this is not a complaining post. this is a real-life mama post.
my mama is wonderful, one of my best friends. probably my very best. okay, she is. there. anyways, she has come every Thursday (her only full day off work) for about a year & a half to keep the little girls to let me get out & do whatever i want to do--usually that entails not much. just getting out of the house, driving slowly, eating slowly. ya'll know how it is.
sad though, her health has been bad since before Christmas. so, she couldn't come on Thursdays for several months. until...yesterday! yay! God is healing her, and i was so excited for her to come and spend some good time with the girls. . and of course, i was excited to get out & about for a few hours. it's not that i haven't had any time whatsoever (thank you, in-laws & long weekend trips with the husband) but ya'll know how running around your home town by yourself is very needed. just to like, go to walmart alone (no, don't even say i have the option of waking up at 5am to go alone. not gonna happen).
so, as i was sipping a cappa-frappa-frozen-cino at Barnes 'n Noble and reading, what else, children's books. . my mom called to report Natalie threw up. sigh. so, home i went. we didn't realize how bad it was, or mom would have stayed longer (the husband is gone for 3 days right now for work). but, i found out very quickly how bad this sweet little virus was. she continued to puke for the next 6 hours. 7 times in 6 hours. isn't that...unhealthy for a 3-yr old??
boy did i pray over her like never before. so much so, that this morning she said Straw-Shortcake (doll) was sick and we needed to pray for her.
thankfully, she made it through the night and is on the mend today. and even more thankfully, the 19-month old is safe so far.
it's been interesting 'round here. i have so many fresh stains on my carpet, but i'm just looking at them, trying to find the energy to clean them. that'll come. like, tonight. the in-laws are coming tomorrow. Praise the Lord. seriously.
trying to keep the girls separated and not sharing germs has been interesting too. usually, if they have a cold, it's inevitable that they will share it so i don't bend over backwards to clorox the toilet seat, wipe door handles, not allow them to hug each other...but the past 24 hours i definitely have. i literally walked behind Natalie with a trash can (for puke, you know) and a can of Lysol for almost the entire evening last night.
but this, friends, is part of it. and i will look back one day, maybe if she's in college and sick as a dog with another nice little stomach virus, and think 'i really really want to take care of her right now.'
hopefully we're over the hump. i'm thankful for the rain today.