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You Know You're a Mother When: You Get Sick

You Know You're a Mother When: You Get Sick

The other morning, I pulled my covers over my head — the silent signal to my husband and kids that I was out of commission. Though it only happened a couple times this year, it was awfully hard to stay in bed — especially when I heard a bag of cereal spilling on the kitchen floor and my daughter announce that she washed her hair with hand soap. But, I was more scared of the possibility of falling ill for longer and since my head felt like cement and I was nauseous and dizzy — there was no other option. As a mom, I don't really have time to be sick — there's always a new stack of papers to be signed, a calendar of outings to take and more clutter to clean up. To see what happened,

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Once I had children, it seemed like a cold or flu hit me much harder than it did in my single days. Maybe it's because I'm older and don't have the luxury of sleeping things off like I used to, but I attribute it more to being a human Kleenex. My kids had both fought colds and fevers days before curled up on me and coughing and sneezing inches from my face. And, even when visions of the impending day of congested doom loomed in my head, it was a mother's instinct that pulled my lil ones closer instead of prying them off.

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turtlefreak turtlefreak 7 years
When the rest of my family starts getting sick, I try to start spraying Lysol heavy and being very cautious. I hold my children and don't try to keep them away but I won't let them drink after me when they or I am sick!
buggyslice buggyslice 7 years
I know EXACTLY how you feel. My daughter is just now getting over her cold that she had. And my husband got it a couple days after her. And I woke up this morning with a sore throat, so it looks like I'm getting sick too. Yay...
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I hardly ever get sick, now and before I had my daughter. Just this past week, I got sick for the first time in 2 years, and nearly 3 years before that. I got sick when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, when your immune system is already compromised, so its not surprising. I do all of the morning routine becuase my husband is quite possibly the most annoying and worst morning person. He sets his alarm for an hour before work so he can lay around in bed before getting up, but i made him take over a few mornings so I could get some more sleep. The baby was sick and up a lot during the night, and we have three 4 month old puppies so sleep is a major luxuory.
jessie jessie 7 years
same as you greggie, i find myself not getting sick as often. actually i rarely get sick. maybe the sniffles here and there. but never sick..like the flu or anything likewise. if the kids get it...i turn into a major mad woman...running around with my lysol, my wipes, cleaning like mad. its overkill, but i've never gotten sick after all 3 kids have had the flu. i remember one year i didn't leave the house for 8 days because after 1 child got better the next one got it.went thru all 3 of them. i never got it.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
My husband's always done enough of the morning routine with us (or, when I was working, taking turns) so that if I'm unable for any reason, there's no difference or stress in it. I find I get sick a lot less or at least less severely than before I had kids though. I don't know if I build up more immunities being so constantly exposed or if I simply babied myself more before I had kids.
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