Sunday, September 23, 2007

One Fried Mommy, Comin’ Right Up!

I’ve spent the last week with a miserable cold. Deaf from the congestion in my ears, exhausted and phlegmy, I’ve struggled to make it through each day gracefully and have failed utterly. This week has been challenging, and I found myself wishing the kids weren’t feeling quite so well themselves so I’d get a break.

It’s a question that returns with fall each year in my house: is it better to have sick children and be well or have well children and be sick yourself? Of course you don’t want your children to suffer – you would do anything to spare them the misery of a rotten head cold. Right? Riiiiight?

This week? Not so much. I know, I know – I’m a bad mommy. It was painfully hard to pull together enough energy to deal with the routine squabbles and daily tasks when all I wanted was to crawl back into bed. I was so grateful to load my son onto the school bus each afternoon so I could go back to sleep.

By my reckoning, school started a mere 3 weeks ago. If I am doomed to spend one of every three weeks sick this winter, can someone just shoot me now?


Life As I Know It said...

Ugh. Sorry you're not feeling well. We've had the back to school germs here too, but fortunately (or not?) I have been far.
Hope you're feeling better soon!

Pinks & Blues Girls said...

I remember my first real I-must-go-back-to-bed illness with children. My oldest daughter (three years old at the time) stated, "Mommies don't get sick. Now get up."

Flash ahead 26 years. That same daughter has three boys (all under 3), and last Thursday she was feeling quite under the weather. I wanted to tell her, "Mommies don't get sick. Now get up."

But what I did do was help her with the kids while she rested!

Ah, Mommies!!

Sharon - Pinks & Blues Girls

Whirlwind said...

Last year we were sick very very often. If it wasn't one of the kids, it was me. We;d finally start feeling better and then WHAM - something else hit us.

Tricia said...

I just sent my daughter to bed with that groggy look in her eye. I thought two things simultaneously "I hope she's ok. (Because I really don't want to be up at 2am with a feverish baby)." and "Well if she's a little under the weather maybe I'll get a few things done tomorrow."

Awful mom right back at you!

Hope you are feeling better!!!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Feel better! And, I've wondered that question too---honestly, I think things run better around the house if it is the kids that are sick instead of me, but that makes me feel guilty to even type.