First, a couple more cute stories:
During a particularly grouchy diaper change, I stuck my pinkie in Jack's mouth to soothe him. I told the girls that they couldn't stick their pinkies in his mouth (fearing that they'd do it with less-than-clean hands) because Mommy's pinkies are special.
"Mommy," Claire said, "do your pinkies make milk too?"
Grandpa: Mary Grace, how long did it take you and Daddy to make that giant snowman?
Mary Grace: I don't know, I can't tell time.
Well, I guess that, "...and then everything was fine," would be a boring story. Claire came down with a stomach flu last night. We brought the kids downstairs and BJ slept in the family room with Claire (good thing we have two couches in there now!) while I slept in our room with MG and Jack. Loft beds are fun, except when someone's puking, and if we'd left MG upstairs alone she would've spazzed. She was up most of the night, anyway, even before her sister got sick. By some miracle I slept from about 5:30 until 9:45, so I'm feeling a little more rested. Unfortunately, I was up almost constantly from 1:30 until 5:30.
I frantically called the doctor once we got everyone settled at 5 am (luckily our doctor was on call), and he reassured me that I didn't need to take the baby to a hotel. BJ wanted me to take Jack to my mom's today, but I don't want to drive that far alone with him, and I don't want to pack up all our gear, and if we go to Grammaland everyone's going to want to see him, which will expose him to more germs than if we just stay home, and if he does get sick, I don't want to be 90 minutes from our doctor... so instead we've quarantined ourselves in my room and his room while the girlies and BJ are in the family room. The girls have been bickering a little more the last hour or so, so Claire must be feeling better.
I'll tell you what, it KILLED me to tell her I couldn't snuggle with her. Poor baby. I know Daddy's taking good care of her, but it was so hard to say, "I can't give you what you need, because I have to stay healthy for your brother." I did go in for a quick cuddle right before I changed my clothes, then I washed my hands for like 20 minutes.
Daytime TV sucks.
So I'm working on thank you notes and laundry and wrapping gifts today (of that list, so far I've managed two whole thank you notes!). Maybe this is the universe's way of making sure that I rest. The last couple of days have been pretty busy and tiring, between visitors and getting ready for Christmas. But today I've pretty much been in bed with my baby, and if I weren't so worried about all my little ones, it would almost be nice.