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Down With the Sickness – Surviving Our First Cold

Posted by Alissa Robson

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, especially with all the bragging I did about how lucky we were to be so healthy through the winter. MJ and I got our first colds.

Let’s start with hers by saying, I’m not actually sure she even has one. She’s had a slight runny nose and has been a little fussier than normal at times, but that’s about it. If she’s fighting it, I hope she keeps it up! I’ve heard horror stories about the Snot Sucker and other such devices.

But moving on to my cold, which I’ve been griping about all week, it seems. It started off gently with just a sore throat, lulling me into a false sense of, “I’m Super Mom! A cold won’t keep me down!” But by the middle of the week as I was hacking and coughing with a head that felt like a brick and a nose that would not stop running, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.

By day, I would struggle to get out of bed, then dread the thought of the many tasks that couldn’t be ignored – preparing baby’s meals, playtime, taking her for a walk. Not to mention the ordinary tasks like dishes and cooking my own meals.

By night, I would fall into bed grateful for a night’s sleep, only to be awoken by a runny nose, a coughing spasm, and of course, a baby’s cry. That last one was the toughest – why do rough nights for baby always coincide with nights that are rough already?

Fortunately, my husband assumed much of the night shift and early morning shift (our little girl wakes up at 6 am like clockwork, a trait she DOES NOT get from me), so I was able to lighten my load a little. And as my cold eases up just slightly, I’m beginning to see a ray of light from my normal life.

I have to say, this is really the first time where I’ve yearned just a little for those days before motherhood. I remember when sick days meant curling up on the couch with a good book or a movie, bowls of  soup, and a relaxing bath whenever I was motivated enough to get up.

But now, a movie is out of the question – time on the couch is spent desperately trying to occupy the baby while I briefly close my eyes. Soup and other nourishing meals were still there, but were often on the cold side – I think my sense of timing went off with my cold, as I seemed to be sitting down to eat just as baby would get fussy. And a bath? Well, I did squeeze one in while baby napped, and my husband was accommodating if I had the energy for one in the evening.

There’s nothing like a little bout of sickness to bring out the whininess in all of us! But I’m happy to say I’m recovering, and though I did my fair share of complaining, I’m really just grateful the baby has managed to stay healthy and happy throughout my downtime. Here’s hoping she stays that way!

Parents out there, how do you cope with sickness and taking care of a baby? Any tips and tricks? Please leave them in the comments, as I’m sure this won’t be the last time I catch a bug!

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