The worst part was that it hit on Saturday night, and I had planned on doing one hour of church with the kids on Sunday morning. I was so ready to just see people, be out and about, and most of all, worship corporately. I had been thinking about the church thing for awhile, and I knew I would just need to see how Liam was doing. The major help is that Liam will be in the Sunday School class my mom teaches, so he wouldn't have any major new faces. However, I knew that I didn't want to attempt the 9:00 hour just yet (when my mom teaches Sunday School). My mom offered to stay with Liam and just walk around church/explore/take it easy while I went to the 10:30 worship service with Kurt. Kurt teaches adult Sunday School at the 9:00 hour, so he needed to be there and I would be getting the kids ready by myself. I honestly wasn't concerned about that part, because as long as I can corral them in the same room, they're pretty easy to pin down and get dressed - ha!
Well, Saturday night the stomach bug hit me. I thought it might have been something I ate, and I prayed that I could sleep the rest of it off. Nope. I even got out of bed and thought "maybe if I walk around and get going it will pass." Nope. I ended up texting my mom (she had her phone more handy than Kurt), and she came home to take care of the kids. I wanted Kurt to be able to go to worship since he had missed just as much as I had. Sidenote: A lot of people were telling me that I was attempting too much, I shouldn't be so hard on myself (I get that a lot?), and that I can worship anywhere, which I totally understand. But here's the deal: I wasn't being too hard on myself. I wasn't trying to attend church to impress anyone or because I was holding myself to a super high standard. We had a gameplan that I knew wouldn't overwhelm Liam and I was SO READY to just be in my church again. So it wasn't about trying to get back in the game at a superhuman speed or anything.
I went back to bed and ended up having to take a Phenergen, which basically knocked me out most of the day. I took nap after nap and when I woke up at 6:30pm, it was the first time I could lift my head successfully. My family came over to my house after church and we watched some of the Cowboys game. I was able to help Kurt get the babies to bed, and then I stayed up til about 11:00 (only because I had slept most of the day). But when Kurt headed to bed around then, I was ready to go too! I slept soundly the whole night, which was awesome.
Oddly enough, I think this could've been a bug, but it also could've been pure exhaustion and my body's way of dealing with the end of jet lag. I can now say that I feel like myself again, body-clock-wise, which feels wonderful. I was able to sleep so much the past two days that I think I'm all caught up.
Another GREAT piece of news - for four nights in a row, Liam has slept through the night!!! Do you want to know the secret? A space heater. Yes, you read that right. My child WAS COLD. It makes perfect sense, because in Korea they tend to bundle up and crank the heat, so I guess he was really used to that. We aren't suffocating him with heat or anything, but it's a low, mild fan that just warms his room a little more than the rest of our rooms. Kurt tried it several nights ago, and lo and behold, he slept three hours longer than he had been! We thought for sure it was a fluke, but it has worked the last several nights! He has been fighting naps terribly, but I would rather have good night sleep than good naps any day. I'm sure the sleep thing will fluctuate, but right now we're in a good phase and I'm praying it sticks around. :)
This week we're taking Liam to our pediatrician for the first time, and I'm excited to get him all checked out. We have a few things we're asking him about, and, like the haircut thing, I know it will make me feel like Liam's mom even more.
I have several blog posts in the back of my head that I know I want to write, but if anyone has specific questions you'd like to ask, this will keep it all in one place. So feel free (within reason) to ask. :) We're doing really well, and we think Liam is a remarkable little boy who brings so much sunshine to our family!