When I originally wrote this post, it was because Ryan had spent a week with his first illness (post licking the glass of a tank at a very buy aquarium..) He had a double ear infection + all four molars coming in and it was basically complete and utter misery. Add onto it that this was during the time that Alex was working in another state Monday through Friday and – oh, I found out I was pregnant in the midst of it all – and I was kind of a hot mess trying to figure out how to keep it together with my first sick baby. It felt impossible.
QUE IRONIC LAUGHTER.
I mean, I knew Ryan would get sick more after that first time. Remember that time that everyone but Owen had the world’s worst stomach bug on my birthday and Ryan puked in a restaurant? Yeah, that was fun. But through all of that, I completely forgot how tough the first illness post-breastfeeding immunity is. So here I am, almost 2 years later, having the time of my life with a sick, horribly clingy Owen. That was sarcastic.
You know, when you have littles everyone talks about how hard it is for the kids to be sick or how hard it is for mom to see them sick. No one talks about how freaking draining it is to be a mom with sick kids. If your kids are like mine and want nothing but to be held and loved on when they’re sick, you have felt my pain. But what I didn’t count on was that this time around, with Owen miserably sick with a fever for days, was Ryan. My poor, sweet Ryan who inevitably felt left out and jealous because his little brother was getting allll of the mommy attention.
So today I’m coming at you with my original, updated tips for surviving a sick baby with your sanity in one piece and adding something I couldn’t have foreseen – how to survive a baby with your sanity intact + handle jealous siblings. For all you mommas out there cleaning the house with a baby on your hip and a crying toddler on your foot, I salute you.