It has been a rough couple of months. For all the reasons that many of us her on the East Coast know all too well, we have been inundated with colds and sicknesses. I have watched as my family has gone from being leveled by an illness, to healthy, back to being sick. The cycle has been vicious, and none in our house has been spared.
For me, this is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to parenting. Dealing with wave after wave of sickness is a grueling practice. For the older two we can give Tylenol for a fever, Benadryl for a runny nose or cough, and they get better. We can give them juice, water, or Gatorade to drink to keep them hydrated. Though it is painful to watch any child be miserable, we can deal with what we see.
However, this whole process is complicated when it also involves our youngest, Jacob. There is not medication to give him for his stuffy nose, and cough. There is nothing to do but hold him, cuddle him, keep him upright, and let him know that he is loved. We know, from what we have experienced with Zoey and David that this will help to make him strong. Furthermore, we know when it gets too bad to take him to a doctor. But that does not make any of this any easier.
Oh the Joy!
Being sick sucks. Being a sick parent, with sick kids… well that sucks even more. I feel like I am going to jinx myself (again) by saying that we are all doing much better than the week before. However, thanks to this awesome weather (25 degrees Fahrenheit today… it was nearly 80 last week… 50’s by this weekend) I am certain that we are not done with this awesome ride.
Live big, love bigger, and be kind, always.