Monday, October 8, 2012

In sickness and in health

It is so painful to watch a child suffer when all I can do is offer a bucket. 

Alyssa has been sick with a stomach virus for 5 days thus far. Friday was pretty scary as she was dehydrated and lethargic. Thankfully our pediatrician gave us World Heath Organization Rehydrating Salt packets to add into juice/water. They took us over that hump and kept us out of the hospital.

While she is still sick, she is slowly getting better, but not over the vomiting. 

It's hard to watch your child helplessly. For all the grumbling we do when they are loud and talk to much, we miss it when they aren't their usual bouncy selves. And then there is the sibling to consider. 

Typically Samantha is the one who ends up with serious medical issues and Alyssa is often left feeling like she needs attention. This time the tables are turned and Samantha is able to vocalize how she feels. 

Yesterday, Samantha broke down and begged to be alone with me for just a little while--to have my undivided attention. So we went to Target. Not the ideal 1 on 1 but we still weren't sure how Alyssa was doing. I felt so bad for Samantha. I know how neglected she must feel and someday she'll have to balance being a mom and dealing with a sick child. But for now, I'll do what I can to help her from feeling sad and neglected. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tea Time

After trashing our old, half-melted tea kettle, I decided it was time for an electric one. Al and I used one in England many a year ago and really liked it. But I just felt like it was another appliance!

I then realized that I hate having a tea kettle always one the stove so why not an electric one. My kids are old enough to know they are not to touch it so I feel okay about it.

I bought one last week and have since made iced tea hot tea every day since. And it takes only a few minutes to boil 7+cups.