Tuesday, January 2, 2018

christmas / new year 2017

Well, that holiday break from work was not quite what I anticipated.

I ended up leaving work about half an hour early my last day of 2017 because Elden had a fever and was complaining of a sore throat. I figured it was strep and took him to the local urgent care. The nurse took one look at him and informed me she would also do a flu test because he looked like death and the flu is apparently going around.

Negative for strep, positive for influenza A. His fever was at 104 at this point. They prescribed Tamiflu and told me if Etta seemed to have caught it I needed to bring her in right away since babies younger than 2 are at a high risk of hospitalization if they catch it.

Sure enough, first thing on the morning of the 23rd she had a low-grade fever and a runny nose. I took her to the same urgent care where she tested negative for the flu, but given her age and exposure (she had gotten her hands on Elden's popsicle stick the night prior) they prescribed Tamiflu for her, too. Jon came down with it later that night. Thankfully, I never caught it (and Edith has had a runny nose, but that's it) so I was able to be there so Jon could rest. Since then, so many people we know have come down with it--including several friends whose kids ended up in the ER and/or admitted. Even though it stunk having sick kids over Christmas, the timing could not have been better with me home from work, and we are grateful no one ended up in the hospital!

On Christmas Eve we were able to go to Jon's parent's house. The kids had a blast and were so spoiled by his family. I didn't get any pictures but it was a great time!

Christmas morning treated our kids pretty well, too.
Etta's favorite toy was the Fingerling Edith got the night prior. (of course).
Elden loved the camera we got him. He has been taking all kinds of pictures on it (including, but not limited to: us, himself, the garbage can, the pickle jar lid, etc.). Edith's first order of business was to take a naked mirror selfie and she's not getting a cell phone until she's 40.

That evening, my family came over for dinner and spoiled the kids rotten. The big kids got these tablets (they call them their iPads) and they have been so excited to play with them. It was another great time celebrating.

The rest of 2017 was pretty much spent at home, playing with new toys and trying to keep any remaining germs in our house (and foreign germs at bay).

All three kids love this ball pit Etta got from Uncle Marc and Aunt Kelly. I love how easy it is to break down to store.
At one point, Elden bit into an apple and it majorly loosened his tooth. His poor gums were black and blue from where it moved. It has since healed and isn't as displaced as in this photo, but I suspect he will lose it well before he ends his last year of preschool. We call it his snaggletooth and it makes me squirm so he loves showing it to me.
Aunt Kelly and I took Elden and Edith to the Pizza Hut buffet one day. Elden ate 4 pieces of pizza and 3 cinnamon sticks. Edith had 1 piece of pizza and some lettuce. I love them so much.
Jon's parents got Elden this t-rex dig kit for Christmas, at his request. He worked on it for several days and finally completed it around day 5. He told me he loved his t-rex and it was "like my bride." This kid.
Edith got dress up clothes. Always.
After Christmas we hit up the 70% off Walmart clearance and got a gingerbread village kit for $2. Jon decorated this house with Elden, who ate his weight in candy during the process.
For New Year's Eve we stayed in, drank sparkling grape juice and had ice cream after dinner. It was low-key and perfect. Jon and I also got a couple date nights in during my time off work--we watched Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on Netflix and ate take-out or we watched New Girl and ate Thai. After all the running around we did the first half of December, I feel like the flu made us sit back and really take in precious time with one another. Definitely could have had a worse way to celebrate!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear everyone is feeling better! I did way less visiting this Christmas because there was so much sickness happening among my relatives and I wanted to stay far away from the germs!