Friday, February 5, 2010

Seven Quick Takes on Friday--volume 68

We--that is, Sebastian, Una, Gemma and I--are suffering from the most horrendous head cold. The major symptom seems to be the most severely plugged up nose I have ever experienced.  Really, my ears pop and I feel a vacuum in my nasal passages whenever I swallow, and it is at its worst at night.  Gemma cannot nurse without a lot of gasping and hollering, and she has been understandably cranky and lethargic.  I wore her most of the morning yesterday, which seemed to keep her contented.

(Is this a pathetic baby, or what?)

Because we have been feeling so rotten and I have had even less sleep than usual (Haha--I didn't think that possible!), I have not spent much time on the computer.  I have an update on Madeline, however. She is hovering around the 2 lb. mark, so the doctor wants to supplement with a little formula in order to give her more calories.  Cindy was sick as well.  Not my cold--thank goodness--but a stomach bug of some sort.  So she has had to wait to get over that and be 24 hours in the clear before going into the NIC unit again.  She thanks everyone for all their continued prayers.  They are what is getting her through this difficult time.

We are waiting for another baby around here.  Our Naomi is due to calf this month, and we are watching for any signs that the little one's arrival may be imminent.  Hoping for another heifer...

Needless to say, our schedule has sort of fallen apart this week.  Yesterday the only thing we did that was school-related was reading Famous Men of Greece and D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths.  The rest of the day was spent playing on the computer, watching videos and passing the Kleenex around.

And now the snow is gone, and it is raining. It is supposed to rain all day long.  For some reason, I feel like I am adrift on a sailing ship with the crew sick and no land in sight.  Yes, I am a very visual person, and feelings always seem to erupt into cinematic imagery...

I have a special little boy who is five today.  I will have to sneak into my workroom later to wrap the few things I have for him, and decorate his cake.  He has changed his mind about what he wants on his cake about 4 times in the last 24 hours.  It will be hard to make this day special for him when it is so miserable in so many ways.  I wanted to make him something special for breakfast, so I asked what he would like.  "Honey Nut Cheerios" is what he wants, knowing I have a box stashed in the pantry (I don't usually buy them).  Today will be all about making this a memorable day for spite of everything.

This is due to come in today.  I am really ready for some escapist cinema...

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  1. We have a cold too. Those poor babies! It's really pitiful to watch them try to suck. I can't imagine trying to get all my nutrition from a straw when my nose is plugged!

  2. Mucinex-D has been of help around here. Did you know that the Greek books you mentioned are in audio format? Sometimes you can get them thru the library.

    Sorry to hear you're all sick and hope you feel better soon. We do movie days too when that happens.

    Happy Birthday to your son!

  3. Sorry everyone is sick. I love the picture!

    It must have been hard for Cindy to be separated from her baby while she was sick. I continue to pray for Madeline daily.

    It must be wonderful to live on a farm. What an education for your children!

    It's raining here, too. Such a mess!

    Happy birthday to your little guy. I have a 5 y/o son, and it such a great age! I feel sorry for him because his two brothers are my oldest two and busy with work and school, so he is surrounded by four sisters who drive him crazy with their chatter! LOVE HIM!!!

    Enjoy your movie... I love classics!

    Feel better... Annita


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