Friday, September 05, 2008

TGIF and win the prize

This has been a long week and I'm so thankful that it's finally Friday and that this weekend we can all be together as a family and hopefully we'll all get some good rest and be healthy. Even though last weekend was a holiday weekend, Eammon had a tremendous amount of work to do and in the end, spent all but a couple of hours working. So Saturday I decided to take Maisie out in the morning and run a few errands. She was dragging a bit and being extra clingy but otherwise she seemed okay.  Then at one point when she snuggled up to me I thought she felt a little hot so I made a point to remember to take her temp once we got home.

Towards the end of our errands Maisie needed to use the restroom and I went in with her. She thinks she can do everything herself and proceeded to completely melt down when I told her that I needed to stay with her in public restrooms as she not only wanted me out of the stall but out of the room completely. It was just a bad, bad scene so I went to pick her up to leave the store and in a somewhat less than graceful move, managed to twist just so, that I pinched my sciatic nerve. With a lot of pain and a screaming child I managed to get us both in the car and home. Eammon helped me get Maisie ready for her nap and I took her temp to find that she was running a fever of almost 103F.

IMG_3195She napped well but for the rest of the day was sort of like a limp rag wanting to snuggle and lay on me...just like she did when we first met her. Since I was in pain and she wasn't feeling well we spent the afternoon snuggled together, watching Thomas the Tank Engine, Max & Ruby and Charlie & Lola. We read books and we dozed together. Sunday and Monday were more of the same as the only thing Maisie wanted to do was snuggle and nap on me. She started complaining that her throat and tongue hurt and they must have really hurt because by Sunday night even her favorite extra-special treat foods like M&Ms and squirt cream went uneaten.

We kept her hydrated and I gave her some meds for the pain which also helped to bring down her fever and the two of us in pain, made it through the weekend. Tuesday morning I called Maisie's doc and got an appointment for that afternoon. They performed a strep test and looked at her throat and said it was probably something viral and that her throat would be sore for a few days and to keep doing what I was doing for pain relief. When I mentioned that she hadn't really eaten anything in three days the doc suggested ice cream and milk shakes. We gave that a go but she mostly ignored or refused to eat or drink most of it. Poor little girl was really miserable and for four nights she wouldn't sleep alone and only wanted to be with me so poor Eammon got relegated to the sofa and/or guest room.

Thankfully by Wednesday morning Maisie had turned the corner and was getting back to her normal energy levels...Unfortunately after having her on me and lifting her too many times, I couldn't move. We made it through the morning together...barely. Eammon came home just after lunch, stopping at the pharmacy to pick up some high-dose meds for me because what I had in the house wasn't cutting it. Maisie and I were in bed napping when he arrived home and it was there where I stayed until Thursday morning. Eammon did great with Maisie though, cajoling and playing and getting her to finally eat some real food. By Thursday morning my meds had kicked in and though I wasn't walking upright or anywhere near pain free I was able to move around within limits. Maisie was full speed when she awoke so I decided to take her to school as that would give me three hours of down time and she could be active and have some fun. She did great at school but it totally wiped her out so she took a nice long (for her) nap. For this morning I had scheduled for her to go to the New Playroom for drop-off care just so I could give my back some more down time. She had a blast playing with her friends, doing crafts, jumping on the trampoline and into the foam pit.

IMG_3209 Last night for dinner Maisie wanted dumpling sandwiches and instead of me drawing some lame face on them, she wanted to decorated them herself.

IMG_3238 Making the sandwiches herself made them more appealing and she ate almost three. She wanted them again for her bento today so she did another great decorating job this morning, just check out her cute bento.

IMG_3239 I'm still begging asking for votes in the bento contest. The person with the most votes wins one of two bento box prizes. If you vote for one or both of Maisie's bentos (#52 &53) please leave a comment here for me letting me know that you voted. If by chance I happen to win one of the prizes I will do a drawing from all the voter's comments and you could be the winner of a new bento box plus something to be decided that I will add to the mix. In your comment, please leave a way to contact you as so many of the comments don't have a link back to an email address or only go to a blog where there is no email link. So, help me win and you could take the prize. Voting ends Sept 8 so please go cast your vote!!


  1. I am so sad you hurt you back. I hate that. It is the worse thing to hurt. I am glad Maise is feeling better. She looks so sweet in that picture. I hope you get back to normal soon. I voted on your bentos last week. I can't believe all you do. I am lucky to have anything at all on the table. You are one amazing mom.

  2. so sorry you had a sick kiddo and a funky back! Glad little Miss is better and you are on the mend. Okay, what and how do I make dumpling sandwiches? How do you color on stuff???

  3. I voted for your Bentos last week. I hope you win!!! Glad Maisie is feeling better.

  4. So glad that it's now 'in style' to play with our food! :o) Adorable bentos with all the fun colours. I voted for you!

    Sorry you were all feeling so punk. Glad to hear Maisie has improved and hopefully momma is on the mend too.

  5. Glad you are back on track...Maisie too. I made your Curried Israeli Couscous last weekend. Delicious. I also voted for your Bento. Good luck

  6. I am sorry that Maisie got sick and that you hurt your back.I am glad that Maisie is doing better. I am glad to hear that your back is doing better. I just voted for you. I love to see what you make for Maisie. I hope you win. Selima

  7. I am so sorry you are feeling so bad! Doug ran into Eammon when he was heading out of work to help you! I have hurt my back before and it is NOT fun.

    I just voted for your Bentos!

  8. I voted for 52 and 53:-) You had pretty many votes..keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    Hope your back is feeling better.

  9. I voted! Can you vote more than once? I can't imagine trying to wrangle a kiddo with a thrown out back. I threw mine out several months ago and went to a chiropractor and it went completely away. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  10. Oooo, sorry to hear about your back. That must have been a fun time in the store restroom that day! Trust me, I can relate!

    You've got my votes on the bentos. Hope you win!! :)

  11. Hey friend,

    I was sorry to hear about your back and Maisie not feeling well. That sciatica is nothing to mess with. I hope you are feeling a little better. Good for you taking it easy. I hope all is well for your family. You are in my thoughts. By the way I voted for you in the Bento contest, but I'm too lazy to do bento for A., so you keep the goodies. Talk with you soon. I'll call.

  12. so sorry to hear you both have been sick/hurt back. I feel for you with the back and a toddler. Glad you are doing better, now. I voted for both bentos the other day. Can we vote for you more than once?

  13. I voted for your Bentos.

    I am glad to hear Maisie is better and that you back is better soon. I can empathize as I have had back surgery and there are days with my two three year olds that my back just screams for me to stop. Thankfully, we have hubbys that are partners and do whatever needs to be done.


  14. I thought that Hillary and Maddie had already voted for the bentos, but I checked and they hadn't! So, I hurried and cast a vote!


  15. I voted, too!
    My little guy had a horrible virus last week - it's so darn sad when kids are miserable...and it's even worse when *mom* is in pain, too. Hope you are on the mend.

  16. Hope you are all feeling better. I voted for your bentos, they are so cute and inspiring.

  17. Hope you're feeling better!

    Your bento boxes are amazing! How do you do it?? I did vote for you -- hope you win!


  18. I hope you and Maisie feel better by now AND that you win AND that you start making my lunches, too! YUM!=)

  19. Oh, poor baby and your poor back. I am glad Maisie is getting better. I hope you are too!


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