And now, it was time to pay the piper and clean up this mess. I got the big three off to school and then Keeghan, Kellsey and I took off to Sam's Club to restock our kitchen. We picked up a few essentials, a few non-essentials, and headed home to tackle the house. Cleaning the living room and kitchen turned into cleaning OUT the pantry and utility room, but by the end, I felt so much better. I picked up and sorted through a week's worth of mail and silently apologized to my mail man. I know he dislikes me - a lot.
When the kids got home, I put a roast in the oven and made a salad while they played and then we caught up on American Idol while we ate. Our Schwan's guy stopped by which led to a 2 hour conversation about GPS systems and child safety in kids with Down syndrome and Autism (which is the same conversation you have with YOUR Schwan's guy, right?! LOL) and I'll likely be posting more about that soon. Then the kids settled down to bed... Kassidy in Kennedy's room and Keeghan in Kameron's room... Kellsey in her own room. I had a little quiet time and headed to bed, looking forward to a solid night's sleep - not interrupted by sick kids or fevers, or coughing.
At 2am Keeghan ran into my room, crying, carrying a foam sword and saying, "Mommy, my ear hurts!" I felt his forehead... no fever. He has this horrible habit of grinding his teeth in his sleep. Loudly. He sounds like he's chewing on ice. He wakes me up a few times a week. The night that he was the sickest and he was in my bed, I tried massaging his jaw to get him to stop but he wouldn't stop. I noticed then that as he was grinding his teeth he was holding his ear, so I'm thinking it finally got to him.
So, I pulled him into bed, gave him a dose of Tylenol, which is a staple at my bedside these days, and massaged his jaw until he fell asleep. He spent the rest of the night crying about his ear,
Ah the life of a mom!