We are dealing with a nasty chest cold in my house. It started with my three-year-old, Ginny. She kept us up one night, a week and a half ago, coughing. My husband and I had problems sleeping because we worried that she would stop breathing. The next morning, we called the doctor’s office to see if there was medicine we could give her. (Naturally, all children’s cough medicines say not to give to a child age 4 or younger.) The doctor’s nurse called us back and told us what we could use. Relief! From that night forward, Ginny has slept better and her cough is almost gone.
Wouldn’t you know it? That little stinker passed that dang virus on to me. I’m struggling to sleep at night because my cough is keeping me awake. Looks like I need to take the cough medicine as well for relief. Not only do I have a cough, but my chest congestion is making breathing a challenge today. I’ll manage, somehow.
Despite us all not being at our healthiest, we have been busy the last few days. My parents, globetrotters that they are, have been on a trip taking them from their home in Florida, up to Canada, over to North Dakota, and down to our home for a brief visit.
My girls loved the attention they got from Grandma and Grandpa. My parents took them for walks in the morning, played with them, read to them, and gave them lots of cuddles. Each morning, Ginny and Grace looked forward to waking up and starting their day with them. On Friday, we went down to St. Louis and explored the zoo, followed by a trip to Ted Drewes for the world’s best frozen custard. (You can read my dad’s account of that day here.) The girls and my parents had a great time! Most of our time together, though, was spent around the house or on our back deck enjoying the beautiful weather. Today, my parents left to continue their trip before heading home. When we told Ginny that Grandma and Grandpa were leaving, she immediately asked, “Why?” We explained that they needed to go home. Her response? “Why?” I told her that they missed their house. Ginny gave me a look that basically said, “I don’t believe a word you’re saying.”
I imagine that the next couple of days will be difficult at home without my parents. Ginny and Grace will miss them and the extra attention they received. I need to remind myself of this before pulling out my hair when they (okay, mainly Ginny) acts out in frustration.
Now, on to a recap of this crazy week:
My Writing Around the Web:
Our Loss I wrote about how I felt after my fourth miscarriage in June.
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up I know I’m 42, but I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.
Pizza Pasta This pasta dish, made in a slow cooker, tastes amazing! The kids love it, too!
My Messy House Am I the only one who struggles to keep the house clean with little ones in it?
Not-to-Miss Articles from Around the Web
I hope you take the time to check out these great articles and blog posts!
The Tax Break NO Blogger Gets If you are a blogger, you might appreciate this article about how companies try to take advantage of bloggers’ services without paying them.
45 Kids Meeting Their Siblings for the First Time I’ve never put a BuzzFeed post on my recap before, but the pictures are priceless! I had to do it!
Oh You Can’t Speak to a Brotha? Great piece of writing discussing the harassment some women face just walking in the city on their way to work, particularly Black women.