Freeform Katia

April 23, 2008

parenting challenge #101

Filed under: family, madeleine — Tags: , , , , — freeformkatia @ 2:49 pm

Madeleine has been home with a fever these past two days — and as much as we’ve tried, we cannot get Emerson to heat up a bottle or change diapers, so when one of the girls is sick it really means that either Richard or I have to be home as well. While staying home from work is often desirable it seems, for whatever reason, that when we’re forced to stay home we want to be at work. Perhaps this just falls in line with the argument that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

When you’re home with a sick child things can go in the extreme in one direction or another: baby sleeps all day; baby stays awake all day (and cries). Fortunately for me yesterday Madeleine fell into the former. She slept for 1 1/2 hours in the sling in the morning, so I knit. Then she slept for 1 hour in the stroller during a walk, and then for 2 hours in her crib in the afternoon during which time I made dinner and did the laundry. All in all it was a fairly relaxing day.

Today Richard and I split the day with me staying home in the morning. Madeleine was not as sleepy as yesterday, indicating to me that she’s feeling better. She was still pretty cranky and clingy, there were many tears. On the plus side, the weather is gorgeous today… and since her temp. was normal we did a little gardening and then headed to the playground for a bit. It feels strange being at the playground on a weekday morning for a number of reasons:

1. I hardly know anyone there — a lot of new parents & families; the usual crew comes in the afternoons

2. It feels weird being there without Maja. I get the sense that the parents look at me as a ‘newbie’ when in fact this is all old hat to me. I felt like saying to everyone: this is my second. I know what I’m doing!

3. Because I practically lived at the playground the past 2 summers I feel like all these new people are infringing on MY territory. Totally ridiculous, I know, but still I use toddler logic: I HAD IT FIRST!

hello! good morning! it's sunny!

Madeleine hanging out in the backyard in the morning sunlight. The picnic blanket was made by my mom!



  1. I’m glad Madeleine is feeling better. How nice for you that she slept most of the day yesterday. And I didn’t know you knitted. What are you knitting?

    Comment by knittedgems — April 23, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  2. It’s rally very difficult sitting at home with the ill kid.
    I love your picnic! :)

    Comment by coraimazap — April 24, 2008 @ 2:08 am

  3. Poor Madeleine. The sunshine was probably great to help her feel better.
    Hope she is fine today and everyone is back and work and school. Love you all!

    Comment by Grandma Jane and Grandpa Tom — April 24, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  4. yes the grass is ALWAYS greener. For instance, Mon I was home alone, all day, fighting off a cold. And I was lonely!! But of course when it’s craziness at home all I think is “I just want a day to myself!” go figure.
    Glad little M is on the mend.

    Comment by Lynette — April 24, 2008 @ 9:09 am

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