Xavier is nearly five, and though we've been through our fair share of flus, colds and rashes, seeing him throw up, run a fever or tolerate a painful cough is always completely heart-wrenching and I don't suspect it'll ever get easier. I ache for each of his little aches and try and remember that every one of these little bugs serves a greater purpose in building up that immune system. That's exactly where I'll stop with anything medically related. And here's where I'll start with some of my tips and tricks to smooth the ride.
Over the years I've found that there are a few small things that can go a long way. Now, when there's a cough creeping in or a series of complaints about belly aches I immediately default to my arsenal, my tried and true for making my wee one feel even just a bit better.
- Laundry fresh pyjamas. When we're at home sick, our days are spent in our pyjamas. Generally, when a little one wakes up feeling unwell, they've been uncomfortable, sweating or have been sick overnight. The first thing I like to do is strip off last night's pyjamas, give my little guy a once over with a warm facecloth and change him into fresh-out-of-the-dryer pyjamas. Nothing beats cuddling your little one who smells of fresh laundry. It certainly doesn't hurt to do the same for yourself either.
- Often, appetites can come and go when a little one's under the weather and for me, there is nothing I find more upsetting than when Xavier doesn't eat. Deep down I know he won't let himself go hungry, but for someone who takes great pride in seeing her four year old match her bite for bite during most meals, this is completely unnerving. To make him (and me) feel better I'll make batches of popsicles. Yes. Popsicles. Years ago I discovered the Zoku IcePop Maker and since then I have come to believe it is absolutely worth its weight in gold. **Pro-tip, it's also great for taking care of all those nearly-turned berries I buy by the truckload throughout the season.
- A fresh batch of The Best Ever Playdough. Always and forever playdough. I posted this recipe a while back, and can say in all honesty, this recipe cannot be improved upon. This can be made as a team or it's something that you can whip up in five minutes.
- A couple tested and approved cleaning tips. But seriously, blue gatorade vomit is not easy to get out of a wool rug.
- Our all-time family favorite movie: "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," that is. This is a win-win, I love watching it as much as Xavier does.
- A generous pour of your favorite wine to wind down the day once there's another set of adult hands ready to take the next shift.
At the very least, out of these days will come a hours filled with cuddles, kisses and closeness which suits me just fine. If you have any sick day pro-tips of your own, I'd love for you to share in the "Comments" section!