Sick Days and Survival Mode

Now that we’ve hit the three-month mark, I’ve been thinking that maybe I should start raising my standards just a tad and maybe I should start climbing my way out of survival mode. It’s less daunting than it was weeks ago to consider cleaning my house (beyond the surface), doing some work, and getting Gemma on a better schedule.

And then.

The weekend came, and it seemed like everything hit the fan. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But Joe has been under some deadline stress at work (which means longer hours), Grace has had all the attitude and sass of an adolescent, Gemma started going through what I hope is the three month growth spurt and waking every two hours or less, and Sophie came down with a stomach bug (my nightmare).


Sophie was sick all through Friday night, seemed better, relapsed Sunday night (at my babysitting cousins’ house–they’ll undoubtedly think twice about watching our kids again soon!) and is hopefully on the mend… because Grace came down with it yesterday. She was heartbreakingly sweet about the whole thing, and hoped it wouldn’t interfere with plans to see my mom next week. We knew she was really not feeling like herself when she didn’t complain about missing school and didn’t care about watching a TV show or movie.

Maybe we should tell her the pillow goes under her head?

Maybe we should tell her the pillow goes under her head?

In an effort to not make this a total pity party, here’s some silver linings: Joe primarily took over care of the sick girls (I married up!) and this is forcing me to stay on top of my cleaning+laundry game. Also, Sophie was well just long enough over the weekend that we were able to get away to see Brian Regan for a fun night out (hence the babysitters). I’m not sure what we would have done if she got sick on Saturday.


Anyway, the kids have been enjoying copious amounts of TV while snacking on crackers, snuggling with whichever parent they want at the time (Joe, if he’s home), and I’ve been surviving and popping multivitamins in the hopes that I stay healthy. Maybe I’ll get out of survival mode tomorrow.


5 Responses to "Sick Days and Survival Mode"

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  1. Ellen Johnson

    April 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Stomach bugs are hell! Don’t beat yourself up about survival mode. It’s hard to get back on top of things (whatever that means. I’m never on top of things.) when the baby isn’t on a predictable schedule and sometimes that takes a really long time. Maybe it’s my innate laziness, but I think we’re all too hard on ourselves.

  2. Laura

    April 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Oh no! Stomach bugs are the worst especially with little ones! Hope they feel better soon!
    My husband and I saw Brian Regan a few years ago and both of us complained of sore stomachs the following day from laughing SO hard – not kidding! Glad you got to enjoy a night out together!

    • Francine Weber

      April 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      We saw him a couple of years ago, too, and had just as much fun! We loved getting to hear some new material! 🙂

  3. Margaret

    April 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Now I know why you have been so much on my mind. Hope the sun shines soon!

  4. Lisa

    April 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    So glad you got out to see Brian Regan! We saw him a year ago and loved it. And sorry about the sickness- it is sooo rough to go through a drawn-out stomach bug. Hope everyone is on the mend, and that lots of sleep is headed your way!


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