Thursday, March 28, 2013

Super Mom.

Goodbye snowflakes. Hello flowers!

There is nothing like a 24-hour stomach bug to make you appreciate your good health.  Alice and I went out for a walk with a friend on Tuesday afternoon and, by the time we got home, I knew something just wasn't right.  Alice went down for her nap and I took one, too, thinking I'd wake up feeling better.  Nope.  I woke up feeling worse.  My husband came home early to take over parenting duties while I moaned and groaned and tossed and turned in bed, waiting for the inevitable up-chuck to happen.  And happen it did.

After getting the food-poisoning culprit all out of me, I felt much better but, by the next morning, I felt achy and tired from being up most of the night.  Lee asked if he should stay home to watch Alice but of course I told him no as a day off in the middle of the week makes for bringing work home on the weekend.  And Alice and I made it through our day despite my low energy and still-queasy stomach (and although I wish it were, this queasiness is not code for something else!).

While I put on a good face and tried to be cheerful for Alice I thought about how I sometimes feel uncomfortable asking for help.  Over the last few months, I've become closer to some moms who would've readily taken Alice for a few hours while I recuperated had I just asked them (and because we have no family here, those mommy friends are our only option).  But I felt like I'd be putting them out even though I know they wouldn't have seen it that way.  Maybe it's that pervasive super mom phenomenon in our society or me being a stubborn oldest child that makes it hard to ask for help but what I have definitely learned over the last year about raising a child is that it takes a village.  But, of course, you have to be willing to let that village in to give you help.

And that's something I am definitely still working on. 

Catalog Flowers! Bringing spring inside.


  1. Cute flower scene! I know just what you mean about letting the Village in a little. I, too, have the super stubborn-ness gene, and feel that even though there are people willing to help, I want to press through whatever I'm going through, and not inconvience anyone else. I'm slooowly working on it. Feel better soon!- Leah

  2. So sorry to hear you were sick, I absolutely hate to throw up, even though it makes me feel better after I do.

    Cute idea with the flowers cut from old catalogs. Glad you included Alice in the picture. I miss you "3". Hope you are all well and no more bugs! xoxo

  3. I'm glad you made it through, but sometimes you've just got to ask for help & you'll know when that time is x

  4. So sorry you were sick, there's nothing worse than not feeling well when you are responsible for caring for someone else. James is almost always booked with work when disaster strikes here- and I never ask any of my mom friends do help either- agony! We'll see if that changes with #2.

    Hopefully you're feeling great now and got that out of your system for a good while!


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