OBSERVATIONS FROM AN ALL NIGHTER

We pulled an all-nighter this week. It took 32 months, but we finally got hit with a stomach bug. The night started normally, but went to hell in a hand basket at 10:30 when I heard Grant crying and discovered he’d thrown up in his crib. The laundry brigade and disinfection efforts began as we entered the realm of the sleepless.
A few things I discovered during this trial:
• Grant didn’t seem fazed by his illness. Aside from the moments he was actually throwing up, he was up and running around as if nothing was wrong. At one point he was wearing only a diaper and his winter hat and throwing the football with Maria.
• My kids will not fall asleep while watching TV. Because I didn’t want to put him back in his crib until we went a reasonable time without throwing up I created a bed in the living room and tried to get both to settle down with an episode of Dora. I figured we’d all fall asleep in the living room and at least get a little rest. This was not the case. Even after an hour long episode, both were wide eyed and ready for more…at 3:00 in the morning.
• Monkey see, Monkey do. Maria wanted to be sick, so she declared she didn’t feel good either, although I was relatively certain she was fine. She even went so far as to try to throw up in the trashcan in the bathroom. By try I mean she stood over it for about 10 seconds, then asked for an M&M, which is what happens with they go to the bathroom on the potty, or in her case try to use the potty.
• Soiled security blankets and stuffed animals will be met with much questioning and concern while being washed. Jeremy actually took a phone call from Bear who stated he was at the store. Jeremy made a 2:00 a.m. trip to Meijer for more laundry detergent and Lysol and was met with “where’s Bear” when he walked through the front door. Jeremy replied that Bear was now at the spa. Bear finally made it through the wash and Grant could finally rest.
• Going to be at 3:30 in the morning does not mean sleeping late. In fact they woke at 8:00 and didn’t take a nap until a painful 2:00 in the afternoon. Jeremy says this is evidence that kids are defective.
I prayerfully hope that this thing is really behind us and we’ll remain healthy through the rest of the Holidays.

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