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When It Rains...

It's been pouring over here at caramama's house. Not literally. Well, actually literally right at before last week started we had an insane storm with pouring rain, including a brief power outage that happened while the Pumpkin was sitting on the potty in the bathroom without any windows. That was a fun way to start the day.

But this past week was pouring more in the figurative sense. I was just going list what's been going on day-by-day, but it's just depressing me to write it all that way. Let me try to sum it up.

Last Monday, Londo called me at work to talk with me about something that came up at his work. He was asked to manage a project/task that would last a week, but really good for his career, but mean insane hours for 7-8 days straight. As in, out the door before kids are awake and home after they are asleep, working all weekend, long hours. I told him to do it. I could handle a week of kid care by myself, and it would be very worth it for him. I just needed to rearrange my week so I could do drop offs, pick ups, morning care, dinner times bedtimes, and childcare and meals all weekend long. That's all.

(As an aside, wasn't it awesome of him to consult with me before saying yes? Not everyone would have! He's a thoughtful guy, and that's one of the many reasons why I love him.)

So I did the solo parenting thing from last Tuesday at dinnertime until Tuesday morning of this week (aka yesterday). Londo almost always leaves the house before the kids wake up, but Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday he didn't get home until after they were in bed. That was tough for everyone, including Londo. He's not used to not seeing his kids for days at a time.

Luckily, he was able to work from home on both Saturday and Sunday. He had business calls, deadlines and long hours in the home office, including working until midnight or later both nights. But at least he was able to let me sleep in on Saturday morning, give me an hour break later that day, feed the kids on Saturday night, and put the Pumpkin to bed on Sunday night.

Those long hours with the kids? Exhausting! Especially with one kid sick. The Pookie threw up Thursday evening as I put him in his highchair. He spewed on everything! Twice! I stuck him in the tub and sprayed him off, cleaned up the highchair enough so that the dog wouldn't keep licking it (why are dogs so gross?), set the Pumpkin in front of the TV and put the baby to bed early. Poor sick boy had also developed a fever and was tired and cranky. Once he was asleep, the Pumpkin and I finished dinner, I put her to bed, I took the highchair outside and hosed it down in the dark, and I rinsed and put in the washer the chair cover, clothes and towels which were all covered in vomit. All the while, I was making frantic calls to family members and friends to find someone to watch the Pookie the next morning. Oh, that was a fun night.

But that wasn't the only health issue I got to deal with during the past week. Oh no. Not the only one at all.

I got a call from my mom on Tuesday saying my 95-year-old Grandma fell and was in the hospital. She was okay and recovering, but she has three broken ribs and needed to be transferred to a nursing home on Saturday while my mom was out of town. The last few years, she's been living with my mom, but my mom can't take care of her, physically or otherwise, with broken ribs and in need of physical therapy.

On Friday morning, the Pumpkin had an appointment with an ENT which I did NOT want to have to reschedule. That was why I frantically called around to find some Friday morning coverage for the Pookie so I could take the Pumpkin to the ENT. I'll write a longer post about that, but the short story is that the Pumpkin's adenoids are enlarged, and we are going to schedule a surgery for October. Wheeee! Actually, this could be a very good thing. But just another thing to deal with.

Meanwhile, we learned that another family member is having a serious health issue. It's not my place to talk about, so I'm not going to discuss any details. But it is not good and affects Londo and I mentally and emotionally, and it will affect the kids and our scheduling. To say nothing of how it affects the family member and other family members.

But the kids and I did have some really good times. When I tweeted that I didn't know how single parents, parents with partners who work long hours or SAH parents do it, I got a response from awakingsleep that said I would find my own single-parenting rhythm. She was absolutely right. And even though I breathed a sigh of relief when the weekend was over and I headed back to work, by the end of the day on Monday I was dying to pick up the kids and see them again and spend time with them again. I will have more solo parenting coming up soon, and--I can't believe I'm going to say this--I'm even looking forward to it a little bit!

Okay, maybe I really have lost my mind. Or maybe I'm delirious with fever. Oh, didn't I mention? Yesterday the Pumpkin came home from school with a fever and is home sick today, luckily being watched by my mom since I have NO time left to take off and hubby has to do his actual regular work. And the Pookie was up for two hours in the middle of the night.

And the hits just keep on coming!

Comments

Cloud said…
Ugh.

I have one practical suggestion: there is a product called Bac-Out that rocks for taking the smell of puke (and pee and poop) out of things.

It is marketed as a pet odor thing, but I just bought four bottles and I don't have any pets.

Bonus is that it is an environmentally friendly enzyme-based cleaner. I've squirted it on just about every pair of pants Pumpkin owns, our carpet, our sofa, our chairs, lots of bedding, mattresses, my PJs.... etc, etc. No harm has ever come to any of it.

On the other stuff, I'm no help at all!
Jac said…
I'm not a single parent, but my husband travels a lot for work. He's gone at least one week a month, sometime two, and this October he'll be gone for three weeks straight. The bonus is that when he's home, he has an extremely flexible schedule, and does all the cooking and most of the chores.

I actually don't mind that much. DS and I get into our own little rhythm and it works. It definitely helps that I am a WOHM so I get a break from childcare. I find the hardest part is the transition - trying to massage our routine to include my husband when he comes home always takes a couple of days and DS consistently acts out during the process. It's easier now that I've accepted That's Just The Way It Is.

Sorry about all the sickness. I hope everyone is feeling better soon.
mom2boy said…
Wow, what a lot all at once!! I'm really sorry your kids are going through an end of summer blitz of illness. I guess there's never a "good" time for projectile vomit and fevers but it sure feels harder when you are solo parenting. Awesome that you were able to find a bright side and see that you could find your own parenting rhythm within the chaos. I hope everyone is feeling better!!
Anonymous said…
Hey, look! I'm famous! [That'll teach me, not proofreading my tweets!]

I'm glad to hear that you found your groove some, and I'm so sorry to hear that you are in the thick of so much! Going solo has its fun moments for as long as you can get your basic needs met, but I hope the skies clear for you soon!

-Becky
(aka awakingsleep)

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