Thursday, October 29, 2009

2 Thumbs up for single parents

So it's been another crazy week over here! It's never boring that's for sure. I have always admired the strength of single parents and there are certain times when I'm reminded of just how blessed I am to have Neil here with me.

Monday night was one of those nights! Neil was up at his campus office working on his tenure portfolio and Eden woke up screaming at 11 p.m. just as I was crawling into bed. After a good 15 minutes I held her and tried to get her back down. Just as I thought she was good to go, Claire opens her door coughing and crying so I get over there with Eden now waking and Claire is covered with throw up. Poor thing.... I put Eden down in her crib as she starts to cry harder than before ands I strip Claire down to get her in the bath. I get to her bed to survey the damage and I pretty much almost lost my cookies too! It was bad... REALLY bad... so... screaming baby, bathing beauty and I'm changing sheets. It's now 11:30 p.m. and Neil isn't home so I call him and here is how it goes:

me: "hey, are you coming home?"
Neil: "Yeah, I'm just about to walk to the car."
me: "Good - the baby's been crying since 11 and Claire threw up. I need you home NOW!"

Claire went through three more sheet changes that night, had fever Tuesday, laid on the couch pretty much all day and ate nothing but Pedialyte Popsicle's. Needless to say we all didn't sleep much. So glad she was feeling good Wed. and back to herself today. It must have been just a 24 hour bug and so far the rest of us are all still feeling healthy.

WOW - I'm so glad I could call in the reinforcements and I know I'm blessed to be able to do that. For those of you out there who are single parents all the time and some of you who are a lot of the time (spouses working or traveling all the time), cheers to you! Don't know how you do it!


E.T.'s Mom said...

Amen to that.


Maggie Vega said...

My parents divorced when I was 4, my Mom had to face alone not just the pain of being abandoned by the man she thought was going to spend the rest of her life with, but working hard to raise a little girl and give her the most she could. She did an excelent job. I was a happy child, and no matter the scorn she may had felt against my father she never made me hate him, instead made me love my father. Now I am happily married and I can't imagine my life without Irving... I so much admire my Mommy. She never married again because she didn't want me to have a stepfather. So my Mom is still alone and I am her only child. I just pray God send her a man who will love her and care for her as much as my husband cares for me. I must add she is the most wonderful grandma I've ever met. :-) Love your blog Kathryn. You're a very thoughtful person.