There is room for everyone…the ordinary moments

There is room for everyone…the ordinary moments

The times that your children are poorly can be the hardest time as a mum, but also it can come with some really lovely moments…

Alice has been poorly for most of this week, it started when I making us all pancakes and I had to abandon them, as she was suddenly sick everywhere. Bless her, she never got to eat the pancakes and had to watch Holly and mummy  eat them…cruel mummy. I did promise that I would make them again when she is better, any excuse for more pancakes!

I am lucky that Alice doesn’t really get poorly that often, in fact the last time she was really poorly, was a year ago…I have decided I don’t like February anymore!

I had set myself up for a bad night and had spare sheets ready to go, but Alice had a good night…phew!

Andy was going away with work, which was great timing, when sickness has struck us. We say goodbye to daddy and set ourselves up for a day at home.

I am the type of person that likes to get out the house even if it’s just a trip to the shops or the cafe, it’s very rare we stay in all day. I just find that we can all get a bit of cabin fever and I find it easier being out and about with the girls.

Alice was tired all morning and didn’t really move from the sofa. She fell asleep on me, while Holly was napping in her cot, and I couldn’t bring myself to move her. She just wanted her mummy and I treasure these moments…watching her chest rise and fall, stroking her hair and just being there for my little girl in case she needs me.

Alice spent the afternoon curled up on my lap and Holly would bring over a toy and sit next to us playing happily. Every now and again passing Alice a toy wanting to play with her big sister and even though Alice really wasn’t up to it, she would take it from her sister and try to join in.

Holly has really started to love books, I have read books to both my girls from an early age and Holly will now go and choose a book and bring it over to me, pop herself onto my lap and hand me the book.

So, when this happened, Alice started saying ‘there is no room for Holly mummy’. Since the day Holly was born, I have never turned one of girls away saying there is ‘no room’. When I used to be breastfeeding Holly and Alice wanted a cuddle or to sit on my lap…I made room. I never wanted them to think I was favouring the other one, there is room for everyone….

So, this was no different, I lift Holly on and we sit and read a book and another book and another book…I could hardly move all afternoon with my girls sat on me. But, that is what it’s like being a mum, just because Alice is poorly, it doesn’t mean that Holly doesn’t need me any less.

I can’t bare to think about a time when my girls don’t need me anymore and my lap is empty. While I will always be their mummy, life will move on and my role in their life will change and whilst I don’t ever wish my girls to be poorly, I do cherish these moments…


My sleeping beauty

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  1. amumseekingsun
    14/02/2016 / 11:20

    It’s so horrible when they’re ill, my youngest has a horrible cough that’s keeping her (and me) awake. I do secretly enjoy the extra nighttime cuddles though. Hope she’s back fighting fit very soon.

    • 14/02/2016 / 15:40

      Ah I hope she feels better soon, coughs are so annoying and stay for ages!! Night time cuddles are the best 🙂

  2. twinderelmo2014
    14/02/2016 / 13:50

    I have twin girls and relate to this SO SO much! It’s always about involving them both so they don’t feel pushed out x

    • 14/02/2016 / 15:39

      With twins you have had this from the start 🙂 Yes, it’s a constant juggle making them both feel like they are the most important person in my life x

  3. alexbumptobaby
    14/02/2016 / 14:52

    Aah I can relate to this. I hope your little girl is feeling much better really soon! xx

  4. mummydaddyme
    14/02/2016 / 19:02

    It is such a funny range of emotions when they are ill, I always feel a bit guilty but I do love it as I love the snuggles. Touch wood, mine are rarely ill, in fact I can’t remember the last time we had one of those snuggly days. Hope she is feeling a bit better today. xx

    • 14/02/2016 / 20:27

      I know what you mean, the snuggles are the best. Alice is the same, hardly poorly, but sadly she has been ill all week and is still a poorly little bear 🙁 xx

  5. MyMcLoughlins
    14/02/2016 / 20:15

    I’m such a worrier when they’re ill! However I do enjoy the endless cuddles. I hope your little one is feeling better x

    • 14/02/2016 / 20:25

      The cuddles are lovely, but sad that they have to be poorly. Thank you, sadly she is still a poorly little bear x

  6. 14/02/2016 / 21:06

    ahhh its the worst when they are poorly and there is nothing you can do, especially when you are on your own. Hopefully she will be all better soon x

  7. 18/02/2016 / 00:00

    Like Katie I find it really strange when Cheeky Chap is poorly. I really hate seeing him poorly and uncomfortable but I adore the cuddles that I get. He is a very tactile child but he’s also a big bundle of energy so cuddles are usually quite brief, I secretly like the lethargy that comes when he is run down!

    • 19/02/2016 / 16:19

      Yes, the cuddles are definitely the best bit. Especially if it’s hard to keep them still for a cuddle 🙂