May 22, 2007

A Stomach for Parenting

Where have I been you ask?

Well, no, actually no one asked.

I mean, Metrodad goes a week without posting and people apparently send out search dogs and hold candle-light vigils. But does anyone wonder where good old Matthew went? Nooooooo.

But I digress.

Anyway, if you were wondering where I’ve been this past week it would be a long story. A long story that involves barfing, body aches and deeply religious overtures to God, Buddha, Abba, Yahweh, Allah, George Burns and Morgan Freeman.

It would involve a lovely romantic tale of a married couple puking together (Thank George Burns for two and a half bathrooms) hours after their son spread bodily fluids throughout our house.

It would involve can’t-miss work meetings while aches permeated every sense and only made possible by ingesting large amounts of pain killer and swigging Imodium AD (After Death?) from the bottle.

It would involve weekend trips to the after-hours pediatrician to have ear infections diagnosed on not one but both Swee’Pea and TheMonk.

It would not involve one solid meal for four straight days.

It would involve two parents bargaining with each other and with employers to take time off to care for two sick kids but not for each other.

But as with any great story it would also feature great dramatic turns where just as it seems evil and darkness would prevail, light and the pink stuff (in the guise of Pepto and Omoxyciliin) snuffed out all evil.

The end of the story would show a calm lake with early morning sunlight breaking through the clouds to reveal a day of normalcy. A day when Mommy and Daddy went to work. A day where Swee’Pea and Monk went to daycare. A day where schedules became the norm rather than the exception.

It would have been a great story. But I’m too tired to tell it. I’m going to bed now.

No candle-light vigils, please.


  1. Ugh. So sorry you had to go through all that… at least you’re through it!

    And yeah, I was sort of wondering. Not like vigil-wondering yet, just wondering.

    Comment by Doodaddy — May 23, 2007 @ 2:30 am

  2. I thought you were still trying to get banana stains out of your shirt…but I see that you were probably dealing with lots of different kinds of stains. Sorry to hear that you have had a really rough week.
    cheers Corina

    Comment by Twinshere — May 23, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  3. Dude, you have two and a half bathrooms? I’m totally jeaous. Glad you’re all feeling better though.

    Comment by MetroDad — May 23, 2007 @ 8:00 am

  4. And how’s Nutmeg?

    Comment by Aunt Raina — May 23, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  5. I don’t get this?? (Thank George Burns for two and a half bathrooms)

    I found you and I like your writing and your stories. SweePea and Monk are ADORABLE.

    I checked for a new post everyday and I wondered where you were.

    Comment by mp — May 23, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  6. Crap, I already rented the dogs.

    Glad you feel better!

    Comment by whit — May 23, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  7. Hey, I just assumed that you were still busy at work, you know, like you said?

    I had the flashlights and extra batteries all ready to go at a moment’s notice. And I was also checking every day.

    And since the Padres beat the Mariners in a 3-game series recently, I’m pretty sure I owe you some kind if penance…

    Comment by Deanna — May 23, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  8. Bummer, bad enough having sick kiddos but it’s 1000 times worse when everyone has it!! Hope you are all recovering and back in the swing of things soon.

    Comment by Laurie — May 23, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  9. Aye Dios Mio! Oye Vey! and Good Grief!

    Comment by Grandmother — May 23, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

  10. Well, I do check this blog every single day, and more disturbing than the lack of post was the lack of pictures! Glad to know all is well. I was starting to get fidgety.

    Comment by Lissa — May 24, 2007 @ 5:23 am

  11. Yowsa.

    Comment by Becky — May 24, 2007 @ 7:18 am

  12. You were gone?

    Brutal man…hope you’re feeling OK now.

    Comment by CroutonBoy — May 24, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  13. I, too, was gone for a while so I like to think we’re even in the ‘caring’ department. :-)

    *So* glad you’re all better. What’s that saying? “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger?”

    I’m here to help! (smile)

    Comment by samantha jo campen — June 3, 2007 @ 9:59 am

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