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Monday, March 14, 2011

Sick Day

I'm finally getting that elusive sick day.
By no means was I wishing for a day off by getting sick, but it kinda worked out that way. I've been whining asking Scott lately about when do I get a real "day off". A day that includes not only what I want to do, but perhaps a day with no baby. His suggestion, and the only option that I know of, was to send Elliott to the babysitter and then go home instead of to work. (I think I need to pause here and state that we do have many, many willing and able babysitters if either of us just needs a day off. We are truly grateful to all of you in our lives who would so joyfully take our daughter for a couple hours should the need arise. I simply hate to call on a favor if it's not a NEED, and I also feel as if I spend enough time away from my daughter while I'm at work, and I hate to leave her for other reasons. Does that make sense?!)

Bring on the mommy guilt, because today that is exactly what I am doing. I came down with a nasty cold yesterday, and I woke up this morning feeling even worse. Scott had already left for the day, so I knew that I didn't have a choice. I got up with Ellie, and we snuggled on the floor eating Cheerios and drinking chocolate milk and trying hard not to share any germs. There's no way I want Ellie to get sick (again).

So in a little while I'm going to pack her up and take her to the babysitter, as if it were a typical Monday, and then I will head home and promptly go to bed. No work. No housework. I'm not even picking Ellie up when the day is done, Scott is! It will be so nice to have a few hours to nap with no worries about anyone or anything. I need this time to rest and get better (this is my little pep talk to try and push away the guilt that creeps in....)

If you're a mom, have you ever dropped your kid off at daycare or a babysitters so that you could have a sick day? I guess it's probably not that weird or uncommon, but it just feels a little funny to me. I'm trying to get over it. And I'm sure, at 3:00 this afternoon when I'm napping and I know that Ellie will be getting undivided attention at the babysitter's house, all of this "mommy guilt" will vanish :)

Maybe I'll look at this picture a few extra times today to think about my precious little girl. I'm entering this photo in the I Heart Faces photo challenge: sun flare.

Happy Monday to you all! I hope you're having a happy one, and not a sick one like me!
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~Amanda

3 comments:

melissa d. said...

enjoy your time! even if it is to be sick :( and don't feel bad-we are better parents when we get some time away from our kiddos!

JonasAxel said...

yes! you deserve a day to nap and get better. you can't be 100% for her if you're not well. and i would support her or take her on a tuesday so that you could have a fun day to shop and nap or whatever you wanted....you are a great mommy!

Amanda Michelle said...

I hope you feel better! Don't feel guilty... remember that you have to take care of yourself to be able to take the best care of Ellie! Rest up and feel better! xoxo