Now I know that title is a bit extreme given its only the… 3rd week of January, but for the past 14 days its been less than ideal in my house.
I normally have THE BEST support system around me, my parents are close, my in laws are close, my grandparents are in the next town, and my husband is home for 7 days after 14 away… Well, his days off were the past 7 days, but things didn’t work out how we wanted them too….
The 7 days prior to him coming home I caught one MOTHER of a head cold…. And I know when us moms get sick we should show no weakness, because that’s when the kids gang up on you, and feed off that weakness and make you wish you could drink with your cold meds….
Well, I showed weakness, and my 2 year old ran with it. He started climbing on things he shouldnt, he started picking on his sister like he never did before, he wouldn’t eat and would throw food everywhere… He even started standing on my foot stool and jumping to land on mommy if I dared to accidentally dose for a millisecond…. (and I know it was never longer than 3 minutes because we watched Mickey on re run and he would shriek for toodles every time….)
Now, in a normal case I would ask my mom or a close family memeber to give a small hand… Well…. My grandparents are snow birds and were back in California, my parents were making use of a trip they won at a silent auction and were in New Orleans…. My in laws were working ridiculous hours, and I was in this mess all alone…
And lord help me, I felt alone, the kids didn’t sleep, didn’t wanna eat and Princess Tally caught the cold…. Then Spud started with a small cough and the sniffles, it was coming…. And boy when it showed up I was less than prepared! Husband got home and it was like the flood gates of sick kids opened up, Spud had the worst hacking wet cough I had even heard him have, Princess Tally had he first cold and wasnt handling it at all, we actually had to take to the hospital, she was choking on mucus and couldn’t fully clear it… No matter what we did. So after 4 hours there she was fine… Back to 100%… For 24 hours.
It seemed at the hospital her and I picked up a stomach bug, and anything we ate or drank came out…. Well less than pleasantly. Then my husband got called out to an emergency job, leaving me sick (again) alone with a son with a head cold and a daughter who I had to force feed and make drink so we didn’t have to go to the hospital, again…
Well, my parents came home in the mean time, with two massive head colds and couldn’t help…. So here I was forced to mom up… Again… And do what I needed to do. You know what, as terrible and alone as I felt dealing with this, I powered through and felt like a stronger more empowered mom. Like I could do anything, but clean my house.
My husband came home from a 3 day stint for 2 days and the day he leaves for Camp, He catches out 24 hour stomach bug!! Then, after my mom helps and cooks dinner for us, SHE CATCHES THE STOMACH BUG TOO!
It wouldn’t stop! It was a terrible cycle of getting over one thing and catching another thing… We have been illness free for 48 hours in my house between me and the kids…
We also have not left the house, I have decided to become a hermit and never leave the house for risk of another dose of the plague to hit my family.
(please ignore the Cheerios I had not vaccumed yet that day.)
Ok I am being dramatic I know, but you never know how strong you are until you are forced to mom up and do what needs to be done!
Now, my house is slowly getting back into order, and I am planning my first Huge coupon grocery shop for Saturday, I will keep you posted on that!
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