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The Nat Pack: The super fashionable, super mod, super hip family consisting of Nat, Pete, Jakob, Brock, Troy, and Ivy. Like The Rat Pack, only younger, cuter, and not as rich or famous.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's Been a LONG Week

It started with Jakob's sickness. Which spread quickly to Brock. Then Troy, who never actually threw up, but he had a few diaper blowouts. Ivy was next, and she got double lucky with blowouts and the barfies.

Next was me. Yee-haw. It's one thing to take care of sick kids, but to try and take care of sick kids while sick, well, that's fun in and of itself. I'm sure you've all been there; heck, I've been there before. But when you're going through it, it's like it's a new thing, and you don't know how you're going to manage or balance or even find the strength to change the sheets or run the laundry.

Luckily, mine only lasted for about 24 hours, where I felt mostly good by Sunday night. Still nauseous here and there, but not bad. And I never did throw up, but just felt like I was going to at any minute.

On top of the sickness, I've come down (up?) with some sort of rash. It started on Friday, with my tummy, then has spread quickly to my back, and now it's going down my legs, my arms, and up my neck. I have no idea what I came in contact with that gave me a rash, and neither did the doctor. Now I have medicine to hopefully clear it up, but it's starting to itch. Fun times at the Nat Pack's house.

Oh, and Pete got sick yesterday, after we went to the Wolverine movie. Good movie, by the way, at least what I heard of it. We took all the kids during Ivy's nap. The poor girl got shots that morning, and against my better judgment we took her to the theatre, where it was a wrestling match the whole time. I'd finally get her to sleep, go to sit down in my squeaky chair, and she'd wake up and start wailing in my ear, until I stood up again with her. At least we only disturbed 5 or 6 other people besides ourselves.

Adding to the sickness, or maybe because of the sickness, I've just felt...inadequate. Or sad. Or tired. I'm not really sure, and right now is probably not the best time to figure it out as I've had little sleep during the night. (Up with Ivy and Pete, and then the medicine kind of makes you stay awake, too. I'm going to be loving this coming week, I can feel it!) It's like, I can't do anything right. Case in point: the kids wanted to swim on Saturday, so I got the pool out, but then started feeling sick and didn't bother to lotion up their little backs. I have three lobster children now. That's bad parenting for you right there. Or I'm getting food for the kids, but I'm not getting it fast enough. The whining and fighting and yelling... I feel like I've been constantly cleaning my kitchen, but it's still a mess. Don't even get me started on laundry; I think Ivy's whole wardrobe is downstairs in the laundry basket. It's seems as if every time I try harder to get on top of my cleaning, or be a loving mom, or be a great wife, the worse it becomes, the more I fail. Like walking uphill in sand.

Well, I need to get going. I have a few bathrooms to clean, and groceries to buy, and clothes to fold. I just wanted/needed to complain for a bit.


Amy said...

I'm glad you are all feeling better now. I caught something the day of Ethan's party, but I was feeling better in 48 hours. Luckily I kept it all to myself. And I think that we all have times when we feel like we can never get ahead. Hang in there!

I made Ethan's cake- when I was super sick. So simple. Just baked a cake mix in my 4qt Pyrex glass mixing bowl (about 45 min at 325). White frosting and pull-and-peel licorice for the lacing. Works great for any "ball" or a great base for animal faces too.

Rachel said...

Natalie, don't be too hard on yourself, the housework will wait until you are feeling better. We don't have to be perfect all the time. I hope that your rash goes away and that all is well soon at your home.

Becky said...

Sweet Natalie. . .As your Lovechunks I feel its my place to be your cheerleader. No words I say will change what is going on in your world. However I would like to remind you how truly phenomenal you are and that you are such a blessing to everyone that you come in contact with. You are loved and cheerished! I hope that you feel your burdens ease and pray that you and your sweet family get well soon. So much love you all!

Karlenn said...

Oh, Nat, we had this bug a couple of months ago, and I seriously thought I was going to die. Believe me, you are doing a GREAT job with your kids and your house. Your kids adore you. Your house is much, much cleaner than mine. It's easy to feel guilty about our inadequacies, but try not to beat yourself up. You can come to my job anytime and look at all the TRULY crappy moms, the ones who are promiscuous and cocaine addicts. You're doing a bang-up job of mommyhood/wifehood.

CHELZERS said...

OH life can be rough at times, eh? It ALWAYS seems like everything happens at once!

And, although I'm not a coke-head, my house would DEFINITELY make you feel better about yours! ;)

{{hugs}} from Cali!

Momza said...

Being a Mom is harder than we ever imagined...especially when sickness walks in the front door and levels everyone.
Just know this: we've all been there, and don't worry about "judgement" coming from any other Mom...the good news is:
everyone survived and there are better days ahead!

Shera said...

Some day when you are over this, you will teach others how to handle this. I want to be in that class. Hang in there!!!!!!!!!!

jomama said...

i'm sorry you've had such a hard week. those are the yuckiest times when the whole family is sick and you just can't see the end of it. it can be depressing, but like everyone else said, hang in there!
i know we don't know each other very well in real life, but i can tell you're a great mom. you're so full of energy and really involved in your kids' lives.
i hope this week goes better for you!

Mosers said...

We have all been there, I'm sorry you are feeling down and dumpy.. it sucks. I hope everyone starts feeling better soon. Don't worry about the house.. my sister in law always tells me.. homes are for living in.. and when we live we consume and use ... homes are not for showing and praising so there is no need to beat yourself up for living in it! Anyways that's what she says when I feel like I am getting behind or never fully caught up and it always makes me feel better..

Shauna said...

♥ HUGS ♥