Crumby Nights and Cute Kids

January 24, 2006

I write this post after a long night of anger, frustration and sleep depravity. So bear with my jumbled thoughts and try to see what I am trying to say here.

To give a little background, my kids have been sick with a fever virus off and on for the past two weeks. So I have been up with sick children for days on end. I probably average about 5 hours of sleep per night and those hours are not continuous but broken up by crying children with matted eyes, stuffed noses and raging fevers. You get the picture.

So last night, I am at my wits end. I am exhausted and I have this urgent feeling of “get more sleep or someone’s going to get hurt!”. Evely’s fever had broke, Jaden is finally well and I’m excited to be getting into bed at 9:30 for a wonderful nights sleep. I had even taken a tylenol PM to ensure my blissful rest.

Probably at about 9:32, I am roused from my warm bed by the sound of vomit hitting the toilet and I get up to see Julian puking his poor guts up. He proceeds to puke off and on for the next few hours till midnight. Upon his last puke, the baby wakes up (from all the noise I am sure) and is AWAKE. I rock her, feed her, give her tylenol, slather her teething gums with medicine and put her back to bed. NO SUCH LUCK! She screams.

By this time my tylenol PM has kicked in full force and I am feeling like a mad lunatic that can’t focus. I keep going back to bed only to hear crying and I am just angry. Finally I wake Tom up and ask him to rock the baby because I am about to go get in the van and drive away. (I wasn’t kidding!) He willingly gets up and takes her. I lay down only to hear Jaden standing at his door knocking and crying. I about hit the roof!! I don’t really remember much about what happened after that. I only know that I went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t get to sleep until 2:30!! (Thanks, Hon, for rescuing me. Even though you had to get up for work at 5:00 am)

After all this complaining, I am still so thankful for my kids. At times like these cuteness still comes out of my children:

These pics were taken this morning after my horrible night. Don’t they look happy and well rested!


Look Mommy, I can medicate myself!

Here are some of the cute things they said in the middle of the night.

Julian says “Mom, I don’t think I should eat any more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have eaten one too many.”

Jaden being rocked by Tom keeps whispering something. Tom says “I love you, Jaden”. . . Jaden mumbles. . . Tom says “I love you Jaden”. . . Jaden mumbles. Finally Tom says “what are you saying?” Jaden takes Tom’s face in both his hands and says “Sshhh, be quiet!”

Evely learned to say “boo” in her little girly voice and plays peek-a-boo with Tom at 1:30 A.M.

While taking her bath in the kitchen sink (above), Evely heard Tom’s voice on our answering machine and said “Daddy, Daddy” Too cute!

I once heard someone say that God made babies cute so that we wouldn’t kill them. I think there is some great truth to that!! It is sort of morbid, but every parent who has had sick kids can understand that!



10 responses to Crumby Nights and Cute Kids

  1. I love your post! You poor tired girl; I hope you get lots of rest tonight.

    You’re kiddos look so sweet (and rested) in these pictures. Hope they are all well.

    God bless your rest!

  2. Thanks, Mary. It’s nice to have someone feel sorry for ya. :)

  3. Karen, I am so sorry. I HATE that run away feeling. I had it Friday night BAD!!!! Thankfully, those feelings are coming fewer and farther between. Probably because I sleep now. I will keep you in my prayers. Lord God, grant Karen the wonderful blessing of sleep. Better yet, the whole family! May their sleep be sweet!

  4. Last night was much much better!!! Thank God! Thanks for praying.

  5. I feel for you, I really do! It was always hard when Tori was sick. Can’t imagine doing it with more than one. Hope you get a good night’s rest tonight!

  6. Karen, James is on his way to the school to get Jessica. She’s got a 101 degree fever. I thought you’d enjoy this…. After the nurse told me, I heard a bell ding in my head. (I think us mom’s have some kind of mental thing going!) Anyway, I heard a bell ding, like in a boxing match. Another round has begun! Ding!

  7. Yes, I hear that bell often, too! I am so sorry. At least she is older and can make a bed on the couch and enjoy being waited on. Tell her I am praying that she gets over this really soon. Poor girl!

  8. Hi Karen, remember me?? I went into the Acctg. office the other day with avon books and told Carol to be sure Judy saw the bubble bath was on sale – didn’t know she had retired and about her cancer! Was shocked and saddened to hear this. She and the whole family will be in my prayers. What a sweet wonderful woman. Ah, I remember the “sick nights”. Hang in there someday your kids will be grown and it will definitely be a foggy memory of the sick nights. Our Ross is 25 (married 2 kids), Laura 19 (moved into her own apt. 12/27) works as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for LSPD, Val and Michele are 16 in March – sophomores at LSN. Time goes WAY TOO FAST! Enjoy each moment. Hi to Tom too! Your kids are adorable – how blessed you are!
    Diane and Mike Smith

  9. Hey Mike and Diane! So good to hear from you. Thanks for visiting the site and posting! It’s nice to see who is reading here.

    I know that you really understand the hard parts of having young children. I’m sure that it has passed really quickly for you guys. Just hearing the ages of your kids makes me feel really old!

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