It happened last week: my worst parenting fear. Riley had the dreaded stomach bug. Throw up = I want to run away. When I was an elementary school teacher, on the first day of school when teachers oh so nicely go over the rules, I would always tell my kids, “If you ever feel sick like they’re going to throw up, don’t walk but RUN out of my classroom. You will not get in trouble for running or leaving without permission. RUN to the bathroom and then go straight to the nurse’s office. If you want to take my trashcan with you, you may. But remember- RUN.” Such a sweet, sensitive teacher I was. One time though, a kid took the trashcan and later came back to return it… sick! I had to rephrase my ‘throw up speech’ the next year… “I don’t need the trashcan back- thanks.” ha! ANYWAY… back to MY child. Riley Grace was just beyond pitiful last week. She had blow out diapers and couldn’t keep anything down. Her normal tiny self usually has a huge appetite and is soooo happy. She just wanted me to hold her and cried and cried. All the while… I still had a healthy, ENERGETIC daughter to take care of as well. As I’d hold Riley and rock her, Reese would come over and try to sit in my lap, try to push her sister off, bring me books to read her, and fuss, fuss, fuss because SHE wanted Mommy to play with her. How hard!! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to let her go play with my nephew at my sister’s house one day, so I could take care of Riley and bring her to the doctor. And thankfully, Reese has stayed well. I’m very surprised! They tend to share everything! So, ladies, HOW do you do it?! When one’s sick and one isn’t- it’s so hard to meet both kids’ needs. Don’t you think? I’m worn out just thinking about it. The good news is: we all survived and are all well now. YAY! Have you experienced this too?