At this point in my life, this last 2 weeks may have been the most challenging to date. There is no way to describe how miserable it is to be sick and not able to lay in bed and mope all day! The day that I posted Ollie's 9 Month Update, I was in that "I'm sick but I'm ignoring it" stage of the flu, and everything went down hill fast from there. To make a long story short, I got the flu, had swollen lymph node, my husband got sick, my son got a virus, and he had an allergic reaction to the virus. To top things off, my husband had to leave town for work for a few days right in the heat of things... maybe now you can forgive me for not posting in about 2 weeks!
When all I wanted was a bubble bath, a tub of ice cream, and no one to bother me, motherhood slapped me pretty hard in the face. I just wanted to quickly share some things that I learned through this trial and tribulation that I had to endure.
1. BEG FOR HELP
The only way to heal is to rest, and the reality is, your child probably won't accommodate that. They aren't being mean, they just don't realize that sore throats shouldn't be crawled on or karate chopped. I don't have grandparents in town, but I was blessed to have my sister and cousin come over a few nights and allow me to get medicine and rest my eyes for a few hours. My sweet husband also took a day off of work to take care of us which was huge.
2. If you don't have help, create a way to rest
There were some days that everyone I knew was working, and I had to come up with a solution. My son's room is pretty well child proofed. I shut the door to his room, lined the window sill in pillows, and let him have the roam of the room. I put a pillow and blanket on the floor and just closed my eyes. I didn't care that he was pulling all the books off the shelf, the clothes out of his drawers, or dumping out every toy bin. I just forced myself to rest. It was the best decision the entire week. He played for a whole hour and only hit me in the face 5 or 6 times!
3. Get on medication as quickly as possible
I was really stubborn the first week. I wanted to heal on my own and not put any medication in my system that would get into my breastmilk. Rather than healing naturally, I got 10 times sicker and ended up on stronger medications then if I had started them in the beginning. If your goal is to be healthier for your child, don't be scared to jump on medication quickly.
4. Take a bath at night
Once Ollie was asleep or when my husband had a chance to watch him, I took baths. It helped wipe away the day's stress and relax my body for bed. I added lavender essential oils to the water, lit some candles, and put on CSI Miami reruns- perfection.
5. Don't be guilty about letting baby watch TV
We hardly ever let Oliver watch TV at home, but when you are sick, make the exception. It helped me get so many days where I had no energy to follow him around.
6. Nap when baby naps
I do this often when I don't feel well, however being sick for so long, I was tempted to use naps to catch up on chores or work. The days that I worked rather than resting in the afternoon, I was so beat by the evening I could barely make it through our bedtime routine. Take as much rest as you can offer your body. It will help you heal quicker.
7. DON'T EVER GET SICK IF YOU ARE A MOM
And then there is that piece of advice. The best one I can give!
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