Monday, March 1, 2010

The conundrums of motherhood...

I have sick kids today. Well, one sick kid, and one that was sick, but is apparently better, since he's had the energy of 10 wild animals today.

Poor Ellie. She really is sick. She's spent 1/2 the day in the bathroom, and the other half on a couch or in bed. (She's gonna love me for writing that someday.) I did see her walking a little just a few minutes ago, so she may be on the upswing...And that's good...right?

You see, I have a bit of a conundrum. A dilemma, if you will. I want my children to be healthy. But when they're sick, well, they're much easier! For instance, last week Austin had an ear infections in both ears, and for four glorious hours, he laid still. He snuggled with me, he was calm, he was sweet. As soon as the meds kicked in, he was back to his normal crazy mischief. Today with Ellie has been calm and quiet. No fights, no arguments, just a sweet girl needing her mama.

So I do want her well...just maybe not until tomorrow. :)

Austin on the other hand, stayed home "sick" because he was sick last night. Today, however, has been an entirely different story. Today Austin...

Put a hole in the wall with a screwdriver, dumped a box of tiny nerds candies in the playroom, climbed on the counters approximately 214 times in an hour, dumped a box of crayons on the floor, colored on his sisters nightgown (which she retaliated and colored on his pj', tried to swing from the chandelier in the dining room, and dumped a large pitcher of freshly, perfectly made iced tea, all over the kitchen counter and floor.

So, can you see where I am coming from?

Yeah, I think you do!


dawn said...

Shelley! You are a great mom. When Willie was sick a few weeks ago I felt the same way. I wanted him well, but Oh how much easier it was with him down for the count.

I know God is gonna use Austin's adventuresome spirit for amazing things one day. If he doesn't, then you will be a famous author with all the stories you will have to write.

JP's MOM said...

That is some day allright.

I hope Ellie is better soon.

Celeste said...

I cherish the sick moments as weird as it sounds. The calm, the snuggles, the kind words. It's great.

Until you get sick and they are better and terrorizing the house.

As usual, I can totally relate with you and Austin. :) I came home to find that Luke had gotten into the baby powder (again!). That stuff sprays high and sticks to everything. He also dumped a box of cereal on the floor and stepped into it to crush every single piece. Then he ate all of my chocolate so I didn't have anything to console myself with.

MarytheKay said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean!!! There's nothing snugglier than a sick child... :-) And I like snuggly.

Alana said...

Moms everywhere are saying "amen!" ;-)