First of all, here's an update about our little Lyalya who turned out to be a boy. Katya has renamed him "Sasha" since the name works for both genders; she thought it would "ease" his transition (no joke). The cats have loved having us all home during the past two weeks; they snuggle, snuggle, snuggle all the time! (More on our being home below). Natalia didn't want Asya to feel left out in the whole name game, so she added another name for her, too--Jasmine.
You've probably noticed that I haven't posted much recently. First it was because of jet lag and unpacking, and now it's because of the FLU. Katya has been home sick since last Tuesday and Natalia only just went back to school today (she had been home since last Monday). Their fevers kept them awake at night for a week, so I got little rest... and well, surprise, surprise... I now have a really bad case of the flu myself.
I realized yesterday that I wouldn't be able to go to work today and tomorrow, so I called in and let the school's director know... But in the back of my mind, I figured I was too sick to work--but not too sick to get some stuff done in the apartment or to tinker around with the blog redesign tips that Rachael had posted this weekend. HAH.
My fever has been up to 104 and I've had three baths today; I've spent the last day alternately burning up or freezing, moaning to myself from the all-over pain. It's a good sign that I feel well enough to do this posting right now... I just *had* to get out of bed... I'm so thankful that we recently hired some more help (Chris learned before Christmas that his hours this year will be even worse than in the past--something I couldn't even imagine--so we hired some more help so that I can focus on parenting instead of everything else). This is the first time in years that I could actually stay in bed when ill because someone else took over for me.
Please, please send me healthy thoughts... I'm supposed to throw a surprise baby shower in our apartment for my best American friend here in Moscow on Friday and I really, really don't want to have to cancel!!!! (She's pretty busy right now getting ready to head to the US to give birth, so I'm not worried about her reading this blog before the party). She never had a shower with her two little boys because she was living here and didn't really know that many Americans (showers are an "American" thing; I've literally freaked out the international guests invited to this by suggesting that they "jinx" the baby by giving gifts before it's born...); I want this to be a wonderful night for her!
I let go of my visions of shower games and activities mid-fever last night... Just isn't going to happen... Now I'm hoping I can still pull off some decorating, a lasagna and a nice dessert.
Now back to bed... And I hope to be blogging more regularly soon!