Mommy Gets Sick!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Up until now Ive been lucky. Three head colds and the stomach flu made their way through my house and I was left unharmed. Too soon had I spoke the words...and wham! Mommy is smothered with a head cold.
The difference is, Mommy cant get sick. When she does, it all falls apart. There are dishes that at this point I assume toss out and replace with new ones; laundry in baskets I can no longer identify as clean or dirty; bits and pieces of family members strewn from one end of the house to the other. It is here that I think it best to putter down the hall and seek refuge in my bed.
With the help of Advil and pure determination, the groceries have been collected, pumpkins purchased, and shortbread cookies made at 5:30 a.m. for Gracies Halloween party (with a bed full of kids, how was I supposed to sleep anyway?). I have searched for the Halloween decorations, unsuccessful in determining their whereabouts and at this point, Ive tossed in the towel in that department.
With the soothing softness of Puffs strategically stuffed up my nose I continue to multitask my morning, searching for pumpkin stencils to create jack-o'-lanterns with the kids (sometime before Halloween on Monday), make a feeble attempt at cleaning the kitchen, while the sounds of Treehouse TV whisper in the background while puppy sleeps.
Im thinking that he has the right idea. Crawl into your comfy crate lined with blankets and a cuddle toy and sleep the morning away. If only I could do the same. It truly does amaze me at how quickly this house can literally go to pot when Im not feeling well.
Yesterday I asked Drew to come help me in the kitchen. I passed him the hand towel to dry dishes and was given a puzzled, unimpressed look. Once again I reminded him that this item was called a dish cloth and people used them to dry dishes. Buddy, Mommy isnt feeling well and could use your help, I explain. At eight years old, this was his response: Mom, if you leave the dishes on the counter the air will dry them you know. I dont think Im really cut out for manual labour.
I would like to tell you that I smiled and took the time to explain to him that its important to help out around the house. But, in my foggy, headache ridden head I wanted to take the dish towel and toss it at him. I could hear my voice, squawking out something that made little sense to me, so Id assume it made none to him, which inevitably led to the dishes remaining on the counter where they still sit this morning. Nonetheless, they are indeed dry. Next purchase
So, with a coffee, two Advil Cold & Sinus in hand, and a clean set of tissues up my nose, I will print what pumpkin stencils Ive found, collect the last few pieces of Halloween costumes for the kids, let puppy pee and head to bed. Giving in to the flu, I am raising the white flag! With any luck, my fairy godmother will visit in my dreams, waving her magic wand leaving my house sparkly clean and me feeling better
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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About Me...Mommy Jingles
I have a wonderful husband, three adorable children, drive a mini-van (what else are we all fitting into), love a good chick-flick and live on an awesome street. I am not a morning person nor will I ever be. I love being a night owl, yet strongly regret it in the morning when the pitter-patter of little feet stampede through the hall. Repeatedly! The fact my kids make it to school on time still amazes me. Hence, an outlet, refuge and sanctuary had to be found...Mommy Jingles is born. Thoughts, rantings, trials and successes from a mother, wife, friend, and an occasionally "I'm gonna loose it" woman!