These past two weeks have been an exhausting blur. It’s officially spring with warm breezes and rainy afternoons, but unfortunately along with the change of weather sometimes comes sickness. Not only did I get sick, but at the same time our little man had his first sickness at a year and a half and it made up for lost time. A runny nose quickly led way to a high fever, sickness, upset stomach, coughing and many sleepless nights for both of us. I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be up all hours of the night tending to a little one. I spent many nights over the past two weeks sleeping on the floor beside his crib to monitor his fever and make sure he was okay. It was terrifying as a new mom to watch my little one getting sicker and sicker and feel helpless. Not to mention how AWFUL Google can be at 3am when your mind is racing and filled with doubt about the health of your child. Flu symptoms can quickly manifest into bubonic plague in your mind when you are sleep deprived and worried. Thankfully with great natural remedies, homemade chicken soup, rest and lots of love he is feeling much better, as am I.
Unfortunately sometimes it takes sickness to really value health and the past two weeks have really left me with a new found gratitude for everyday health that I sometimes take for granted. I could not imagine the struggle that many people face everyday dealing with chronic sickness or serious health issues. I also have so much admiration for single parents out there and I have no idea how you do it. Although I didn’t get much rest during the day taking care of him, I still had the support in the evenings to rest as much as I could before going to
However, as hard as it was watching my little guy so sick, I soaked up all the extra cuddles, long hugs, sleepy mornings and afternoon snuggles on the couch. And when we were both feeling a little too cooped up we would take a little break outside. Fresh air and nature always grounds me and lift my spirits.
When I was little I remember my mom telling me that the worst punishment as a parent was seeing your kids sick and I completely understand that now. Sorry mom for all the times I puked on you, the time I poisoned myself from pesticide left on the neighbors lawn, eating candy off the mall floor (that wasn’t mine) or simply getting my dirty little toddler hands into something I shouldn’t have. I truly feel so blessed for our healthy bodies, strong immune systems and positive attitudes and thanks mom and dad for taking such good care of me when I was snotty nosed and rosy cheeked.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha