Big E is restless tonight. I went in to check on him and he was stirring in his bed, his hands roaming across his blanket, over his hair, and down to his sides, only to do it all over again, all the while murmuring incoherently to himself. He started running a fever today, and by this evening it was quite high. We dosed him up with Ibuprofen and gave him a warm bath to bring his temperature down. By bedtime, it was in a comfortable range. I wonder now if it is on its way back up, but I will let him rest a little longer before intervening. Fevers are good for fighting infection, so I’d like it to do its job, as long as it is safe. I’ll admit I’ve been more anxious around fevers ever since Baby E’s seizure over the summer.
For Big E’s bath, Tim filled the tub three inches below the top, and Big E played in the water for a very long time.
“Mommy, will you stay in here and watch me play?” I heard him say as I checked on him.
“Sure.” I sat down next to the tub, keeping away from the edge and a potential soaking. I watched as he filled his little bucket with water he scooped up with a shovel. It looked like a tedious task, but he seemed to enjoy it.
“Mommy, I don’t think I’ll ever have kids. And I don’t think I will ever have a wife. Because, you know, I want to be a… what’s the word again??”
“A mechanic?” Big E has wanted to be a mechanic for the past year. He loves just about everything about cars and often scolds me that I need to read more about them so we can talk about them.
“Yes, a mechanic. I’m not going to have a wife or kids because I want to be a mechanic.”
“You know,” I replied, “You can be a mechanic and have a wife and kids!”
His eyes got large at this realization. “I didn’t know that!!” he exclaimed as he dove his toy boat under the water.
It seems unfair that he is sick again, just a few weeks after his last sickness, but alas it is that time of year. Each passing week I watch my leave bank dwindle as sickness after sickness parades through our house. I’ll be happy for spring. It can’t come soon enough.
Prayers for my sick ones! Thank you.