It began with a fun spree of being woken up about every 30 minutes from 1-4 a.m. Caleb said his tummy hurt every time, but he never did throw up. (I never thought I'd wish my kid to throw up, just to help ease the tummy ache and let me go to sleep for a longer stretch.)
I guess this was a good reminder that we are finished having babies, as we really don't do well on interrupted night's sleep.
Caleb woke up happy and perky, so we proceeded with our normal Sunday morning routine. The two things that were different than usual: 1) We slept in a little longer than normal because of the aforementioned night awakenings. 2) Because Caleb wasn't feeling well Saturday night, he didn't have his bath and got in the tub at 10.
Matt left for a meeting and we were on our own. I finished getting ready, did Aubree's hair, and told the kids to get in the car at 10:45, when I noticed my little Caleb STILL in the bath. Aaaaah!!! It was a mad dash to get him shampooed, rinsed, dried, dressed, hair combed, teeth brushed, etc. We hustled out the door at 11, knowing full-well we would be late for church. (Side note: The prior Sunday, the ward executive secretary asked me to give the opening prayer in Sacrament Meeting. Additional side note: I did not remember this.)
I dropped Aubree and Marcus off at the front door so I could park in the back. Since Matt goes early, he saves our seats and the kids would know right where to go. Caleb didn't have shoes or socks on, so I told him to hurry and get them on. As I watched Marcus and Aubree walk through the door, I noticed a box in front of the church that said, "Please take one." I found that interesting. I thought I saw zucchini in the box, and got a little excited. I didn't plant any zucchini, but just got a new zucchini bread recipe that would be delicious. I decided to do what it said and "take one." I put the car in park. I opened the door and told Caleb to hurry with those socks. Then I walked up to the door and found this...
I picked up that green baby and ran to my car. Caleb still did not have his shoes and socks on, so we parked and I started to help him. Just then Aubree ran out to the car, "Dad said that you have the opening prayer. I'll take over."
"Oh shoot!" I said. I had totally forgotten about the prayer! I ran in my high heels to the front door of the church. Just as I walked in, I saw Bro. V close the door to the chapel. I was just a few seconds too late. Kim and Bryce were in the foyer and I said, "What do I do?? Do I walk in there? Do I just casually walk up to the stand and start praying, as if nothing happened?" They told me they thought I was too late and that someone would cover for me. I stopped and listened. It was silent. I wondered if someone was going to start praying. (The speakers in the foyer were off, so that's why I couldn't hear anyone.) Maybe the whole congregation was just sitting there. Maybe Matt knew I was coming and thought he'd wait. Aaaaah! I peeked through the door and could hear Matt's voice. Phew! He had covered for me.
I walked back out to the van to finish helping Aubree get Caleb's shoes on. (Freak! How long does it take to put shoes on?!?) I took one more look at my giant zucchini in the car...I wonder if I hadn't stopped to get the doggone zucchini, if I would've gotten in there on time to fulfill my assignment. Well, there's no point in worrying about that now. I'm going to go make some zucchini bread and hope that next time I remember the prayer!!