stomach flu

Scenes From Valentine’s Day + Two Trips to the ER

Well, we have had quite the week in the Zottola house! Our Valentine’s Day get-together was absolutely lovely.

Aunts and uncles with baby girl

We had Jimmy’s siblings and their significant others over for games, candy, and a dinner of grilled barbecue ribs, chicken, roasted potatoes, and salad with apple pie and cupcakes for dessert.

It was such a fun evening and had Jimmy and I wondering why we don’t do things like that more often!

Valentine's Day Dinner of grilled barbecue ribs, roasted potatoes, apple pie, and candy

We went to bed with full bellies and full hearts from such a fun evening. Jimmy and Sadie even made me a Valentine’s Day card together!

Jimmy said it involved a little crying on Sadie’s end, but oh will I be treasuring that card forever!

Dad and baby with homemade Valentine's Day card

We woke up around 2:30 am thinking that Sadie needed to be fed, but she actually ended up throwing up and had a fever. We gave her Tylenol and rocked her back to sleep. She was so pitiful. The next morning she threw up again, so we headed to the pediatrician where she was diagnosed with the stomach flu.

We spent Friday just trying to keep Sadie girl comfortable. She slept most of the day and it just killed me to see her so sick and sad. Thankfully my mom was able to come over and help with snuggling Sadie.

That night, Jimmy started throwing up pretty nonstop. He couldn’t keep anything down, was shaky, and feverish. I called his mom and she brought him to the emergency room where he was given anti nausea medication.

Right when Jimmy got home from the hospital, I started throwing up. Thankfully Jimmy’s mom came over and took care of Sadie while Jimmy and I spent the day sleeping and getting sick.

At one point, I had a fever of 103 and felt so shaky. My mom and dad stopped by in the evening to help out with Sadie and by the time they left, I started feeling really awful.

I got up to brush my teeth before bed and passed out. Somehow, Jimmy caught me while he was holding Sadie. I have no idea how he did it.

He called his mom and she came to the emergency room with us and held Sadie while I was treated. Poor Jimmy somehow managed to carry me to the car when he must have been feeling so weak himself.

I was able to get two bags of fluid, anti nausea medication, and some ibuprofen before we were released a few hours later.

We think the combo of throwing up, not being able to eat or drink, and nursing Sadie was just too much for my body.

Whew. What a crazy past few days! We seem to be on the upswing and have even managed to eat some food! Sadie is still pretty worn out, but in good spirits.

We feel so incredibly blessed that Jimmy’s mom and my parents were able to help us out because we literally have no clue what we would have done being the sickest we’ve ever been while caring for our baby.

Unfortunately, my parents caught the bug and have been down for the count, which we feel so bad about. Somehow, Jimmy’s mom was spared, though, which is great news!

We are looking forward to a (hopefully!) uneventful week this week 🙂

Have you ever had the stomach flu?

Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day?


About a year ago, I made some goals and resolutions for the year of 2012. Let’s see how I did!

Life goals/resolutions for 2012
1.Get a job and work  my butt off. I became a Spinning instructor!
2.Travel to Savannah, GA. Didn’t happen. Bummer. 
3.Read 50 books. I read 48. SO CLOSE.
4. Be more generous/surprise others more. I did well with this, but could have done better.

Spiritual goals/resolutions for 2012
1.Continue to have Bible studies with Jimmy and get through 5 more books of the Bible in 2012. We started off well, until school got the best of my schedule. Ugh.
2.Journal 3x a week. I really made journaling a habit this past year. I typically write six days a week.

Health & fitness goals/resolutions for 2012
1. Run outside at least 2x a week in the cold months. I did pretty well with this. I’m not going for this goal again in 2013 though!
2.Run my 3rd half marathon and an ultra or full marathon. I ran my third and fourth half marathon and got the stomach flu before my first full marathon. Fun times. I PR’d in my fourth half marathon. Woo woo.
3.Break 21:00 and/or 20:00 in my 5k. Almost!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA










4.Learn to “back off” when I feel a possible injury coming on. I stayed injury free in 2012. Awesome!


2012 was an amazing year.

One of the reasons I like to make yearly goals and resolutions is because it’s so fun for me to look back on the year and see how I have grown and what areas I still need to work on. Be on the lookout for my 2013 goals soon. I’m excited!

Random picture of the day:

Jimmy and I before we took Lola for a walk.

Jimmy and I before we took Lola for a walk.

How was 2012 for you?!