A Mother-Daughter Day

Tad has a nasty cold. It was so bad that yesterday the Webmaster stayed home from church with him, because we decided it really wouldn’t be good form to take a child with a leaking nose who sounded like he needed to cough up a lung to play with healthy children.

Ane and I were on our own (not including her dolly, her imaginary friend Laura, and her imaginary horse Trigger, who were all also along for the ride). So I decided to make a fun afternoon of it, and after we left church, I took Ane out to lunch at Wendy’s.

Laugh if you will, but this was a big deal. We ate in the dining area, which made it extra-special, and Ane clearly knew that this was a special occasion. “Mommy, this is so nice,” she said. “There’s no Daddy, and no Tad. Just Ane and Mommy.” We did get a cheeseburger to take back to Daddy, though.

We then went over to Barnes & Noble, where I had a book to pick up that I’d ordered for Ane – yet another My First Little House book. The outing ended in the Cafe, where she had a hot chocolate and I had a latte and I read her the new book. It was fun, and she asked when we could do it again. I told her that I didn’t know, but I had a lot of fun with her.

Then she came home, took a nap, and woke up cranky. She got over the cranky by the time we got to Friend and Doc’s for dinner, but did her normal complaining over dinner.

Tad, my eating machine, has no appetite at the moment. He needs his sleep so badly, but keeps coughing and waking himself up. We gave him a dose of Benadryl before bedtime last night, and he went out like a light. Not only that, it has the added benefit of drying his runny nose up. We were wiping his nose so often that it was becoming chapped, so we switched from tissues to hankerchiefs.

I was hoping to do something fun today with them, since Ane doesn’t have school, but it seems like I’ll spend today nursing Tad and keeping Ane occupied and away from him. I think I might have to break out the paints.

One Response to “A Mother-Daughter Day”

  1. Matthew
    January 21st, 2008 11:27

    Benedryl is the one thing we are allowed to give the kids when they are sick (recommended by the advice nurse from our insurance) and I dose it out every four or five hours. It keeps us all sane.