I had a couple of goals this summer: 1) To keep a semi-routine with school so that my kids wouldn’t forget everything they learned last year and 2) to let my 7 year old swim at every opportunity to improve her swimming skills.
The one thing I didn’t plan for was having mono. Or more specifically, my 7 year old having mono, which kind of nullifies my first two goals for now.
In these diaries, we are supposed to be writing about all the things we are walking through this summer, so here it is. REAL LIFE. We are going through mono for the first time. As much as it breaks my heart to see her suffer so much (I was in tears this morning over her 8th day of fever), it helps to try to stay focused on the positive. In the meantime we are just taking things moment by moment, hour by hour. Here are some of the upsides I’ve discovered of having a kid who is sick:
1) For the last 6 days, Livy has only worn one outfit per day — PJ’s. That’s quite a change from a 7 year old who likes to change clothes until she finds the perfect outfit! Of course, if your kid is living in pajamas and you know you’re not going anywhere at all, guess what? You get to wear your PJ’s too! PJ’s 24 hours a day!
2) The outfit of the day from #1 creates WAY less laundry than usual! If our whole family wore only their PJ’s all day, I would be down to 2 loads a week! Hmmm….it just might work.
3) You can cancel all those pesky appointments you didn’t want to go to anyway and nobody questions it…goodbye dentist! See you in a couple of months.
4) It forces you to get creative with your fitness routine. Regular exercise is one of the first things to go out the window. You are now forced to exercise not only indoors, but inside your house! My daily fitness routine for the last 6 days consists of bouncing a rubber ball off the wall at the top of my vaulted ceiling, catching it in a squat and throwing it back up with a box jump. 100 times. I try to add a few pushups and floor exercises in there too, but it’s not like running or biking outside! You have to be creative.
5) Life becomes simple & childlike. In the last few days, I’ve spent alot of time coloring, playing cards, getting manicures from a 7 year old, and building couch & blanket forts.
6) You can eat this for breakfast and it makes sense. I mean, I had to be at the pharmacy early this morning and hadn’t had breakfast. This spicy maya chocolate bar from Chuao was calling my name from the front register. This was my breakfast. Chocolate’s good for you anyway, right??
7) Let’s talk about naps. Your children need them when they’re sick, especially with mono. It really helps them fall asleep if you are with them. And you might fall asleep too.
8) Now that my children are older (14 & 7), one of the things I enjoy most about them being sick is that become cuddly again. They crawl in bed with us and let us snuggle them up. I hate for them to be sick, but that is one thing I secretly enjoy.
9) One of things that has been a blessing to me during this time is seeing how much my friends and family really care about Livy and us. I’ve been so blessed with all the sweet messages, prayers, thoughts, suggestions, experiences shared, and offers to help with essential oils or with Livy. Their love and support during this time has been an unexpected, but greatly appreciated gift.
10) Lastly, one of the greatest things about your kids being sick is realizing what a gift good health is. When I think about all the parents who have to watch their children suffer with diseases and sicknesses much more horrific than this simple virus, my heart is broken for them. We are truly blessed to have children who are healthy in every way.
This post is never meant to trivialize or make light of any real suffering that any other children or parents are going through, so please don’t take it as such. It’s just a post meant to have fun & look on the bright side in the face of a potentially discouraging situation.
Sometimes a change from the norm is what is needed to make us realize how amazing the “norm” is. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody, but if you are going through a challenging time with your kiddos, I would love to hear what positive things you’re seeing out of it. Please leave me a comment here to tell me the bright side of your story. There always is one.
I would love to connect with you and hear from you, so please feel free to follow me on FB at Damion Hamilton Photographer or on IG at @juleshammy to follow along with our story.