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In sickness we spoil

July 9, 2012

Little did I know when I was taking these photos that Lily was falling asleep. And then what was to follow was a week of hell as my poor little girl got very sick with a cold.

Lily has been sick plenty of times before. But even this week was the worst than that night in Koh Samui as she screamed for hours pretty much every night. Not even cuddles from Daddy or Mummy’s best rendition of every-single-freakin-nursery rhyme was working.

Her pain frequently led to frustration and plenty of toddler tantrums taking place usually at the most convinient time at 2am. A few hours before DH and I had to start work. And we did everything (which includes breaking all the rules) to calm her down. Driving her around in the car to get her to sleep, watching TV, playing with the iPad, letting her play with our phones and feeding her snacks in our bed.

She was also refusing to eat her meals (surviving on snacks and fruit) and didn’t want to be left alone. One minute she would want me to hold her and the next she was pushing me away. But then she would scream and stomp all about…knowing her pain and discomfort wasn’t going away. Poor little thing!

I’m glad she is recovering though. But I fear that all the ‘spoiling’ is going to take a lot of work to undo. I also sense that Lily is going to stick with some of her newly acquired skills in Toddler Angst as she was behaving very similarly when we were out today even though she is feeling better.

Do you break the rules when your child is sick? How do you get back on track?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2012 5:57 am

    We had a little sick one here too. All over now though thank goodness.
    All rules get thrown out the window and we just slowly work on getting back to normal. Much easier when they are under one though.
    I want to get Abi one of those swings, what is yours handing from?

    • July 9, 2012 5:57 am

      Thats ‘hanging’ from!

      • July 9, 2012 3:49 pm

        We got the swing from Bunnings and exactly like BB we have hung it from the patio roof with extra screws and hooks.

  2. July 9, 2012 6:17 am

    Glad to hear Lily is recovring now. Both of mine were also sick last week. It was brutal because MrBB was away, but at least i had my parents to help me.

    Sammie, we have one of those swings in our back patio, it hangs from the trusses of the patio roof, but we had to put the screws through the trusses.

    • July 10, 2012 12:33 am

      I can’t imagine what it would have been like without DH and having two kids sick at the same time! I’m glad you had your parents to help you.

  3. July 9, 2012 4:33 pm

    Glad Lily is getting better. I do think throwing rules out when a child is sick is totally normal, I’d only be wary of it once they start school if they feel sick and then surprisingly recover at about 9am! You just have to gently get back into routine once they are well again. Good luck!

  4. DesertDarling permalink
    July 12, 2012 11:44 am

    Agreed all rules are suspended when sick!
    That’s how I treat myself when unwell just eating/drinking/doing whatever is going to help me feel better!
    Once the fever or main symptoms are over it’s back to normal rules!
    Poor little sausage hope she’s back to her old self xx

  5. July 12, 2012 8:08 pm

    It’s all flu and colds over here as well. Definitely, ‘rules’ get bent a bit when they’re sick. Making them feel loved and cared for becomes the prime concern. In my experience, if you switch back ‘cold turkey’ once they are better, they hardly notice the difference! Hope she is feeling a bit better now…
    Ronnie xo

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