My kids rarely get sick (yes, I know I’m totally jinxing myself, I never learn). If they’re absent from school it’s usually because I’m bringing them along on some cool blogging opportunity, not because they’re at home with a bucket. But this morning Fiona showed up at the breakfast table with a nose full of snot and a loud cough. And even then she wanted to go to school. She said she felt fine, and she didn’t have a fever, but I knew the intense frowning I would give another parent if she dropped her kid off with an obvious cold. So, I told her she’d be staying home, something that hasn’t happened in a really long time.
I set her up the way I did last time she was sick: I propped her up in my bed with a few comfy pillows, gave her some tissues, and put on a DVD (she wanted to watch School House Rock – I love that child). I figured she’d watch a bit of the DVD then drift off to sleep. That’s what you do when you’re sick, right? Except only her nose and throat are sick. The rest of her is fine, so she basically just had a free day, made even better because she didn’t have to navigate around her brother. I did make her lay down for a nap in the late morning, but that was mostly because I was exhausted (I didn’t sleep well again. I don’t know what’s going on). Other than that hour or so nap she played with her toys, colored, watched TV, bounded up-and-down the stairs like a perfectly healthy child, and helped me bake some cinnamon bread (after much hand washing).
She also played with this really cute Livi.Lu.Lu kid’s pampering kit from Herban Renewal. It has everything a little girl could want for an afternoon of faux sick-day beauty, including lip gloss, nail polish, spa flip-flops, shower gel, and soft little balls to play with (or, as the website says, to throw at brothers, but we’ll keep that suggestion from her, won’t we? He throws back hard). I had originally checked these out as a possible party favor for her birthday sleepover last weekend. Since we were only having three guests I figured we could give something more special than the normal crap-filled goody bag. The Livi.Lu.Lu kits would have been absolutely perfect for the sleepover, and at $14.95 a pop would not have broken the bank for three girls. But I found out about them too late and would have paid an arm-and-a-leg for overnight shipping. I’ll keep them in mind for next year though or for birthday gifts. Fiona just loved hers.
Anyway, at one point this afternoon I thought perhaps she had fallen asleep on the couch. I had been on the phone with a friend in another room and had left her watching The Price is Right (poor child has my bad taste in game shows) and when I didn’t hear anything out of her for a while I tiptoed in to see if she was sleeping. Nope, wasn’t there at all! Now that’s some good parenting. I found her upstairs in her room, having made an elaborate obstacle course for all of her stuffed animals to run through.
She’s obviously fine. I just hope her nose catches up. If she’s home with me tomorrow she’ll be running errands with me all over Brooklyn, all of the stuff I meant to do today but didn’t because she was “sick.”
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