Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sick vs. Sick with a Toddler

I normally don't get sick very often, but have been sick twice in the past month. Not completely knocked out for the count sick, but nasty cold with a fever kind of sick. You know, just sick enough to really impact your life. It has given me time to think about the differences between being sick pre-kid and being sick with a toddler in the house.

Realizing I am actually sick

Sick - Feeling terrible on the way home from work, I would come home and take my temperature. Upon finding out I had a fever, I would change into comfy clothes and curl up in a blanket on the couch.

Sick with toddler - Feeling terrible on the way home from work, get caught up in doing stuff around the house, then remember to take my temp. I search the house to find the thermometer and ear covers, take my temp and find out I do really have a fever. I then text my husband to let him know and continue to make dinner and put away the mountain of laundry that was waiting for me.


Sick - Scrounge through the house and find a couple things that sound edible. Make the husband fend for himself and eat dinner curled up on the couch under the blanket mentioned earlier.

Sick with a toddler - Make whatever was planned on the menu for the week. Eat sitting at the table, because there is no way we are eating pasta with sauce on the carpet. Get up and down approximately 1,000 times for forgotten items and things the toddler wants.

After Dinner

Sick -Curl up on the couch and watch a little television or chat with the husband before going to bed. There was also the possibility of going straight to bed.

Sick with a toddler - Lay down on the couch with a blanket while E plays and watches part of a movie pushes me out of the out of the corner, takes my blanket, and tells me I am not sick. Move to a different part of the couch and chat with my husband for bit with E climbing all over both of us. Watch her play for a few minutes then clean up when she pees on the floor. Then there is bath time and getting E ready for bed.


Sick - Brush teeth, wash face and climb into bed at an obscenely early time. Maybe wake when my husband comes to bed and say good night.

Sick with toddler - Brush teeth, wash face and climb into bed after E is put to bed. Listen to her fight my husband going to bed for 30 min, then start calling for mommy. Go into her room and relieve my husband. Get E to settle down a bit, cover her with her blanket about 500 times then sit on the floor of her bedroom covered in a swaddle blanket trying to keep warm. Then drag my butt to bed.


Sick - Briefly acknowledge my husband as he leaves for work. Roll over and go back to sleep.

Sick with toddler - Awaken at some point overnight because E woke up. Then up at 5:45 a.m. because E was up and ready for the day. Get her dressed, feed her breakfast and watch her while my husband gets dressed and ready for work. Help him get her into the car and on her way to daycare. Thank the lord for daycare and crawl back into bed.
Luckily my fever broke and a day of sleep made me feel a thousand times better.