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January 17, 2005

Not a Productive Day

Although there are a great many things positive about working from home, one of the big negatives is that when schools have holidays or kids get sick, then *you* are the one to be home with them. Because, see, you're already home.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day. As such, Jake's school is closed. So Jake is home with me today. Jake is pretty self sufficient - he can usually entertain himself pretty well during the day. He usually gets bored at near the end of these type of holidays. Which is fine because it actually makes him long to go back to school the next day. And when I say "these types of holidays", I mean the type of holiday where governments and schools take the day off, but no one else really does.

All this would be fine except for the fact that Annabel is home sick today also. Annie has been kinda sick on and off starting on Friday. Vomiting has been kept to a minimum. Basically just twice. Both while she was sleeping. How do you throw up and keep sleeping? She wakes up about an hour later crying about how something is on her pillow. And of course, everything is on her pillow. And blankets. And sheets. And wall even. Once on Friday night and once on Saturday night. Strip off the sodden jammies. Wipe down the kid. Stick her in a quiet, dark place while we turn on all the lights and make her bed hospitable again.

Vomiting seems to have abated Sunday (except an isolated incident which I'd rather not talk about). Oh alright, I'll talk about it. It is deeply embarassing and disgusting. Since Sunday morning, Annie has these big burps which aren't always burps but sometimes a little food comes up to visit the teeth and possibly escape the mouth altogether. She just lets us know when this happens and wipe it up quickly and that's that. Well, Sunday afternoon, Annie is in the basement watching TV with Jake. Annie is eating some tortilla chips with nacho cheese. Just the thing for a 2 1/2 years old with a delicate stomach, yes? Jake brings Annie upstairs because Annie is complaining that there is some cheese on her hand and she wants someone to wash her hands. I am parked on the couch watching the Colts/Patriot game. I look at her hands and there is only a little bit of cheese on one of her hands. Being the lazy parent that I am, I quickly scan the room for something to wipe her hands with. Seeing nothing, I look at the two tiny specks of perfectly normal looking nacho cheese on her hand and quickly make up my mind. I just lick those two little spots of cheese off her hand - nothing I hadn't done before with these kids. Annabel just looks at me for a minute. Looks at me as if I were insane. And says:

Annabel: "I frew up"

Alan:".....wha? Oh, you feel like you are going to throw up?"

Annabel: "No. (raising her freshly licked hand) I frew up!"





Much spitting did commence. But basically all I could do was laugh. It was just so disgusting and stupid on my part. I can understand if you don't want to come and read this blog anymore.

Anyway. Last night Annabel got a pretty high fever in the night and didn't sleep much at all. And, of course, neither did we. She was in no condition to go to school today so home she stayed. So I'm trying to get some work done in between giving medicine, getting blankies, and changing The Amanda Show DVDs.

Hopefully things Annie's condition will improve tomorrow. I know Jake's Martin Luther King, Jr Day situation will improve by tomorrow.

Posted by aellis at January 17, 2005 01:41 PM


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