Friday, August 29, 2008

A Long, Hot, Sweaty, Messy, Sleepless Night

The first day of my hubby's five day vacation started yesterday and we spent last night cleaning up vomit and comforting our poor little Benny. It felt like he was on fire when I picked him up. I could practically see the heat waves coming off of him.

I took him downstairs on the couch with me for a little while, gave him Tylenol, some water, and got him to calm down. When he became sleepy I put him back in his freshly cleaned bed and he actually went back to sleep. I was so proud of him.

A few hours later he woke up just as hot as he was before. I tried Ibuprofen this time and it worked for a while and then he was up again.

He has been miserable today. Just lying around like a hot, limp, little dishtowel. I can tell he is achy because he just can't get comfortable. He moves from my lap, to my chest, to the floor, to the couch, and back to my lap again, weepy and saggy. Poor little plum. The only word he has muttered all day is, "Mum. Muuuummm. Mum." over and over again.
This is not exactly how we pictured spending the last vacation days before school starts, but at least Todd was still able to get Joey and Tommy out to the sprinkler park for a few hours and then treated them to lunch. They came home all breathless and excited with tales of their good time. Ben had not been happy about staying home and I'm sure their enthusiasm didn't help. I felt so badly for him.

And I felt even worse when Todd got the older boys ready this evening to go to his dad's birthday dinner. As the boys grabbed their shoes and began putting them on Ben went and found his sandals and brought them to me. When I explained to him that he and I had to stay home he cried and cried. It is bad enough being sick but seeing your older brothers and daddy leave without you (for the second time) is just plain awful.

I am hoping that he feels better soon so that we can all go to the fair this weekend. Our most anticipated trip of the summer. Last year he was too small to join in on any rides or fun, but I was so looking forward to having him join in more this year. Now we may not even make it. We'll see how it goes.

For now I will just comfort and hold and snuggle him as much as he allows, and hope my pale, sweaty, little biscuit returns to normal soon.

51 comments:

Maryeliz said...

Poor baby! I hope he's feeling better soon.

wheelsonthebus said...

Poor kid!

Mom24 said...

Those pictures make me want to have another one! So adorable. I hate when they're sick, but the extra cuddling is a nice lemonaide out of lemons type thing.

Hope he's feeling all better soon, so you can all enjoy your fun. I also hope the other boys don't get it.

Laura said...

Oh sweet little man, I hope you feel better soon.

Something must be going around - my little girl is hot, sweaty and miserable too.

Sending you lots of bloggy hugs and healthy vibes.

Cassie said...

Poor little guy. I hope he gets better soon, and is able to go to the fair!

Jeni said...

AW, that poor little fellow! Doesn't it just make you want to sit down and cry and moan right along with them when they are down like that? Hope he perks up quickly so the rest of the weekend comes out on the up side of life for you all.

Kelly said...

That poor little sweetpea!! It's so hard to have sick kids especially when they're little like that because they just don't understand why they're miserable and can't get better just like that. I hope he's feeling better tomorrow. Fevers are so hard to kick sometimes.

Candy said...

Do you ever just watch them sleep?? I never really did that with my first- but now I can't keep my eyes off of them when they crash. So precious.

Brittany said...

aww feel better little man! :(

painted maypole said...

get well soon, benny

the dragonfly said...

Aww, poor little guy. I really hope he's feeling better soon!!

Krystyn said...

Oh, poor baby. I hope he recovers soon.

Cyndi said...

Oh, I just hate that. It is so awful when the fever just won't break. Poor little baby. I hope he feels better soon and can get back to the fun.

Lisa said...

There's nothing worse than a sick kid. And the timing - even worse! Here's hoping Ben feels better very soon & no one else gets the nasties!

Wendy said...

Poor, sweet baby...Hope he feels better soon.

WomensDaily said...

Awww poor little one. Hope he feels better soon!

scrap chair potato said...

Awww. Poor little guy. :(
The part about the shoes seriously brought tears to my eyes. So sad!
I hope he feels up to going to the fair.

Jaysi said...

Oh that stinks! Poor little guy! I hope he feels better soon. Bummer that it was on vacation time.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh bless him. Poor little guy (poor Mommy). Isn't he beautiful all cuddled up like that!

maggie's mind said...

Aw, poor little guy. So cute, though, like that on the floor. I hope he is feeling better.

lime said...

poor little guy. a fever in summer is especially awful. hope he feels better soon and no one else gets it.

LaskiGal said...

Oh, I hope your little biscuit feels better soon . . . it is no fun being sick.

Jill said...

Oh he looks so ill... poor little munchkin crunchkin. Feel better soon.

wright said...

Poor little guy! Hope he feels better soon.

Molly's Mom said...

:( That poor, poor little baby! I hope he's feeling better...what a bummer!

Robyn said...

Aw poor guy, I hope he makes it to the fair. He needs a ride or two. I hate when they are sick.

Jewelgirl said...

Poor baby Benny! It must be a virus
going round!? Both Em and Ally had
the fever sick thingie like (this
Wed & Thurs).... No vomit thou, but
mine totally didn't eat, anything.
Hope all is better today, being
sick in the Summer is yucky.
xxxooo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mor3ZBsKINI said...

Oh, poor little Ben. And, poor mom getting to nurse an unhappy baby. I wish you a quick recovery, K.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Crap. That was me. Darn.

RiverPoet said...

Oh sweetie! I hope he's better soon! It's so hard when they are sick. They don't understand and we can't make it all better.

I wish you a good night's sleep...Peace - D

Kristen said...

Oh no!!! I am hoping since I am a day late getting here, that you are all just getting in from the fair.

So sorry that you littlest one is sick. That is so hard! Lots of Mama snuggle time.

Hoping little Benny is feeling much much better, and is running around with his brothers. :)

Lindsay said...

Awwwww - what a little doll! I sure hope he feels better soon - and what a blessing it was to have hubby home to help with the other kids!!! Even though sick - that's good bonding time for you two.

abritdifferent said...

My heart literally aches for the wee guy. I have had a few of those myself. I'm sure it's physically been hard on you too. It's not being able to change it or make it better that's the tough part as a Mum.

But, in saying all that, don't you just love that he STILL sleeps with his legs tucked under him? I miss that when they get older!

Kimmy said...

Benny is adorable...I hope he feels better soon!

Kimmy

Rachel said...

He is so beautiful. I'm so sorry y'all have been so crummy. Poor little darling one.
Hope he's all better.

Sandy C. said...

Poor thing! I am so sorry to hear. I hope he's feeling better and you all are getting some sweet time together this weekend.

Dawn said...

My heart goes out to him...poor sweetie. That last picture is so beautiful.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

This just broke my heart! I hope he's feeling better by now. Poor little man.

Hilary said...

From the post title, I was hoping you were just taking some time out from blogging for a date night with your hubby.

It's so difficult when your baby is not feeling well... poor darling. I hope he recovers quickly and that it doesn't spread through the family.

Best thoughts to you all.

Bren said...

Poor little guy! Feel better soon Benny!

Those blond curls are so adorable! They make me long for my little guy's curls that were snipped long ago. :(

Elaine A. said...

Poor little pumpkin... the only positive I can see is that you get some extra snuggle time with him. I hope your sweet boy is better today!

Beck said...

Poor wee manny. I hope he's feeling better tonight.

kirsty815 said...

Awwwww the poor luv! Hope he's better soon. Those pictures are just darling.

Kirst

beth said...

Aww, poor little guy.

Even if he is sick, that last picture is just the sweetest thing.

Nap Warden said...

Oh no...I hope he's feeling better:)

Tiffany said...

Oh poor baby... Hang in there, Mommy!

Golightly said...

I hope today has brought you a healthier and happier baby boy. Poor little guy. I'm praying no one else got sick.

4funboys said...

ahhhhhhhhh.... poor baby... and you too! That's always stressful, especially when your help is gone.

hope you're all better soon.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Poor little sweet thing!
I hope he's feeling better soon!
It's so hard to see them feeling bad!

Becky

Catwoman said...

Poor sweet baby!!! He's still absolutely adorable though, sick and all...

Hope he feels better soon!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Kathryn,

So precious. Aren't you glad to be documenting all of this on your blog? Blogs are so cool that way.

Love, Cheri

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