The New Year with a bang

My sweet Cadrian woke up on New Year’s Day with a terrible croupy cough. And it’s just gotten worse from there. Some one or several people have been lying around; coughing, whining, aching, crying, and being feverish since then. I have been pretty stalwart but now the baby is sick too. She can’t nurse lying down anymore because she can’t breathe through her nose. And then she can’t sleep. And then I can’t sleep.

That’s no way to spend your fifth month birthday!
And not getting any sleep at night makes it very challenging to care for my little ones with love and patience. Especially  if when they whine.
 But thankfully, as I am reminded in Philippians,  
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
We’ve run out of sovereign silver and already had to restock the children’s ibprofen. We’re doling out Vitamin C like candy. I’ve given up on laundry or doing anything other than holding my small ones. We’re forcing honey and liquids down people’s throats and slathering coconut oil and Mother’s Love on cracked lips and chapped pink cheeks.

 Homemade chicken noodle soup and eggs are about all we’ve had to eat for 9 days.  Everyone smells like eucalyptus and tea tree oil. The piles of tissues certain people make despite the trash can being right there are disturbing. The Nose Frida, incidentally is a brilliant invention. The gross factor is minimal with the baby; with the two year old on the other hand, *shudders*.

Soon, we’ll be back to normal. I am so thankful I don’t live in an era when I feared death with every cough, when I can just sit back and hold babes without having to stoke the fire or empty the chamber pot or butcher a chicken. I am thankful the vomiting has been nearly non-existent. I can handle almost anything but vomiting. And whining.

Soon we’ll be back to normal. Soon.

3 thoughts on “The New Year with a bang

  1. I'm catching up on your blog right now after pulling an all-nighter with two sick kiddos… including a long, double date with the 7 week-old and the beloved (by me – hated by her) nosefrida. WAY better than the blue sucky ball thingy.

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