What's worse than a sick baby? Two sick babies. Last week my daughter fell ill with a fever, cough, and a snotty nose. Impossible to quarantine her, I did my best to limit her contact with her six-month-old brother. After two full days of separation and endless hand washing, it became obvious that my plan failed.
Not typically a snuggler, my daughter craves being held when she's down and out. Happy to oblige, I am afraid I became a human Kleenex and unavoidably transferred the germs from one child to the other as they breathed into and out of my clothes. So even though I tried my best to keeps mitts sanitized and sick parties separated, the bugs found their way to another victim. At this point, I can only hope my husband and I catch it at different times so one of us will be up for the challenge of caring for the kids in good health.