It was the last day of term today, although we’re not having the best start to the holidays. I was called up to school yesterday afternoon because Soren had thrown up on the playground, so I brought him home and he threw up periodically from then until bedtime. At first I thought my nausea was just because cleaning up after Soren was so disgusting (he puked into a bucket, but I had to empty it and rinse it out for him, and he also had ‘sick poop’, as he so delicately put it) but no…a couple of hours later I was lying on my bed with my head in a bucket too.
It was the first time where Troy being at work so far has away has really had a negative impact. I couldn’t move too far from the bathroom, but Emma had gone to a friend’s house after school and I was supposed to pick her up and take her to hockey training, which was just not going to happen. Even if I’d called Troy and asked him to come home early the first time I’d thrown up, he was still two and half hours away and that was no use to me at all. In the end I texted Emma and told her she’d just have to walk home and skip hockey training, and I just kept helping Soren when he needed it and throwing up myself after that.
At least the big kids can be somewhat self sufficient if the occasion calls for it though, and were able to just go into the pantry and make themselves all noodles or spaghetti or whatever for their dinner, all without any assistance from me. This scenario, of me being sick and Troy being at work, was actually one of the things we talked about when we were considering this move, and the kids being older is really what makes it possible. Since they can take care of themselves with some oversight, we can manage even if Troy is unable to swoop in and take over when we’d like.
Soren went to bed and slept all night, so he felt a lot better today. I was sick later into the night, and then spent the rest of it sweating and shivering and my whole body aching too much to go to sleep, so although the vomiting stopped I still didn’t feel great. I was half expecting someone else to be sick, but the other kids and Troy were all still good.
For whatever reason Nicholai had yesterday and today off school, and Emma had today off, so with Soren staying home sick Jericho was the only one getting dressed and heading off to school this morning. He made no secret of his displeasure over this fact – in fact he was quite beside himself over the thought that the others were going to stay home and play on the computer (which Soren wasn’t even going to do, you don’t get electronic time on sick days!) or get something that he wouldn’t get. But rules are rules and off he went. It was the last day of term though, so he finished at 1.30 and they had activities all day anyway, so it wasn’t like he was being sent off to the salt mines.
Soren gradually ate more as the day went on, and perked up a lot. He watched a dvd and did some drawing, and made a cubbyhouse out of cardboard for Sebastian the lizard. He also moaned about not being allowed to play on the ipad and being bored, which doesn’t bode well for the holidays.
I spent most of the day just lying around doing absolutely nothing. I assembled two chairs this afternoon (I got all the staining done yesterday, before I was struck down), but then I had to go and lie down and rest. It was lovely to be sitting outside for a bit though, the weather was so beautiful here today – we actually turned off our heating and opened up the glass doors to the deck and just had the screen dors for some fresh air.
Emma has spent the last two days being a social butterfly – she texted me yesterday to ask if she could go to some guy’s house after school with a bunch of friends, which we said she could. She had a lot of fun, and then he texted her today and invited her to come back over, so she spent most of the day off being sociable. It’s all very sudden though – this is the first really independent teenage socialising for any of my children, and I guess it’s kind of caught me on the hop. Troy and I are going to have to talk with each other, and then with the kids, about what our rules are going to be, and what we expect from the children.