enough already

Nothing prepared me for the plain grossness of parenthood. There have been diapers and messes and three babies with reflux, but nothing as bad as full blown throw up. I’ve realized that over the last six years on this blog, I certainly could have dedicated a category to the stomach flu. And since we’ve seen it four times since December, it may almost qualify as our 4th kid at this point.

At mid-week last week, I typed out our weekend schedule and taped it to the microwave. It was the most ridiculous puzzle of events and commitments I’ve seen in our 11 years as parents, and I was bound and determined to make it to every single one. Here’s a rough idea of what the weekend looked like:

Friday:

Logan’s birthday

5:00 PM Riley practice

6:00 PM Mike help set-up Riley’s home meet

Saturday:

6:45 AM Logan meet

7:45 AM Riley meet

3:45 PM Pre-Daddy Daughter Dance Festivities begin

6:00 PM Daddy Daughter Dance

6:00 PM Mommy Son Date Night

Sunday:

6:15 AM Mike and I work concessions at Logan’s home meet

6:45 AM Logan meet begins

11:30 AM Mike work parking outside at Riley’s home meet

12:30 PM Molly work concessions at Riley’s meet

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Instead, Logan broke her finger in PE on Wednesday, pulling her meets out of the schedule. I thought that would free us up a little and make this craziness more doable, but that was not the case.  Mike’s set-up session extended to midnight on Friday and started again on Saturday at 6:30 AM. We added a much needed lunch on Saturday with Nana and Tony. And then, on the way home from the Daddy Daughter dance, with a car full of my own kids and Finn’s buddy, Will, the stomach flu hit Riley hard. It started in the car (Mike has even broken down and given the OK on our car’s first outside detailing) and continued in a neighbor’s lawn (sorry) just a block from home. Every hour on the hour from midnight until 11 AM Sunday, the poor thing threw up. She looks like she lost 10 pounds.

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All this happened right after her best meet yet, where she took 1st on bars, 2nd on floor, 3rd on vault, 4th on beam and 2nd all around!!  Who would have guessed she was hours away from this dreaded bug? Not me!! But now that I look at this picture, I can kind of see it in her eyes. Weird.

Anyway, I’ve had enough now, stomach flu. You are no longer welcome here. You’ve visited everyone in my family now (except me, officially, but don’t even think about it.) I’m all for hospitality, but there’s none for you here.

Just be on your way!

Today’s 12:00 PM update: Mike has it again! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

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