not the way i expected yesterday to go

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first off, let me just say a big WOW and then a huge THANK YOU! thank you to everyone who checked out my new website yesterday and shared it with your networks-it made me feel all warm and fuzzy and successful on the inside. i reallllly needed that because yesterday i was sick, like the baaaad, gross, won’t go into too many details sick (okay, maybe a few details).


i woke up at 3:28am the night before to a dizzy head and gurgling stomach. at first i thought maybe it was just my nerves and excitement about launching the new wifestyle the next morning but oh how i was very very wrong. i thankfully made it to the bathroom and for those of you that already know me…you know quite well that i hate vomit. haaaate it. you know how some people are afraid of spiders or heights? well, i’m afraid of vomit so naturally i was wailing and crying when this was going on until i awoke ravery from his slumber to come comfort me. and he did like a champ until i asked him to get my pillow because i was spending the rest of the night in the bathroom. he pleaded with me to come back to bed, argued that we are literally 15 feet from the bathroom, and i could rest better. he even threw in there that he’d rub my back and he knows how much i like that. i mumbled no and then because i’m also stubborn, i stumbled past him and got my own dang pillow (i tend to very dramatic when i’m sick as well). fun fact: i found out the length of our new bathroom…it’s exactly 5 feet and 9 inches! i measured with my own body from head against the bathtub to toes on the door.


so there i sat, pathetically crumbled up on the bathroom floor writing my last post on “AveryToday” and my first post for “the new wifestyle,” and putting the finishing touches on the website and setting up social media. not quite how i imagined launching my new venture. in my head it had included a latte, a table and skipping around with excitement. instead it was gatorade, the floor and passing out.

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it wasn’t until about 3pm i finally felt comfortable leaving my little bathroom office and moving to the bed (see above…you are not allowed to see my sick face but you are allowed to appreciate that my skin has some color on it now thanks to texas sun! 9 months of rainy portland had previously made me the color of the comforter). ravery even gave me a back rub and that made things about 20x better. ravery does a great job caring for me, even when i’m gross and sick and overly dramatic and for that i am very grateful.


i thankfully slept 12 hours last night and woke up feeling about 74% better so yay! my father-in-law was super kind and brought back donuts this morning and not just any donuts but delicious shipley donuts! now usually, i have zero self control when it comes to sweets, especially donuts but again, i do not mess around with stomach issues so instead i enjoyed another piece of plain bread. sad picture below.

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maybe those donuts will still be good tomorrow morning when i’m back to 100% and i can eat all three of those glazed bad boys.

okay, i’ll try it out:

wife lesson: if you have someone willing to care for you when you’re not at your best, be kind to them and thank them profusely.


questions (answer any or all or leave a comment of your choosing!)
1) what kind of sick patient are you?
2) what is one of your fears? (i shared my ridiculous unexplainable one)
3) what does your significant other do to soothe you when you aren’t feeling so great?


  1. Emily

    June 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I hope you are feeling better. After two pregnancies and dealing with morning sickness vomiting comes natural and I can take care of myself. However this last one I had major rib pain and that had me in tears. My husband didn’t know what to do except just get me things I asked for. I am afraid of snakes. They creep me out. Most if the time when I am sick I take care if myself because I need my husband to take care of the children. He does a good job of keeping Maceson active so I can rest and be back on my feet.

    • chelsea

      June 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      thanks emily-continuing to feel better every hour. i am so very fearful of becoming pregnant because of the morning sickness….eeeek! so sorry to hear about your bad rib pain during this last pregnancy-no good and glad your husband got you what you asked for. snakes are pretty creepy and sneaky! you are a strong woman for taking care of yourself but sounds like that’s what you need to do when you have little ones!

  2. Dave

    June 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    1) what kind of sick patient are you?
    Fair-to-middlin. I think I made my mother’s year one time in college when I had the flu so bad, I told her I needed her on the phone! Footnote: she didn’t come. 😀

    2) what is one of your fears?
    I have a break-in fear…. especially at the hands of someone else’s carelessness with locks or windows. Footnote: I have never been robbed due to someone else’s carelessness with locks or windows.

    3) what does your significant other do to soothe you when you aren’t feeling so great?
    Brings me liquids or food, even if it requires a long out-of-the-way drive. 🙂

    • chelsea

      June 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      ha! funny anecdote about calling your mom when you had the flu so bad but sad she didn’t come! glad to hear you survived it nonetheless. ohhhh i absolutely need to add break-in fear to my list! so scary particularly when it can be avoided if someone is careless (glad you’ve never been robbed though)!

  3. Paula Howley

    June 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Poor Chels! Gld you’re feeling better. things never go the way we expect, do they?
    1. I’m more dramatic than normal when I’m sick and have a bit of a martyr thing going on too.
    2. One of my fears is not being the best mother to my daughter and totally screwing her up for life.
    3. The sad thing is that he’s never around when I’m not feeling so hot. the problem of having 2 jobs. Luckily I rarely get sick. He was super amazing incredible during my 36 hours of labour though!

    • chelsea

      June 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      glad i’m not the only one who gets more dramatic…i may have a touch of the martyr thing at times too-samesies! oh i bet that is a very real fear about raising a child-i cannot even imagine but what i do is that you are an amazing woman and mother so she will be outstanding. ummm 36 hours of labor?! whaaaaaat. that’s insanity but glad to hear the hubs was amazing through it!

  4. Nita

    June 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry you were sick, glad it was short-lived. 1. I’m a horrible patient, I don’t want someone hovering over me, I just want to feel better. Best plan was too let me sleep and take care of the kids, he was great at that. 2. Fear? Snakes. Absolutely, positively, dislike (I try to avoid the word hate, but the dislike is verrrrry close to hate) snakes. Doesn’t help that I live in a rural area. I’ve learned to take care of them, and they’ve learned to avoid me. 🙂 3. Husband would try anything to make me feel better. Usually, it was take of the kids. When I had pneumonia he cooked me four or five things to entice me to eat and as a bribe. If I’d eat something I didn’t have to go to the hospital. Didn’t work, I tried, but just couldn’t handle eating, anything, so off to the hospital I went. Probably best, improved much faster with meds in my system. 🙂 Hey, don’t worry about the morning sickness, not everyone gets it, I didn’t. Not even with the twins.

    • chelsea

      June 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      so glad it was short lived too, thanks nita! well done on getting snakes to avoid you as well, that is quite impressive! that is so sweet that your husband cooked you so many meals to try and entice you to eat, so sweet. also glad you eventually went to the hospital so you could improve faster! thanks for the encouraging words around not everyone gets morning sickness…helps me feel better nita!