Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How Caring for a Sick Toddler is Like Being in a Bad Relationship

You feel helpless. Trapped, even.

Your friends and family barely recognize you.

Your Secret Sweatpants of Shame, once occasionally worn in the privacy of your home, are less a "secret" now than they are a "uniform".

It's like you're not even speaking the same (any) language anymore.

You haven't endured - or produced - this level of whining since adolescence.

You feel desperate to escape, yet guilty for feeling that way.

The walls seem to be closing in on you.

You can't quite figure out how to deliver the bad news (medicine) to your man.

When you do finally have a few precious moments to yourself, you feel awful about wanting them - but not so awful that you don't greedily take 'em. 

You look at your guy and think, "But he's so cuuuuuuuuuute . . ."

Please forgive me the iPhone photo, but - OH, THE MISERY (poor Master P's, that is, not mine).

After that last hellish week (hello, Ides of March!) - I'm happy to announce the end of both Master P's mystery virus and my pity party. For any of you who can't read Sarcasm Font - beneath this selfish moaning I truly do adore my boy with the fire of a thousand flaming blah blah blahs and am thrilled he's finally back to his boisterous boy self.  I'm grateful that I get to do things like nurse him back to health, I really am.

It's just that I was also thrilled & grateful when our "mom's day out" sitter returned from spring break this week. And lo, I did sprint out the door for a few hours of blissful freedom, and it was good.

Am I missing anything from that list up there?

8 comments:

EmilyB said...

I hate to say that pic is adorable, because I'm sure he felt just awful - but it really is pitifully adorable. So glad he's on the mend, and some semblance of normal has returned!!

Francis said...

Glad he's feeling better. Layla got her first runny nose and cough this week and while her mood has been fine, I hate seeing her uncomfortable.

ms. mindless said...

Poor little thing looks so pitiful in that picture. He is still adorable even sick!

Samma said...

It's a good thing he is so adorable! Glad everyone is feeling better!

Belle on Heels said...

Oh my gosh, he just looks so sad. Poor guy. I wish I looked half as adorable when I'm sick!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

How about middle of the night calls in which they incoherently sob at you? Thankfully I haven't had many bad relationships, but I hear this happens, and sadly Barney can't fix it.

MP does look quite pitiful :( Glad he is back to feeling himself (and you can escape for a few hours!)

Natalie said...

Of course you have the kid who looks ADORABLE even when sick!! :)

Kristen said...

Awe poor little guy! I don't think I looked this cute when I had the flu a few weeks ago. Yeah, pretty sure he has me beat on that one. ;-)

So glad he's feeling better! Yay health!

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