Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sick Mama

Yesterday I was sick.  Being sick when you're a mom is a lot different than being sick when you're not a mom.  You can't take a "sick day" and generally there's no one to cover for you.  Although, B was able to take most of the day off and let me rest in bed--so I was actually pretty lucky.  However it got me thinking...he won't always be able to do that.  And while I was pretty sick (throwing up and the like) I'm sure I'll even have it worse than that some day...perhaps with even more kids...so I have a thought and then a question.  First the thought, don't you think that some sort of "Mommy's Substitute" nanny center would be great?  Like you go register at a place and look through their list of nannies and OK a handful of them, then once you have a "sick" day or something you could call in a nanny just to take care of your chillins for a day or two.  Kinda like a substitute mom.  I think this would be a great service for your average stay at home mom...just like any job we get sick and need time off too.  

Now the question...since my Mommy Substitute center has yet to take off, what do you do when you're a sick mommy?  Do you live near family and ask them to help for a day or two...do you call a friend and see if she can watch the kiddos for the afternoon?  Or do you just suck it up, put some movies in the DVD player, lay on the couch and hope the place is still standing when hubby comes through the door at 6:15?  Is it different with little babies?  (I think it would be).  I know there are varying degrees of sick, but I'm talking about the "barely have the strength to get out of bed to go puke my guts out" sick.  

7 comments:

  1. Random enough Cardon and i were both sick yesterday too. It was hard enough trying to share the bathroom, i can't even imagine if we had kids to look after during something like that too. I guess you would just have to see if someone either family or friend could watch them for a bit while you rest.

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  2. This has happened to me twice now. Luckily both times I was visiting family and was able to them help me out. I have no idea what I would do if it happened to me without family around. I'd probably call you. And really, if you need anything, anytime, I hope you won't hesitate to call me.

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  3. i was thinking about this the other day too. and then i remembered that at work we had 'family sick' days which were 4 or 5 days in our contract we could take off if family members were sick. so your husband could stay home and take care of you and beanie. i don't know if other companies have those, i guess he would have to take normal sick days off if not.

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  4. Once when Matt & I were both so sick we couldn't even stand up we just turned on the TV and let Lexi watch all. day. long. Like, literally for 10 hours. She was probably almost 2 when that happened. Other than that, as babies, my kiddos would probably be content enough for me to just lay on the floor while they played around me. Somehow, though, everyone survives a day like that. The strength you need for your kids comes from somewhere. And they're no worse for the wear.

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  5. I love the substitute mommy idea! I'd use it! If I was super sick Josh could help out, but it is really hard to get him out of the lab. I usually take full advantage of the dvd player when I'm sick.

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  6. The part that sucks is I am always reluctant to send my kids away when I'm sick because I know they'll pass on the sickness to the kind person who helps. How do we get past that issue?

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  7. when I was pukey sick with my second during first trimester I used to lay in my bed with my arms around Max's middle while he watched the portable DVD player. That was so if he tried to get away I would know because I was holding him. He would mostly stay still though and I would sleep pretty well.

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