Have We Escaped The Winter Sickies?Emily Malone
Do you hear that? It is me, loudly knocking on wood. I’m sure the minute I press publish on this post, I’ll get a text from my babysitter that my son is projectile vomiting. But for now, I’m relishing the realization that I think we might have finally made it through the buggy winter season.
For what felt like months on end, Cullen had a streaming running nose. He was always crusty, with a persistent light cough, and a touch of redness in his eyelids. It felt never ending. And just as he’d get better, one of his playgroup buddies would get a new cough or cold, and the whole cycle would continue.
I became an expert hand washer, table wiper, and sneeze catcher. I spent all winter avoiding small, enclosed play spaces, and frantically pulled toys out of his mouth at bookstores and museums. Every time we got back in the car to head home, I’d wipe hands, and usually what was the inevitable running nose. I felt like a bad mom that no matter what I did, my son seemed to have a cold that lasted for four months.
His pediatrician said it was normal, for both the age and the season. And Cullen never really seemed uncomfortable. How can kids not notice the snot running down their faces?
It’s funny how when things are right there in your face, you think about them all the time. I worried and fretted over that cold for so many months. But I didn’t seem to even notice when it finally went away! I was changing Cullen’s diaper earlier this week, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t had to de-crust his nose in quite a while. It got me thinking that I can’t remember the last time I heard him cough or watched him sneeze. I feel like the veil of sickness that hangs over winter has finally lifted, and we can all – literally – breathe easy again.
Even better – knock, knock, knock – we seemed to have mostly avoided the horrible stomach bug that plagued so many this year. We all had a short 24-hour bug that came and went so quickly it was no big deal. I heard horror stories from other moms who’s entire families were stricken with week-long bugs that ran through households. Crossing our fingers we’ve avoided that one too!
We went for a hike this weekend and I saw green buds and tiny sprouts on trees and plants all around. So much hope that spring is just around the corner, and with it comes fresh, clean air and the end of the winter sickies. We are ready!