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Mums Don't Get Sick Days

By February 14, 2018 ,

Ornamental teddy bear with arm in a sling

Having been ill for almost two weeks, I could have definitely have done with a sick day or two. But I'm a mum to a 9 month old baby girl who doesn't do sitting still unless restrained in her buggy, so I haven't had the luxury of a day off. Now, I'm not going to lie, we've made good use of the buggy and Cbeebies on the days I've been particularly poorly and I've left her playing by herself countless times while I've sat, stuffy nosed, with a Lemsip on the sofa.

This makes me feel like an awful mum. I should be on the floor with her playing games while simultaneously throwing the dog's ball and trying to stop her tugging his tail. It sounds awful but I've tried to avoid her as much as possible to reduce the risk of infecting her with whatever nasty bugs I have (laryngitis, cold, hacking cough). She's never been poorly before and I don't want her to get sick because of me. But does that make me a bad mum? Should I be leaving her to amuse herself on the opposite side of the room when she's so little?


I haven't completely battled with the past fortnight alone. My other half has been amazing, especially when the little one has needed settling in the evening and I just haven't had the energy to get up from the bed. My mum has been brilliant, too, despite being unwell herself, she's done all she can to keep little one and the dog amused. Even my other half's mum travelled over and hour to come and spend the day looking after her granddaughter so I could rest up and get some work done.

                                      Close up of feet in fluffy grey socks with a green mug 

Mum's sick day

When you're sick, you're meant to rest, drink plenty of fluids, take over the counter medicines and sleep it off. As a mum, the reality of being sick has been:

  • Forgetting to take paracetamol and ibuprofen every 4 hours and only remembering as you crawl into bed, that the only dose you had was at 8 am that morning - no wonder you're feeling like crap!
  • Dragging yourself out of the house so that the dog and the baby can get some much needed fresh air, while you cough and splutter your way around the block.
  • Counting down the hours until 'Daddy's home' so you can throw the baby and the dog (not literally!) at him just so you can blow your noise in peace.
  • Try to make a nutritious dinner which involves some kind of vegetable, after all, you've got a weaning baby to feed.
  • Nearly suffocate yourself during the night as you have a coughing fit while holding the duvet over your face so as not to wake the sleeping baby just metres away.
  • Long for the baby to have an extra long nap so you can loll around on the sofa with a box of tissues and some throat lozenges watching Corrie on catch up, only to discover that your baby has decided this is the week she's going to drop one of her naps for good.
Now, I'm hoping by the time you read this post, I'll be well on the way to recovery!

Have I missed anything? Have you been sick while looking after a baby? How did you manage to get through?

The Pramshed

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  1. Awww, bless this sounds terrible!! I hope you all get better soon. It's so true - there is never such a thing as a day off when your babes are breast feeding. Your mum sounds great! x

  2. I had some awful sicknesses whilst at home with two smsllies. Guilt amplified by beibg rundown and badly rested alongside your actual symptons- sucks. You are not alone! Hoping you feel better x #fortheloveBLOG

  3. Smallies not smellies, even though....🤣

  4. Aww! Bless you! I hope you feel better soon!
    I was ill a few weeks ago. We all had the flu here but thankfully my girls are older and can pretty much amuse themselves. Meals consisted of cereal, sandwiches, scrambled egg & toast. lol x

  5. Hope you're feeling better now. Being ill with a little one was the worst ...

  6. I hope you're feeling better soon. it is tough as a mum. I was ill a few weeks back and had to add in school runs too. #sharingthebloglove

  7. I really hope you're feeling better now! I truly think that parenting while you're ill is the most miserable thing on earth. I'm glad you've had some help, it really does make it so much better. I never appreciated all those lazy sick days in bed watching TV pre-children! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove