Some days there is this moment, a moment in time when you know that the next 24 hours is going to be hard work.
Mine was last night around 8pm when Little Moo woke up for the second time after being put to bed. Normally once asleep he stays that way until we go to bed then wakes for a short feed (probably because we are noisy, whoops). See one wake is ok, usually he has wriggled out of the blankets and is cold or went to sleep too quickly and didn’t get his full feed of milk, but once we hit 2 wakes then we get a zillion wakes (Ok not quite a zillion but it feels like it).
Now normally a night of lots of wakes isn’t a big deal, they happen every now and then but most other nights I get enough (though my definition of enough has change dramatically since he was born).
But we have had a week of itchy chicken pox spots and about 4 days before that of fever and looks like now he has a cold as well as spots.
So not only have I had not much sleep and a grumpy toddler who needs full on attention ALL day, but we haven’t been able to go to all our usual groups and activities in all that time.
Turns out I NEED those groups because not only do they wear him out and he slows down and sleeps, but I get to talk to other parents! Other people whose world is also their child/ren.
I also NEED outside time and out of the house time which has been rather tricky since it’s been pouring with rain most of the week. Though we made it out on Tuesday when the sun came out for a beautiful day. Little Moo and I sat on top of North Head watching the boats and helicopters go past, then had a yummy bakery lunch on Takapuna beach (and hopefully didn’t manage to spreed too many bugs).
Before becoming a Mummy I thought that sick days would come 1 or 2 days at a time, and they would mean snuggles on the couch watching movies all day long. Turns out I was very wrong. He may be sick but that does NOT mean he sits stills. But that’s ok, instead we have baked, cooked, made cardboard castles and tunnels, couch forts, painted, danced and sang. Although we have had our melt downs we have also had a lot of fun and had a really good couple of weeks