Friday, February 9

To go or NOT to go.....

TOMORROW (Saturday) is my niece Ainsley's 4th birthday and the party is tomorrow also. She is my brother's only child and 1 of our only 2 nieces. We have been planning on going to her town this weekend for the big party. The party is suppose to be at the coolest place. LOTS of stuff for the kids to do.

Today I call my mom (Her and my dad are already there) and she is at my brother's house and HAS THE STOMACH BUG!!! I am still debating on whether to go. I do NOT want to bring that stuff home. She started throwing up last night and says this evening that she feels a little better, but still. If I brought that bug home to MY house with 4 kids, let's just say NOT GOOD THINGS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD about that. We have not been sick in SO long and I just don't want to "go there".

So my question is what you would do. Would you go and brave it out OR would you be better safe than sorry? I need help on this one. I am going to feel so bad if I don't go. We've got the gifts ready, we have been talking about it for WEEKS and my kids are SO excited. But then, I am a MOMMA. I am the protector of my children. That is MY job and if I don't do it, no one will. I am just at a loss for what to do.


  • Oh wow! This is a tough one. I think I would wait until the day of and then call and see how everyone is doing. Geesh. It's so tough when it's family that you really want to see!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:09 PM  

  • well, I am one of those moms that would fumigate for germs before I let my kid walk into a room...
    I wouldnt go, maybe plan something for next weekend when everyone is feeling better!
    THe Stomach bug SUCKS!!!!

    By Blogger Lindsay, at 9:12 PM  

  • Hmmm... that is a toughy. I think maybe a super fun plan B is in order.

    OR... if you are feeling the pressure, load the kiddos and yourself on some Airborne and brave the storm.

    By Blogger Liam's Mom - Gina, at 9:53 PM  

  • To be honest I don't think I would go. I've can't imagine what a family with four kids would be like sick... I can only imagine my lonely one and that isn't pretty.

    Bummer though... maybe they can plan something for next weekend like Lindsay suggested.

    By Blogger Lisa, at 10:01 PM  

  • Well, if everyone is all better and showing no signs of sickness, then I would just go and pray that everyone stays ok. You have to remember- how often do you go places like the store, restaurants, school, etc that people have stomach flus, colds, etc and you DON'T know about it. It's everywhere. But, if people at the party are still sick and sick around you, I'd probably stay home. If my child was sick, I'd cancel the party.

    By Blogger Adventures In Babywearing, at 10:23 PM  

  • We had the stomach bug, and it's a nasty one. And seems very contagious, too. I say skip it :)

    By Blogger Jamie, at 11:09 PM  

  • harrrrrd call. Maybe you can stop at a pharmacy and pick up wee masks for them so they arent breathing the germs, and order manditory handwashing evey thirty eight seconds


    By Blogger Bluepaintred, at 11:34 PM  

  • Its tough but I would go! No one can fault you no matter what you choose though...

    By Blogger Ashley, at 12:00 AM  

  • Based on my gut feel Nicole, advisable not to go as stomach flu is so contagious.

    Hope I'm not too late.

    By Blogger Shionge, at 3:45 AM  

  • THats a tough one. Call the day of and see how she is....then make the call.

    WIth four kids, a stomach bug raging through the house is nasty....if there is any possibility...probably hold off.

    By Blogger carmachu, at 7:38 AM  

  • Well, you know how I feel about it! I had that horrible stomach bug, and it still haunts me! LOL If it were me...I probably wouldn't go. I just know how awful that stuff is..and would not want to risk passing it around. That's a tough one for sure! Love you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:49 AM  

  • I don't think I would go either. I teach kindergarten and that stuff goes around so easily! It is the WORST to have - trust me! I think I would make up for it with something extra special.

    By Blogger sarah, at 7:54 AM  

  • Can you stay at a hotel so you limit the amount of time your kids are exposed. (just together at party time)

    By Blogger holly, at 9:15 AM  

  • Go and wash your hands a whole lot, if you must. I would skip it but my kids catch EVERYTHING.

    By Blogger Beck, at 9:23 AM  

  • I say if she is feeling better and has not gotten sick in at least 24 hours its okay to go...BUT if she has gotten sick. Skip and plan something another weekend.

    By Blogger Tasha, at 9:36 AM  

  • I am a follower of the better safe then sorry route in all situations.

    But then, I lead a very boring life. ;)


    By Blogger Steven Novak, at 9:48 AM  

  • um...yeah...if it were me, i wouldn't go...i'm just way too nervous about stomach bugs...especially since they are soooo conatagious.

    it's quite the dilemma. it's hard becuase you don't want to let your family down...but, on the other hand, you have to look out for your immediate family.


    By Blogger Ali, at 10:44 AM  

  • Just found your blog, it's great!

    By Blogger Kimberly, at 12:29 PM  

  • I wouldnt go either. Thats the last thing i would need is all 3 of my kids sick.

    By Blogger momto3blessings, at 1:32 PM  

  • I can understand its a hard one. I hate my children getting sick. I normally keep them away if someone is sick. It,s not that your being rude its that you dont want your babies getting ill. Stay home and Im sure your family will understand.

    By Blogger Kim's Life, at 5:47 PM  

  • I'm too late to tell ya what too do, but I'm wondering what you ended up doing.
    We had the tummy bug run it's way though every one in my household(plus my mom, dad, brother and my grandma who was with little man while he was sick with it) it was nasty while you had it but it was a short lived thing 24 to 48 hours for 5 of us and 3 days for little man. He got sick with it last friday, then Sweet Pea and I had it by monday, DH by Tuesday, Wednesday Mr Man and Princess was home from school with it yesterday. Thankfully we are all over it now. but as far as sickness goes it wasn't as bad as say something that last days and days with 6 people sick.

    Whatever you did I hope you had a fun time and stay healthy.

    By Blogger KC, at 6:27 PM  

  • Sooo did yall end up going? What a hard decision.

    We have been in all week with a sick baby. He had an ear infection and has been miserable. I understand why you would not want to expose your kiddos to germs. One sick baby is hard enough!

    Hope yall had a good weekend! Miss you guys!

    By Blogger Allison, at 7:03 PM  

  • I would consider going if Grandma Martin is showing up and won't be back in E-Ons. If the one with the bug was known for common smarts and won't be participating in cooking! If you call the day of and level headed betty says, I am really over it now. If you can easily cancel plans for the next 12 days after the event, If in fact, the Throw ups visit you. Then I might consider it.

    By Blogger The Martin's, at 8:34 PM  

  • I would not go either. You could always go another time.

    By Blogger sari, at 10:23 PM  

  • I would stay home. No doubts about it.

    By Blogger The Wooden Porch, at 12:06 AM  

  • That's really a tough call. But 4 kids sick not fun. I agree with flip flop and I wait until the day of and see if everyone is better.

    By Blogger Just Being Me, at 2:19 AM  

  • I would NOT go. And yes, plan something for another time, soon, and I think everyone would understand. It's not like it's just you that could possibly get sick. You have 4 little ones and a hubby too! And then yourself!

    By Blogger L-Girl, at 7:58 AM  

  • I would not go. Not worth it.

    By Blogger Terri, at 1:52 PM  

  • So did you go??? :)

    By Blogger Anna, at 3:28 PM  

  • Well, I'm curious as to what you did...I probably would have gone....sorry....but when it comes to family and wanting to be near them...I do it.

    By Blogger Jen, at 3:50 PM  

  • I know I'm too late, but I'm curious to hear what you decided. I'm in the majority, but I would probably go under the following conditions: Is grandma the only one who became ill? Is she still feeling the effects? If so, I hope she wouldn't attend the party and instead stay at your brother's house and rest. Since the party is at the superfun place, rather than the house, I'd consider going if everyone else involved felt fine. I'd avoid brother's house, though, and of course, bring the anti-bacterial wipes, soap, etc. Just my two cents though.

    By Blogger Elle*Bee, at 3:57 PM  

  • I'd stay home. You can always celebrate her birthday next weekend - I'm presuming you don't live too far, right?

    Health matters above all, and your mother's instinct is the only voice you should listen to.

    I often find that the folks who would be most upset at your not attending would be the ones least likely to help you when you return home with green-sick kids.

    I enjoy your blog more with each subsequent read.

    By Blogger Carmi, at 8:57 PM  

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