We are just coming off a few weeks of back to back to back illnesses of varying degrees and origin. With four boys in the house there is often some type of germ, bug or other contaminant in the house. However, the past several weeks were more “interesting” and educational than I recall in recent history! I learned things about my children after they had been sick that I would have otherwise (happily) never realized.
- Six year olds don’t wipe, they smear.
- Large tonsils make toddlers snore louder than their dad.
- The kids will act perfectly fine as soon as you walk into the pediatrician’s office, or when dad comes home from work.
- No one needs blankets in the bed when they sleep next to a feverish child.
- The child is really sick when they turn down candy.
- Mom is the only one who can soothe, calm and cuddle a sick child – so clear the calendar, you will not be leaving the house.
- If the child’s forehead, palms and soles of the feet are hot then he has a fever. If you check said temperature and the thermometer reads 97, then it is a faulty piece of equipment or operator error – the child STILL has a fever.
- Buy the biggest bottles of Tylenol and wine at the store, you will need both.
- Kids on Tylenol are the equivalent of frat boys on spring break: inebriated, fearless and obnoxious.
- Moms on wine are calm(er).
- The child is really sick when he lets you watch HGTV during the day.
- Blowing your nose is more fun without a tissue.
- It is easier to bathe a cat than to bathe a sick child.
- Once the kids recover and return to their normal energy level you realize just how sick they were.
Which animal or superhero does your child resemble when he’s on Tylenol?
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