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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pity Party

I have had what seems to be a sinus infection for about 4 weeks now and I have been ignoring it and treating it with gobs of Tylenol (safe for breastfeeding). It seems like the sinus infection/cold/allergies/and whatever Cam brought home from daycare is never going away and I am just getting more and more miserable. Before becoming a new mom / working parent I would have dropped everything and visited the doctor to get whatever kind of meds they would prescribe and then would have taken the rest of the day to catch up on shows lingering on my DVR. Now -- I can't seem to allow myself the time out to take care of me. I have no idea why except that I feel overwhelmed with responsibility already and taking time to acknowledge that I am actually sick would simply screw up the entire system that I am working so hard to maintain.

Things I didn't know before I had a baby:

1. The baby will get sick, drive everyone nuts and then recover just in time for the entire rest of the household to take ill with what the baby had in the first place. Count on this happening.

2. If you are a working mom, you will find yourself on a very tight routine each night after work which may or may not include: washing pump parts, making bottles for the next day, making dinner, making lunches for next day, filling coffee pot for next morning to save that 3 minutes the next morning, folding laundry, rocking the crying/overtired/exasperated infant, taking your shower so the next morning you don't have to get up at 6am to do so, packing the diaper bag, reading mail, paying bills, etc. Yes, you get the point -- if you work you have a short 4-5 hours (depending on your bed time) to complete a long list of necessary tasks in order to keep everything running smoothly (or at least not falling apart). If you are lucky, you have a partner who will pick up some of these tasks as well. Thanks to my husband for making dinner many a night!

3. You will forget things that you never forgot before because you are so overwhelmed with the details of daily living/survival. Like what? I forgot.

4. You will not see your friends because your precious free time is spent with your family.

5. You won't mind most of these items (except for maybe some of the rigidity of #2) because one smile from that little one will make you feel like it is all worth it.

I've been told it does get easier... These are the days when I wish for a nanny/housekeeper...like Alice on the Brady Bunch. I made a doctor's appointment for tomorrow morning.


  1. Yeah, what did Mr Bradydo that his wife could stay home, he could support six kids and he could have a live-in, full-time, cook, nanny, housekeeper? Actually, I think he was an architect, but he didn't have an awesome car or anything.

  2. I know you might be squeamish about the idea of pouring water into your nose, but using a neti pot daily (right after you shower - takes no more than 5 min) has all but eliminated my issues with allergies/sinus stuff. I breathe so much easier, and rarely have a sinus related headache. Call me if you wanna talk about it more. I think it's worth a try.