Remind me. How many sick days is a mom entitled to and how might one go about accessing them?
Gone are the days of quiet couch laying, dozy movie watching, and all day snoozing to get better. A day in the life of a sick mom is a way different experience than taking a sick day pre-kids. With no family in town, and a husband who works outside of the home, I may be sick but I’m still on mom duty. Here’s how my recent “sick day” went down…
Midnight, 1:03am, 2:28am, 3:05am, 4:45am Sick. Sick. Sick. Sick. Sick. If the kids wake up, it’s all daddy.
5:51am Is it over? Nope. Sick again.
5:55am Back in bed, try to sleep. The kids will be up soon…
6:59am Toddler is awake. Baby will wake up any moment. Husband takes the wheel. No energy to parent.
8:30am Wake up call. Husband leaves for work. Kids are fed. Ready, set, mom!
8:31am Toddler has meltdown because daddy left for work.
8:40am Crisis over. Kids playing happily together in living room while I attempt to rest on couch & sip on ginger ale left over from my last pregnancy.
8:42 – 9:00am Running interference from couch to quell a variety of sibling squabbles mostly to do with sharing.
9:00am – 9:15am A variety of requests: crackers (didn’t you just eat breakfast!?), water, milk, chocolate (almost give in), iPad. I get water and show the episode of Daniel Tiger where his mom gets sick on the iPad hoping that they’ll let me rest because: “When you’re sick, reeessst is best rest is best!”
9:30am It’s a fight over the iPad so on goes the TV for some PVR/Netflixy goodness and kids get into daddy’s vintage TMNT and superheroes collection.9:40am – 10:15am “Play with me mommy”, “I’m hungry”, teething baby nurses multiple times, “mommy play with me”, sharing squabbles, “I’m thirsty”… I’m exhausted and it’s barely past 10.
10:20am Snack time. I’ll try a piece of toast.
10:25am Toast was a bad idea. Get sick.
11:00am Time for teething baby’s belated nap.
11:10am Cuddle on couch with toddler watching another episode of something I try to tune out while sneaking in a power rest.
12:00pm Teething baby wakes up after less than an hour of sleep. We do lunch. Leftovers for the kids, bone broth with rice & carrots for mama. It stays down!
12:45pm – 2:00pm Kids play. I count the seconds until nap time.
2:00pm The moment I’ve been waiting for all day: NAP TIME! We all nap. It’s perfection.
5:00pm Daddy arrives home early. Help is here! We did it! We survived a day in the life of a sick mom.
Again I ask, how many sick days is a mom entitled to and how might one go about accessing them? Because next time I’m sick I’m not sure I can do it all over again.
How do you do it mamas?
buddhiLove & buddhiHugs