The past few days have been sick days in the Boreing household. Paxton has had a terrible cough at night and a runny nose for several days, yesterday I woke up congested and miserable and John David may be coming down with it.
Being sick when you are a parent is quite challenging. The most important things have been drinking fluids, nursing the baby and keeping his diaper changed, everything else doesn’t matter at all! Last night when Paxton woke up coughing horribly and whimpering, I nursed him and when he wouldn’t go back to his crib we caved and let him sleep in our bed. Neither one of us had the energy to soothe him back to bed in his crib. It is certainly not something that is going to become a habit (mainly because this little guy is one rough sleeper) but it worked for us last night!
Here are a few ways I’ve survived these past days (and a few cute shots of the baby):
Fleece sheets result in bad bed head for fuzzy headed babies!
The bed positioned for Paxton and I after John David left for work, I slept on the right side, with Paxton in the middle and pillows acting as barriers so he wouldn’t roll off! (We’ve been able to sleep past 11 thanks to this…I know it sounds like I’m lazy but that good sleep is making us better!)
Yesterday I took a nice hot shower to help ease my congestion, I put Paxton in the stroller in the bathroom so he could take advantage of the steam! (And that stroller also worked as a nice method of transportation since I was feeling weak!)
After our afternoon nap Paxton woke up with the cutest bed head ever…his hair was all spikey!
Changing the diaper of a 7 month old requires a lot of energy on mamas part since he likes to fight it! Today I put baby legs on him instead of pants and it has made changing him much easier!
The congestion is easing and I’m hopeful that I’ll be feeling much better tomorrow!
And I’ve tried just about every natural remedy there is: sipping on hot broth, drinking orange juice, gargling with salt water, drinking hot tea, drinking EmergenC, hot shower, hot bath, sticking my head in the freezer, taking a brisk walk and they’ve all provided temporary relief.
Tonight Chicken Noodle Soup is dinner and we’re turning in early!
Being sick reminds me how much I take our health for granted. I’m so thankful that we are blessed with excellent health and only have a few sick days a year!