August 18, 2012

"Mama! I'm all done!"

I finished Immanuelle's quilt.
I call it "Ragged Rectangles." I did an adapted version of this quilt. Instructions were provided. But since I don't have a nifty cutting board thing like real quilters do, I chose to cut 9 big rectangles instead of 90 small ones.
I feel particularly motherly about it.  I am looong over the turquoise and pink color scheme, but there are some projects that just require you to push on through to the end because there isn't budget enough or Kaylee enough to start over.  Plus, this is only my 2nd quilt ever so I don't even have the skills to do anything more than what I did with it, no matter the color scheme.

My thoughts wandered from how sweet it'll be to tuck my big girl in under a quilt to thinking how there'll probably be an age where she thinks her handmade (and lets get real, a bit wonky on the sides) quilt is totally lame and wants to replace it with something cooler.
 Like they'll even say things like "lame" and "cool" when she's older... my opinion of her future taste is high but who knows if she'll just simply want to update it to a more sophisticated Pottery Barn look or put stickers {gasp!} or posters {oh no sir!} and a blanket with the faces of the latest one-album-wonder-boy-band on it. It'd probably be a Kpop group though (TCK's can be global enigmas).

In the midst of my sewing-mind-ramblings I'd hear "OH NO! OH NO! I GOT FAST POOP! I GOT FAST POOP!"  Pulling down Hershey-squirted undies will pull you out of thoughtful sewing reverie and replace it with about every tasteless (but let's be honest, hilarious) idiom that has the "S-word" in it.

Some sort of terrible awful, no good, really bad sickness has slid into the 1st and 3rd's bodies. Full body rash, fever, and diarrhea. Each coming a day or so after the other so you think you're in the clear and then you're staring bare-handed into Lightning McQueen undies that have been shat in.

This morning.

Oh my, this morning.

It all happened so fast. One second I was asleep and the next Isaac says, "Oh no Mama! I got fast poop in my underwear and my bed again." while simultaneously smacking the wet dirty underwear square on my unsuspecting hand, "See!?" I've never thought about the importance of hand-placement while sleeping, but I can assure you priorities have now been rearranged as my eyes opened to the *stink in my hand.

So finishing up the quilt has been a challenge for sure. And I've earned more than just my quilting-badge in the process. Taken care of a kid with the runs have you? On a squatty potty? Done that. What my nursing assistant class didn't teach me about "aseptic technique," I figured out anyway.

I feel like Special Agent Oso in designing my own badges:
"Disinfecting Diarrhea Feet!"badge
"The biggest Muslim Holiday in the World so few clinics are open and your kid gets the *craps and you manage to keep him from getting dehydrated" badge
"No Tile left Unwiped" badge, which goes hand in hand, with the
"Wall-to-Wall tile appreciation"-badge
"You just WISH they were *crapping bricks"-badge
"Quarantined with your kids for 4 whole days inside"-badge
"Trail expert" badge (for excellence in the field of finding fast poop tracks after mad dashes to the squatty potty)

With my sash full of badges, I step back and look at all of this as a huge grace. I won't deny the un-fun-ness of my baby needing 2 baths before 9am this morning. The grace is in what the Lord has shown me about my life right now.  I've done what I can and have even been able to catch a couple breaths above the stink and make an effort to do more than just stewing in a big crock of diarrhea, angry until all is right again.  There's been quilting, cookies, homeschool, prayer time, Friday Night Family Movie Night, and a little cooking...they're outward displays of the grace and peace I feel inside even in a *storm like this one.

I'm no super mom. But *stuff happens. And I'm thankful for the grace that weeks like this bring. You bleach it and pray for it to go away and then be thankful so you can see the Lord's good hand in it. Because it is there. Have you seen it in your week?

*I won't condemn you one eensy-weensy little bit if you said the "s-word" out loud or in your mind while reading. Promise.


Brandon and April said...

It's perfect. I love it! I think I adore the bigger rectangles more than the small squares. :)
And sweet baby rash face...oh my.
We're not having the fast poop issues here...because we're currently taking the medicine to prevent the worms that cause the fast poop.
and yes I did say it in my head, and it made me snicker like a 7th grade boy.

amandajean said...

What a fantastic quilt!! I love the rectangles. I think the color scheme is perfect! Congrats on finishing your second quilt. That's awesome, especially given all the fast poop incidents. Hope everyone is feeling better!!

Emily said...

I love it that y'all call it fast poop. Poor babies, but more importantly poor mama! I can't imagine dealing with that!! I'm impressed you got all that *stuff done while your kids were busy making a mess! I think your quilt looks fantastic!

Emily said...

I love it that y'all call it fast poop. Poor babies, but more importantly poor mama! I can't imagine dealing with that!! I'm impressed you got all that *stuff done while your kids were busy making a mess! I think your quilt looks fantastic!

Martha said...

Bobby just came in and asked me what was wrong. I was laughing so hard he thought I was crying. Only laughing with you, because sometime I'll tell you about the fast cat poop I've been dealing with the last 3 days. :)

marylou said...

oh have had a rough time! you are definitely racking up the badges! the quilt is absolutely beautiful! love the pic of elliebird on anthony's lap while he plays guitar and just feel so sorry for her seeing pic of how miserable she must have felt and that rash all over ):

Jason and Charity Palmer said...

Girl, you got quite the set of mama badges, and I'm beyond impressed. But the quilt, that amazing quilt. That's where I'm REALLY impressed. Sewing/quilting scares the poo out of me (thought I'd throw some more poo at ya :) Way to go!!! And Elise has that same's one of my fav's :)

Aunt Heather said...

Great job on the quilt *stuff.

Hope the Isaac *storm doesn't hit us on Monday.

I've been doing *squats to help improve my *running time.

My LOVE for Bird has not *shifted...I will be hogging her the entire time you are here...

I've enjoyed this *shat- I mean chat....

But Seriously... love ya!

Julia said...

The quilt is amazing! Quite impressive!

I don't think I have laughed that hard in a long time! I made Paul read it too and he was laughing so loud! My son literally sharted the other day, and I realized what a genius word that is... I'm sure you experienced that first hand. Miss you guys, love you guys, and can't wait to see you.

CAL said...

Oh, the mess you all have endured this past week. Hoping everyone is through the yucky stuff. Sitting here drinking some apple cider as pulled stomach has been a frequent visitor as of late in our casa.
That quilt!!! Oh, when I come to visit you must give me a tutorial. I now have my sewing machine but need you and Ape to give me a few lessons. hugs to your sweet ones.