Mama's Sick (again)

Friday, March 22, 2019
Ugh. It should be illegal for mamas to get sick. For the second time in less than a month, I've been taken over by something viral. While I'm thankful it's not the stomach bug, it still stinks when all of the babies are sick on top of me trying to get better myself. Things are rough over here. Not to mention this is the week that Justin had to be on a TDY for military training. Go figure! Because I've got what seems to be just the common cold, I've had a little more energy than I did a few weeks ago and I can't even begin to tell you how thankful I am about that. I've been awake since about 430am this morning (Miss Ava came to me crying about her ears hurting) and I feel like I'm running on absolute empty. I did manage to get all three kids checked out at urgent care this morning and 2/3 just have cold-like symptoms but Miss Ava has more flu-like symptoms. Double ear infection, vomiting, and stomach aches... I feel SO bad for my sweet girl. She had a double ear infection last year and it was so heartbreaking watching her in so much pain. Luckily I was able to pick up her antibiotics shortly after our urgent care visit - here's hoping she's back to feeling like her sweet self soon.

In the meantime, here are the three survival tips I use when I have these periods of sickness with the kids. Most of these are no brainers, but us mamas have to survive too!

SLEEP: I have absolutely no guilt in letting the girls watch a movie so I can nap while Liam naps. I actually did this when I had the stomach bug and without those extra two hours of rest, I'm sure I would have been worse off. Sleep is always the number one recommended remedy. DO IT.

LEAVE THE LAUNDRY: If you are like me, you probably get an eye twitch when you see your home in shambles. I absolutely cannot stand to see my house filthy. And then there are the mountain high dirty laundry piles. Oh my goodness. You know I'm sick when my dirty laundry is backed up BUT laundry should be the furthest thing from your mind. Healing and getting better requires you to not be running around and depleting yourself. If you have a burst of energy (I had one of these) then for sure, switch that load, start that Roomba, or get a load of dishes in... but if you don't, it's okay. Promise you, life goes on even when the laundry is backed up.

SELF CARE: Change your sheets, take a shower or bath, and hydrate. Because the kids have been in and out of bed with me since Justin has been away, I know I've probably got all kinds of germs in my bed. Changing my sheets is probably the first thing I do when I feel up to it. Being able to shower in a steamy shower is absolute heaven for me. Not only does it open up your nasal passages but it can break up some of that congestion as well. Hydrating seems like a no brainer, but with all the running around we do to care for the little ones, it's so easy to put it on the back burner. Hydrating and rest are exactly what the doctor ordered!

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