Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mums Don't Get Sick Days

...but if they did, I would have used one or two over the past couple of days. Jim had a cold while Lilly and I were in DC, and when we arrived home, Jim declared himself "not contagious." Now I'm not pointing fingers, but if there's one thing Joseph has taught me, it's to always place blame. So, in this case, the blame would have to be placed on Jim. Even he said he will have to reconsider his theories on when a cold is contagious (apparently, it always is). But, let's face it. It could have been much worse. It was just a cold. Lilly seemed to come down with it on Sunday afternoon and by Monday, she was pretty miserable...and then on Tuesday, she was better! She learned how to blow her nose (or at least, how to pull tissues out of the box and blow air out of her mouth while putting the tissue on her nose). It's amazing how quickly babies heal. When she was really little and had scratched herself, she would wake up from her nap and the scratch would be gone! So Lilly is back to her normal self. I, on the other hand, seem to have a lingering cold that is running its course in a fashion similar to Jim's. And over the past 2 days, I have realized how hard it is to look after a 14 month old when all I want to do is lie on the couch. After all, we all know that Lilly is an *extremely* active 14 month old. It wasn't easy going to school and teaching when I didn't feel well, but teaching my four classes with built in breaks was much easier than being a mum all day.

Jim feels horrible and made me 3 cups of tea this morning before he left for work! He's been feeding Lil and putting her to bed and letting me rest when he's home, which is amazing. I keep thinking of Mum whose morning sickness got worse with each how in the world did she look after a 5, 3 and 1 year old when she was pregnant with Edward?? I have absolutely no idea and I hope I don't ever have to find out.

So, I have a newfound respect for mums, who are always mums and don't get to call in sick.

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