Ok, I kid you not, W just fell back asleep.  She had a short nap – under an hour, so I put her to bed early and she fell asleep fine around 6:30pm.  Since then, she’s woken up three times, and unfortunately, the last one lasted for 3.5 hours. 

Around 9:30 pm, I took W into the shower to steam her. She was coughing so much it made her gag every time. Then she started burning up again so I gave her Motrin. But then she threw that up from coughing.  So M wiped her down to cool her but unfortunately that woke her up completely. So she has been wide awake up until about 10 min ago.  

I’m exhausted. 

Then, M comes in and tells me that V is burning up and so now he has to go sleep in her bed.  It has been non stop since the start of the week. I’m so drained.  Now I’m dreading going back to work.  What if it takes W even longer to get better? I was hoping she could go back to daycare on Monday.  Now I don’t know anymore. 

We also just found out today that all my siblings have planned lunch at my moms to celebrate my birthday tomorrow.  Talk about last minute notice. So that’s not going to happen for sure since We’ve got two sick kids. 

I’m going to try and sleep now.  I had to wear W in the Tula this time so I’m going to take her out now and go to sleep.  


Last Man Standing 

This happens all the time.  Whenever winter break comes, so do the illnesses.  I’m currently living with three coughing little people and one achy adult.  

It started with V getting a fever the week before the break. Then a few days later, she has a cough.  V loves to snuggle her little sister so naturally, W got the cough, too.  Then, on Monday, Z came down with a high fever.  He even went upstairs to crawl into his bed to sleep on his own. (That never happens.) 

It turns out, they all have some version of the flu.  Z was complaining of congestion in his noise and unable to breathe.  His fever was short-lived, thank goodness.  W, on the other hand, is also teething. That, plus the coughing.  

As I sit and write this post, M is trying to keep himself together.  He is suffering from indigestion, as well as the cold.  He woke up with aches and a sore throat. Thank goodness the sore throat is gone.  

I just hope this does not take over the entire break.  Otherwise it would suck.  We’ve been home for two days now since the kids have been sick. I’m hoping to get out later this week with them.  

I’m the only one who’s healthy.   I hope it stays this way. It would be rough if I was sick too.  

Sick Day

I don’t know about anyone else, but when one of three kids gets sick, instead of empathizing, the other one just feels unfairness.  That the sick one gets to stay home and watch tv or play on a device all day. 

To be honest I woke up with a headache and was sort of dreading having V home.   W ended up sleeping for 1:20 on her own and I got to cuddle with V for a little.  I let her play Todo Math and Alphabear on my phone while I closed my eyes here and there.  I also got to shower and she took a bath.  

When W woke, I did some light vacuuming and tidying upstairs while V got dressed.  We had lunch and was about to leave for a stroll to the mall when Michael pulled up with his coworker.  It was good that he did because the bugged stroller was way easier to use in the snow. 

We went to the library for a bit and took out a pile of books.  V found 4 Pinkalicious books and 3 Fancy Nancy ones.   It was very sweet of her to think of Z. W was busy cruising and saying hi to other library patrons. Occasionally she would pull out some books. 

After we got home from the mall we got ready for Ws nap. It took a little longer for her to settle this time.  V was in her bed doing quiet activities. We ended up reading 4 of the books from the library during Ws nap.  Unfortunately it was a short one – 35 min.  

I wore W in the Tula on my back just so she’d be with us and safe. V helped me mix the chocolate chip cookie batter.  We used the toaster oven to bake them.  They turned out well except the edges browned quicker than the rest of the cookies.  

While the cookies baked I let the girls watch tv and have a snack. I was preparing dinner at this time and waiting for Michael to come home.  

And yes highlight of the day is W walking on her own. 

A Day in the Life 

Toronto got a heavy snowfall yesterday.  And all night it kept falling until this morning.  Michael had to go shovel about 15 cm of snow altogether.  It looked pretty though. 

I packed up the girls in their snowsuit and into the car.  Even W was in her own.  About 5 min into the drive, W started complaining.  I thought it would be short-lived.  But every time I glanced in the baby mirror, I’d see her getting more and more agitated.  I had to take her into the school and nurse her to calm her down. Her hair was drenched in sweat. Poor thing.  So on the way home I stripped her off the snowsuit.  She was much happier. 

While W was napping, I sat down to have a snack.  There were other things to do but I chose to just relax.  No sooner than 20 min after I sat down, I got a phone call from Violet’s school.  She had a fever of 101F. I needed to come pick her up.  Great.  Then 10 min later the baby was up.  

So in the car I go again with the baby.  Michael tells me to make an appointment for V to see her doctor.  So I do.  I got a cancellation for 12:30 pm.  I take the girls to Congee Wong.  Of course I’m the only one who ended up eating.  (V just didn’t have the appetite.  She ate a small amount.  And W was just too distracted by the Xmas ornaments everywhere to eat.  

Off we went to the doctor.  We were doing good time with 30 min to spare. We still needed to find parking at the lot as it’s always so busy there.  Then as I was taking W out of her carseat I noticed a familiar smell.  Horror struck me as I realized that I didn’t have wipes or any diaper!

I had left in such a hurry that I forgot to grab the diaper bag.  I thought to myself, “Don’t panic.  There’s a pharmacy. I’m sure I can buy diapers and wipes there.” Sure enough I was able to obtain what I needed. $30 later for a small pack of pampers and a pack of wipes.  Convenience is expensive.  

The appointment itself lasted much shorter than the wait time. V did have the fever alright.  Too early to tell what it is though.  So I was advised to give her Tylenol and lots of fluids and rest. I really didn’t need to be there. 

Finally we are home.  I decided to feed W now that she’s not distracted.  V sees me feeding her congee  and asks for a bowl as well.  We head upstairs to get ready for a nap after.  I was looking forward to it so much.  V falls asleep without a hitch.  I place W in her crib and laid down as well.  I felt at peace for a moment that the girls were asleep. Then V woke up.  Darn. 

It appears that V was in a good mood.  She was tapping on the blanket and so I gently reminded her to not wake the baby.  Then she started to complain about something in her mouth hurting.  It was very vague and then she freaked out and started crying hard.  That was the end of Ws nap – 40 min.  Two short naps for the baby. Not good.  I still had to survive the afternoon. 

So we head downstairs and I let V watch some tv and have a snack. Just so I can get a break.  Now I’m lying On the couch typing this and feeling exhausted.  I can’t wait to close my eyes.