In case you haven’t seen my complaints and pleas for help on social media, my 9-month-old and I have been sick all week. It was a cold/stomach bug hybrid that I never want to see again. Although this week has not made me a better person at all, I would like to think I have learned some valuable things from this experience. Please bear with me as this is probably common knowledge to most people (at least those that are the mom variety).
1. Babies have no qualms about when or where they upchuck.
2. Don’t wash your clothes or his clothes immediately after they become soiled. Wait until the end of the day to do laundry unless you want to be doing it all day.
3. Stock up on chicken noodle soup before you get sick or you will have to make a difficult trip to the grocery store that involves lots of praying that your baby won’t puke in the store.
4. Staying home “half a day” may mean extremely different things for you and your husband. Like maybe a difference of 2-3 hours. 😝
5. The only people you really want to ask help from are your worst enemies (because who wants to be the one to get any of their friends sick) and your husband (because he really doesn’t have much choice about getting sick anyways).
6. Being sick won’t necessarily make your non-cuddled a cuddler 😭
7. It helps to be grateful for the little things. For me: a child who’s sickness does not affect his chipper mood or wonderful ability to play independently, the ability to stay at home when I’m sick, friends who check up on me with texts, relatives who send encouraging emails, a sister to complain to, and a comfy couch to get settled on.