Working through the first cold
In the years that I’ve been freelancing, I’ve learned I don’t get sick days. Deadlines are deadlines and I’m the only person to pick up the slack. True I can prioritize and do only what has to be done on certain days, but I don’t really get sick days.
As a mom, I’ve now learned about working through my daughter’s sick days. Lexiana got her first cold over the weekend. Honestly, cold is maybe too strong of a word to use. Sniffles is probably a bit more accurate, but to this first-time mom she might as well have had the croup. I think overall I did well with not freaking out, but I will admit I did place a call to her pediatrician on Monday morning to check in. I’ve made sure she didn’t have a fever. I’ve made sure she didn’t start wheezing. And I’ve listened to make sure she is still breathing well.
And I’ve figured out how to work through this first cold. I have utilized my multitasking skills, but I’ve also learned to get the most accomplished during her nap times (not all that different) so that during her awake times I have been able to snuggle with her a little extra. I’ve learned to plan extra time for her to eat because, as I know from having a stuffy nose, eating with a cold is a challenge.
We are now on the downside of these sniffles. She has a bit of a cough here and there. But she’s not nearly so congested. We have survived our first cold. I managed to meet deadlines in spite of it. I’m pretty sure we can conquer anything together!
At least that’s how I feel today. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow on this roller coaster called motherhood.