Most of us have been there before – you’ve either caught the bug your child had or caught something from being around all the kid places you’re exposed to all the time. Being a mom means at some point or another you’re going to get sick. And with such busy schedules and kids with endless energy, it’s really hard to lay in bed all day when you’re feeling sick.
I am just on the tail end of a 72-hour stomach bug and it felt like the world was falling apart.
Yes, I am a bit dramatic, but taking care of two little boys and having a stomach virus don’t really work out well.
It all started over the weekend when Shep started getting sick. He handled it like a pro and besides a few instances and a small appetite, you probably would have never known he was sick.
Me on the other hand? Crying, convinced I’d be sick forever, and begging my husband to take me to the hospital. I was sad I was missing fun neighborhood events, could barely stand up let alone play with my kids, and was feeling intense mom guilt for the amount of TV my toddler had consumed in the past 48 hours. Things were pretty ugly over here.
But here I am – almost recovered – and with a better sense of how to survive these terrible sick days as a mom. Because let’s face it – that’s not the last time this is going to happen around here.
- Ask for help. Whether it’s a nearby relative, neighbor, or babysitter, this is not the time to try to be supermom. The longer you are sick, the worse off everyone will be. I found Sitting Made Simple thanks to a friend’s recommendation and was able to book a sitter last minute when I knew I needed to rest and my boys needed someone to play with. Clint couldn’t take off work, so this was a great option for us and I was thankful to find someone so quickly.
- Plan ahead. At some point, either you, your spouse or your kid will get sick. Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home-mom, this is tough to navigate. It really pays off to have a plan in place for when someone gets sick. You can’t predict when it will happen, but you’ll be less likely to scramble when you know what to do.
- Let go of guilt. Mom guilt can be totally overwhelming if you let it. Your kids want hugs, kisses, you to play with them, and sometimes you physically can’t get out of bed. That sucks, no way around it. But it’s temporary and kids are resilient. Let them know mommy is sick, and she is going to feel better soon.
- Start planning your next outing. Seriously what got me through these awful days was thinking about the next zoo trip I was going to do with Shep and Beau. I knew once I was recovered we were going to really enjoy a special day together, and it’s going to feel really special after we’ve gone through such a tough and sometimes boring week.
- Do what you can. I tried not missing bedtime even on the days I was really out. I’d roll out of bed and help read their books and sing their favorite songs. It helped me feel connected on the days I was really feeling my worse.
The most important thing to remember? You’re a mom, but a human who gets sick. It will pass. And then you’ll be back to being the awesome mom that you are!
What are your tips for surviving sickness as a mom?
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