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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

The day before it hits

Abbie has been sick for about a week now. It started out as a runny nose, and watering eyes - nothing too bad. She's had a smile on her face and been laughing the whole time. This can be a real treat after she's sneezed, the boogers are streaming on to her chin - but she still wants to give you a kiss. Kisses at this age means she opens her mouth real wide and plasters her face against yours. As gross as it sounds, I think it's cute. Anyway, on Sunday she started to get quite cranky and began to earn her nickname we've always wanted to give her but never could - Crabby Abbie. On Monday, we noticed she was running a fever and took her into the doctor. It was a typically doctor's visit, nothing we can do, get lots of rest/fluids, etc. That night, after her afternoon nap, she was back to her happy ol' self again and it was hard to believe she still had a fever. Yesterday it was the same thing, smiling happy kid with a fever (100-101). Then last night, I started to feel it. You know that feeling in the back of your nose when you know you're getting a cold. It sucks, you know it's coming - and you're pretty much helpless to get rid of it. You pound down the Orange Juice, throw down some Vitamin C - and hope for the best. But I know it's coming... it's just a matter of time. Getting 5 hours of sleep last night will surely escalate the process...

Posted in General at Dec 03 2003, 07:08:31 AM MST 5 Comments

Now imagine trying that with triplets and you can imagine my pain. :-) I've got a cold at the moment as well as do two of the three. At least I didn't get the stomach virus the girls got last week (knock on wood).

Posted by Anthony Eden on December 03, 2003 at 09:33 AM MST #

Welcome to the joys of parenthood. I don't think anything could gross me out now. After a while, you and they build up stronger immunities but the first year or so is tough. It seems like a forgotten luxury to only be sick yourself, as opposed to sick yourself and not able to do much about it because you have to tend to sick children., that's hard core. That's the only thing that got me through the first three months with twins, was telling myself how much harder it would have been if I had had triplets.

Posted by Nathalie Mason-Fleury on December 03, 2003 at 12:44 PM MST #

My daughter just got over basically the same thing, worst shape she's been in so far. She was running a fever on and off for about 3 straight days. Lukily she got on medication and within another 3 was back at daycare. Needless to say my wife and I missed about a full week of work together. Oh, you forgot to mention the instinctual need for them to throw up on you when you are holding them :-) But the poor things don't know any better.

Posted by dsuspense on December 03, 2003 at 03:33 PM MST #

Believe it or not, Zicam seems to actually work. You'll still be infected, but no runny nose, no sore throat. I'm about 5 days into my cold and it hasn't been bad at all. I can sleep at night and breath through my nose.

Posted by Mark Denovich on December 05, 2003 at 10:03 PM MST #

I've been remarkably lucky - the day I wrote this post was the worst I've felt. I still feel it lingering though, so posting this could come back to haunt me. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on December 06, 2003 at 12:18 AM MST #

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