Ok, first off, if you do not know to what this title refers, than it is official, we cannot be friends. Now onto our regularly scheduled post. I am going to let you all in on a little secret. Do you know what my least favorite part of being a stay at home mom is? The staying at home. Seriously can’t stand being stuck within these 4 walls. We have a perfectly lovely home and enough toys to keep my kids entertained until Jesus returns, but I just get this awful cooped up feeling if I am trapped inside for too long. Some women say this is the reason why they return to the workforce. To be completely honest, for me, the thought of that is even worse.
So we are pretty “on the go” people. I go to the gym a lot (or some weeks a little, who am I kidding), I have MOPS, my playgroup, Moms Club, dance for Lily, the library, random errands, whatever. Sometimes, I do just like to hang out at home, I just don’t like to be forced to stay at home. Which brings me to my latest dilemma.
Hannah has had a fever since last Wednesday. It has never really gotten much over 100, actually I think it hit 101 once, but it is mostly hanging out in the high 99s, low 100s. Snotty nose, yucky cough, crabby, clingy baby. Enough symptoms to not be able to pass her off as a healthy child at the gym daycare or nursery at church. So this leaves me at home for, count ’em, 6 DAYS!!
I remember the first day of the illness that will never end (as it has affectionately become known). I told someone, “It’s kind of nice when they’re sick cause they get all cuddly and cute.” Now on day 6, I feel as though I have grown an extra appendage and I can assure you, I did not need to add on 25 extra pounds. Lily is not getting near enough attention which is causing her to seek out any kind of attention she can get. Good, bad, ugly, who cares, it’s attention.
We took Hannah to the doctor this weekend cause I could have sworn she was exhibiting classic signs of an ear infection. Nope. Never have I been more disappointed that my child did not have an ear infection cause that meant we couldn’t get some drugs that would do something, anything, to put an end to this thing. So the doctor said not to let her out around other children until she had been fever free for 24 hours. Wanna know when her fever made an appearance today? 7 pm. It teased me all day with visions of leaving my house tomorrow and re-entering the land of the living only to dash my hopes minutes before I put her to bed.
I know that you, out in the blogosphere, feel my pain. I see your status updates on Facebook. You too have sick kids. It seems every blog I have read lately has talked about some random illness or another. Maybe I should Lysol down the laptop before surfing around the web. This bug is everywhere and never ending. And you know what, the second I take her out again, you know we’re just going to pick up some other bug and get pulled right back in again. Once we get over this thing, I am going to wrap my kids in saran wrap, put on a surgical mask and spray Lysol at anyone who comes within 5 feet of me or my children. I’ll be the coolest mom at library storytime. Who cares? At least I’ll be out of the house.