Captain’s Log Day 2,285

Its been a while since I’ve done one of these DITL type posts. Winter is finally on its way out, and we are going to get into the 40s this week! Its even supposed to be 61 degrees tomorrow, but of course it is going to rain, just like it did all weekend. So not only has the snow melted into puddles, but now we have rivers in the streets because of the rain. I’m loving the warmth, but I can’t wait for sunshine. I NEED to get some real vitamin D, and the kids do too. They’ve got cabin fever so bad. All of their toys are boring now, and they want to watch tv all the time. Yesterday, it barely reached 40 degrees, and the boys were begging to go outside. So I obliged, but they didn’t last ten minutes. It just wasn’t quite warm enough to go play without all of their winter garb. They wore their coats, but needed the gloves, hats and probably warmer pants for it to be bearable.

Just when my morning sickness and fatigue started to wane, our household got hit with a bout of rotavirus. Its a gut virus similar to norovirus (aka the popular misnomer “stomach flu” which is NOT INFLUENZA). It causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Kids get vaccinated for it now, but, as with the nature of viruses, it mutates and can infect anyone at any age. As with most of our sickness, it started with Sylas – puking in bed. Then three days later, Ivan did the same. That afternoon, Amalia threw up on the couch. I have not thrown up, but I’ve felt nauseous and tired. It can last up to 8 days, so it is a good thing Sylas is on spring break this week to minimize spreading it around. I think the kids feel ok, but none of them are eating well. Hydration is key with stomach bugs, and that is the one thing they are keeping up with. Just one more reason for me to be ready for the weather to get nice enough to be outside. All. The. Time.

I have been waking up every morning with lots of phlegm and congestion. I have a sneezing fit every day as a part of my morning ritual now. So I went shopping on Amazon for an air purifier. I’ve wanted one for a long time, but they’re so pricey. I ended up getting a good deal on a set of two, so that we can have one upstairs and one downstairs. The ones I ordered are approved for small to medium rooms, but I’m hoping that letting them run often enough, and maybe moving them around every couple days, we can get the air clean in the whole house. I am hoping that they help keep sickness at bay as well. Maybe they will even help Ivan’s eyes not be so mattered in the mornings. We’ll see.

I’m in the middle of planning a bridal shower for my future SIL. That is coming up at the beginning of April. I sent out invitations last week, and am on to the rest of the party planning. If you have any cute shower game ideas, throw them my way.

I’m in hard core planning mode right now. We have a big family vacation this summer that I am SO excited for. My parents, brothers and spouses,and Javier and I rented a beach house for a week. We have had the reservation since last summer, and since it is less than 6 months away now, I’ve started keeping a list of random things that we may need to pack, and I can add to it whenever something crosses my mind. Being pregnant, I’ve come to the realization that we may need to change travel plans a bit, because I will have to get out of the car frequently, and it is a long trip.

I am beyond ready for spring/summer to get here. I can’t wait to get outside, to open the windows and air out the nasty house from all of these winter germs. My winter blues this year are much better than they were last year, but I’m really itching to get back to our outdoor life that we love so much.

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