We had a quiet Christmas. I started coming down with a bad cold midday on Christmas Eve, the first telltale sign being a very sore throat. I have had the misfortune of having my tonsils removed when I was 11 years old, too young to have had a say about these matters (not like I would have known anything about the issue at that age). The reason why they were taken out was because I often got sore throats. For good measure, they also removed my adenoids at that time for no reason whatsoever, other than the fact that it helped the surgeon make his car payments that month. Now, instead of just my tonsils becoming sore, my whole entire throat gets sore. It takes so much longer to recover from. It's kind of like going to the doctor with recurring headaches, and the treatment he suggests is to have your head removed. Never mind trying to find the underlying cause of the infection... Tonsils are actually part of the lymphatic system. Just like swollen lymph nodes are a sign of illness, and not the illness itself, swollen, sore tonsils mean that the body is fighting some kind of bug. Simply removing them does nothing to fix the problem. It's like busting out the "maintenance required" light in my van instead of getting the oil changed and resetting the light. Anyway, I'm way off on a tangent here.
We opened presents that afternoon. The kids played while my husband made the customary hot dogs, and we all went to bed early. By Christmas Day, I woke up with all the symptoms of a severe sinus infection. With some help from the rest of the family, I was still able to make the ham dinner. Unfortunately, I was losing my sense of smell and taste at this point. For all I knew, I might as well have been eating shoe leather, since I could not taste hardly at all. Worst of all, even though only one of the other kids had caught a much milder version of this cold earlier in the week, baby Anna started stuffing up yesterday, too. Thankfully, not badly enough to hinder her nursing, but the extra mucous does seem to make her throw up more. Also, she wants to nurse and nurse for comfort, to the point where she gets so full of milk she throws up even more. It is so sad to listen to her snore through her clogged little nostrils. :(
Today, I felt awful upon waking, and stayed in bed late while my husband fed and dressed the kids. I felt better once I got up, and my sore throat is gone now, along with my voice. Still no sense of taste or smell at all - it is so weird and boring. My face and upper jaw hurt from the sinus infection, but at least no more headaches, either. My ears also feel plugged up, so it's hard for me to hear clearly (not necessarily a bad thing).
Okay, enough whining. I sound like a big baby. Please do pray for Anna, though. She seems to not mind her stuffy nose, but I just feel so bad for her. She is sleeping soundly right now, which I'm sure is doing her a world of good. Thankfully, the lemons on our tree are ripe now. I have juiced probably a dozen of them in the last few days, and enjoyed the juice in some warm water, or with honey, which seems to be helping a lot.
There is so much to be thankful for. We still had a very nice Christmas. Anna, of course, was my favorite gift this year. My husband and I had agreed not to spend money on each other. He recorded Miriam's voice to change the directions on my GPS unit to hers, and it is so cute! It took him hours to do, but I'm sure I will enjoy it more and more as she gets older. I gave him some homemade truffles. Solomon bought me a very nice recipe binder out of his own money, and wrote a sweet love note inside the back cover. Isaac put together a little box with things for me and the baby, like a little hat, hair pins, etc. My favorite part of that gift was the crazy way he wrapped it!
My husband's younger sister and her husband also came to visit with us today. We exchanged gifts with them, and since we outnumber them 8 to 2, we really made out! :) It was a lot of fun getting to spend time with them.
Here is a photo I took on Christmas Eve, right before the kids unwrapped their presents. If you click on it, and then click on it again, you can see it much larger.
Did you notice Becky's black eye? She was running into the living room, slipped, and hit her cheek on the coffee table. We put ice on it, but it still gave her a black eye, which she has been proudly showing off. She is such a ham!! It's under her left eye (right side as you look at it).