The last time I did this, I had two kids in diapers and a very big belly full of Will! Today wasn't exactly usual, as Jack was home from school [again]:
7:31 AM - Wake in Jack's bed with a start, realizing we've all overslept! [We never do this -- I hadn't set Jack's alarm as I had no plans to be in with him.] The kids need to be at school in 15 minutes! I leave Jack to sleep, he's been fighting a stomach thing and didn't get to sleep until 4 AM. Needless to say, I didn't either, which is why I'm in his bed and not my own. Kids want moms when they're sick.
7:35 AM - Race around, rustling everyone from their beds and head downstairs to make breakfast and lunches. It's a cereal day, which thankfully no one minds.
7:40 AM - Get Will's morning blood sugar reading, he's 78 which is a little on the low side. He'll get an extra bowl today because he has gym.
7:45 AM - Administer Will's insulin, have him check out the lunch I've quickly pulled together to make sure he'll eat everything come lunch time. Calculate said carbohydrates for the school nurse, as she'll be doing his lunchtime injection.
8:05 AM - Drop Audrey and Will at school, assuring him that it's okay to be late [again] and that his class has most definitely NOT started gym class yet.
8:10 AM - Email Jack's teacher to let her know that he's out again. After I call the school nurse and let her know of Will's low reading this morning, before texting his teacher to ask her to keep an extra special eye on him. Helicopter Mom much, anyone?
8:15 AM - Deal with Julie, who's been dropping her tennis ball at my feet signalling that she REALLY needs to go out. Toss the ball in the driveway while speaking to my mother on the phone. Agree to help her with her Christmas card, the one she's been waiting for from me for months.
8:30 AM - Julie won't give up the ball, clamping down on it, so I drag her into the house refusing to play any longer. It's a little game she plays, and I'm not feeling it today.
8:30 AM - Pull out the first Diet Coke of several I'll drink today, reminding myself it really isn't good for me. Begin creating my parents' Christmas card online featuring the grandchildren, then call to have her log in so she can view it. Eric took the picture at Labor Day when my sister's family was visiting.
8:40 AM - Receive a text from our college-age sitter asking if there's anything I'd like for her to do today, her class was cancelled and she's looking to make some Christmas money. Boy, would I! I text back ASAP.
9:15 AM - Elsa arrives, and together we pick up the kitchen while gabbing non-stop. I toss out a few little projects that need to be tackled, and she chooses laundry first.
10 AM - Jack wakes and lands on the couch. I try to get him to drink something. Anything. All he wants is Gatorade, which we are out of.
10:40 AM - I leave to get him Gatorade while the sitter stays; she has to leave before Noon but this gives me enough time to hit the grocery store as well.
12 Noon - Home to Jack. Release the sitter, but not before splitting a veggie wrap with her, and join Jack for a brief couch cuddle.
12:15 PM - Talk to the school nurse for the second time, Will was low at his pre-lunch check and she wants to know if it's okay to underdose him seeing that I'd called earlier. It is.
12:30 PM - Talk to the school nurse for the third time, Will finished his entire lunch and is fine.
12:45 PM - Empty the dishwaters and contemplate asking a friend to pick up Audrey and Will at school. Decide to ask, Jack is throwing up again and is afraid to be alone for even just five minutes. He's upset that I wasn't home earlier today when he got sick last. I feel intense mommy guilt -- I was only gone one hour.
1:30 PM - Finally eat lunch while refilling Will's prescriptions online. Console Jack that he didn't upset me, that it's okay and I know he's not feeling well.
1:50 PM - Try to find something on On-Demand for Jack to watch.
2:04 PM - Talk to the school nurse for fourth time, Will's blood sugar is extremely low. His teacher caught it in the dismissal line, so he's now there with Audrey, my girlfriend and her boys. We agree he can be released because he's received 15g Smarties, even though his blood sugar can't have risen much, as he's coming straight home.
2:15 PM - Will and Audrey come rolling in with my friend, he heads straight for the couch and we start treating his low.
3 PM - Will's now high (over 200) but is happily playing Minecraft on couch. Audrey asks to make cookies and I make phone calls in the office to my girlfriend to again thank her, to the school nurse (fifth time maybe, I've lost count).
3:15 PM - Eric calls to say he'll be late, eat without him. [sigh] Audrey decides she's done with the cookies, even though only one dozen have been baked. She moves on to cutting holly from one of our bushes to turn into mistletoe. I finish the cookies since I don't want the batter to go to waste. After burning two sheets, I realize she has the oven set at 375F on convection. No wonder! I reset and save the last dozen just fine. We have lots of hockey pucks now.
4 PM - The kids start watching The Grinch with Jim Carrey while doing their homework. I pretend not to notice. I have no energy to engage them and they're happy, so what the who [pun intended].
5 PM - I start dinner, wondering what the heck to feed Jack who is starving but still afraid to eat. He's only had Gatorade, a popsicle and jello today, and I know that sugar is wreaking havoc on his system.
5:45 PM - Check Will's blood sugar again. It's 47, which is a big change from the 200 at 3 PM. He needs to eat NOW! Let's just say he's a little cranky and leave it at that.
6 PM - Steak tip dinner, not my best but at least it's edible. I have steamed the broccoli so thoroughly, it's softer than oatmeal. To say I'm distracted these days is a big understatement.
6:30 PM - Jack is sick again. WTF, we all think. He hasn't had anything to eat all day.
7:30 PM - Eric walks through the door, an hour earlier than expected. He has us all laughing within minutes. It helps. We do some smooching for the kids, who've now hung the mistletoe, and big hugging.
8 PM - We send Audrey and Will to bed to read. Eric stays with Jack and finds a automotive show for him to watch. I fold a load of laundry while listening to Audrey read, then we test Will's blood sugar again. 281 eek! That's super high, but I decide not to treat (i.e. administer insulin) as it hasn't been three hours and he's had a crazy day of numbers.
8:30 PM - I rejoin the big boys to watch The Goldbergs, which Eric and I love (being that we're 80s kids and all). We laugh a lot and Jack cracks up seeing the clothes. Eric launches into a big discussion about the original Nintendo, I can add nothing to that conversation!
9:10 PM - Jack and I turn in, me back in his bed for another night in the hopes it'll be an easier one. (It wasn't)