cancel all plans. poor girl, she was just crummy.

tuesday: sent her to school, but still feeling pretty sick. however, when i picked her up in the afternoon, cold was all but gone! hallelujah! shortest cold ever!
(side note: tuesday night, ryan up all night with stomach virus)

wednesday: starts out great. we are on the up and up as a family.

wednesday night/thursday morning: lily up all night with the vomits.

thursday: clearly started out rough, but it looks as if the stomach virus for lily was very short lived. again, resilient immune system!

friday: stomach virus seems to have resolved, but she won't eat and is all in all miserable seeming.

saturday: exact repeat of friday and she is so clingy it is beginning to wear on us!

sunday: ryan convinces her to eat pretty much the first thing since wednesday, which was half a pancake for lily's favorite thing: "second breakfast with daddy." however, still miserable. we take her to church since she is fever free and meet her at the nursery door with eyes covered in goop. to the doctor we go and she is diagnosed with conjunctivitis and an ear infection.

way to go, lil... i think you had the majority of the most common childhood illnesses in the past week!

now, i am not one of those people who thinks i should be given antibiotics often. i firmly believe that they are over prescribed and we are doing ourselves harm. however, when the doctor handed me a prescription for a 10 day course of antibiotics, i almost could have kissed him.

and i am also not the type of person who likes to say "it was a bad day" or "it was a bad week" but all of lily's illnesses coupled with a few personal things, made this past week an all in all "rough week." i have never been happier to see the start of a new week and a monday morning! so here's to a fresh start this week!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

motherly love...

ask anyone in my family. growing up, when someone was sick, you could say i kept my distance. and if you had a stomach virus, i pretty much avoided you for a week until i was sure all germs were good and dead. i was not exactly the most sympathetic sister to those who were vomiting. you can say it is a phobia of mine. i truly think it is the worst. i would even occasionally follow the poor patient around with a can of lysol to ensure they weren't tracking germs through the house. i've even been told by a few of my siblings that i really hurt their feelings when they were sick (for which i am terribly sorry!) and it is pretty amazing that i became a nurse since i've known this phobia all along.

i remember being amazed by my mom as she would care for us so tenderly as we were in misery all night long. she never got upset when we would puke right into her bed or when huge messes were made. she just let us know we would be ok and stayed by our side. i also remember telling her that i would never be able to do that when i had a child of my own... it was just too gross.

well, lily got her first case of the vomits in the middle of the night last night. and i have to say, my hands did get clammy and my heart was racing as my mind was thinking "she's so highly contagious!!" but then, my heart broke so painfully for my poor little one who did not understand what was going on and was just miserable. i held her all night and when things finally calmed down and she was able to fall asleep in my arms, i found myself thinking, "this is the best feeling in the world." let me tell you, the love of a parent is unbelievably strong...

now here's to hoping i stay well! :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

'tis the season...

so, i have kind of dropped off of the blogging train the last few weeks... i would love to tell you all sorts of excuses (one camera broken, the other still in indiana, busy with travel to indy and chicago, blah blah blah...) but really, i've just been lazy. i have however been quite sad about my camera plight over the last two days.

yesterday, we decorated our christmas tree with lily. i must admit, when i thought of decorating the tree, i figured we'd put lily to bed and just power through it with some christmas music in the background and no sweet one helping us. but, ryan really thought lily would enjoy it and so i conceded. well, i am so glad he had an opinion about it because she absolutely adored it. she literally squealed with delight with every new ornament and constantly said, "more decorations... ok??!!" it really was a joy and i wish i'd had my camera. now the only trick is that she got to touch the tree all last night and now it is magically off limits? hmmm... she can't quite figure out why this has happened?

and the second instance in which i really have missed my camera just occurred. ryan is running in a urology sponsered 4 miler tomorrow. well, last year he was maybe a bit over zealous and ended up being the first urology physician to cross the line (including coming in before his program chair...yikes!) so, naturally, he is feeling the pressure this year and doesn't want to do worse than last year. anyway, he and lily just did some yoga together to loosen up for the big race and it was about the cutest thing i've ever seen. she mimicked his every move and actually held the poses better than i often do!

i guess these memories will just have to live on in our minds... but hopefully sooner as opposed to later i will be back on the photography band wagon!