Since it is that time of year when we like to pay particular attention to thankfulness, I want to share something that I am very, very thankful for.
Usually, when Mom gets sick there is no laying around in your PJ’s. Mommy still has to be Mommy and make sure the kids are dressed and fed, Daddy is up and out the door and that laundry and chores don’t pile up. I have a sinus infection and was given a lovely antibiotic to take care of the situation. However, my body doesn’t like too many medications and we can now add another one to the list. I spent and entire evening into early morning in the bathroom and the entire next two days feeling like I had a bad hangover.
I took a day off from work (unusual for me, but when you potentially need the bathroom at a moments notice, you don’t want to be stuck somewhere. It wouldn’t be pretty). I got the kids up, dressed them and made sure they ate some breakfast. At this point any recovery I had made was forgotten and I felt like death warmed over. I am extremely fortunate to have two willing and able grandmothers who split the week with my kids so that I do not have to pay for childcare (and negate any earnings that I may have accumulated). It was my Mom’s day and while I know she would have been willing to take the kids so that I could rest, I tend to feel terribly guilty taking a day off of work and not spend it with them. After talking with my Mom, I decided that since I wasn’t contagious we would all go to my parent’s for the day. That way, Mom and I could tag team when necessary and I could run to the bathroom without fear of leaving little ones unattended.
My two year old liked that we could watch “Finding Nemo” and sip tea (in her case, juice) while Little Man was tickled to have Grammy’s undivided attention. We all got to take a long afternoon nap together and cuddle, which is one of our favorite activities. Besides random screaming and crying that pierced my pounding head, we had a nice day. I also got lots of hugs, kisses and stickers so that I would feel better. I have to say that this was the best sick day that I have had in a long time (and it included my own Mommy and the best toast and tea EVER). I am thankful that I have wonderful Mothers to support my Mommyhood, my Mom who will mother me and my kids when we need it and for two adorable babies that I love with all of my heart and who love me right back.
What are you thankful for?
Submitted by Philly Burb Moms blogger, Jennifer Lower.