Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Christmas Sob Story

I think I'm in HELL.

Those of you who read my other blog might have read this recent post. It was all about how excited I was for Christmas, how it's my favorite time of year, how it's so magical through the eyes of a child.


We picked up Miles from daycare on Wednesday (Christmas Eve Eve) only to learn that 3 kids were out sick with the stomach flu.


One hour later Miles threw up.


Christmas Eve Day he seemed fine. We all seemed ok, except that I was getting a nasty cold (that Miles already had). I thought we were in the clear.

Christmas Eve: I felt fine at church, then somewhere in the 10 minute drive to my parents' house for Christmas dinner I started to feel really sick. I hardly ate anything (which I was grateful for later). Halfway through the gift opening I waived the white flag. I knew I was not well, so we went home.

To make a long story short, I spent more time hugging porcelain than hugging my family members this Christmas and I am NOT ok with that.

Christmas Day was even more fun because Grant hopped on the stomach flu train. He called my mom and she immediately came over and whisked Miles away. THANK GOD. We were both so weak and was not pretty.

And to top it all off I also have this raging cold with the super bad cough, sinus pain and all. And Miles has decided to be a HUGE pill today and basically cry and scream about everything. EVERYTHING. My parents said he was an angel for them: he never once cried or whined about anything, slept 12 hours straight, took a 3 1/2 hour nap, was happy and playing so nice the entire time. Then he comes home to us and is a totally different kid: he hits us, throw his toys, cries about everything and wakes up crying at 5:30 a.m. WTF.

Now my entire extended family is sick. My nephews, my aunt, my mom...and the rest are to follow.

Merry Christmas to us.

I am not going to start my gratitude journal until this is all over. As you can tell, I am a little bitter about all of this. Christmas cannot be recreated because my parents are snowbirds and are supposed to leave for Arizona tomorrow or Tuesday. Or whenever they are well enough to travel.

Generally I would not be so negative about all of this. I would just say such is life and roll with it. Being sick happens. But it ruined our Christmas. And because of that I am just so so so sad. Yes, this too shall pass. It could be worse. Blah blah blah. I know, I know. But for right now I am allowing myself to mourn this magical holiday that didn't happen for us.

You really learn who your friends are when you are having a rough time of it. The notes and emails from friends who were checking in with us these past few days have been really wonderful. Somehow just knowing there were good thoughts coming our way helped us tremendously. AND this has made me appreciate, once again, what a wonderful family we have. My parents didn't even think twice about helping us out, even though they knew they were exposing themselves to possible illness. That's love, I tell ya.

The next post will hopefully be much less Debbie Downer and way more Pollyanna Sunshine. Here's hoping...


  1. Sorry your holiday ended up so dismal and sorry Miles is being such a pill today - I know how long those days can be. Hope everyone is feeling better soon. While you can't recreate the day, hope you can find some joy and celebration of the season as you feel better.

  2. Sorry you are having such a horrible holiday!! That really is the pits! The stomach virus is the one thing I absolutely cannot tolerate. I can't even tolerate being around someone who has it. So, I really feel for all of you right now. And why is it that our kiddos pick the worst possible days to bring this side out?! Ugh! Hang in there - I hope you round the bend soon!

  3. I am so sorry for you. I hate it when that happens, but I am glad we bought a bucket at Home Depot yesterday. My husband asked why we needed a bucket and I told him, it is that time of year...

  4. I so understand what you are going through. We all had something similar in September and it was a night of pure hell for us as well. To not even be able to care for your sick child is the worst feeling ever, so grateful for your mom as well! So glad you are feeling better and can put the worst behind you. Christmas will come again, but hopefully not like that!

  5. I'm so sorry! I was there about 5 years ago and it was horrible! I was out from Christmas Eve to the 28th. Part of our family held of Christmas festivities for my sake and I felt so guilty! I hope you're on the mend!

  6. When I stopped and thought about the year you have had...I suspect that this was just the straw that broke the camels back. May 2010 be a MUCH less exciting year at your house. BIG HUGS from our house.

  7. I am so sorry that your Christmas turned out this way--what a bummer.
    I just traveled through tricky weather both ways to spend Chirstmas with my family because I couldn't face being home alone on the holiday so I really feel for you and Grant. I hope things improve for the New Year.

  8. Just catching up on things as my parent's internet was down for awhile while we were there. :-( Soooo sorry your holiday was ruined by the flu! I wish I could've helped you out in some way. Here's hoping the colds and flu pass and 2010 starts off on a better note!

    Big love,

  9. Yuck yuck yuck. Hope everyone gets to feeling better real soon. Sorry it ruined your Christmas. It's so great having family close by to step in and help at a moments notice.

  10. Ach. So sorry. That sucks. I hope you guys are feeling MUCH better. After all, it's New Year's! Happy New Year!!

  11. That stinks!!! And you know the first one who has it, is going to give it to the rest and there isn't anything you can do to stop it!!!! There are 15 of us at Christmas and for the past 2 years, we have had the stomach flu. H O R R I B L E!!!! Glad you are feeling better:)


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