Friday, January 1, 2010


after a very scary nine-day stay in the hospital for our sweet little L where he stopped breathing twice, slept in the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit), had an IV put in his head and got released on Christmas morning:

we have decided to hibernate.

L suffered from a respiratory infection called RSV which his big sis K so lovingly gave him. because of his age and medical conditions, he is at a higher risk of having complications from viruses such as RSV. we are grateful that this hospital stay ended after just nine days and that he was not put on a ventilator (which could have been necessary).

even though the docs say that all i can do to protect my baby from RSV is do what i have been doing -- incessantly wash our hands and use antibacterial gel when we're out -- i know i can do more.

there will not be any playdates, sunday school, bible class or birthday parties for our kids for two months. the goal is to keep our kids away from other kids until we get through most of the flu season. the good news is that since we've got three kids it will certainly not be a boring two months, we will just be home
a. lot.
for two whole months.

the kids don't know yet and i'm contemplating not telling them but hoping that this adventure is so fun that they don't realize what they're missing. this puts pressure on me to make this time extra fun. i love a good challenge.

in order to not go insane and because i so dearly love to take photos, i have decided to use this blog to document life going just about nowhere for two whole months.

the rules:
1. mom is allowed to leave the house to run errands or socialize
2. D + K are allowed to run errands with mom, if necessary
3. L is definitely not allowed to run errands
4. adults may come over to socialize, but not children
5. we can go on outings like parks and other outdoor places just as long as they are vacant
(i'll probably think of more as we go along... i like rules.)
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