Whew! That was a week I don’t want to repeat.
A week of sick children, and the heartache and worry that goes along with it.
Then, inevitably my partner and I succumbed. How does one parent when they can’t leave the bathroom? Furreals. We’re all just pushing along, in our healthy lives. How on earth can we manage with our own illness? Thankfully, we have family that is hyper local (perhaps a 10 minute walk) who are able to help us.
But many friends and clients and other parents in the community don’t have this luxury. They are pushing through, being pushed past their limits. It’s beyond lowering your standards, and allowing tv suppers, etc. It’s not being vertical for 24 hours. It’s being unable to change a diaper, nurse a child.
Sales pitch part: Find a postpartum or sibling doula!!!!! Guaranteed, given their availability, they will be able to provide some relief. Most won’t drive your children (due to insurance regulations) but are happy to explore outside and give you some much needed rest. Average hourly rates are $25, but many will offer a daily rate as well.
Sales pitch over.
Aside from missing my sweet littles, one of the worst parts about being sick was staying away from caffeine. I’m far from 5-coffees-a-day, but I do love my tea. It’s part of my morning (and nap time) routine. So along with an ill timed sickness, I was also going though a minor caffeine withdrawal.
And oh my heart. I had to practice some intense self-compassion. Acknowledging that this was hard. Soothing. And allowing that hardness to sit.
Today, I’m feeling a bit better. And you know what? Today, I had a cuppa. And it was wonderful. I am practicing mindful gratitude for this simple comfort.
Lots of love to you all in this period of sick and snow.