Snot, Naps and Tantrums- and that was just me!

By 8/17/2015



Now you may call me dramatic- and I can be very dramatic when I have even the slightest hint of a sniffle- but the past week or so I have literally never felt more unwell in my life.

That may be an exaggeration. I was a pretty regular tonsillitis/chest infection sufferer as a teenager but this has been my first illness since before I fell pregnant with Isla, and my first illness as a mother.

Picture this; it's 3am, I'm sat on a very comfy beanbag in a dim room feeding my beautiful baby. A pretty picture yes? She smiles sweetly up at me while snot slowly drips from my nose onto her pajamas, she can barely hold the bottle in her mouth because I am shivering so hard and despite the shivering, her hair is saturated from my newly produced elbow sweat (Who sweats from their elbow crease seriously?!)

Disgusting I know and I'm really not sorry. New mums and dads need to be warned. Do not get sick when looking after a newborn!

As hard as it was for me, it was much harder for Jack and Isla to deal with me as like I mentioned above I can get very dramatic and honestly part of me thought I would never breathe through more than one nostril again (resulting in a small crying tantrum in the garden when I insisted to Jack that I was the sickest anyone had ever been).

I found myself so exhausted that my poorly side convinced my mummy side that it was okay to put a dummy back in Isla's mouth to get her to sleep another three minutes- she's tired, she doesn't need me to feed her yet...if I lay down for another ten minutes that nappy wont explode.... the washing up can do itself...

I wish I had asked for help sooner. The fifth day of the worst-sickness-ever found me laying on the sofa in a pool of tears and sweat and snot (note: I'm still not sorry for the TMI) and Jack walking in from work and trying to send me right to bed. He was an angel feeding Isla, feeding me, letting me watch rubbish TV and then sending me to bed when I finally gave in at 9pm with the instruction to actually sleep; not sit up trying to beat him on Candy Crush.

So what advice can I give you ladies and gents who are yet to fall ill while caring for an already snotty enough baby?

Ask for help. Without Jack, my Dad and his girlfriend, and Netflix.. I don't think I would have pulled through.

Hydrate! I ended up very dehydrated which probably lengthened my illness.

Claim control of the TV remote- honestly, it helps- tell your partner I said it helps and stick on a really bad film that you'll sleep through anyway.

Don't take on too much. The house won't explode if it isn't spotless and you can always order takeaway. (But a reputable takeaway because boy do I regret getting a mystery meat hot dog from that glass case on the counter of my local corner shop.)

I'm finally feeling so much better thankfully!

Steph xo

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14 comments

  1. OH I've been feeling pretty shitty too! I almost thought I had dengue. It's too bad I don't get to rest at all with the kiddos running around! #twinklytuesday

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    1. You sound as dramatic as me! I thought I was going to be sick for the rest of my life! Hope you're feeling better now!x

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  2. It's horrible when you're ill and you have kids as you just can't stop! Hope you're feeling better soon

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    1. During the day was awful but thankfully Jack was on board for taking over fully in the evening so I could lay down and do nothing! x

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  3. Oh no! Being ill with a little one is so horrendous and hard!
    So glad to hear you are feeling better.
    #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Thank you! It was hard but I guess it's practice for if I'm sick again; thankfully she didn't get it as well, I can't imagine if we'd all got sick how much of a disaster it could've been...x

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  4. Ahhhh! I feel your pain!! I've had this too over the past couple of weeks!! I did start laughing at your description of snot falling on to your baby's pj's though :( sorry!!

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    1. As gross as it was, it was funny and I can laugh back on how bad it got! Hope you're feeling better!!x

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  5. I can totally relate to getting all tantrumy when I'm sick. I had the flu last March and it was absolutely no fun. I totally thougth I was never going to breath without extreme effort again. Thankfully, I don't have kids. I'm so glad Jack was kind enough to finally step in and send you to bed on the fifth day. #BrilliantBlogPosts

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    1. At least I'm not the only poorly-drama-queen! A cough is always pneumonia and a cold has me laying down in bed loudly proclaiming I might not make it through the night! x

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  6. Asking for help is so important. Everybody has days where they need a hand, and reaching out for help makes such a difference. There's no point struggling through days like that, it only makes you all miserable! Wise words x

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    1. I had to put it out there- I've always been too proud to ask for help but sometimes you have to accept it and once you have it you feel so much better so much faster. If I hadn't done so I probably would've felt bad for a lot longer through exhaustion!x

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  7. Being at home with a newborn and being sick is awful. It happened to me once when Zach was a baby and I don't know how I made it through the day! Well done for getting through it though and I'm glad you are feeling better :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I'm better, I don't think I would've survived another week looking after Isla when I could barely look after myself x

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