If there is anything that has been a significant change since becoming a parent, it is that there are no sick days. There is no real rest. There is no lying around with a blanket with a hot cup of tea after getting home from work. For 3 more hours after I get home from my day job, I still have to be mom. I still have to make the kiddo some dinner. I still have to chase him around the house. I confess though, I didn't bother doing the dishes or pick up any of his toys.
I have been sick for the past couple of days. Knock down, throw down hacking my lungs out, fever, nose drainage that never seems to stop sick. With limited PTO left in my arsenal, I've been trudging through work. Thankfully, I can get away with never having to get up out of my chair on most days. The worst thing about working when you're sick is passing it on to everyone else. I'm sure I'll be getting the death stares from people soon enough when they come down with this thing.
Yesterday, my most awful day thus far of this horrific cold, I was prepping myself on my drive home for the chasing of my toddler and hoping to find the energy somewhere to deal with him. I'm not sure if deep down he understood that both his mommy and daddy didn't feel well, but he came up to me after my dinner of Lipton soup as I was slumped down in my recliner and asked to, "Watch Elmo on mommy's puter." I happily obliged. My cute little man snuggled up on my lap and sang along to his favorite tunes from The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. He even gave me several random hugs. At the end of the movie he said "I'm ready for jammies," WHA?? After jammies, we watch the last 10 minutes of Toy Story 3 and he said "I'm ready for bed." DOUBLE WHA?? My 2 year old maniac is rarely like this. He would much rather be climbing the walls and doing somersaults off the couch. So, somehow he knew. He new that his mommy and daddy needed a break.
We have a busy weekend ahead with my brother's wedding. I am now convincing myself that I am on the upswing and that I will have my voice back and ready to sing on Saturday. I am on my third cup of lemon honey tea and am not going to give up until this illness is gone.
Welcome to the cold and flu season folks! I would recommend keeping your distance from me for a few days...