Friday was the last day of school. David's kindergarten had closed its doors the day before for all but the soon-to-be first graders. It's a little tradition that those kids who leave the nursery/Kindergarten for school (which in Germany begins with the first grade) have a big sleepover at the school with all their teachers, complete with scavenger hunt through the town, pizza dinner and a big fire and ghost stories. The next morning, the parents join in a potluck breakfast and bring their tired and worn-out kids home, complete with all their paraphernalia - house shoes, towels, photos, a big ring binder full of their work, another one with all their art work, a final present, more pictures... we had to go back and forth twice and still forgot some items which one of the teachers dropped off at our house.
Alan had a great report card (which does mention his tendency to drift off into dreamworlds) and everybody was looking forward to three weeks of tumbling around and then our three-week trip to the US.
That Friday night, Alan had a violent vomity attack. He had to be showered, the bed had to be completely stripped, the mattress cleaned and flipped -- all in all we were working for about half an hour before we got him medicated and back to bed.
Saturday morning, Jacob woke up with watery diarrhea and general malaise. Leah woke up with a fever, raging up to 104 F before we got it down with Infant's Motrin. David was the only cheerful and healthy one.
During the day, things started to calm down somewhat. Leah's fever subsided, no more diarrhea was reported, Alan ate normally and was fine. We went on a walk with all of them and everybody had a great time.
Saturday night, both Leah and Jacob woke up crying, with high fevers. Both got medicated but while Jacob drifted off to sleep quickly, Leah fussed and cried and buried her flushed little face on my chest, her fists grabbing me tightly, refusing to be held by anybody (read: her Dad) than me. She didn't really fall back asleep until 5 am, and then woke up crying, again with high fever, at 7 am. Both she and Jacob were listless and feverish throughout the day. Both are cycling through fevers but we can't really tell what they have -- while Leah has a bit of a runny nose and coughs a bit, Jacob has nothing but the fever. If Leah has not improved by tomorrow, I'll bring her in to see her pediatrician.
I try to console myself that it's better happening now, as we are at home and at ease, than during school time or during our trip. But sick and achy little kids do touch your heart so.