Before the Sickness Hit...

We're all sick over here at our house.  Octavian came down with a strange GI infection on Sunday that caused him to spike a super high fever and have an ongoing tummy ache for the past three days.  I have to say, he's been a pretty good sport about the whole thing.  If I had a 103.5+ degree temperature and I were 2-years old, I would definitely be the most annoying person ever.  Thankfully, he's starting to feel better and is starting to get his appetite back.  Seriously, a hungry toddler who doesn't want to eat may just be the most frustrating combination ever.

Then, on Monday, I started feeling sick.  I have been very lucky the past few months and all the cold and flu viruses that had taken down Octavian and the Husband somehow skipped me.  It seems my luck ran out- and right when the Husband was leaving town for a couple nights.  We're surviving thanks to a little help from our friends Nemo, Elmo and Thomas.  And by little, I mean a whole lot.  I suppose one silver lining of being sick with a toddler is lots and lots of cuddles.

Groceries were purchased and I had a whole menu planned for the week, but when I'm sick, all i want is soup.  So, yesterday, into a pot I threw all the remaining vegetables that were about to go bad- butternut squash, big chunks of ginger, parsnips, carrots, onion, shallots, and garlic. Boil, puree and served with buttered bread, it definitely helped me feel a little better.

But, seriously, being a stay-at-home mom with a toddler when you're sick sucks.  No sick days or time off.  We simply have to figure out a way to make it through the day.  This is not meant to come off as complaining, however, it really makes me appreciate all the days that I feel well.  Even those days where I feel tired or run down, they are nothing compared to sick days.

Before all the yucky sickness invaded our house, we made a little trip to the river preserve this past weekend.  Octavian was very confused (and a little pissed) that we were not allowing him to play in the water, but he always has a great time "dumping dumping dumping" in the leaves.  When we told him it was too cold to go into the water and that the water was only for the ducks he would try to sprint away from us while shouting "go ahnahda waeaeeey".  My fearless waterbaby is relentless.

His other new thing is to run to and try to grab my camera lens if he sees that I am crouching down while photographing him.  Octavian has a very neutral attitude towards my camera.  He is Ok with it being around as long as it doesn't get too close.


Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Lemon, Garlic and Red Chili Flakes

Homemade (Healthier) Green Bean Casserole