Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One Tuesday morning...

...a little girl woke up sick. We spent the morning at home. I puttered, she rested.


7:30 am - after a quick bath, we make a nest for her on the couch. She has an afghan, a pillow and her baby. She alternately watches TV and dozes.


8:00 am - I make myself some breakfast. It was a difficult night and I treat myself to a cup of hot chocolate instead of my usual high-test Irish Breakfast tea.


 8:15 am - I chop vegetables and set up the crock-pot for tonight's dinner, split-pea soup.


8:45 am - I hang her pillows on the clothesline to dry. Yeah - it was that kind of sick. Ugh. I washed every last bit of bed linen and both pillows.


8:50 am - while I'm outside, I spot some thistledown in the big planter bed. It's a cold morning and almost nothing is blooming out here anymore.


9:15 am - back inside, I turn my attention to a pineapple I've had ripening on the counter. Sliced into small pieces, I will serve some with the LB's lunch when he gets home.


9:40 am - bedsheets are dry. Time to fold them and put them away, and get some more linens into the dryer so others can be washed.


10:05 am - I take some jars from their storage box in the garage and bring them into the house. I have a canning experiment up my sleeve. I bought new lids yesterday.


10:20 am - after folding some bedding, I sit down to read for a short time. I've been on an Ian McEwan binge lately - On Chesil Beach last week and Saturday this week.


10:40 am - she's awake. She wants to watch Sesame Street. She asks wearily if I would like to watch with her. Of course I would, little one.


10:45 am - I settle in next to her on the couch and work on the LB's blanket (which is about two-thirds finished now; I may make that hoped-for Christmas deadline after all). We watch TV for forty-five minutes before I bundle her up and drive to the LB's school.

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She went to bed last night complaining of a tummy ache and at 4:15, I awakened to anguished cries of "Mommeeeee!"; she had vomited in her sleep. There was a lot of clean-up, but the Bear got up with me and we did it quickly between us. We spent the morning at home together, just her and I. Today was not a school day for her, but she did miss her weekly pre-ballet class. She was not happy about it but it was necessary. She rested until we picked up her brother from school at noon and went down for a nap as soon as we got home.

Our morning was peaceful. She is a very easy little patient - she just wants to be cozy and warm. She had her baby and her Nalgene bottle of water. She likes for me to stay nearby when she's sick but if she falls asleep, I try to slip away and get some things done. The bedding is almost finished now; she's napping with one of my pillows and an old quilt I made when I was a teenager. I'll get her bed put back together with her own linens later this afternoon. I doubt she'll make it to preschool tomorrow, but we'll play it by ear.

Days like today remind me how thankful I am for this life. I am able to stay at home with my children, which is what I always wanted to do. I don't have to worry about taking time off from a job when one of them gets sick. We have a comfortable home with modern conveniences like a washer and dryer and a whole closet full of extra linens. I have a husband who wakes up in the night with me when the children are sick - which is rare, because we have very healthy children. I'm tired. I would really enjoy napping myself (but I can't leave the LB to his own devices just yet), and I really, really hate cleaning up vomit (seriously, I nearly vomit myself every time). But I'm thankful to have everything I need to cope with the situation, to be able to spend time at home with my daughter, to keep her comfortable as she recuperates. It's another blessed day in the life, here at home with my Bears.

43 comments:

  1. I hope your little ones on the mend soon.
    Clare x

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  2. A beautiful post, Jennifer that echoes my sentiments about being at home with my children. And your poor wee girl. My heart goes out to her. Like you, my boys are rarely ill, but they sink like stones when they are.

    Leanne xx

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  3. So sorry to hear that GB has not been well. I hope that she is better soon! I'm sure that snuggling with the blankies that you have made helped her. Great progress that you are making on LB's blankie too. Hope that things are better tomorrow! xx

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  4. Oh Jennifer....I remember those days...and I too, was lucky enough to stay home with my kids♥
    Love your story telling...very soothing...lovely!
    Enjoy the Pea Soup!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. Oh I'm so sorry that your beautiful little one is not well. Yes i agree we are so lucky to be there for our children, through both the good and the bad. My mother was always there for us, ready with a cup of tea and an eager ear to listen to all the happenings in our little lives. Now i want to do the very same for my children.
    Hope all gets better soon.
    Rosie xx

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  6. Hope she feels better soon! I loved the jars you showed.
    We have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes we just have to remember that.
    Lisa

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  7. Your poor little girl bear, I do hope she is better soon. It's so horrible for them isn't it. Not great for you either, I do hope you have a good night's sleep tonight, you must be exhausted. I love being at home with my little people too, but I fear I will have to get a job at some stage. I can't tell you how much I am dreading it. I'm trying not to think about it too much. All I want to do is be a stay-at-home mum.

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  8. It's been a few years since my kids were sick like that. I've always been home for them too (work from home), and it really was a huge blessing to just change your routine for that day and not worry about taking time off work. I used to just love caring for my kids when they were under the weather. Lots of laundry, yes, but lots of cuddle time one-on-one is what I remember most. Such a comfort for our children to know that you're there no matter what. You're very fortunate that your husband will lend a hand ... mine never did and it made for a long exhausting day for me the next day. Oh well. I hope your little bear is back to her old self soon, she looks so cozy there on the couch covered in a handmade blanket. Take care. Wendy x

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  9. Poor GB, hope she has a good night tonight, for you too :) xx

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  10. Jennifer, you will never regret having stayed home to be a mother to your children. This beautiful, sweet story describes what every child's life should be like. Not only does love from mommy and daddy surround your children, but those cozy quilts and crochet covers don't hurt either! I am guessing the little angel is well now - and your peaceful happy life goes on!

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  11. Oh, Jennifer, I hope that your little girl has a speedy recovery! Yes, you are lucky to be able to tend to her yourself, and with the help of your husband, when he is home; that is a luxury today! I worked from home, teaching ESL, so it was very convenient in times like this and I am so grateful that I could be there for my little girl all those years! Just the fact that they know you are there, puttering around, or sitting at their feet, keeping warm together, mommy and her precious angel.

    xo
    Poppy

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  12. You're such a good mom, I'm glad you can stay home with them. Your blanket is very pretty.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Such a wonderful reminder of how fortunate we are to be at home with our little ones! I am so sorry GB is not feeling well, and I hope she makes a quick recovery. I do not handle cleaning up vomit very well myself (our girl is rarely ever sick) thank goodness, and thank goodness it doesn't seem to bother my husband. Your spilt-pea soup sounds yummy, too!

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  14. Oh your poor little mite, she looks so pale and fragile today but with your loving care and lovely blankets and baby she'll soon be back to her normal cheery little self. Get well soon GB x
    I'm so glad that the weather was conducive to drying all that bedding my friend - otherwise the job would have been a bit more difficult. Like you I was fortunate in that I was at home for my children when they were young, as was my Mum for me; it's sad that everyone's circumstances don't allow for such comforting times isn't it!
    I'm very interested to hear more about your canning experiment Jennifer! Enjoy your week, hugs, Joy xo

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  15. Such a good mama! We had that here and that is the worst thing to wake up to! What a wonderful and beautiful thing to be able to cuddle and care for your sick little one. She looks so cozy under that warm blanket! Sounds like a very peaceful day for the two of you! And thank you for the recipe as I am trying to get back on my meal planning for the week! All the best and I hope she is better soon!

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  16. I hope she feels better soon- I'm sure despite being ill, she'll cherish time spent with her mum:)

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  17. Oh dear - I hope the barfing stops and your little one feels better soon. What a colourful and busy day you had.

    When I'm sick I like to lie on the sofa under a blanket too - only with a book. Somehow lying on the sofa is more comforting than lying in bed. :)

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  18. Oh takes me back to when mine were small and unwell. I do hope she feels way better quickly.
    Awsome mr b too ☺

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  19. Poor little bear, I hope she's feeling much better now. This is a lovely post, it is wonderful when we are reminded of how blessed we are.
    Cute blanket too :) x

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  20. Sending best wishes and hugs to little one AND to you! I totally related to everything you wrote here, a feeling of good fortune to be able to be there to nurture our children when they are unwell. A very comforting post, thank you! Chrissie x

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  21. Hope your little one feels better soon. Your crochet looks beautiful - will look forward to seeing it finished. xox

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  22. Lots of hugs flying from England to your daughter from me,hope she feels better soonWhat a fantastic calm, patient loving parents she has x

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  23. Ahh no fun, hope she feels better. We have a cold that has worked its way through the house and needs to leave. Your crochet looks nice, great colors, what wool are you using?

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  24. Sometimes I miss those times when my little ones needed me............of course they still need me now, but as teens it's a different need........hope your little one gets better soon and you get to take a well earned nap.

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  25. Bless her, I hope she feels better today. I worked part time when my kids were young, but one day was a Sunday so Mick looked after them, and the other two days I worked from nine till two and my mum looked after them then, so they were always with family. I'm a stay at home mum now but with one off at university and one now fifteen, I'm not really needed. It's still nice to be at home though.

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  26. I remember sick days with little ones, it is almost like Life is telling you that you need to slow down, you have to do the basics of Motherhood, taking care of your baby, and that reminds you of the tie that binds you to your child. Simple reminder of how lucky we are to be Mom's. You are just the most lovely woman my friend, thanks for the glimpse into your beautiful day, and I hope GB feels loads better today.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  27. So glad I found your blog, sorry your little one is sick. Please stop by my blog and follow me as well. I look forward to stopping by often.
    Judy
    At Home Crafting with Judy

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  28. Poor wee thing, and poor you, too. I'm glad you were able to be there with her, and hopefully the rest of you manage to dodge whatever bug she had.

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  29. Hope your little girl feels better very soon, which I am sure she will ( They always do) reading your post I could feel the wonderful mother that you are :)

    Lluisa x

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  30. I loved being at home with my children too but I know there are many mums who have to work, my daughter for one. But I know she appreciates everything I do in times of sickness and school days off etc. I do hope your little one feels better very soon.
    Patricia x

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  31. Poor little thing. She does look a bit peaky and I hope she's better soon. I well remember having to take time off from work when our two were sick, though luckily that wasn't often, as they were very healthy children. I'm glad for you that you don't have this added stress.

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  32. I hope today has been better and you all got a good nights sleep. I remember those sort of nights with Matt, thankfully rare, but draining for all. x

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  33. I hope she is feeling better now and you have a full night sleep too.
    Sarah x

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  34. Oh poor love, I hope she's feeling better, love the afghans. Deb x

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  35. I'm sorry that your daughter has been sick, I hate it when my boys are under the weather. Hopefully she is feeling better now. I'm with you about hating dealing with barf too, I hate it :)

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  36. I'm so sorry your little girl is sick...I remember when one of my little ones would get sick and how I just wanted to wave a magic wand and make them all better. And, like you, I always felt so blessed that I was able to stay home with them and be with them when they were sick. I hope your sweetie is better soon!

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  37. Aw poor thing! I hate seeing them poorly. My daughters got a cold at the moment seems to always be something for them to catch. I always felt blessed to be able to stay at home and nurse my daughter. Hopes she's all better now xx

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  38. Aw a sweet post, Jennifer. She's soon to be well at your loving hands. :-)

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  39. Such a lovely post capturing some really ordinary but really special moments. I do hope that she is feeling a lot better by now. What a wonderful Mummy you are!! xoxo

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  40. I hope she is better now. Such a touching post. She was cocooned by your love until she was better, and that's a great gift to give a child. Days like that are one of the perks of sacrificing a career, that you can be there totally without any guilt or conflicted emotions. And yes, thank goodness for washing machines and dryers. x

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  41. Poor little bear. Hope she's feeling much better now, and that her sickness has gone. xx

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