"Get an education before you get married or have children."
"I will not take care of any babies if you get pregnant as a teenager."
"Life is full of peaks and valleys."
This last one pretty well sums up 2009 for me, particularly the last 12 weeks since M was born.
M's birth was the peak, the highlight of the year. It was also the beginning of a downward spiral into a valley of illness which my family has been trudging through for a long while now. Viral pneumonia, pink eye, strep throat, double ear infections in all three kids, and RSV are the biggies since Thanksgiving. This doesn't include all the little 2-day viruses that have hit all of us at least twice.
But I know that eventually we will get out of this valley and back to a peak. It may be sometime in May 2010 when all the nasty viruses depart for cooler temperatures, but it will come.
I have been trying to find something positive about this whole experience, and I've come up with little. There's just no two ways about it: Illness in one's kids really, really, really sucks. But I have found a couple snippets of silver lining in the dark clouds.
- M is not nursing well, so I now have a fabulous load of breastmilk in the freezer. I normally hate to pump, but it is a welcome relief given M's small meals at the moment. My stash is ample for days in the coming months when I want to get out for some "Mommy Alone Time."
- D and I are in the battle together. There is no way I could have handled all three sick kids by myself, so it has been a blessing that D has been off work. He always takes this time of year off, and usually I am sick of him being around after day 2, but not this time. Having 3 sick kids makes me realize how much I need his help.
- M and G haven't been wheezing or experiencing labored breathing. They are full of mucus, but it is coming out. Though gross as heck, the RSV could be much, much worse.
I am hoping that this is as low as this particular valley goes. Though it could always be worse, I am beyond ready to get outta here and see me some peaks. Hell, I'd be fucking thrilled with an extended plateau.