This has been one of the longest weeks of my life. Everyone in my household has been sick, and it’s been the worst sickness I’ve had to weather since becoming a mom. I was lucky in that I was hit the least hard out of the bunch. Both of the girls have been just miserable. They had fevers for five days straight. The baby has been so pathetic and clingy, and I feel so badly for her. I thought about it and I realized that from her point of view, being sick isn’t something to get through, it’s just the way life is now. She doesn’t understand what’s going on. She just knows she’s miserable, and she’s mad at me for not making it better. Poor bean.
|Not my kid, but a pretty accurate|
representation of the general misery
we’ve been going through.
For the past week I have spent the majority of my nights sitting up rocking Rocket, occasionally interspersed by trips downstairs to help the big one blow her nose and get tucked back in. The sleep deprivation is really wearying, particularity when I am also feeling sick to boot.
My only saving grace has been the fact that my husband has been home on vacation. Work was shutdown this week, and rather then be laid off he opted for a week’s vacation…. and then spent the entire week in the sick house. He did get to spend plenty of quality time with his girls, it just happens that most of it was spent wiping snot off of their faces.
I was incredibly lucky to have him to swap off with. I can not imagine how I would have gotten through this week on my own. I keep saying week, but it’s been longer than that. The kids are on sickness Day 9 right now. Thankfully everyone is finally on the mend.
How do you other mom’s cope? Any tips? My children have probably seen more TV over the past 10 days then the rest of 2011 combined. My biggest problem right now is two energetic kids to contend with, while mom still just feels like taking a nap. How can they have so much energy and still be stuffy and coughing? Ugh.