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April 11, 2011

First Dates and Throw-up

(And no, I’m not talking about an ill-timed onset of the stomach bug, the response to which made me know my hubby was The One…)

We were bee-bopping along this week during Hubby’s Spring Break. The week was flying as we were jamming as many appointments and errands and as much family time into it as we could.

Thursday morning, things changed abruptly, though, as Baby B had the monster of all throw-ups. She seemed to feel fine, and at first I dismissed it as her having eaten too many strawberries that morning.

By lunch, though, she had a fever, followed by more vomiting. I called the pediatrician’s office (as I thankfully have little experience in this department), and the nurse told me they’ve seen a lot of kiddos with a stomach virus in the past couple of weeks. Baby B fit the description.

Baby B definitely wasn’t feeling well. She was crumply and pitiful and just wanted to snuggle.

On Thursday, Baby A was very understanding. I was so proud of her for playing more independently, content to chill out on the couch with a book, or play with her blocks, while I tended to her sister.

By Friday, though, I think Baby A had had enough of the Second Fiddle routine. The scene escalated mid-morning, as Baby B was SCREAMING, “I don’t feel well!” (over and over and over). I was holding her in my lap, and Baby A started SCREAMING (no words) and trying to climb between her sister and me.

When Baby A wasn’t SCREAMING, she was pulling her diaper off and telling me she had to go potty. Once, while I was in the bathroom with A, Baby B threw up. Baby B was asking to go upstairs and nap with Mommy, but of course I couldn’t leave Baby A downstairs by herself.

I called Hubby, who was carrying on the errand list, and told him I needed him to come home. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get the girls settled down again. What they needed was some time apart from each other.

I suggested to Hubby that he take Baby A somewhere so that she could exercise some energy, and so that I could concentrate on Baby B. To my great surprise (and perhaps encouraged by the great deal of SCREAMING and his probably-wild-eyed wife), Hubby agreed.

Hubby has never taken one of the girls somewhere by himself before. As much as I’ve wanted to encourage some one-on-one time with the girls, it’s never happened…outside of one going on a rare doctor appointment with me…which isn’t exactly date-night material.

I was so proud of Hubby for taking Baby A to the park!!! That gave Baby B some time to relax, and when Baby A got home an hour later, all was well with the world (excepting the stomach virus thing).

Later that afternoon, Baby B was feeling better, and Hubby suggested I take her with me for a quick run to the grocery store. Wow!!!

It may have only taken us 27 months and the contraction of a stomach bug, but we finally had our first “dates” with the girls. Even if it is just a quick trip to the grocery, I hope this is something we can begin to do more often, minus the throw-up and SCREAMING, of course.


Helene said...

Isn't one-on-one time THE BEST??!! I very rarely get it with my kids but when I do, we have such a great time!!

Bella and I used to have our monthly sushi-pedicure dates but Cole recently discovered that he loves sushi too so now he tags along on our dates. But I guess it's still better than having all four kids tagging along!

Hope the girls are feeling better now! Two of my mine had a stomach bug last fun.

Andrea said...

Yeah for daddy time!! I love one on one time too! My only problem is Todd and I need to work on switching them out. It seems he always takes Luke and I always take Molly. Of course this is what they want, but Luke needs alone time with me just like Molly needs alone time with daddy! Something we need to work on. Happy Monday!

Dolli-Mama said...

Oh, I think we had the same nasty bug! It was gross, but we survived.

I'm glad you got some possitive out of the situation. I feel your pain!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Glad you had date time with the girls but not glad that it was because one was sick.

We love our separate kid dates but like Andrea, I always take Kendra and D always takes Connor. He's just heavier than Kendra and I like to just grab a child if they're walking too slowly :)

Johanna said...

Hope everyone is feeling better now!

olusola said...

yay! for one-on-one dates. I'm really looking forward to mine. Already mentally planning activities :)

Barbara Manatee said...

Yeah for some 1-on-1 time! Its very rare here, too. Sorry to hear your sweet girl was so sick though. Hope she's feeling better now and her sis avoided the germs!

My DH is fantastic about keeping the kids so I can do this or that...but has never taken all 3 kids anywhere by himself. He's taken the twins once or twice somewhere briefly but not when they were under 2.

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Jenner said...

Way to go, hubby! Poor sick kiddo. I've been REALLY lucky to go 25 months without my little girl being sick. I imagine it's heartbreaking!

Quadmama said...

Yay for the one on one time. Boo for the throwing up. Glad Baby B is on the mend.

reanbean said...

I'm sorry to hear that Baby B was sick, but it's quite impressive that you were vomit free for 27 months AND that Baby A didn't catch it (knock on wood). And yay for one on one time with the girls! That's something we definitely need to do more often with our guys.

Megan said...

One on one time is sooo AWESOME. And EASY. It's amazing isn't it?

Sorry about the stomach bug...those are definitely NOT awesome.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

good for him...he's finally getting it (after much prodding and screaming)!!! it's hard to take that first step, as a dad, but once you do, you realize it's not all that bad! good for him...better for you!