It's been a rough few weeks here at the Mather household, particularly for the kids. Last Monday (March 30th), Julia had her first stomach bug, complete with throwing up all over me (unfortunately, they don't have a page for "baby's first throw up" in the baby book). I guess it's another "you know you're a Mom when..." moment, similar to when Will threw up all over my car last summer (more on that in a minute). So, she was out of school on Tuesday. Then, on Thursday, I took her to the doctor and discovered that she had a double ear infection. It was hard to tell, though, because she was still so sweet and hadn't been running a fever. So, she got on antibiotics, and we thought all was well.
But no, the fun began in earnest this past Sunday, when we discovered that Julia had a 101 fever despite being on antibiotics. The fever was likely caused by the horrible cold/cough that she and I both came down with, and thus, she was out of school on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Well, I guess Will was feeling left out because on Tuesday morning, he woke up at 5:30 and started throwing up. And throwing up. And then having horrible diarrhea. I thought it would be a 24-hour bug and he'd be back at school by Thursday at the latest, but it has lingered on and on! He was out of school Tuesday through Thursday, and then both kids were home again on Friday because school was closed for Good Friday! As for the reference to the throw-up in the car, he did it again Wednesday morning as we were dropping Julia off at school. Maybe it is something about the school parking lot that makes him sick...
Anyway, it's been terrible around here. I've felt awful, and both Zach and I have been very busy at work. We spent all week trying to piece together child care so that we could do what we needed to do work-wise...we are very lucky that we both have flexible jobs. And we are very thankful to Mom and Melanie who both helped out a lot.
But now, it's the weekend. Julia is better. I'm feeling a bit better. And, we are now at approximately 16 hours symptom-free for Will, so I am cautiously optimistic that he is on the mend. Hopefully we will celebrate Easter with a true "re-birth" and next week will be MUCH better. If it's worse, I may run away.