Friday, December 28, 2012

The More Things Change...

Through codeine cough syrup fueled haze I'm writing this intro to my post at Childworks today.  I wrote it before Christmas, so I'll give you the benefit of "looking into the future" here on my blog.

How'd Christmas go this year?  We had such high hopes...

And it went well, but...

I posted this in a group on Facebook and it should give you some context:

"Croup, flu, pink eye, and ear infection are:
A) rejected reindeer names in the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
B) members of the boy band "One Direction"
C) common childhood ailments
D) what the doctor says Lily is currently suffering from
E) Both C and D

Pick the answer that best fits our Family Christmas scenario."

Poor Lily was not herself.  I think we were afforded a glimpse into a "be careful what you wish for scenario".  Lily is usually so happy and spins and dances and babbles and smiles and you just wish she'd slow down for a minute and hop up on your lap and snuggle with you...until she's so sick and so sad and so lethargic that she finally does and even while you're holding her close and stroking her hair and whispering comforting words to her whimpered replies all you can think of is, "get better, little girl, I want you jumping and spinning and babbling again.  I want you off my lap and out of my arms and happy and healthy."

So much of any of the posts I write seems to return to perspective, and learning to appreciate it, and this Christmas certainly offered a glimpse of that.

Lily's still not herself.  She looks like a prize fighter, her left eye swollen by the pink eye, but she had more energy today, and slept better last night, but she's still got a ways to go.  Now, as Leslie and I slowly succumb to whatever germ cocktail she sneezed/coughed into our faces hourly over the past week, we just hope to get everyone healed before we all run out of vacation time!

It was still a very merry Christmas!

Emma acts as Lily's designated unwrapper


  1. Ugh, Jim, your house was hit by the evil sickness, too! NOT FAIR! No one should be sick at Christmas, no one! Hope you all feel better soon!

  2. Hope you all get better... and jumping and spinning and babbling to your hearts content. Happy new year.

  3. Oh no! Poor Lily...and everyone else who is battling the stupid germs. I hope you're all feeling better soon. Being sick SUCKS.

    1. It sucks hard. So far Emma is the only one escaping...and I PRAY that continues.

  4. Boo to all the sickness, but your quiz made me laugh and laugh. Now I feel guilty. I hope you feel bad about that. *disinfects the internet*

    1. the eye thing may be some sort of sinus dealie and they may want to xray her sinuses??

  5. May the goddess of healing land in your home and spread her love and healthiness hither and yon. Happy 2013.

  6. Hope you all feel better soon! My son also had a designated gift un-wrapper.

  7. Oh no! I hope Lily feels better and that you only catch 8 out of those 100 things she has.

  8. We had something similar - sinus infection from hell, as I have formally named it. My poor little boy spent most of Christmas lethargic, hanging out on mine or my husband's lap,coughing constantly, sleeping lousy at night and falling asleep out of nowhere during the day. But he did really enjoy his presents, at least, and was fairly pleasant- and that was an improvement over last year. Last year, his Christmas present from the germ fairy was bronchialitis, sinus infection, ear infection & a slight case of pneumonia - all at once. I'm hoping that for Christmas 2013, the germ fairy decides to skip our house.
    After all, kids shouldn't be sick for Christmas. Glad that you did manage to have some good times around it all.