Q got a cold a couple days ago, which he decided to share with the rest of us. So now mommy and T are sick too. It’s Monday and daddy had to go back to work, so that means sick mommy has to deal with sick kiddos. It’s hard enough taking care of your little ones when they’re sick, let alone when you are also sick. Definitely not a fun situation to be in. But if you’re a parent, chances are you will have to go through this at some point during your child rearing days.
First of all, don’t get caught up in the chores that won’t get done today. Just focus on keeping you and the littles as comfortable as possible while you’re recovering. I like to think of these days as “we’re just surviving” kind of days. Not in the sense that I don’t enjoy life, but in the sense that we are just doing the basics to stay alive and happy – ie eat good food, get some rest, chores can wait. I have a sink full of dishes that are still waiting to be done, but I’m in no hurry to get to them. I unloaded half the dishwasher while I had a few minutes this morning, and the rest will have to wait till I get another few spare moments.
1. Try to rest as much as possible
Right now Q is sleeping on me and I know this is what he needs most. So I’m happy to let him sleep peacefully while he can. When he wakes up, I will give them both some tea and hopefully they will drink it 🙂 (update: T already had two bottles of the “magic tea”, as I’ve nicknamed it, and Q had a bit too! Anything with the word “magic” in it sounds much more interesting and exciting than just its regular counterpart, at least to T anyways. We also have a “magic juice” aka cranberry juice, that she had when we thought she might have a uti)
2. Drink lots of fluids
T used to drink chamomile tea all the time when she was younger. I didn’t put anything in it until she turned one, then I added a tiny bit of honey. It worked to calm her down and helped her sleep better.
3. Take some medicine if you need it.
I don’t like taking anything unless I absolutely have to, but in this case I needed some Tylenol cold. For the littles, I gave them some Motrin. I occasionally give Q some when he needs it, since he’s been teething for a while now, but still has no teeth to show for all his pain. I have tried natural ways as well to relieve his pain, such as the Camilia drops, but although they help a little, sometimes it’s not enough. You can choose whatever way you want to treat your littles’ ailments, I found this was what worked for us.
4. A smile goes a long way
You may have heard this expression before and it certainly does help here. Instead of focusing on how miserable you feel right now, try to find something fun to do with the kids and laugh. Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. Put on a funny show (or the only one your kids will let you put on, in our case Paw Patrol or Peppa pig) or read a book with them, or just play whatever they want to play. I know I don’t always have time to just sit and play with T and Q, with the chores that need to get done, so if I know I’m not going to be doing them anyways, I may as well enjoy this time with the kids. And I know they always love it when mommy gets to play with them.
5. Nap time
Since everyone is feeling sleepy anyways, try to have a nap if the kids are still at that age where they will have one. T is somewhere in limbo when in comes to nap time – she doesn’t want to have one anymore, but if she doesn’t have one she will be pretty tired and cranky by dinner time. So I try to get her to have to one if I can, and some days it works, some days it doesn’t.
6. Go with the flow
You can’t control much when you’re sick and the kids are sick. Things happen in life that you can’t change or control at the time being, so for now just let it go and take it one step at a time. There’s obviously nothing happy about being sick, but I find my silver linings in it. I’m happy that Q is having a good nap in my arms as I’m typing this on my phone, and I’m happy that at least T is old enough to take herself to the potty and even find herself snacks in the cupboard, allowing me to sit here with her brother, without waking him up. Sometimes I think when we get a cold, it’s the universe’s way of telling us to slow down and rest. And that’s just what I’ll do right now (well, as much as I can with the little ones 🙂 ).