Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sick Days

The last two days, I've been permeated with the stomach flu. Four kids ago, I would have treated such an ailment with extreme reverence. I would have nursed my body to health with massive doses of rest and TLC.

Today, it's a different story. We moms know way too well that motherhood doesn't come with sick days. So, I attempted to hole up on the couch in between carpools and homework. I've come to realize, I can parent sick as long as I keep two principles in mind:

1) I don't have to be a martyr.

No, I wasn't parenting in a manner suitable for the Supernanny, nor did I perform housework to the standards of Martha Stewart. But, I did maintain my sanity, and keep four boys alive for the last 48 hours. To me, that's an accomplishment.

2) There's nothing wrong with an electronic babysitter when illness is involved.

I'm usually a stickler on limiting the boys TV, but stealing a few restful minutes on the couch while Sesame Street entertained was certainly a lifesaver. I don't regret one TV minute that bought me a smidgen of peace. (I even finished one of my new favorite books, "Unbroken.")

As the day progressed, I've felt better and praying that my four little ones will be spared.

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