Summer Ends Slowly

Just when I think I have this motherhood thing figured out, my son throws me for another loop.  Children are constantly growing and changing, and just when you've got the crawling contained they start walking... and then running.  So many developments happen so quickly sometimes it's difficult to keep up.  But one way or another, life has a way of slowing things down. James and I planned a relaxing Labor Day weekend with minimal stress and travel.  Sometimes the nicest days are those spent taking our son to the local park and getting lunch from our favorite spot down the street.  For the most part we had the low-key weekend we wanted, but we were also busy taking care of a sick baby.  As my mother says, children always get sick at the most inopportune times.  So our plans changed and instead of spending our days at the pool or adventuring, we nurtured our still recovering little boy.  Jamesie has been sick before – a seasonal cold here and there – but a stomach bug is a whole other category, and it is draining for him and for us.

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It’s tough work dealing with a sick child.  You have to monitor their temperature, clean up the inevitable messes that come with a stomach virus, and make sure they are getting enough fluids.  You hold them for hours while they sleep, because if you put them down they won’t want you to leave.  You worry about them all the time because they look like they’ve lost weight and they can't eat much.  You do everything you can to take their pain away... and you feel it as your own.

The day Jamesie woke up sick it wasn't long before I settled him down for a nice long nap, and slowly crept out of the room as he was deep in sleep.  I then immediately got busy making some feel good chicken noodle soup.  With stomach bugs you don’t eat much, but the broth of the soup is something I can let him have a taste of and it is packed with nutrients to keep his little body strong.

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Jamesie is a child who thrives with activity (for more on keeping your child active, see my last post here).  Even when he is sick he needs to get out of the house for a short walk, healing from the fresh air and sunshine.  He likes to be close to me at all times when he is feeling sick, so this is when the Ergobaby Performace carrier really comes in handy (especially since it's still 90+ degrees out).  For the most part Jamesie has been in good spirits, just a little more tired and wanting his Mama a little more than usual.  This is probably the most difficult part for me.  We can’t do any of our normal playgroup activities for fear of infecting other children, which has led to some restlessness for both of us.  We do what we can to get out of the house and explore, but I’m looking forward to when we can get back to our routine. It’s good for both of us.

Jamesie is still not 100% but he is getting there.  I am so tuned in to him that I know when he isn’t feeling well – when he just wants to be held and soothed by his Mama.  So this past weekend, and even now, we are spending a lot of time doing just that.  All the while reminding ourselves that sometimes life just needs to slow down.

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