Sigh.  Where to start?!?  It’s been awhile since I sat down to write and ponder what’s been going on in our lives, so, I guess, this post will be a bit of a hodgepodge as these last couple of weeks have just rushed on by…

Well, last week was Christian’s spring break.  It was a struggle.  From a former-teacher’s standpoint, I understand the NEED for a spring break.  From Christian’s standpoint, I wish there was NEVER a break from school.  Our routine get SO messed up that it’s hard to get anything done.  It’s hard for Christian to stay dressed.  It’s hard to keep the peace between siblings.  It’s hard to keep my patience and sanity.  It’s hard to find something to do that pleases both kids.  It’s hard to keep up with the toileting issues that always rear their ugly heads anytime a major routine change happens, such as a LONG break from school.  Sigh.  We did manage to move a few of Christian’s therapy shifts earlier to help eat up some of the length of his days.  The kids and I went to visit my parents 45-minutes away and made animals at Build-A-Bear Workshop for their early birthday gifts from Grandma and Grandpa.  Christian was a little overwhelmed with all of the choices at the store, so I started making executive decisions for him, which turned out fine in the end.  (Especially when we got home and I realized that he wasn’t playing with his animal because I had put jammies on it.  Come on, Mama, animals don’t wear jammies!  I took them off the dog and then Christian LOVED his puppy!! 🙂 )  Liv got really shy there.  She refused to interact with the ladies in the store, but she knew what she wanted and found a Hello Kitty and dressed it in Hello Kitty jammies.  Yeah, she LOVED it!  🙂  Liv then stayed at Grandma & Grandpa’s overnight.  Her first night EVER away from us.  She did great!  She did so well in fact that she didn’t want to come home the next day.  😉  Who can blame her???  She had TWO WHOLE people’s undivided attention!  She certainly doesn’t get that around here.  Liv is looking forward to the next time that she gets to do that!  🙂  Oh, and the weather last week was BEAUTIFUL!  I couldn’t have ordered better weather.  It was warm.  It was sunny.  We were able to spend time outside.  🙂  (I just had to keep an eye on my little nudist.  He’d run out there with his clothes on and a minute later he’d be running laps in the yard TOTALLY in the buff, losing his clothes somewhere under the slide all while the neighbors were outside eating their supper.  Sigh.)  Christian started refusing to use his words towards the end of the week making it extremely hard to communicate effectively.  One of Brian’s grandmas broke her leg and ended up needing surgery.  (It went OK.  She is still recovering at the hospital.)  We had an Easter egg hunt with the kids in our living room on Saturday (since we were going to be gone most of the day on Sunday).  They had a blast.  Then we celebrated Liv’s Golden Easter Birthday here on Saturday, too.  She was excited!  🙂  Gifts, pizza, some soda, cake, playing with Neighbor Girl…Liv was a happy girl.  On Sunday, we rushed out the door after Brian was done milking to get to church.  We got there a few minutes late and didn’t get to sit in our usual spot.  Sigh.  Christian did OK, but struggled after 20 minutes.  And as pretty as Easter lilies are, they make me nauseated and headachy as I am very allergic to them.  We ended up leaving the service as communion started as wrestling Christian was getting harder and he was starting to “wet-noodle.”  We wanted to get out before he started his angry screams with hitting.  So, back on the road to my parents for the day.  I brought C’s jammies as I figured was better to have him wearing the jammies than streaking around all day in his underwear (or less).  I was happy that I thought of that before we left the house.  Liv enjoyed playing with her cousins, and celebrating Easter, and being the “Birthday Princess Flower Girl” for the day.  I enjoyed seeing my family and chatting a bit.  And it was nice to have some extra help in the backyard when everyone went out.  I stood on one end of the yard while the other end was guarded by other family members.  Thank you!  We only lost C once when he stealthily snuck through the house without making a sound.  Thankfully I found him hiding in the back of one of the cars in the garage inside of running down the street!  😉  After awhile, C wanted to snuggle with me in the dark, quiet basement, so I obliged.  We fell asleep just before supper, so when Brian woke me we decided to just let Christian sleep since he was tired enough to be napping and couldn’t eat anything that the rest of us were having for supper anyway.  Well, perhaps that was a mistake on my part.  I woke him a 1/2-hour later and then couldn’t get him to settle down once we got back home.  One day I’ll learn my lesson.  😉  I was a little nervous on Monday morning about getting back INTO our routine.  C wrestled me a bit getting into his clothes, but as soon as we pulled into the parking lot at school, he giggled.  He smiled.  He did his happy dance and then ran and galloped while “happy singing” all the way up to the school doors!  Amazing!  He was SO happy to be back!  🙂  (And I couldn’t have been happier for him, either.)  Therapy went well on Monday afternoon.  All back to routine!  🙂  Liv spent most of the day playing-up her Diva attitude while I attempted to pick-up the house and run errands.  Then she and Neighbor Girl played a LOT, which is wonderful, but they were also fighting and Neighbor Girl asks a LOT of questions.  More than Olivia does.  I didn’t know that was humanly possible.  And C went back to having accidents in the basement after his therapist left.  I was a bit frazzled.  (OK, that’s an understatment.)  I was ready to have everyone turn in for the night, so I could have some quiet solitude.  I basked in it before bed.  It was lovely. 🙂  Unfortunately, 1:30 rolled around with a wetting accident in one room, so I immediately started laundry.  2:30 started vomiting in the other, which continued for the next few hours.  5:30 came with a cry about the couch being peed on and then the vomiting started again.  Then I started not to feel so well.  Some of that just stemmed from major sleep-deprivation and having dealt with the middle of the night pukes.  I happily accepted Brian’s offer of taking Olivia to the store with him while he was home over his break.  Yes, I would rest with Christian.  And we did.  For 15 minutes.  Then I heard THAT sound.  Then I was covered in THAT stuff.  Eww…that didn’t help me feel any better.  😦  Poor C.  As I was getting myself out of my icky clothes, my phone rings.  C’s senior therapists.  Yes, we will cancel therapy today.  Thankfully, she was nice enough to come and stay with C for a couple of hours while ran to the store to buy additional carpet cleaning supplies.  I had used a week’s worth in 12 hours!  Oh, and she brought me Starbucks! 🙂  Thank you, AZ!  That really made my day!  🙂  Liv and Brian headed out to a Brewer game with some of his family after milking, which was fine with me.  I really just wanted to rest.  (And so did C.)  And that’s what we did.  I kept Christian home yesterday, too.  He just wasn’t himself yet.  I’m glad I made that decision even though that meant that I had to miss meeting up with a friend.  😦  (SM, I hope we can make it work out sometime soon!)  Liv was bored, but such is life some days, right?!?  But, today…Today Christian was back to his normal Christian-self.  He fought me getting dressed, (I mean, REALLY fought me!) but we finally managed to get out the door, and into the car, and then the kids fought ALL the way to school, BUT as soon as we pulled into the parking lot Christian was happy! 🙂  SO HAPPY!  🙂  And I was glad, as I wasn’t sure how it would go, but he dragged me up to the school building.  Happy screaming.  Happy running.  Happy jumping.  Sigh [of relief!]  I’m so excited that he was happy to be back!  🙂  And now, I should get back to my Liv, who has been hanging on my arm for the last 20-minutes…  😉

Christian LOVES his "Kipper" from Build-A-Bear now that the jammies are off! 🙂

Liv with her "Hello Kitty." Yep, that's what she named it! 😉

I was so excited this morning.  I had put the garbage out in time to have the sanitation workers pick it up.  I had Christian dressed in time for the school bus this morning (with a “new” spring jacket on that he had never worn before), and early enough that the driver didn’t back down the driveway and take off as we were walking out of the house (like yesterday morning).  I had taken a walk around the yard and saw the robins hopping around and the tulips starting to poke out their sleepy heads.  I had time to make myself some real lemonade (yum) and slowly start to eat some breakfast…

…my phone rang…

…it was Christian’s teacher.  Christian threw-up on the bus.  Sigh.  Really?  He was more than fine this morning at home.  She needed me to come and pick him up immediately.  Sigh. 

So, I shoved the rest of my cereal down my throat, threw on a pair of jeans, loaded up Liv, and headed to school.

Christian has happily spelling and making his “happy noise” when we got there.  He sounded fine.  He looked fine.  But I had to take him home.

And now he’s running around the house — singing and dancing — I’m pretty convinced that he can make himself get sick on the bus on the days that he’s mad at me for making him ride.  He seems just fine right now.

Oh, man, and now he’s naked, just up from the basement.  Sigh.  That can only mean one thing…

So much for trying to “cure” my need for coffee.  I woke up crabby this morning.  I’m not sure why, but I just felt down right ornery.  I’m sure that it didn’t help that the kids got into 5 fighting matches within the first half-hour that we were awake.  That and I was a little scared as to how the morning would progress.  This was Christian’s first day back at school in SIX days.  (There was no school yesterday, then there was the weekend, and he was “sick” since Wed. last week.)  Six days off usually makes for a tough transition back.  I don’t want to sound negative, but I do want to be prepared (for battle).

I shouldn’t have worried, though, because it actually went pretty well.  With some wrestling, Christian got into his clothes.  He walked out to the bus by himself.  He even got on the bus by himself, even though there was a substitute driver today.  I would call this a BIG success for him (and me).  🙂

Brian actually came home in the middle of me getting Christian ready.  He’s not quite himself yet.  😦  My guess is that the kids & I were more violently ill, so we passed the yuck through our bodies more quickly.  Poor Brian has had this brewing since Saturday.  I hope that he feels better soon and that this day of rest (and the meds I picked up for him) will help!

Liv has been in a major “Diva mode” today.  Talking back.  Verbally arguing with me.  Requesting something and by the time she gets it, not wanting it anymore.  (sigh)  😦  But in the middle of all of her drama, as she watching a “Blue’s Clues” episode about Masterpieces, she walked into the kitchen and told me (with some attitude), “Mom, I’m a piece of work! “I thought to myself, “I can’t argue with that.”  Oh, she meant, “Masterpiece,” which she is, but today “piece of work” seemed just about right, too.  😉 

I’m just having one of those days, too, where I’m tired of being dragged around the house for Christian to bring me to what he wants.  Use your words, Buddy.  I know that they’re there!  Just use them, PLEASE!!!  I will get you what you want (well, within reason).  sigh.

And Christian’s come up with this new phrase for when he’s extremely frustrated OR overly excited — “A boom shocka boom.  A boom shocka boom.”  or “A blue soccer ball.  A blue soccer ball.”  Huh???  I’m not sure what exactly he’s saying.  Olivia was trying to tell me yesterday, but I couldn’t understand her “Olivian” either.  Hmm…I wonder how long this phrase will hang around?!?

OK, so this post is just some rambling, venting, “crabby me” stuff.  It’s the way my day seems to be.  Oh well.  I’m hoping that tomorrow isn’t SO crabby.  😉

OK, I’ve been trying to look on the “bright side” of getting so icky sick.  I think I’ve found one…

…Now would be the perfect time to nix my need for my daily (multiple) caffeine fix(es).  Seriously.  It was getting to be a bit too much between coffee and sofa and chocolate.  Now I haven’t consumed any since Friday afternoon.  I’m not really having any withdrawal symptoms, as I think those all worked through my body when I was before the throne.  I would probably feel much better (in the long run) if I wasn’t so dependant on these vices every day, especially when I start running/jogging.  And, besides, right now none of these things sound good to me anyway!

I’m excited to kick this habit now.  (And hope that it holds!)  🙂

OK.  We are all finally on the mend here.  We all managed to get some kind of stomach bug.  Yuck.

I managed to get Christian on the bus Wednesday morning, only to get the call that he had gotten sick on the bus.  (Again.)  I picked him up.  Got him home.  And he immediately started running and jumping and eating while running and jumping.  He seemed fine to me.  (I thought that I had traced the vomiting to a fermented bottle of grape juice that I had found hiding in the basement.)  So, I kept his therapy sessions for the afternoon.  Christian did fine.

However, an hour after the last shift, up came the contents of his tummy.  And again twenty minutes later.  And again.  And again for the next nine hours!  Eww… 😦  Poor guy! 

He (and I) finally fell into a deep sleep around 4:30 in the morning.  Liv woke me at 6.  Sigh.  Christian woke at 9:30 and seemed to be (mostly) out of the woods.  No more running to the bathroom.  Eventually he was able to keep down some 7-up and pretzels.  🙂 

He spent Thursday at home recovering.  We kept him home on Friday, too, because his class was taking a field trip to the swimming pool.  Christian is a notorious pool-water- drinker and I was concerned that the pool water would upset his system and end up having something from one end (or the other) in the pool.  I’m guessing the teachers and pool staff wouldn’t be too pleased.  So he hung out at home with us and had an afternoon therapy session.

Two hours later, Liv and I were taking turns losing our suppers.  Eww (again)… 😦  Every 15 minutes for the next nine hours.  Ick!  It was nasty!  (Let’s just say I will not be having anything with BBQ sauce or green peppers anytime soon!)  Liv and I finally fell asleep around 4am.  Christian woke me at 6:30, while Liv continued to sleep until 9:30.

Brian came home around that time and started his nine hours of illness.  😦  He and Liv took some good naps.  Christian let me snooze for a little awhile.  🙂 

Eventually we all ate something.  (Although, I have to say that my tummy wants me to be very cautious!)

I’m still feeling pretty weak today.  And contemplating when I will be able to get back out for my walks.  (I haven’t been out since Wednesday and I’m starting to feel like I could use to walk at least a mile.)  We’ll see.  Perhaps later today.

Now to catch up on all of the “sick laundry” and cleaning.  I’m hoping to get through a fair amount of that tomorrow as Christian has 3 therapy shifts (as he doesn’t have school).  I’m just thankful that we are all on the upswing and things didn’t get any worse!  (And I’m just happy to be getting more than 3 hours of sleep at a time again!  🙂 )

… Christian has a UTI.  A bad one and the start of an ear infection.  😦

He had his antibiotic shot.  😦  But should be feeling better by Noon tomorrow.  🙂  Which is great because we have Christmas with Brian’s family tomorrow night.

Now to see what our weather does…

Hmm…is Christian sick?  That is the question this morning. 😦

If I had to venture a guess, I would say he has a UTI.  Urgency.  Frequent trips to the bathroom without the ability to produce consistently.  Refusal to drink anything.  (Perhaps hurting when he pees?)  Hiding under the covers on his bed.  Wanting to snuggle instead of constantly running.  Feeling quite warm.  Etc.

Thankfully, I was able to schedule a doctor’s appointment for later in the day.  I hope that we will be able to find out what’s wrong before we leave the office.

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Perhaps she will be able to tell me, too, whether or not the ankle that has been bothering me for a week most likely has a stress fracture.  I’m pretty sure it is.  Bummer.  😦