I haven't left the house since Sunday afternoon.
My 3 year old came down with a bad cold and with our vacation looming mere days away, and in an effort to get her well, we went on lockdown.
Little D was fine at church this past Sunday but around mid-day when we realized how sick she was, we left my folks' super bowl lunch early. I didn't even get to eat any football cake. We cancelled making the rounds of two Superbowl parties and stayed put at home. Where we've been ever since.
Since Little D's default state is to zip up the nearest flagpole and hang upside down singing a VERY LOUD SONG it was sad to see her as a slumped little lump balled up in the corners of various couches, beds and laps. We pumped her with fluids and vitamins, vaporized her and blew her nose countless times. We snuggled up and watched Disney movies. We cancelled her ballet and gymnastics classes and called off any play dates for our older son. Grocery shopping? It could wait. I pulled a veggie lasagna out of the freezer and discovered a case of corn niblets in the back of my pantry and rogue jug of apple juice trying to hide behind the gift bags. Perfect.
And you know what? Besides the slight cabin fever I'm rocking now that it's Day 4, (and besides that no one likes to see their child sick, of course, there's that) there were a number of silver linings to her little cold.
A. I stayed in my pajamas from Sunday night until Tuesday morning. I was giving so many hot baths to my sick child I didn't get a chance to take one myself. I'm Natalie. I'm disgusting. I haven't done that since New Year's Day of 2006!
B. I got to snuggle the kids indefinitely and watch Beauty and the Beast. And Lady and the Tramp. And even Frozen. (Though my kids protested)
C. I didn't have to drive anywhere! No schlepping the kids in the car in the ice-cold deep freeze. I didn't want to make Little D sicker so we just stayed home. It was glorious
D. But the best Silver Lining was my pleasant surprise at how many family and friends reached out to see how Little D was feeling. It warmed my heart that our support system would think of her and wish her good health, knowing that we would soon be leaving town. These check-in phone calls are particularly appreciated when you're trapped inside for three days straight with an extremely irate 3-year old who's coughing up flem.
And while no one likes to see their child sick it's an occurrence that forces everything to stop. (And I am not talking about the parent warriors who suffer the agony of having a terminally ill child -- I am merely referring to most of our experience of having a kid with a mild virus or temporary cold) It forces you to focus on your kids and nothing else. I got zero books reviews done. I didn't go to my work-out class or run any errands. I had to be completely present and available to my daughter without letting even one distraction get in the way. Because we all do so much in addition to parenting (work, cook, laundry, volunteer, exercise, etc.) it's rare that I get to stay home for three days straight with the kids. And it makes me feel all the more indignant on behalf of moms who work out of the home -- moms who can't stay home three days with a sick kid. Unfair! There should be extra sick days for working moms for when your kids are sick.
I so happy to say that Little D is feeling great today. What a difference three days can make. Not just for her, but for me also. I'm not glad she got sick but I'm glad it caused me to slow down and rest a bit myself before we tackle Disney.
Now let's just keep our fingers crossed that her brother doesn't come down with it.