This has been mostly what the past week has looked like in our house. Oh boy am I a cruel mother for photographing it! Poor Jelly Baby has an ear infection (which the doctors don’t treat routinely with anti-biotics anymore) and so she has been struggling along feeling poorly, with a sore ear and just generally very sorry for herself. To be honest I don’t think I would deal with it half as well as she has and I am not a little three year old. Life has some hard lessons sometimes – and life just has goes on even when you feel poorly.
She’d been well enough to go to nursery in the mornings but by the afternoon anything can tip her over the edge – this day it was because she squeezed her yoghurt too hard and this happened – utterly devastating! I hate seeing my babies ill but when they are grumpy and tired and constantly dissolving into tears and temper tantrums over nothing it does get very tiring for me too, especially with the other two to look after too. Gone are the days where I can snuggle up with just her for the afternoon – I have her brother to look after too, and we must brave the cold, wet school run together in the afternoon, but every other moment I can I am trying to make her feel better.
I know from Twitter that this is the season for poorly children (follow me @cookies_ cwtches and we’ll share the misery together!) We are all making mad dashes to the doctors, dosing the little ones up on Calpol and are up with coughing children into the small hours. It is part of being a parent – exhausting, draining and the grumpiness certainly tests my patience but this is what being a parent is all about. Dealing with these moments, holding your children a little tighter, letting the house get a little dirtier while you snuggle up with your baby and try to make them feel better, even for a little bit.