8/05/2012

things i never thought i'd see or do with a baby in tow



Having a baby with gastro this past week has been challenging. Bailey has been sick before but never that sick. She has had colds but has been so normal during those times that I'm always left stunned and jealous that she deals with being sick so well. This gastro has been different. When she's not crying she's irritable and when she's neither or all of those things she's not eating, having trouble falling asleep or she's clawing at you asking for something that you can't figure out. The past week has pushed me to my limits. I've been in tears more times than I count. I've been stressing myself to the point of exhausted and I've doubted my abilities as a mother. There are many things you don't think about before you have a baby. My inability to separate and deal with illness was one of them but there have been others that, when looking back, seem much more humorous than tears and tantrums...

. Looking up to see my Husband covered in what looks like vomit but is really poo that has leaked out of Bailey's nappy and all over his clothes.
. Trying to take a sample of Bailey's poo for the Doctor only to find that the scoop won't break it properly. Cue stuffing the entire poo into the sample cup while trying not to vomit.
. Getting locked out of the house by my child with no keys, no phone and no way to get back inside only to find a crowbar type object, 15 tear filled minutes later, and climbing through a tiny window and into our kitchen sink.

This is only a small amount of all the weird and wonderful things being a parent has to offer. Seeing your child dive, head first, off the couch and land on their head and hearing them crack up at the action is also up there, along with so many other things. It's impossible to list them all.

Having Bailey is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I try to always be positive but, let's face facts, this week has been complete and utter shit. At times I've wanted to give up, go back to work and put Bailey in day care so I wouldn't have to go through this again. Then I realised if that happened I'd never have so many fun stories to tell. The majority involving poop, of course. 

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