Slowly but surely, we are getting back to it here. Last night I was on my own – Cullen went to sleep around 7pm, and Casey was still rocking a fever and laying in bed himself. So I put on some music, turned on the fireplace, and sang while I cleaned the kitchen and cooked some dinner.
More and more, Cullen has started eating the same things we eat, so I’m trying to cook in big batches in order to have ample leftovers. Like a giant pan of roasted sweet potatoes…
While dinner cooked, I tackled the mountain of dishes that had piled up for two days.
And sipped on some delicious home-brewed kombucha.
At some point Casey stumbled back down the steps and told me he was already out of Gatorade (that I had just bought that morning!). I forgot how dehydrating sickness can be. While dinner roasted away in the oven, I ran out to the grocery store to get Casey a stash of Gatorade and coconut milk ice cream. Sure to make anyone feel better!
By the time I got home, my dinner was ready! Since I was only cooking for myself, I didn’t feel like doing anything too labor intensive – just a few of my favorite easy sides.
A giant pile of cheesy kale chips – with plenty leftover for lunches and for Cullen (he loves them!).
And my favorite ume plum marinated mushrooms – so, so tasty!
Since Casey had been quarantined in our bedroom all day, I decided to sleep in the guest room to avoid the germs. It was sort of creepy sleeping alone in a new room, so I took Indy for protection.
Everyone woke up feeling a bit better this morning. Still not quite 100%, but definitely a huge improvement. Casey worked from home, and Cullen and I headed out to the beach mid-day for some fresh air!
Normally we spend our afternoons doing play group or meeting up for walks, but since he’s been sick I didn’t want him around any other babies. It’s been sort of a lonely week! We were both getting a bit stir-crazy, and since he seemed to be feeling better, I thought he might like to run around at the park for a bit.
Seemed like a good dose of sunshine and a few sticks to run around with was just what the doctor ordered.
These are the first smiles I have seen in days!
I am lucky that he is generally a very happy and easy going baby. He never really cries or fusses for no reason – his needs these days are very predictable and easy to understand. So when he’s sick, it’s a huge departure from our norm. I’m so glad to have my smiling boy back again.
I don’t know if the park just seemed more beautiful today since I’ve been trapped indoors all week or what, but I was so glad I had my camera with me.
The sun was so bright, and I’ve never seen the water sparkle quite like that. It looked like diamonds dancing all over the lake!
Not a bad place to spend the afternoon…
For lunch, Cullen and I shared last night’s leftovers. Kale chips, roasted sweet potatoes, and tortilla strips with hummus for him…
And a lunch burrito for me – homemade hummus, kale, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms on an olive oil wrap – deeeelicious.
Hoping that we finally get a night with few wakeups, and restful sleep for everyone.