Babies and ‘flu don’t mix…

Before you became a mama, a dose of the winter sniffles meant a day at home with a big box of tissues, a DVD box set and a large dose of self-pity. These days, it’s all different…

 

The thing about being ill when you have little ones to look after is that they don’t care. They’re not interested. In fact, they don’t even notice. Why would they? They are in their own little worlds. Dressing up as Peppa Pig might get their attention, but a red nose or violent coughing will not.

 

All you want to do is get under a duvet and sleep. But you can’t. And all the stuff you have to do – just normal mum’s stuff that you usually don’t think about – suddenly seems like either very hard work or a bit yucky. Doing ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees And Toes’ to entertain your baby when you’re having a sneezing fit is pretty gruelling, while changing pooey nappies when you’re bathed in the icy sweat of a virus seems downright unfair.

 

But the truth of it is, unless you’re really ill, the show must go on. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because having children gives you a unique opportunity to stop thinking about yourself – and when you do, you realise that what was wrong with you was 50% viral and 50% self pity.

 

 

So if your baby pokes you in the eye while you’re blowing your nose, try and laugh. If  your toddler insists you should do the ‘funny chicken dance’ when you’d rather lie on the couch, crack a smile if you can. And when daddy gets home, hand him the baby and get him to make you a hot lemon. You deserve it.

 

 

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