“But you can’t get sick…You’re a mother!”
My mom used to have a cartoon hanging on our refrigerator when I was a kid that read “But you can’t get sick…you’re a mother!” What’s interesting is that when I searched the Web for that cartoon, I got “no results” under “images” and only 1…that’s right…1 Web response that led to a dead-end.
Having been sick the last 48 hours, I never understood that cartoon as much as I have the last 2 days. Even though I’m hacking up my lungs, running a fever of 101° F, and spewing green from every orifice on my face (nice picture?), I still have to take care of my very healthy (fortunately) and VERY active (not-so-fortunately) 2-year old son.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m always thankful for his health and even his level of activity, however, NOT when I’m sick! And being just 2 years old, I know he just doesn’t get that. So what to do?
My mom is coming over today to help. My husband came home early enough last night to take care of all the evening rituals (bath, bedtime, etc.). A friend of mine (over 8 months pregnant, no less) picked up some medicine for me at the drug store. In addition…TV is my friend. Or his friend, I should say.
My most recent post on Facebook was “woke up sick this am (it came out of nowhere!) and realized that it sucks to be sick and a mom! Screw the people that say children shouldn’t watch too much TV. Try sticking to that when YOU’RE sick!” Typically he watches no more than 1-2 hours a day, and that’s usually around dinner time until his bath. But some days…you just gotta do what you gotta do.
So for all of you moms and dads out there…don’t forget to take care of yourselves! You can’t take care of your child(ren) unless you can take care of yourself! If it means a few more hours of TV or asking for help, go for it! Tomorrow you can take of your kid(s), but today is for you. It’s okay. It really is.
Lauren is a mom, wife, BornFree Ambassador, and former architect living in New York. She describes herself as being quite a bit like Phoebe from “Friends” with a little Monica thrown in. Her blog “Baby Steps. Mom Steps” is a regular column on BornFreeMom.com