Jack is starting a new pre-school on Tuesday. I am really looking forward to that bit of a break again, especially as his behaviour is really challenging recently. He will be going two mornings a week to start, if he settles in well I will increase it to three mornings now he’s a bit older.
But…. I am absolutely dreading the return of all the sickness and colds etc. When he was at his previous pre-school, he was getting a stomach bug nearly every two months. With two small children to look after, when one of them is ill, I barely cope. Plus I get so paranoid I will get it too and it will wipe me out. I desperately need tips to help me when the inevitable happens and my house is flooded with another horrible illness. Anyone out there got any?
My mum always tells me that children are toxic. It’s turning out to be so true. They pass illnesses around like wildfire. It’s pretty much unavoidable. Unless of course you’ve got one of those super children (probably belong to the super mums), that seem to avoid everything. Why couldn’t mine be like that? Saying that though, I think Lili will be a lot tougher than Jack. Purely because she has been breastfed for so much longer. Whether it is coincidence or not, Lili has only suffered a tiny little sniffle so far in her 6 months of life. Jack had an awful chesty cough and cold at 4 months. I stopped breastfeeding him at 3 months.
Another problem I have to face when illness strikes, is the dreaded MAN-FLU. Why, when a man get the same illness as the rest of the house, is his version always worse than everyone else’s? The man will have to spend days, weeks, what feels like months, in bed ‘suffering’, while mummy over here, gets on and looks after the whole house. Just wonders off quietly to throw up, trying not to disturb anyone in the process. Maybe I need to start making more of a fuss when I’m not well? Not that I’d get any more sympathy… so a pointless waste of energy really.
I have so enjoyed my 6 weeks of illness free children but back to school, back to illness we go. Wish me luck…