Today, I had a sick baby and it might be just what I needed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm going to say something that the 'Mom Gods' are going to be mad at me for but it needs to be said: Today, I realized, even if only for a few hours, that being stuck at home with a sick baby was just what I needed.

Yesterday, I was irritated. I had just started a two week vacation and my 'to-do' list was stressing me out. So much for any kind of relaxing. There's stuff that needs to get done, a house to clean, a party to throw, hair to be dyed, dinners to be prepped, a birthday to be had (mine - ew), workouts to be done, play dates to be had etc etc. The list is literally endless. And daunting. And when I started making the list on 'day one', I started stressing about how I was possibly going to fit it all in, yet alone actually enjoy  my time off.

I had already planned to put mini-me in daycare some of the days I'm off. I love the little monkey, but some things are just easier on my own (i.e. working out and prepping any kind of food, particularly when raw meat is involved). Plus, I'm paying whether she's there or not. Yes, that's my mom-guilt rationalizing, just leave me to it.

Then mini-me threw a wretch in my plans and got sick. How dare she?! We have been up the last two nights with a very sad, feverish, whiny, and just generally unhappy little girl.

I had planned to take mini-me up north to visit my dad and step-mom but last night's fever, lack of sleep and an impromptu trip to the doctor's office today kinda kibosh-ed that plan, as well as any other things I had on the to-do list/agenda today.

It's important for me to note, in no way, shape or form, do I like having a sick baby. I literally am in pain seeing her hurting and not being able to fit it. BUT mini-me's unplanned sickness did me some good.



At one point today I consciously decided "you're not going to check off anything on your list today and you need to let it go" so I did.

Today, I relented to the fact that I couldn't accomplish what I had planned/hoped/intended.

Today, I let my baby girl take an hour and a half nap on my chest while I laid on the couch and watched soap operas.

Today, I did what I could with the time I had. I put no pressure on myself because I had a sick little girl who needed my attention.

I took the pressure off myself. I gave myself a break.

Despite the blowouts, the whining and the mood swings, mini-me and I made it through.

We not only survived the day, but I managed to run the vacuum, buy some groceries, make dinner and do dishes.

No, I didn't workout. I didn't scrub toilets or prepare any meals for the weeks to come. I didn't check off anything on my list but I didn't add to it either.

Today, I reveled in the sleepy snuggles, the bouts of silly laughter for no reason and all the moments my sweet girl had to offer.

Today I relaxed.

Today, I stayed home with my sick baby and I think it was just what I needed.




The Life Of Faith

24 comments:

  1. I am a total list maker and sometimes I think it is a curse. I feel there is just always SOMETHING that has to be done! My son was sick for almost 4 days last Spring and we sat around and played battleship all day (his wish) and it was the most relaxing day (for me) ever.

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  2. You were a good mom! Check that off your list too!

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  3. I'm a list maker too and always feel like I have to accomplish everything when I take time off. I have also found that the days where you do absolutely nothing are much needed gift to give yourself a break! Hope mini-me is feeling better!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  4. You are such a good mommy and you did exactly the right thing!

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    1. thank you...I'm trying, but it's easier some days than others as you well know

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  5. What a sweet post. Remember these days as soon she'll be too big to have them. Some days just deserve no check lists..

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  6. good for you, and while I hate when my kids are sick, cuddles and sleeping babies on you are amazing. I don't think my first kid has slept on me for the last 3 years (sniff), he will on hubby though, I think it's because he has more surface area to sleep on. But I try to remind myself to cherish these young toddler days because they'll be gone before we know it, and we'll miss them.

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    1. i can't imagine her being much older than now... and not wanting snuggles... I'll cry!

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  7. These days are the best days, despite the sick. Cuddles are the best.

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  8. Sick kids are the worst! But the cuddles are nice!
    I hope she's feeling better real soon!
    Hugs

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    1. yes, cuddles are the best
      she's on the mend.. yay

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  9. Despite being sick...it's sounds like a pretty good day to me. :) Hope you're mini-me's feeling better and you have a great weekend together!!!

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    1. ya, she's a great baby, even when she's sick.

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  10. Hi Shaunacey, How's your daughter feeling? I'm coming by to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I thought it would be fun to pass it along to you and let you know that I love reading your blog and I think your wonderful! Check it out here... http://www.thisolemom.com/2014/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html#more Have a lovely week! Kim "This Ole Mom"

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  11. Hope your baby girl is feeling better! And we ALL need to cut ourselves some slack on the to-do lists! We can't do it all! Our kids will be kids for such a short time in the big scheme of things. We need to stop and enjoy it sometimes. I am so guilty of pushing forward constantly and not savoring the day by day madness! Thanks for stopping by today and linking up on #BlogDiggity! Hope to see you again next week! And hanging around DQM on facebook! :)

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    1. I know, the to-do lists are what stresses me out... trying to tone it down with all of the things I think I need to do.
      will definitely stop by again next week :)

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  12. I completely understand what you mean. I had 3 sickie kiddies within the past month and then ended up sick myself. Even though it was horrible seeing them in pain and dealing with the yuckies, that time where I just stopped stressing and just lived was much needed.

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    1. oh my gosh, 3 sick babies?? YUCK! You poor momma! It's so much better on those days when you go with the flow, and I only have one! Hope everyone is on the wellness path!

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