I questioned this title after I wrote it because the last thing I want is to seem ungrateful for my children. I also don't want to blow my daily struggles out of proportion when I know that compared to what so many parents go through with their kids I have it pretty good. But I decided that despite the fact that this title may seem over-dramatic to some, to me, that's exactly how I felt this week.
This week kicked my ass. Hard. Both kids were sick with what felt like the 10th cold this winter. And again, I know I have nothing to complain about since some parents spend weeks in hospitals with chronically ill children, but for a run-of-the-mill cold this one blew chunks. Literally.
It was also a bit of a perfect storm this week since my husband was working extremely long hours trying to prepare for a product launch (the life of entrepreneur parents) and I received some disappointing work-related news, and of course all of this was happening while trying to deal; with a frustrated, sick toddler on a food strike for 7 days and his equally sick baby sister. Cue violins.
So why am I sharing this with you? to gain a little sympathy? Maybe. But also to let you know that you're not alone. My morning on Thursday was a laughable morning to some, but to you moms out there who get the struggle of trying to entertain a sick toddler, you know that sometimes you do what you gotta do to survive! We HAD to get out of the house but he was too sick to bring to an early years centre. So where'd we go in yucky, cold, wet March? Where else but the mall. So here we are surviving.
Jenny is the founder of Do-Re-Mi & My Baby, a former teacher, a conductor, a freelancer, and a full-time Mom of a toddler boy and baby girl.