I feel like we are playing a real life version of Battleship. 5 boats. Each taking a specific amount of hits before being sunk. Hubs is the Aircraft Carrier, the biggest, taking 5 hits to sink. Me, the Battleship, the next largest, taking 4 hits to sink. K and J are the Submarine and the Destroyer, each taking 3 hits to sink. And Baby K would be the Patrol Boat, the smallest, taking 2 hits to sink. With a family of 5 and the flu season lingering outside our door, we are just a bunch of ships in the open water ... waiting to get hit, and sunk.
Well, last night, The Submarine needed a haircut so I, The Battleship, took her and left the two little ships at home with Daddy. When we returned, The Destroyer was curled up on the floor with her knees tucked under her chest and sleeping behind the chair where The Aircraft Carrier was sitting. He had no idea she was even there, and she was fast asleep. The Patrol Boat had finished a bottle and was sleeping peacefully in her crib. I thought it was going to be an easy night all around. I was wrong.
Since it was quiet and our oldest K was quietly relaxing in the office watching a movie, the Hubs and I decided to head downstairs to play a few games of ping-pong. I mentioned he should probably put J in her bed so she could sleep comfortably. She hadn't wanted dinner and was really tired as we sat at the table, so I figured she just needed a good nights rest. He lifted her off the ground and she snuggled in to him, hugging him around the neck. Mumbled a few words ... probably how much she loves him because she can't tell him that enough lately ... and then it happened. The Destroyer threw up all over The Aircraft Carrier. Not only did it get all over him, but it got all over one couch, the ottoman, the floor, in her hair, and all down her arms and legs. No warning sirens. No blinking lights. Just explosion.
While I got her to the shower and stripped her down for a bath, Hubs got to work on the rest of the house. Thank goodness we spent the extra couple hundred dollars to get the protection on the furniture, I think we are going to turn in that "coupon" today. And, my in-laws have a professional strength steam carpet cleaner (and only a small area had been hit). But still, really? What are we to do now? Send the other two kids to Grandma's in hopes they don't catch the germ? Or have we all been infected! I hate playing this waiting game. Everyone else went to sleep with buckets within arms reach. Of course, I stayed up all night with The Destroyer who continued to spit up whatever bits of liquid were left in her tiny 35lb body.
The Destroyer has kept down some saltines and Sprite so far today. The Submarine is off to school and The Patrol Boat is in full force today. She slept all night and is in great spirits today ... jumping and running all over the house in her walker. I, however, am debating whether or not I should become a coffee drinker ... just for nights like this. Starbucks really should start a delivery service. I would pay good money for that today. Oh well, off to run loads of sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and whatever else J tried sleeping with last night. Thanking the Lord today for making it through the night, 3 seemingly healthy children ... and an energy efficient washer and dryer (because it is getting good use today).
Hope you all hide your battleships well. I am re-devising our battle plan.