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I Wish It Was Just Hives
Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Maddie stayed home yesterday – but not because of her hives.

No, I treated Maddie with some of my natural remedies Monday night, and Brian and Cora said extra prayers for the girl, and Tuesday morning Maddie was hive-free. After the doctor had told us it’d be two weeks before the hives went away.

Unfortunately, Maddie DID wake up with severe stomach cramps –so strong that she couldn’t stand up.

Maddie had mentioned her stomach cramps to the doc on Monday, who had said they could be part of the flu reaction working its way out of every system. And I clung to that hope all day yesterday –right up to the point that Maddie started throwing up.

Looks like the stomach bug has also hit our house.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Maddie came into our bedroom late Sunday night complaining of being itchy all over. Myself being sleepy all over, I told her to climb in bed with me and go back to sleep.

Monday morning she woke up looking like she had little bug bites across her trunk. Unsure as to whether or not it was bites or an allergic reaction, but not seeing anything severely wrong, I sent Maddie off to school with crossed fingers.

By the time Maddie came home after school, the poor girl had giant hives – I mean, a single hive four inches across – in her armpits, across her chest and back, down her legs, and starting onto her neck. Pretty certain by this time that it was a reaction of some kind rather than bites, but wanting to be sure, I took Maddie straight to my dermatologist to get an expert’s opinion.

The verdict? An allergic reaction to her flu shot.

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. . . And We're Off And Running
Monday, 06 January 2014

Yes, I took an entire two weeks off of writing, so if you’re still with me you’re a true friend. And honestly, there were several times when I had the urge to sit down at the keyboard and type out a story – some incredibly cute thing my kid had said, or insanely profound thought I’d just had on parenting. And promptly forgot.

But I resisted that urge, partly out of laziness and partly as an intentional stepping away from everything non-essential in my life for a couple weeks. I’ve had an intense two weeks nesting with my family, and have resisted anything resembling closet re-organizing or long-term projects around the house, trading that in for another round of UNO with the girls.

We’ve had a great two weeks and I won’t say I’m not sad that the girls are going back, because I’d be lying. I love those little monkeys and wish we could hang around and read books and explore together all day long. But realistically, that won’t pay the bills and CPSC would be breathing down my neck pretty dang fast about the astounding lack of math in my “unschooling curriculum”.

So it’s back to the school routine we go, all of us (temporarily) sated from lots of sleep and snuggles.

Only two and a half months to spring break . . .

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Christmas Breeeeeaaaaaak, Baby
Friday, 20 December 2013

Yeah, you heard me.

Today is Pajama Read-In Day at school, which means the kids come in pjs and bring books and basically read all day. Some might call that a prison sentence, but my kids call that Christmas Come Early.

We’ve got PJ Day today, then we’re Christmas caroling in the neighborhood in a years-long tradition with friends, then we’re going to see Nutcracker on Saturday, then Santa on Sunday, then . . .

You get the picture.

We’re diving in deep and about to have a BLAST.

Bring it!

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It's The Most Wonderful Day of the Year
Thursday, 19 December 2013

Yes, it’s that time again. We’ve been building up to it all year long, and to say that I’ve been looking forward to it for the past 360-odd days would be an understatement. All year long, I’ve been dreaming of this moment, this wonderful day when I wake up and say, “Today is the day!” and leap out of bed with excitement.

No, it’s not Christmas.

It’s the day the cleaning lady comes.

ONE DAY a year, we hire a cleaning lady to go over our house top to bottom. She comes early in the morning, and doesn’t leave until dinner time. She cleans the baseboards. She washes the windows. She cleans all the ceiling fans. Well.

In short, she does all the stuff I’m supposed to do, probably more than once a year.

And on that one glorious day, I get to be in a beautiful, sparkling house. Everything’s put away, surfaces are spotless, and it just smells clean. And then I wake up the next morning and come downstairs and I swear to you, it’s better than Christmas to see the gleaming kitchen and pristine living room.

Sure, the kids will be up and breakfast will explode the kitchen and soon books will litter the living room once more, but for those few quiet moments, I get to pretend that this is how I really live.

It’s a good thing.

So today is the day – my best friend, the nice lady who remembers to put me on her calendar every year, will be showing up after school drop-off.

The sound you hear tonight will be my sigh of contentment.

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