Another cry. I woke up. Again. I checked the time. 2 something am. Okay, what's wrong this time? I checked little Hiro and realized he was hungry. Okay, crying justified. Nursed and now finally, we both fall asleep. Another cry. What's wrong now? I checked the time. 4:40am. Zaki's wide awake and wants to play. Why? And we haven't slept well since.
This was the scenario last week. This was actually the calm before the storm. Little did I know that we were about to get hit by a massive flu storm. Yes, flu season is back. And our entire house was on lock down for almost a week. It was terrible. I couldn't do anything because of these two boys. Also, because I was super sick myself. But thankfully, it is almost over. My little boys are almost well. And I am feeling much, much better.
Long gone are the days where my mother would take care of me when I was sick. And I terribly miss it. I miss the hot soup, the staying-in-bed-doing-nothing, being given my medicine and going back to sleep right after. But now, I am the mother. I have to take care of sick little boys with fever in bed. I have to wipe noses and remember to give them their medicine. I used to love being sick because it meant I had an excuse to be free from any responsibilities. But now that I'm the mom, I just find it more difficult when I get sick. It's hard enough to get out of bed on my own, but getting two more boys out of the bed with me... it's just chaos.
Our house is a chaos right now, if not for my lovely mother-in-law. She cleans, cooks and offers to watch little Hiro even in her busy schedule. I love my In-Laws. I'm definitely blessed by them. So here are a few tips on how to navigate your daily life through this season of flu.
1. Nap little but often
2. If your kids won't stay in bed, offer some games/toys to keep them there.
Also, you can catch up on sleep while they're busy. Here is a list of things I let my toddler play to keep him in bed:
- Stickers (He loves these!)
- Coloring books (I give him crayons, water makers, and he adds his little stickers on them. It was a hit.)
- Mega Blocks
- Movies & IPad (for those of you that are limiting screen time for kids, trust me, this one works well when you've only slept a total of 4 hours all night with interruptions in between)
3. Offer a lot of fluid
My son hasn't eaten much all week long. But I offered him lots of water, juice, and milk. I've even given him some Honey Lemon tea at some point. He only took a few sips but it was a good try.
4. If all else fails, have a balloon dance party!
I wanted to cheer him up, so I pumped a few balloons and put on happy music. We danced and played a little bit with the balloons. It helped keep him unbored and I mean, who wouldn't love having balloons around, right?
5. Ask for help
I actually cried while asking Hubby to stay home last Friday. I could barely take care of myself. I just didn't get enough sleep to handle two clingy whiney sick little boys all day. Thankfully, Hubby could stay home from work. And he took care of the boys while I got my much needed rest.
Hopefully, this is the last time we go down with a flu this winter. And hopefully, you all don't have to go through what we did.