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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

lemons into lemonade

We had a 3 day weekend planned this past week that pretty much fell through the cracks... serious lemons.

A trip out of town that we had been looking forward to got canceled for various reasons and quickly turned into a trip to Cincinnati instead... Happy times anyway, right?! A trip to Cincinnati that was suppose to be full of Zoo and Aquarium fun quickly turned into a very HOT trip to the zoo where we learned how miserable an almost two year old can be when you take him to see all the animals he would normally LOVE in 80+ degree weather and a 103+ degree fever.... the fever was unbenownst to us until we finally admitted defeat at the zoo and drove back to my in-laws and realized it was something more than the summer heat.

Our son would get sick 2 hours from home, on a weekend, the worst of it spiking at night leaving us a little panicked and googling our next options with no other real symptoms besides the same runny, green nose we have been battling for weeks. Of course all the things we already had at home, in multiples, had to be quickly RE-purchased at the closest Walgreens... a vaporizer, saline and nose suction, Tylenol and ibuprofen, sore throat suckers, pedialite, baby chest rub ---- I bought the whole dang store to try and find this precious boy some relief!

THIS is parenthood, right?

A silly boy who talks to the mouse at the ortho office like it's a cellphone one evening... and a sick boy with a fever for 5+ days the next.

These illnesses smack us right in the face going 80 miles an hour at the high point of fun and happiness.

Yesterday clocked in as our TENTH pediatrician appointment in the past 4 months... with a little boy who was in picture perfect health until 19 months old.

The next few pics from the zoo and whatever else you might have seen from me on Instagram this weekend remind me of THIS meme:

It appears to be the sweetest little trip, doesn't it? ;)

But while the adults really did have some fun (my sweet mother-in-law isn't pictured here!)...


...our boy was struggling to keep it together :(

Even a train ride with our dear Thomas the Train Engine in tow couldn't perk the boy up:


We took ole' glassy eyes back to Lexington for some serious TLC!

With lots of treats, fluids and constant medicine, his grandparents did fit in a little spoiling this weekend♥

Despite the changes in plans, our pitifully sick boy, and a couple long car trips, Nick and I STILL agreed on Sunday night that we had a fun weekend together.

THIS is parenthood, together, as a family, weathering a few rain showers and dancing in the cloud breaks of sunshine, appreicating them all the more because of the rain.

I thank God in retrospect we didn't end up on the longer trip we were originally bummed not to go on, now that we see we would have had a very sick baby with us. I thank GOD we have only a little virus and not a boy fighting some serious, long illness like I see in our children's hospital every day. I thank God we took the leap of faith and had tubes put in his ears a couple months ago because I can't even imagine how much deeper we would be with his drainage right about now! And I thank God that HIS ways and HIS thoughts are higher than mine and I can trust HIS plan will always be better than whatever I had dreamed.

Here's to hoping the next weekend finds us a little healthier though... :)




  1. poor baby boy! Elyse spiked a crazy fever last week and it definitely through a wrench into some fun summer plans! But as you mention...this is parenthood!

  2. Poor Houston looks miserable in some of those pictures, I hope he starts feeling better soon so both mama and baby can find some relief.
    P.S. I LOVE that quote you posted.

  3. Welcome to daycare ("cesspools of germs")! It breaks you in hard, but supposedly once they are three, they'll never get sick!

  4. Poor little man!!! I hope he's feeling much better.
    When we went on vacation last summer, my baby ended up spiking a 105 degree fever that lasted all 4 days we were at the beach. As soon as we got home, she broke into the roseola rash and felt much better! It figures, but we still had some fun!


I just shared my thoughts, I'd love to hear you share yours! {Besides, I'm tired of listening to the voices in my head.} I kid, I kid... ;)