I was awoken this morning at about 4:30 by my son.
"Mama look what's on my pillow!"
He's prone to nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking (to the toilet and then back to bed, thank goodness ;) and any and all assortments of sleep disruptions imaginable. He has even had night terrors about things on his pillow (poor lil' dude).
So when he referred to said pillow, I was reluctant to get out from under the warm covers. Been there done that. I called out to him in a voice that was hopefully loud enough for him to hear down the hall but not loud enough to wake my husband sleeping next to me.
Ok, ok, ok, I'm up. (sigh)
There was indeed something on his pillow - vomit! Awww... poor little guy. (And EWBLECH). I changed his sheets, changed his jammies, gave him some hugs, and tucked him back in again. Ahhh!! Back to my warm cozy bed.
Not for long - round two happened about ten minutes later. So far that's been all, but now I'm faced with that scenario where the younger child is too sick to accompany the older child to school. Of course big sister is at the age where a) she LOVES school and will be mad to miss it, and b) is too young to walk the three blocks herself (some parents might allow this, but um, not this parent).
As I'm typing this, my "get the kids up" timer is ringing. What to do??
a) I could just let them both sleep, and tell her the truth when she eventually wakes up.
PROS: it's the truth. CONS: ooh-eee she be MAAAD at me, and her brother ("But Mommy I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL!!")
b) I could go into her room and take her temperature, and tell her she has a fever.
PROS: She'd roll back over and go to sleep. CONS: It's lying (which I'm not keen on, except for fun stuff like Santa & the Tooth Fairy)
Hmmm. But then again, she might really, actually and truly have a fever (ohhh, wouldn't that be handy ;)