Plague House.

We angered the Gods somewhere and have been smited with many plagues. First it was our stomachs: Jack very casually vomited where he stood one day, then repeated the feat about 52 more times over the next 48 hours. Justin followed two days later, Emme one day after that, and then mommy closed out the week by puking for two days from her bed. Shortly after that I took Emme into the doctor’s office to have her diaper rash looked at (it’s been lingering since September; Triple Paste AF works until you don’t use it and then the rash comes flaming back. Not only do we hate to see her in discomfort but that stuff is $18 PER TWO OUNCES, PEOPLE!) and she became besties with a little girl who was hacking so violently it sounded like she had a 68-year-old man with smoker’s cough living inside of her. What do you do in that situation? I just couldn’t muster the rudeness to pull her away from the little girl. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Sure enough, two days later, Emme was coughing and feverish, then Jack, then Justin…I have, so far, escaped this one. All that good, clean living, I guess. The kids coughed for over a week but are finally cough free, thank goodness. Can we make it a week or two without any sickness?

In between bouts of disease we had a few really nice days and went out back into the yard.

Pardon their dirty, snotty faces. It’s been one of those months. Why wipe it away when it’s just going to reappear?

Emme was quite the clown this particular day.

Smoothies are back in fashion, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Emme’s eating got really bad — she wasn’t eating ANYTHING except fish sticks, cheese, and apples — and then got a bit better again. She’s branching out a bit and is willing to at least try a new thing every now and then. That coupled with the fact that they’re drinking the smoothies again has let me unclench a bit on the food front. I’m trying very hard to abide by the maxim that says it’s my responsibility to put good, nutritious food in front of them and my responsibility ends there. It’s their responsibility to eat it and if they don’t, oh well. But when I can get them to down a cup of spinach, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, a banana, and a couple of clementines as their afternoon snack…well, it makes me feel much better.

We are slowly adjusting to being home together full time again. I have panicky days where I wonder what the hell I’m doing but I remember this from the summer. Half the summer was wobbly and awkward and frustrating but I hit my stride about the end of July and August was beautiful. A lot of it is figuring out a routine that we’re all happy with. They’re used to having Jessica give them her full attention and do nothing but play with them and adjusting to having someone with them who does the laundry, and the dishes, and vacuums, and whatever else I have on my to-do list for the day can be frustrating for them. They especially hate it when I’m on the computer and behave abominably if they see me even walking towards it, which is frustrating, because I am usually trying to do something that requires some degree of concentration which doesn’t exist when you have a baby screaming “NONONONONONONO” in your ear and pulling your chair away from the desk. So I’m trying to limit any work I need to do on the computer to while they’re asleep or when Justin gets home since it just frustrates all three of us. They seem really happy when I’m working in the kitchen. Jack in particular is very good at finding little jobs for himself.


He lined up every coke can in front of the refrigerator and was thrilled with himself. When he finished, he helped me put them inside the refrigerator. He really loves having a job to do.

The bag drawer is very fun for them as well.

So our first month here in Arkansas hasn’t been without its challenges…but then again, we’ve packed a lot in. I’m looking forward to some smooth sailing in the upcoming weeks. (Famous last words.)


stasia - January 18, 2013 - 6:52 am

HOORAY! I am glad to hear you might be getting back to some sort of routine as I have missing missing your regular blog updates dearly. They are so witty and heartwarming,they just make my day every time. Looking forward to your photos and adventures from Fayetteville…PIG SOOIE!

LisaGW - January 18, 2013 - 9:59 am

Oh, how I’ve missed these posts. These photos are darling! Glad you’re all on the mend.

Richard Ragsdale - January 18, 2013 - 6:48 pm

That Emme’s a caution. I’ve been trying to introduce V to the fun of running around with a stick, but so far no go…

Katie - January 22, 2013 - 5:56 pm

LOVING the update 🙂

Shannon - February 13, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Ummm….I need a Jack and Emme fix…stat!