Just a shower

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Take a shower with a glass of wine while your husband supervises dinner time. It feels like a mini mom-cation. It's amazing how such a tiny little break can fix everything. A deep breath.

Even if you are having to dodge bath toys. 

Also, a true story:

I announced to the family during dinner that I was going to go take a shower because I smelled (because I cleaned litter boxes this day, and once I've done that it's all I can smell until I shower). So of course the children all start yelling "I WANT TO SMELL YOU! I WANT TO SMELL YOU!" So I let them all have a sniff.

J said: "you smell like beer!" (I was drinking wine)
D said: "YOU SMELL AWFUL!"
S said: "I think you smell lovely."
C said: "what? You just smell like your regular self."

And that right there tells you everything you need to know about each of my children.

Morning art time

 
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Our school day mornings are pretty luxurious. School doesn't start until 9:25, but the kids get up at 7. So that means we have plenty of time in the mornings. The kids get dressed and have breakfast, I usually read them a chapter while they eat. After breakfast they do their chores, finish any homework, and get their backpacks packed up. After all that, most mornings they have time to play. Some days the girls choose to work on art projects or color. Those times are my favorites really, I love watching them use their imaginations and create. Today they made a newspaper, and agreed that they should do it every friday. I'm looking forward to seeing what else they come up with. 

Well this wasn't exactly what we had planned.

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When you have four kids you are no stranger to childhood sickness. We are generally pretty healthy around here, but we do get our share of the seasonal stuff that goes around. And this year's round of it is apparently pretty nasty. 

This sweet little nugget got a fever. And then a cough. And she just couldn't shake it. 

The first visit to the doctor got us a pneumonia diagnosis and a round of antibiotics. Two days later she was still getting worse, so we went back, and the doctor sent us to the ER at Children's Hospital. 

They gave her IV fluids and started IV antibiotics, and tylenol to get at the fever. She was admitted for the night. Nasal swabs were tested and results showed that she had a bacterial pneumonia that didn't respond to the kind of antibiotic she had been given. So with the right antibiotics and getting her hydrated and monitored, she should get back on track quickly.

As scary as it all looks, honestly I think we both were relieved. I was about at the end of my rope and very happy to let the professionals take over in caring for her. I was happy to be able to just sit and hold her hand and worry less, knowing that she was in more capable hands than mine, with proper monitors and vitals to tell us how she was really doing. And I honestly think she was a little relieved too - she initially was sad about not getting to go home, but once she was comfortable in her room I think a part of her knew she was where she needed to be, and she settled in and just went with it. She was so brave with the IV and actually was quite fascinated with it, and I think once she realized that the fluids it was giving her were actually helping her feel better then she was even somewhat happy to have it. She cooperated with all of the exams and questions and was really the sweetest and most pleasant little patient. And in a family of four kids, I think any time you are the total center of attention from a whole bunch of adults, it is welcomed no matter what the circumstances. 

She was released after most of two days and just 1 night. The doctors felt like she was on the right track and could finish her recovery at home. She came home with lots of stories to tell her sisters and brother - all about getting an IV and a popsicle, trying to walk to the potty with a big IV pole, riding in a wheelchair, watching movies in a bed that went up and down, having hospital meals delivered right to your bed and gifts delivered from the hospital gift shop. 

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