I came home sick yesterday and promptly took a 3 hour nap. It’s a luxury for me I know as the Bug is in daycare so I can leave him there until it’s pick-up time. But really – for most parents – there is no rest. There is no take a quick nap to get rid of a headache (unless your spouse is around on a weekend!)
After my nap, I hit up the computer to catch up on the work I’d missed. I then picked up toys, did some laundry and took advantage of the fact that I was at home. Dinner was actually made when the hubs and Bug got home.
But that was only because I was home ALONE. On a Saturday or Sunday, I would have been fortunate to get a short nap in because the hubs is awesome like that — but those days of lounging in front of the tv with a box of tissues and Nyquil? Long gone when you are a parent.
There are no “sick” days for moms. You’re on ALL the time. I know it’s a conversation that’s been going on and on for decades now…but it’s still something that baffles me when you’re in the moment. And god forbid, both you and your spouse get sick at the same time. That’s a ton of fun and a total bartering game. Who feels worse? Who got up last (if it’s a middle of the night scream fest)? Who can be more pathetic?
Every parent goes through it…probably at least twice a year — but I’m always amazed when I’m in the zone. I want to be in bed, but instead there is so much that needs to be taken care of that ….even though I’m “home” sick, I’m really just sick at home doing all the normal, everyday things.
I have fond memories of the sick days full of Sex and the City and Friends re-runs. Ahhh, that was the life.