First, we had Hugo vomiting in the wee hours of Friday morning. I had hoped Elena might escape the bug but it turns out that was a little over-optimistic.
She seemed fine until we were driving to her ENT specialist appointment on Friday afternoon. I heard a little coughing and a sad voice from the back seat…and then lots of vomiting. Thankfully I was on a section of road where I could pull over safely. Of course, I hadn’t packed a spare pair of clothes (mamma fail), so I had to do my best and clean her up with a pack of wet wipes. Great. We were half way though our appointment when the coughing started up again. Thankfully my reflexes were working and I managed to catch it all in my hand (that’s love for you…) and get Elena over the sink before the next round started. How embarrassing. Thank goodness we missed the carpet due to some fancy footwork by Alex and the strategic deployment of a handkerchief.
Turns out the ENT was lovely and completely un-phased. It also turns out that Elena definitely needs grommets. We’re booked in for 17 December. Hopefully it will all go smoothly and we will see an end to her seemingly ever-present ear infections. It’s a bit scary, though.
Elena wasn’t the only one to catch the vomits from Hugo. I’ve had my turn too, but thankfully am feeling better today. Alex was complaining about his gut this morning. I have my fingers crossed he will escape and not become victim number four.
The happy news for today is that we’re getting evaporative cooling installed! There have been various tradies traipsing through the place all day and I have my fingers crossed it will all be done by the end of the afternoon.
I’m still wracked with indecision about chicken coops, but I think I’ve settled on the eBay coop idea. Having everyone sick this weekend has made me freak out about the prospect of getting a coop started and then having to abandon it in the middle of the process. I think a coop we can get up before I go back to work in January is the way to go. Today.
I had considered calling this post ‘Why I love Alex’, but I thought that was a bit soppy. But anyway, this picture represents one of the reasons why I love Alex. He accommodates my crazy ideas and is usually willing to come along for the ride. I found a listing on gumtree (Australia’s version of Craig’s List) for free bricks and pavers…and Alex was sweet enough to volunteer to go and pick them up for me. It was a hot day and it took two trips. That’s love for you.
Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with tales of successfully installed cooling and a happy and healthy family!