Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Being Sick While Looking After a Baby

Who knew it was so hard!?


Ok, I'll admit I'm a pretty shite sick person and I moan a lot! But looking after a baby when you're sick is awful!!

First, there's the fact that you ache and feel dizzy. So running around, pulling them away from danger is just not something you feel capable of doing.

Second, there's the fact you don't always have an end to your day, especially if your baby is sick too. It's not like it was at work. Bedtime does not mean your work is over. Oh no! There's night feeds, crying and babies that refuse to sleep, when all you really want to do is pass out on the couch!

Third, there's that bloody Mum guilt! I feel so bloomin' guilty that we haven't left the house for a couple of days and that I've asked for help from his Grandma.

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Is it social media that's made us feel like we have to be doing it all? I often think about how my mum grew up. Her Mum loved to have a spotlessly clean house and they would have spent a lot of the day at home while my Grandma cleaned. They wouldn't have been doing sensory activities or messy play. My mum would have had a few toys and that was it. And she's grown up happy, calm and is probably one of the loveliest people you could meet!

I feel there's a huge amount of pressure to do so much with our little ones or else they may not meet their full potential. But is that really what life is all about? Reaching our full potential? I think most mums would agree that they just want their children to be happy and healthy!

Don't get me wrong, I love doing cool activities with James and finding new play ideas on Pinterest. And, I love taking him to classes.

But it's also fine to just relax and be at home.

Ok... I've digressed a lot! Why does everything go back to Mum guilt!?

So...being sick and looking after a baby is crap!

Hats off to all you single mummy's, or those of you without family to help!

Katey
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2 comments:

  1. I hope you start to feel better soon! I'm feeling this post so much. A month back I was unwell and on antibiotics and it was a struggle looking after a baby when I felt so unwell. There were times where I just wanted to go to bed for the afternoon and have a nap to perk me up a little but my daughter usually decided she didn't want to have a nap either and everytime I put her in her cot to sleep too she'd cry unless I held her. My family live a bit away and work too so I couldn't call them up to ask them to come round because it was too awkward. We got through it though. I did feel bad about not going to mum and baby groups like we usually do, or going for a walk in the park, but I didn't feel in the right state of body to do that. Like you said, you don't get to sleep at night and it makes you feel worse x

    Liz ~ Dreaming of Diamonds

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    1. Aww it must have been difficult. It's always the way that the one time you really need them to nap, they decide not too!
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