Home with a Sick Monkey

M had the best night of sleep of her life last night. Then she woke up and nursed, asked for cereal, refused cereal, asked for banana, took one bite, and threw up all over the floor.

A few more pukey episodes and a long morning later, she is napping. She is wearing her snowsuit. Poor baby.

The weather today is the epitome of gray. We have already sent matchbox cars down ramps made of old wooden skis, sorted out the box full of baby outerwear, organized the front closet, drawn on big pieces of paper with purple crayons, read the “Skip to My Lou” book half a dozen times, coaxed the cat into entertaining us by chasing her orange stuffed rabbit, and spent 45 minutes locating each and every dog in the Boden catalog that arrived in the mail.

A couple of months ago I visited a friend who had one of those books of fun activities to do with your toddler. One of the items was, “Get out a box of Kleenex and let your child pull each sheet out. Then put them all in a grocery bag so you can use them later.” At the time it seemed ridiculous that this was considered an “activity” at all, let alone something you would look to a book to be inspired to do … now I’m thinking that it’s not a bad idea and I could even use a few more ideas like that.

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