All the Sun For You

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One More Sleep


I have just one more sleep as a solo parent.  B has been out-of-town since Monday morning and this week has been hard.

So very hard.

Every time B leaves town for work, Matthew gets sick.  That’s just how it is and I’m used to it.  This week is no surprise, especially given that we spent a weekend with my sister who had sick kids, and when we weren’t with her, we were with 8 other bloggers whose kids all seemed to get sick right before or after returning home.  I was just bracing myself for the snot, cough, and fever.

We got it.

Matthew has only had one fever prior to this week.  The one he has today is low-grade – never above 101.3.  No biggie, but it’s making him a tired boy.  He woke up this morning at 2:15 and I brought him into bed with me.  He slept off and on until 8:06 and that was nice… even if I didn’t sleep much.  There’s something very peaceful about looking to your right, or left, or just below your chin (because your child insists on sleeping on you at times) and seeing your child’s sleeping face.  I went to bed last night lonely and woke up completely fulfilled, even though I probably only slept an hour or two.

Matthew is a great “sick kid.”  If you didn’t see the snot coming out of his nose or hear the cough that’s bothering him, you just wouldn’t know he’s sick.  This is the sickest he’s been in a very long time, but he didn’t miss a beat.  He was just as happy, playful, and joyful as he always is until just after dinner when all he wanted to do was snuggle.  The unsolicited snuggles made my night.

Matthew is not a good eater when he’s sick – that’s the one thing that suffers badly when he’s not feeling well.  To anyone watching him, they’d think he’s a normal kid who is just picky – but for him – it’s a total 180.  Just yesterday, he ate everything I put in front of him for breakfast and lunch but by dinner time, he wanted nothing of substance and just wanted moist things.  Today has been much of the same (aside from his banana and string cheese) and he wouldn’t even eat an avocado.  So sad when my boy won’t even eat his favorite food in the whole wide world.  We went to Chipotle thinking that maybe he wanted guacamole but all he would eat was baby yogurt.  Good thing I brought yogurt with me!

We’ve been very busy this week with play dates, but nothing else besides that and his gymnastics class.  We’ve hung low with B gone and it’s been nice.  I’m ready to get back to our regular schedule, but I think the down time has been nice for Matthew, especially since he’s sick.  Vera came over again this morning to play (she and her brother are both sick so we all figured it’s no big deal to mix the kids together) and Matthew enjoyed that almost as much as yesterday (he was pretty tired this morning and just wanted to watch her play).

But me?  I’m exhausted.  Being the only person in the house to do everything 24/7 is hard.  I texted B tonight that laundry is washed, but I just can’t get myself to fold it.  I’m just so tired.  I just want to sit here.  Well… I really just want to go to bed.  But what do you bet I watch another episode of L&O SVU?  It’s not like I can sleep well anyway since I’m worried about my sick boy down the hall.

Any bets on whether or not I’ll be sleeping alone tonight?  It’s crazy to say it, but I sort of hope my little buddy comes into bed with me again 🙂


Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

16 thoughts on “One More Sleep

  1. Ugh, my husband is home right now, but I could have written the same post! The snuggles have been awesome, but poor Stells just feels like crud. My child is an EATER, and she has survived on yogurt, applesauce, and grapes for the last few days (well, and nursing). She is definitely off her game. Sick kids are no fun, but I totally agree that when I wake up with a kink in my neck and arm b/c it’s curled around Stells to make sure she doesn’t roll off our bed in the middle of the night…. life is good.

    I’m glad B will be home with you soon!

    • I feel your pain! Today was filled with bananas, yogurt, and cottage cheese… oh, and pouches of organic veggies and fruits. He won’t even eat his latest favorite – string cheese. So sad 😦

  2. It is very hard to parent sick kids solo : ( I hope your little guy feels better soon.

  3. Poor Matthew…and poor you, dealing with the little sick fella all on your own this week. That can’t be fun (well other than those extra snuggles). Lucky Matthew sounds like such a good sick baby and doesn’t make much of a fuss over it. Hope you got your snuggles again last night and hopefully a better feeling boy this morning! Glad B will be home!

  4. Oh, I wish Matthew wasn’t sick, but I’m glad he is a “good” sick baby! Feel better soon Little Buddy!

  5. Hope Matthew starts to feel better. I’m glad he’s a snuggler when he’s sick, those moments are so precious!

  6. Oh yucky! I’m sorry! Hope Matthew starts to feel better… but I’m with you, I hope he sleeps in your bed again so you can get more precious snuggles.

  7. I can’t get over all the sick kids from this past weekend! I’m so sorry to hear he’s not feeling well, we are right there with ya. Chloe actually slept in our bed Monday night, but I ended up on the couch b/c I was sick, so I missed out on the snuggles. Luckily she’s still been wanting some love from us other times too. I called the doctor again today b/c I was worried that she was still getting sick and they just said it’s going around right now and to keep them hydrated. Poor guy. 😦

    • After reading this, I decided not to call the doctor. If they’re telling you that it’s going around and not to bring her in (and she’s puking), then they’ll just tell me the same thing. Thanks for the unintended direction 😉

      Seven of the nine babies were sick… how does that even happen?

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