This winter break from school has been wonderful. Quite rejuvenating. I've slept in every day, at least until 9, some days quite a bit later. BigDaddyFish got up with the kids and kept them under control until I got up and let me get up as I wanted to, not because someone else woke me up for because I had to for some schedule. It has been amazing to not have to drive anyone anywhere.
Tomorrow, when the kids go back to school, is going to hurt.
I started this post yesterday, and was going to write about how everything was great until Sunday when Little Man dropped his brand new iPod Touch out of his pocket onto our front steps and shattered the screen. I was talking to one of my BFFs and saying how I was worried it was a harbinger of things to come this year, and she said maybe it'll be the worst thing that happens to us all year. I wish she had been right.
Last night Trout blacked out and fell in our kitchen, hitting her head on the wall and mashing her glasses into her face. I will spare you the gory photos unless you ask nicely, but the glasses cut her just below her eyebrow and she had to have five stitches. The ER was particularly busy for a Monday night, and we had to wait forever to be seen.* Once we finally were, they were concerned not just about the cut, out of which the doctor pulled a small sliver of her glasses lens (which is PLASTIC and didn't shatter, we still can't figure out where it came from), but why she blacked out in the first place. They did some tests and some blood work and near as we can figure out for now, she was dehydrated and mostly fainted. She wasn't unconscious for any length of time and in fact argued with us about going to the ER in the first place, as she was adamant she was fine, so we knew she wasn't seriously injured from the fall. So we'll follow up with her regular pediatrician in the next couple of days, and we'll head to a one-hour glasses place to get her some new glasses. Now we're working on the most creative story for how it happened - my current favorites are an unfortunate trapeze accident or skydiving over the Grand Canyon. Feel free to leave your most creative ideas in the comments, I need something to cheer me up.
It's a good thing I got all that rest, AND that I started working out again. I'm going to need my strength. Anyone want to place bets on what the number three thing is going to be, since bad things happen in threes?
*We have a free-standing emergency center right here in our town, and then there is the associated hospital a couple of towns (but really only about a 15-20 minute drive) south of here, which has a pediatric emergency department separate from the adult. We went to the local ER because it's usually not busy -- it's where we went for all the rest of the stitches the kids have received [see also: here and here] but based on our experience last night/this morning, I just may bypass that and go straight to the peds ER next time.