When mommy’s sick she’s on her own

“Mommy, I need juice.”

“Mommy, I need more tissues.”

“Mommy, can you read to me?”

“Mommy, I’m gonna throw up.”

“Mommy, I threw up in bed.”

Ahhh, yes, the ongoing sweet sounds of having two children who are home sick at the same time. You just get one settled down and the other starts up. It’s an ongoing merry-go-round of retrieving snot-filled tissues from under the covers, holding one child and then the other as they puke every half hour, refilling juice, reading stories, rubbing tummies, cleaning up surprise puke attacks, stroking foreheads, finding a specific toy and reassuring each child that no, they are not vomiting up their entire intestines.

So after days of being nurse, storyteller, housekeeper and cheerleader, I start to see signs of recovery. Thanks to modern medicine, time and mommy’s ever-present TLC, my kids have beaten whatever bug had snatched hold of their precious bodies over the last few days. They are engaging in fewer cough and puke competitions and are spending more time upright in front of the television.

A few hours ago I started feeling congested, achy and my stomach started making very suspicious noises. Feeling dizzy and chilled, I tucked myself into bed. I called out to my children to please bring me a glass of water and the bottle of aspirin.  “We can’t,” replied my daughter. “You might puke on us.”

Apparently, TLC is a one-way street when vomit is involved.

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  1. God made moms for a reason…we can do it all! :) A story all moms can relate to. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Aww I hope you feel better. And your children’s response might not have been funny at that time, but I’m sure it is when you look back. Oh and my question is…have you puked on them before? :)

  3. Okay, that’s pretty funny. Stomach bugs are the worst though…Hope you are feeling better. :)

  4. Ahh yes. So sorry you aren’t feeling well. Hopefully you’ll be back to your healthy self in no time.


  5. So true in so many ways. Sometimes when I’m tired and cranky it sure would be nice if my daughter would give me a little snuggle and back rub. Nope. Doesn’t happen. Grrrr 😉

    • Hi Sara, thanks for your comment. A back rub? Ooooh, that would be wonderful but unless I can somehow turn into a pretzel and give one to myself, it would never happen in my house either.

  6. Awww…. feel better soon! My son always surprises me with his tremendous displays of thoughtfulness when I’m not feeling well. Of course, he only does these things (like bringing me his teddy bear to cheer me up or getting me a glass of water) when they’re HIS idea. If he wants me to sing him to sleep and I have a migraine and need to lie down, my head could be exploding as we speak and he will stubbornly insist that I HAVE to sing him songs, no matter how crappy I feel, because I’m the MOMMY and that’s my job. One time I asked him, “Don’t you care that Mommy doesn’t feel well?” He answered, “No, because I’m not the boss. YOU are, so you’re supposed to help ME.” GREAT. *sigh*

    It’s at those moments when I remind myself how sweet my son can be when he thinks up something on his own!! LOL
    I’m stopping by from voiceBoks members to remember! I love your site! Have a great week!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

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