Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Washed My Hair in Peace

For eight solid days, as we've ridden a roller coaster of illnesses, I've been nurse, cook, laundress, cleaner, and comforter in chief.  All hours of the night.  In sickness and in health.  In quarantine.  Through pajama days and pharmacy runs.  Through mouth sores and concussions and runny noses and coughs and lots and lots and LOTS of tears.  I've had a child clinging to each pant leg, a child bouncing on each hip, a child screaming in each ear.  There have been sweet, snuggly moments and there have been moments when I've dissolved in tears.  I've hugged and held and shushed and patted and sung and read.  And it's been a blessing to be able to care for my babies like that.  But the reality is that it is just tough--really, really tough--caring for a sick 1 year old and a sick 2 year old, while sick and pregnant myself.  Well, today I cried uncle.
Our fully germ-warned babysitter agreed to come give me a break.  If I'd felt better, I would have leapt for joy. 
I retreated to the gym for a slow and short elliptical ride, followed by lots of stretching.

I took a walk.

I WASHED MY HAIR IN PEACE.  It was revolutionary.
I sneezed and snuffled my way through a bowl of spicy Thai coconut soup, with Kleenex in one hand and the Mister's Kindle in the other.

I did a few loads of laundry.

I Christmas-shopped.
I rested.
I feel rejuvenated, and have a renewed hope that one day soon we will all be well at the same time.  Soon, soon.  But for now, a little more holding and shushing is in order.


Sara said...

I am glad you were able to get away and get a little rejuvenated. Every mom needs that every once in a while even when fully healthy!

BettieBoyd said...

What a blessed improvement! All my love. PS--JF with the peas is hilarious!

Julie said...

So glad the boys are on the road to recovery - wish it didn't have so many detours! Sounds like your babysitter is a godsend!

Wanting What I Have said...

Sweet friend, hang in there. Praying for you tonight, that this too, shall soon pass.

Kelly said...

goodness lil' mama. sounds rough. hope you ALL get to feeling better soon!

Katherine said...

Aw, sweet girl! Hang in there. I thought this was so beautifully written. Feel better.

Morris Middleton said...

Bless your heart. In retrospect, of course. Glad this scenario is dated a month ago!