Final update- WE'RE ALL BETTER! 7 days of a stomach virus has left everyone in the house much thinner. Except me. I am the only person on this earth who could get a 7 day stomach virus AND GAIN FIVE POUNDS. Welcome to my world, people! I'm a big ol freak.
Update: After a nasty scare yesterday where Avie's lips and hands turned blue, I'm pleased to report all is well and she's much, much, better. Sometime during yesterday's trauma, a crow landed on my left eye. I now have my first ever crow's foot. I told you these little ones age you! My only hope is that Avie grows up to be a best selling author and can buy me all the plastic surgery required to fix the damage!
I can't believe I haven't gotten a comment from some idiot saying, "You sure complain about being a mom a lot. You must not like motherhood at all." I've been bracing myself for that since I started writing about the darker side of motherhood. I know my regular readers get it. You know motherhood is complicated. But there's always going to be that one person who stumbles on a blog due to a google search, reads a few lines, and feel compelled to go off without thinking. Yeah, I dislike motherhood. That's why I adopted a baby when I had a four month old and a three year old.
I write about the bad because I wish someone had told me about the bad when I was pregnant with Boo. I had no idea. I was the baby of the family. I didn't grow up around little kids. I was the little kid. And as an adult, I didn't hang out with people who had kids. I knew nothing about being a parent when I became one. And since it took so long to become one, I had turned motherhood into a fantasy world. Me in a white dress, running through a field of daisies with my gorgeous little girls in their white dresses, our hair blowing in the delicate breeze. Sunshine. Happiness. 24/7.
I'm not a stupid woman. I just live in a different world than most. Reality is not something I''m fond of embracing. I spend a lot of time inside my head. It's fun in there.
I always wondered why the parents of young children look so... old. Now I know. Those little ankle biters can take years off your life in a matter of seconds. Like my little Avie did today. Oh that Avie. Here's how Avie and I are alike. She's dreamy just like me. She's the flower child kind of dreamy, living in her happy world of sunshine and clouds and dollies and cookies. Such a sweetie, that Av.
It was 8am and Avie had been in bed since 7pm the night before. I went to wake her up and she just wouldn't wake up. I picked her up and she looked at me, then flopped against me. I forced her to take a few drinks of water, then put her back to bed, thinking she just needed to catch up on sleep from being sick.
Mom came to watch her while I took the other two to the Science Center. On Field Trip Friday? How desperate was I to get out of the house? And let me just say having two kids- how easy was that! Two kids is nuthin. I could do it with my hands tied behind my back and on heroin.
Shhhh calm down. That's just an expression. I wouldn't think of having my hands tied if I was on heroin.
We get home about Noon and Avie is still asleep. I was livid with my mom for not calling me as I raced to her room to make sure she was still alive. Same scenario as the morning. A floppy little baby who just wanted to sleep.
I raced to the phone to call her DR and was told to come right in, as the DR is right down the street. When the DR walked in, Avie didn't scream in fear as she normally does. Instead, she remained floppy while being examined, then pointed at a book and said, "Buh." The doctor suspects Avie has Rotavirus. That would explain why our entire family was so sick for 7 days. Rotavirus releases a toxin that makes little ones floppy like rag dolls. Hence, why Miss Boo slept for a solid day straight when she was at her worst. Hence, why I could barely walk from the bedroom to the bathroom. Rotavirus is nasty nasty nasty.
We are to wake Avie up every few hours for liquids, which she gladly takes. Avie is well hydrated, which is the most important. If she continues to be this way over the weekend, off to the hospital we go.
Time to wake her for more liquids. I'll update over the weekend.