Monday, August 30, 2010

Sick Day

Caleb having a sick day from school.

After years of getting newborns and colicky babies to sleep through the night, it's a relief when they all doze from sunset to sunrise with nary a peep. So, many a night we fall asleep anticipating not awaking again until daybreak. But, then there are those nights; the nights we weren't expecting.

Last night was one of those nights. It was 1 a.m., and I was in deep slumber when a knock on our bedroom door nudged me towards consciousness. I was still a little foggy when I heard a little voice declare, "I got sick." That's all it took to shoot me out of bed. I opened the door to find Caleb, holding his stomach, completely naked. With much apprehension, I entered his room and surveyed the damage. It actually wasn't bad, but the stench was pretty overwhelming when you're barely awake.

I bathed Caleb, cleaned up his room and changed his linens. Then I returned to my room, dreaming of a little more sleep. It took a little while to return slumber, and of course right when I'm starting to snooze, the knocks continued. Throughout the night, I was frequently in Caleb's room and finally gave up even trying to sleep around 5 a.m.

Having a sick kid is exhausting, but in a small way satisfying too. Caleb's at the age where he doesn't need me as much. He's nudging his way towards independence, and I'm working my way towards taking a more passive role in his life. But, last night he needed me and I could tell he was glad I was there. I'm glad to find ways to show him he's loved, in sickness and in health.

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