Monday, February 8, 2010

Optimistic Mondays – Coughs, Fevers and Runny Noses

Having sick children is miserable. Almost as miserable as having a sick husband. (Oops, did I say that?) My son got it first this time. After about a week, my daughter got it too. Such fun. The other night I swear I got out of bed 15 times during the night. No, I wasn't counting, but I should have. Maybe it was 16. Talk about a long night (or short one, depending on how you look at it).

Since my Monday posts are about looking at the optimistic side of things, I present a list of pros and cons.

Cons of having sick kids:
  • going thru tissues by the box
  • interrupted sleep for the kidlets as well as Mommy
  • keeping track of medicine doses (when/how much?)
  • excessive whining/crying
  • constant need for attention
  • co-pays to the doctor
  • paying for prescriptions (ear infection)
  • keeping track of more medicine
  • grumpy Mommy
Pro of having sick kids (YES, there is exactly ONE pro):
  • extra cuddle time
It is so easy for me to stress about all the things I'm not getting done when my kids are sick. Somedays, none of us even get dressed. The dishes pile up, toys cover the floor, my work is behind and my writing is all but abandoned. It's times like these when it's important for me to remind myself of the bigger picture. The kids need me. Everything else can wait.

When I focus on that important fact, and let everything else go, I can allow myself to enjoy the cuddle time. It doesn't happen very often, and it is so wonderful.

Happy Monday


Andrea :) said...

I have another pro for you -- When the sickness passes (and thankfully they are temporary sicknesses) you have a greater appreciation for health. And since you have time back to yourself, you tend to be super-productive to make up for lost time.

I'm hoping your kids feel better, you don't get sick and you have a productive week.

mitchowl said...

I loved cuddle time. I don't get much of it anymore. You are very wise to enjoy it while you have it. Pretty soon your babies will be over six feet tall, weigh 230, and be leaving for a mission in 2 days. *sigh*

Tiffany said...

So sorry to hear they are sick!! Its really NO fun! But again cuddle time is so nice! I hope they get feeling better and that Todd doesn't get it.. I made my blog private, send me your email to, and I will add you... I'm not on facebook anymore either...

elizabeth mueller said...

Hey, Kim--I hope your beautiful family starts to feeling better. I'll be sending prayers your way. :(