Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I can't take it anymore!

Annie’s (6) fever finally broke today. She has a bit of a cough and stuffy nose, she looks a bit pasty, and is awfully skinny (for a Raising Five kid!) but she is up and around.

Which is a good thing, because she’s getting the BOOT today.

Not out of the house, just out of our ROOM. Yes, we can only blame ourselves. We started this evil tradition back when we moved into a two-story house. When one of the kids is sick, we throw a pallet (aka sleeping bag) on the floor and let the sick child sleep on the floor of our room. That way I can hear the crying, take temperatures, and help people to throw up without getting it all over their beds, without having to traipse up and down the stairs a million times a night.

Problem is, this seemingly simple, step-saving exercise has morphed over the years into the kids finding every excuse to throw a slumber party in our room. Now, on Friday nights, and when one of us is out of town, we can expect to hear the rustle of sleeping bags being hauled into our room.

So Annie’s the one who’s sick? No matter! Out with the sleeping bags. “We’ll keep her company, Mom.” Most nights since she got sick Saturday (well, actually since Friday, since that's slumber party night!), we have had three or four kids on the floor; at least one night, ALL FIVE KIDS were surrounding our bed.

Normally I don’t mind. Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough oxygen, but, hey, we’ve all managed to wake up alive. I suppose there’s going to come a time someday when they will not want to sleep in our room, so it’s not that big of a deal. When we need our privacy, we move them on out.

But last night was the worst. Three kids were on the floor, and I was the last one to come to bed. Annie was on Dennis’s side, but her SNORING was raising the rafters all the way to China (did I mention she had a stuffy nose?). After a few minutes of trying to ignore it, I got up to move her to her tummy.

Dennis sleepily said, “What are you doing?”

“I can’t sleep with all this noise!”

“Huh? I didn’t even hear her!”


When I got to her, I was disappointed to realize she was ALREADY on her stomach. I turned her over, gave her some cold medicine, but the sound only got worse! I tried to get into bed and put a pillow over my head, but it was no use. The vibration from her obviously clogged sinuses was shaking the bed frame!

I couldn’t take it any longer. I got up, grabbed all my pillows (4) and went to ANNIE’s bed upstairs. So it's a twin, but it was dark and quiet. Ahhhh....

I know what you're thinking: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??!!

I couldn't worry about the precedent I was setting. I just needed some sleep!

Anyway, this morning, first thing, Dennis said, “I can’t take it any more!”


“Here’s the sequence: Snoring, snoring, snoring. Me getting up to turn Annie over. Snoring, snoring, snoring. Me getting up to turn her over. Repeat all night.

Yep, his eyes looked very bloodshot. I felt bad that I’d had such a great night's sleep on that little twin bed in a dark, silent room.

"Okay," I said non-chalantly, "She seems to be doing better today, anyway."

But secretly I was amazed.

I guess he could hear her….once I left the room!


Aimee said...

i am laughing my head off!!! same scene, different state!! My 4 year old has been in here with us recently when sick and he snores UNBELIEVABLY and it's a fight b/t my husband and I as to who gets to the couch first!! :)

Ami said...

That is funny! I didn't know that the trick to get hubby to help with sick kids during the night was to leave them with HIM! I'll try that tonight.

Laura said...

That is too funny, well maybe not funny to you but I can just vision the big ole sleepover and you laying there tossing and turning!

Glad you got a good night's sleep in the end!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't that the funniest thing? Our husbands ears start functioning when we're not around. My hubby's ears kicked into high gear and he didn't struggle to get to work on time when I was in the hospital awaiting Emily's birth for a month and he had to take charge of Rachel. Yet, now, he's back into the routine of not hearing kids, needing that extra push to get out of bed . . . at least I know he'll survive if anything happens to me and so will the kids. ;0)

Lisa said...

I do that too! We always end up with our 3 year old (and sometimes one of the older kids) in our bed whenever there is 'funder.' She doesn't snore, but she lays right in the small of your back and pushes you closer and closer to the edge till I've literally got about 8 inches of bed. I have slept soundly in a twin bed on many nights!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh Katherine, I hope you have a quiet, empty bedroom tonight!

In all honesty, it sounds like a fun family to be a part of though :)

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Don't feel the least bit guilty for a good night of sleep! I am sure there are hundreds of nights when he slept soundly and you were up with the kiddos!!

Rachel Anne said...

I'm waaay too grumpy the next day to have kids in the room with us for more than once every now and then!! Momma needs sleep.

I'm glad you got a good night's sleep--you deserve it! Glad she's feeling better!

Anonymous said...

I've been known to remove myself to another bed once or twice. Hubby seems to be able to sleep through anything. :)

The other problem with kids all over the floor is trying to find your way in the dark without tripping or stepping on someone. :)


Julie@HighFive! said...

That's so funny!

I think finding any way to get a good nights rest is worth it. We joke that we play musical beds around here because it seems like we end up in different places in the morning than we started out.

I say, don't sweat it because the time is quickly coming when everyone will be so concerned about their space and privacy...we'll remember these relatively peaceful days and smile.

Rebecca said...

Laughing over here too~in another state~same scene only 2 of our five are two small to come lay on our floor. But after moving to a 2 story home we have lived downstairs in the guest room next to our boys or they've practically lived on our floor! Just last night, after coughing kept me up for hours, I snuck off with my *4* pillows, down to one of the boys bunks and slept in peace. That was SO funny to read. Thanks for sharing your story and your faith! :o)

Beck said...

Poor snoring Annie!
My husband and I take turns camping out with whoever is sick downstairs and whenever he is the camp-ee, I just stay upstairs awake and guilty. Yep, that's great.

El Shaddai Ranch said...

Do you live in my house? Same thing - 5 kids, just different ages. Thank you for helping me realize I'm not the only one out there.

Anonymous said...

Well, where have I heard this before, oh, just about every mom I know! Ha Ha
Glad she is better.

Kiki said...

I like the idea of a family slumber party night. That would be fun when we have carpet instead of hard floors.

I slept on the couch the other night and it wasn't because of a kid, my husband was so stinky, I couldn't sleep!

Jen said...

Of course he heard had left and frankly he HAD to had flown the coop..I'm glad you got a good nights sleep even if it was on a could have been on a canoe....but you slept.....LOL.