Sunday, September 27, 2009

Take one down, pass it around...

Viruses that is! Last Sunday, Jack started running 103+ fever. He stayed sick for two days with high fever and very cranky. Flu and Strep tests were negative, the doctor said a 48 virus was going around. Tuesday afternoon, Katie comes down with it. Same symptoms...sudden onset of high fever, cranky. Thursday afternoon, Keith comes home from hunting with guessed it, fever but he excluded the cranky for my sake. :) I had to take Charlie in that afternoon for his 6 year old well check. As we were waiting in the waiting room, he snuggled up in my lap. Hmm, he feels a little warm. Yep, another one down. He was running 102.8 and in no mood for a well check, let me tell ya! Don't ask a kid with a raging fever what shape he sees on the chart with one eye covered, or if he can stand on one foot and touch his nose. It doesn't go well. They did a flu test on him just to be sure, but I felt certain it would be negative and it was.

Friday, Keith said that his throat was killing him. He went in for a strep culture, which came back negative although he has all the symptoms. That night he starting telling me that his hands and feet were hurting. I started putting it all together and Dr. Mom has diagnosed this rampant virus as Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. Jack only got a few blisters, so I didn't think of it then. Katie didn't have any external blisters, but I'm thinking she had them in her mouth because she kept telling me, "My tongue hurts Mommy." Keith has more blisters, on his hand, feet, head and mouth.

This morning, we were finally fever free for over 24 hours, so we loaded up and went to church. (Keith stayed home because his feet and hands are still so sore.) After Sunday School, Will told me he was FREEZING! He had sat in SS with his knees tucked up under his shirt. We headed home and sure enough...102. I should have known better. No blisters or sore throat yet, but he says his head really hurts.

So I guess it's down to me, the lone survivor. The way I have it figured, it will hit me tomorrow night when Keith is back to work, Will is feeling better and I have all 4 kids by myself. 'Cuz ya know, that's just how it goes!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Charlie!!

Today my second born will turn 6 years old! I can hardly believe it! Charlie is one of the sweetest children I know. He loves people, animals and anything else he feels he can nurture. Charlie has the ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in the you and he have a special connection unlike anything he has with anyone else. I can't tell you how often people come up to me and say, "I think I have a new boyfriend." or "That little Charlie is the sweetest thing! He and I have really clicked."

Just 6 years ago today, I experienced my shortest and most pleasant labor and delivery. I sat staring in amazement at this dark-haired, big eyed, tan little bundle. At first, I wasn't sure that he could be mine. (He looked nothing like any of us.) But it didn't take 2 seconds for me to be hooked and to know that I loved him.

Charlie has always been my sensitive, caring, emotional one. He loves to tell a story and is so animated. He can't just tell you what happened, his whole body has to get involved, especially those big brown eyes. He can make you laugh without even trying. (Like the other night when Keith tooted and Charlie said, without missing a beat or looking up from his activity..."Good one, Dad!")

My sweet Charlie, I love you more than you'll ever know. You bring a smile to my face and a joy to my heart! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. I pray that He will make you His own soon and that your heart will be soft to Him. You are a blessing to our family.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Whew! What a weekend...

I got to go on another scrapbook retreat with my mom this weekend. We go to a place called Compass Centre outside of Hillsboro. We've been going there for a few years now and it's always a treat. This year, I was able to go on Thursday-Sunday. I usually get about 45 pages done in the weekend, but this weekend I was able to crank out 69!!! I couldn't believe it! I guess I just got in the groove...that and I got VERY little sleep. I averaged about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. A HUGE thanks to my spectacular hubby for taking over with the kids and letting me go. It was a much needed break and productive at the same time. Anybody want to come with me when we go in March?

As I was packing up to head home on Sunday, Keith called to let me know that Jack had spiked a fever and was running 103. He didn't sleep much Sunday night and didn't nap well Monday, so I decided to take him in just in case. All the tests came back clear. Turns out there is a 48 hour virus going around that runs a high fever. He is back to his old self today, except for getting all 4 molars at once. But tonight Katie Beth started running 103. Hopefully she will sleep tonight, but I did get a cat nap in today if I'm in for another all nighter. Now if we can just keep the germs contained!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

First day of School

Today was the first day of school. I can't believe that Will is now in second grade. He got right up this morning, got dressed, and started making his lunch without me saying a word. I think he was waiting for the clock to say 7:00 so he could hop up and was ready to go out the door by 7:20. (We didn't have to leave until 8:00.) He likes his teacher and has 14 kids in his class. He's really excited that our new school property has a playground and said that was his favorite thing about school today.

In many ways, it was an even bigger day for Charlie. Not only was it his first day of kindergarten, it was also our first day of homeschooling. Although I was very apprehensive going into it, today went MUCH better than I could have imagined. The Lord gave us grace and it FAR exceeded anything I thought possible. We got started about 8:45am at 8:52am we were into our first discipline issue. I knew it wouldn't take long and was prepared. I gave him a few chances to obey, then we went the paddle. We went back to working, still no compliance, so thankfully the principal was in his office, so he was able to intervene. After that, it was pretty smooth sailing. I think he even started to enjoy it by the end. We took a 30 recess/snack time and we still were done by 10:45am. I am hoping to get everything down to 90 minutes or less, but it will just take time.

I really had prepared for the worse and had LOW expectations of how much we'd get done, but he did really well. As long as I'm not asking him to write anything, he's fine. Hopefully once I get our handwriting book, he will get more confident with his writing. They are also working on that in Occupational Therapy each week.