update and the end

All over the net people are celebrating the end of NaBloPoMo. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed the whole thing. And I was shocked to discover that I could actually pull it off. Surprise!

It actually felt good to be responsible to something other than my family. Don't get me wrong, I love the time I get to spend with my kids and really enjoy the flexibility of Mark's schedule as we get to see each other way more than most couples. But there are times when I would like to contribute to the outside world. I don't know... maybe I just need to do more Tupperware shows.

ANYWAY, the family and the sick: Mark's doing much better, I now have a sore throat which I am desperately attempting to ignore and the baby is getting better, but still pretty bad. We're down to only a few vomits a day and massive energy swings. Some parts of the day she'll go over and quietly play with something and other times she cannot even hold herself in a sitting position or her head up. It's still scary but I am watching her closely for dehydration and ready to take her in if it becomes necessary. She's losing weight but that's largely because she can't eat much. Heck, if she nurses too much it comes back out. We've found our best results with frequent small nursings. And once again, this is better than it was. I have frequent moments of sheer panic and frustration and often wonder what I would do if one of my kids were seriously ill... this, after all, is just the stomach flu. Lily is a little stir crazy, but Mark's been trying to get her out of the house everyday. Yesterday my mom took her for the whole afternoon. And she's tired of being told to be quiet, tired of being told not to play with her sister, tired of her daddy resting and her mamas arms full.

But it's getting better, I swear. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you for all the well wishes and those of you who checked up on us... I really feel loved.