Why having poorly children before Christmas is bittersweet

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Bittersweet christmas

For the past week my children have had an awful cold, along with a chesty cough, and to top it off, conjunctivitis. It’s not been fun.

As any mother will know looking after your poorly children is

heart-breaking, seeing them so lifeless sprawled on the sofa or bed, not able to eat much and wanting lots of love and cuddles. You are constantly wishing them better, any sort of routine goes out the window, and you are at their every beck and call. (as you are everyday anyway!)

But let me tell you why, when they are poorly, it’s bittersweet, although heartbreaking seeing them so unwell it can actually be a stress reliever. I say this, as when the children are poorly, the house is quiet, nothing stirs… Not even a mouse! It’s pretty much chaos and noise free, something very rare for any mother to experience.

Even though you hate seeing your children poorly, take heed in the fact that there will not be toys scattered in every room, crumbs all over the floor, or your kids running around and slamming doors. It won’t last forever. Enjoy the quiet and the clean house while you can!

In no time at all you will be welcoming back the chaotic house you seemed to forget about!! Your children won’t be poorly anymore, no coughing and spluttering of their germs everywhere, they will be healthy and well, and your house will be a dump site filled with toys once again.  All you can do now is look forward to this day, because it’s coming back, and fast.

I took the kids out today as we have been cooped up at home for what feels like forever while they have been on the mend, we needed some fresh air. We went for a walk in town and got something to eat, and I took them to a play area to just loose some energy for 15 minutes. Well let me tell you, it was obviously a bad idea. Sophia had a coughing fit and puked up on the outside near the play area, not inside thank god! I might as well have been hunted down by a pack of vicious wolves by the amount of evil glares I got from all the other mums. Luckily I have grown up a bit, and although a little embarrassed, I really didn’t care. We have all been there us mums, had the embarrassing moment and had to get on and deal with it. I pretty much cleared it up with a whole pack of wet wipes, and told the information desk to get some disinfectant on the floor. And that was it.

All in all, my attempt at having a normal day with two kids was yet again sabotaged by having poorly children for much longer than I bargained for. Think I should have just stayed at home and dwelled in the quiet house I would have had as opposed to clearing up sick and getting evil glares off woman you would think I would have common ground with, being a mum and all that.

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  1. Katie
    December 11, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    I love your honestly and realism! SUCH a great mum

  2. hannah mum's days
    December 14, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Awww! I can totally relate to this – obviously I HATE when Reuben is poorly. However…it is often the only time I get a cuddle. I guess it’s when us mums come in to our own though. It’s when we’re really needed and let’s face it, that’s kind of what we’re good at – loving, reassuring, cuddling, looking after – and all while the house is a little more calmer and quieter. So therefore, by that logic, it’s OK to enjoy it a wee bit 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList – although this isn’t strictly a list 😉 it’s still great to be your first Linky!! What an honour and thanks for joining us xxx

    • Tanita
      December 15, 2014 / 8:27 pm

      Aw thank you! Thank you so much for hosting. I know, sorry about that only kind of realised after I linked up. #newgirlproblems. X

  3. December 16, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    I get so scared when Baby is ill because she is still and quiet and THAT never normally happens! Thanks for linking up to #TheLIst x

    • Tanita
      December 17, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      Yes it is always such a worry when they are ill. You have a great blog btw, thank you for all the tips x

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