We rang in the new year with the stomach flu. Not the way I planned to start 2018, but I did notice something about myself as I was dealing with the aftermath – I have a distinct method of handling the stomach flu with this many people in the house.
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First of all, I have a sixth sense about this whole vomiting thing. I can hear a child getting ready to vomit from several doors down while I am fast asleep. Rarely do I catch them in time, but occasionally I can. And I just know when it’s the flu and when it is something else. So, I could tell when my little 3 year old started to crater the Saturday after Christmas. She was laying around and not doing her usual grazing through the kitchen. That night, she started in throwing up, and I prayed the baby wouldn’t get it while I was done dealing with the 3 year old. It is so much easier to only need to help one really little sick person at a time. 2 days later, the rest of the kids started dropping like flies. First the 7 year old, then the 4 year old, then the baby, then the 11 year old – all in one night. And that’s when I kicked into Mommy Overdrive.