Sam’s Story: Week 111

As I’ve mentioned, Sam has become quite possessive of her things lately, and we’re working on getting her to share with others. And I’m sorry to say that this week she took the lessons to heart –or rather, to stomach– and decided to share some kind of horrible flu bug with everyone she came in contact with.

It started quietly enough. Sam contracted the virus, then started throwing up and, well, you know …projecting from the other end, too. This was while she and Ger were still in San Diego and planning to come out for my dad’s funeral. Sam seemed to be better after a day and a half so they went ahead and came out, but then Ger started ralphing on Sunday night and was totally knocked off her feet the whole day Monday. Then Monday night I caught it and spent the whole night vomiting so violently that the neighbors probably thought I was strangling a moose in the bathroom. Then I had to fly back to California on Tuesday by myself, completely exhausted, dehydrated (none of us could keep even water down), and nauseous the whole way. Then I heard that my brother-in-law and my father-in-law both caught it and were repeating the hurl-and-squirt routine. From there, I’m sure the bug is infecting every member of the Madigan, Warren, Smith, and Sommer families that came in town for the funeral. I hope my dad will look down on me and forgive me for saying that for the first time in a long time, he was the only one who wasn’t sick.

At any rate, BAD SHARING, Sammy! BAD!

Here are some pictures.

Not much, since the travel and other activities put a crimp in our normally compulsive picture taking. The one on the right is Sam with her “Aun Hawn.” Who is, as I write this, probably vomiting as a result of being close enough to Sam to pose for that picture.

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4 thoughts on “Sam’s Story: Week 111

  1. Don’t forget the Smith family too. Both Brent and his mom got it on the same night. I don’t know how I am still standing. We did manage to make it back to Houston without incident yesterday.
    Sam and I had a great time the night I bathed her and put her to bed when Ger was sick. A few things I learned were:
    1) Sam can say WHOO HOO 26 times in a row as she throws her foam alphabet letters into the tub one at a time.
    2) “Inside, Outside, Upside Down” is the longest children’s book ever.
    3) Sam goes to bed more easily than any kid I have ever seen. Seriously, I don’t go to bed so easily.
    I enjoyed taking care of her and it was worth risking the plague to do so.

  2. Yeah, I’ve always said that sleeping is one of Sam’s core competencies. Has been since she was like 6 weeks old.
    Don’t you mean “One Fish, Two Fish” is the longest book? That’s the one that goes on FOREVER about Ginks drinking pink ink and the Gox that Boxes in yellow socks. But speaking of “Inside, Outside, Upside Down,” we were having the hardest time figuring out what Sam was babbling about the other day, until we recognized it as “Mama, mama, I went to town!” from the last page of that book. It’s her new catch phrase.
    And thanks for taking care of Sam! You want a cat?

  3. Yes, it is “One Fish, Two Fish.” Seriously, it starts out talking about fish of many colors and goes on some serious tangents. It seems like Dr. Suess just had some random ideas he didn’t know what to do with so he stuck them at the back of that book. Sam does love that book though!
    I hear mom wants a cat! 🙂

  4. Shawn, I am sooo glad you didn’t get sick! Thanks for taking such good care of Sammy while I was out of commission.

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