Jack and Charlie take a much-needed siesta.

Jack and Charlie take a much-needed siesta.

So Valerie and I have managed to contract a wonderful cold. I went to the doctor on Thursday and he said I had bronchitis. Just that afternoon, Valerie started manifesting her own symptoms. Wonderful. So now we’re doing everything in our power to prevent Charlie from getting sick. Dr. Bigley is a strong proponent of breast feeding, and he assured us Charles had a good chance of staying well, just by noshing on breast milk. We’ll see. In the meantime, Val and I are seriously considering buying surgical masks so we can avoid spreading our cough to Charlie James.

Being sick is not without its amusements, however. The other day, Valerie was changing Charlie’s diaper at about 4 a.m. I wandered in to Charlie’s room make sure everything was going ok, and as soon as I got through the door, I let out a terrific sneeze. It startled our kid so much, he immediately peed over himself, Valerie, his clothes and the changing table. Nice.

Sickness kept me from school on Wednesday and today, but it didn’t stop us from taking a walk to Valley River Center yesterday (to you non-locals, that’s the shopping mall.) We parked on the far side of the river, and walked across. Now, 1/2 a mile may not seem impressive, but it is when it’s a) 40 degrees, b) you have a child with you, c) your wife is recovering from a C-section and d) you both are sick. The mall really isn’t any more interesting when you’re sick than when you’re well, but it was nice to get out of the house.

Sick as dogs

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