Thursday, September 20, 2007

Me of Little Faith

The truth is that I have been a lazy mother in denial.

The Rooster is sick.

In fact, she is really sick and all week I have been dragging her to daycare and her teachers have been indulgent.

Today she got sent home.

She was so pathetic that I felt the full weight of my neglect and denial.

I, Shitty Mom.

She has the croup, an infection of her vocal chords that involves a cough that sounds like it hurts a lot.

The Rooster gags and coughs at the same time and, when she catches her breath, sobs from the pain.

She is puny.

After her nap today, I loaded up the double jogger stroller and headed back to the daycare center to pick up The Mayor.

When we arrived all the kids from The Rooster's class were out in the play yard.

When we wheeled the stroller through the gate Rooster's classmates surrounded her.

Twelve little, toddler hands pressed gently against her chest and six small voices chanted her name.

They were six tiny faith healers at work.

Maybe she'll absorb their good energy and be well tomorrow...

More likely she'll have walking pneumonia.

72 comments:

Jordan said...

Oh, don't be too hard on yourself. I hope she feels much better soon.

liv said...

It's going around, hon. The sick stuff is absolutely dreadful. We've been dealing with something awful for almost 2 weeks and D still is coughing and sniffling. He looks terrible. Keep the vitamin C up and get good sleep. This bitch will take you down too!

Hetha said...

Poor Rooster girl! I can't bear to see them sob from pain, makes the heart hurt. I love imagining all those tiny hands and voices...I hope it worked.

slouching mom said...

Oh, poor little love.

Alpha DogMa said...

Little Faith. Big Funny.
Hope she mends soon.

Katrina said...

Bless her widdle biddle heart! I hope she's feeling better v v soon. Hang in there momma...kids get the crud, it just can't be helped.

NotAMeanGirl said...

Poor Roo... I'm sending good healthy vibes your way.

Candace said...

it's awful to see them sick. awful. but I'll bet just huggin' her mama is makin' her feel better.

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

Either they'll heal her with their little hands, or give them 6 other sicknesses they've been hoarding to give to her. Poor little Rooster.

flutter said...

Oh those sweet babies comforting your little one. You are hardly a shitty mom, if sickness is a qualifier for shitty momdom, my mom would have been jailed.

Kids get sick, it's what they do

Lisa Milton said...

Poor little pookie. You are not a shitty Mom; these things sneak up.

Everyone take care.

Marine Wife said...

I always feel guilty when that happens. Hubs usually overreacts to every little sniffle, that I usually say that they are fine. Then when I'm wrong, oh the guilt!
But we can't be all bad, the kids are still alive to drive us crazy!

JaniceNW said...

The image of 6 teeny faith healers makes me smile. They are so sweet at that age. Unlike my evil children. You're a great mom, we've all sent sick kids in at some point.

Example of why I'm not overly fond of teenagers: BBB(16) just got home and started yelling at me w'in 30 seconds of walking iver the threshold. ARGH!

Not The Mama said...

Aw, poor baby. I hope she is on the mend soon. And I loved the image of all the other kids running to her to offer her comforst. So sweet.

Kyla said...

Croup is a bitch. LOL. That was our first infection when the plague descended upon us.

Be well, sweet Rooster.

PunditMom said...

I agree -- don't beat yourself up. Kids get coughs, especially in preschool. I've thought, "Oh, she'll be fine," only to discover she's got something. That happens to us all. I hope she's better soon.

Marmite Breath said...

Jessica, banish the guilt. Now. Before it eats you alive.

You're a great Mom!

urban-urchin said...

Aww- poor baby. It sucks when they're sick. But the image of all those little tinies doing the laying on of hands is wonderful. Get well soon Roo.

zdoodlebub said...

We've all done it. We're all lazy wh*res.

Shannon said...

The image of tiny faith healers melted my heart.

Us moms know how to beat ourselves up, don't we. She won't have walking pneumonia.

Keep the faith.

Rachel said...

What a sweet image. Kids can be amazingly compassionate sometimes. Sending get well vibes your way.

Shannon said...

Aw, feel better Rooster.

And you are not a bad mommy. You can never know how these things will turn and how quickly.

carrie said...

It is that time of year, not your parenting! You are a great momma.

Take a warm bath with her and let the room fill with steam . . . it might make her feel better.

Veronica said...

Yuk. I have lived through a baby with croup. It's no fun whatsoever. They gave Amy steroid drops to help her breathe overnight.

I hope Rooster gets better fast for you. You are not a shitty mum at all!

Liz said...

Oh, the creeping crud that is croup - two out of four of mine suffer from it all winter - beating yourself up isn't going to make it any better, though. Warm showers and a nebulizer help a whole lot. Gotta love those little faith healers, though. Good luck and feel better soon, Rooster!

kristen said...

Oh, we despise the croup. And don't beat yourself up...we've all done it. Very nearly willing them to be well by refusing to acknowledge the sickness. Hang in there. I'm sure those tiny hands worked wonders. Faith healers, indeed!

tiggymooshoo said...

Mother guilt is a terrible thing. Don't beat yourself up too badly.
Thinking of you and your little one. We have croup here too at the moment.

Julie Pippert said...

Yep, everyone is coming down with crud this week. It's due...all that nice sharing at school. I got called to come pick up Persistence from school Wednesday. Now it's been shared with ME. UGH

Croup stinks. Get well soon wishes. And don't be hard on yourself.

Julie
Using My Words

SciFi Dad said...

You never know how sick a kid will get. She may very well have just gotten really bad overnight and you didn't realize it in time.

Hope she feels better soon.

3carnations said...

Like I said, we just went through croup. My son's cough was very mild, then all of a sudden, he could barely talk, had the barky cough, and was miserable. When I brought him to the pediatrician, over the course of an hour and a half he got a steroid shot and two breathing treatments before they would consider NOT having him admitted to the hospital. They did not end up admitting him, and he's all better now, but we went from a little cough to near hospitalization in a matter of hours. That croup is sneaky. I hope your daughter feels better soon, too!

WILLIAM said...

Six tiny faith healing hands covered in dirt and boogies and germs.

Patience said...

Oh no . . . another sick baby! Get well little girl!!

Circus Kelli said...

Ah, we've all done the "denial, off you go to daycare" thing. She'll be ok. It's so hard when the little ones are so sick.

Hang in there.

My name is Rima. said...

Awe, poor little Rooster! I hope she is better very, very soon and that the rest of you stay well. Don't beat yourself up over not detecting it any sooner. I've been sent home from the peds office countless times for bringing my kids in with just a sniffle, so I never know anymore what actually constitutes "sick."

Kevin Charnas said...

That image is so precious...all those little hands on her, how SWEET!

Poor thing...I hope that she feels like new RIGHT NOW!!

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

poor little thing! Hope she gets better!

Paige said...

Kids have nasty germs. They share those germs more than they'll ever share anything else.

Do not beat yourself up. You are hardly a shitty mom.

BOSSY said...

Poor baby. Give her a kiss from Aunt Bossy. Just, you know, wear a Surgical Mask.

Jenifer said...

Croup sucks but don't beat yourself up about it...hope she is feeling better soon.

Catizhere said...

Ugh. Croup. Maggie was prone to it as a wee one. Thank God for Amoxxicillin.

The image of the "healers" made my heart smile.

She'll be fine. You are a wonderful Mom.

Lawyer Mama said...

Poor little thing. Try not to beat yourself up about it. I can't tell you how many times something similar has happened with Little H. One day this week he had a temp of 103 & we didn't notice. Oy.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Awwww. Poor Rooster. And sweet tiny hands of faith.

Don't beat yourself up. You're a great mom!

Sending get better vibes the Rooster's way.

meno said...

All hail to the shitty momness inside us all!

You just never know if they are really sick or just a little sick.

Audubon Ron said...

Whatch you be do’in letting nem babies be gett’in sick like dat. Shame, shame, shame, on you na. What, you be watch’in Oprah and eat’in nem bon-bons, scuff’in around in your pink fee-fee booties, smok’in nem cigarettes around nem kids, let’in na dishes pile up and na laundry pile up while you be piled up on the couch talk’in smack on na cell phone all day witchya girlfriends? I’m surprised you don’t got pneumonia from standing in the refrigerator door so long eat’in all lem groceries.

Get in nere and take care a dem kids! Woman!

Why I neva!

cate said...

oh, the joys of mommy guilt. isn't it great??? ;-)

hope Rooster feels better soon...poor little girl!

Magpie said...

I hope those little faith healers helped.

~JJ! said...

Oh Little Roo.

I send you healing vibes from NY too...

Guilty Secret said...

Get well soon, Rooster!

The image of the toddlers surrounding her made me smile :)

sweetney said...

ahh, happens to the best of us. don't beat yourself up, lady.

L.A. Daddy said...

It's great when kids come to the rescue like that. They know there's a problem and they want to help.

But, we're all as bad -- unless blood is flowing from them, we think we need to take them to daycare.

Hopefully she'll feel better soon!

Above Average Joe said...

Don't you just love how daycare can be one giant petrie dish. Hope she gets well soon.

Annie said...

Poor Baby! My son has croup right now. It just sounds so frightening.

Hope she's better, soon.

Nancy said...

I hope The Roo feels better for the weekend.

That sore throat? Popsicles

That guilty feeling Mom? Martini's

mamatulip said...

Oh, poor sweetie. Oliver's sick too with a brutal throat infection and yet I have to drag him everywhere with me...poor guy, but it's what has to be done. Don't be too hard on yourself.

I hope she feels better soon. The imagery in this post was really sweet.

Mad Hatter said...

Oh the poor wee thing. The thought of her peers showing such care, though, warms my heart.

Amy said...

Oh, the little healers/germ spreaders! Sweet!!

mcewen said...

Sick children always make us feel guilty comes with the territory and when you're coping on your sometimes everything is just whizzing around too fast.
Hope the little faith healers work.
Best wishes

painted maypole said...

hope she is better soon. That image of the chanting kids is priceless.

Worker Mommy said...

Aww, how cute that her classmates enveloped her in positive health vibes.

Talk about "I,shitty mother" that would be me when my son swallowed to quarters. Yeah and they didn't get retrieved for several days...right one of my sadest posts (for me anyway)
Hopefully Rooster has a speedy recovery

Mrs. Chicky said...

Poor baby. Here's hoping those wee hands carried more than just dirt from the sandbox. Good healing vibes are necessary when you sound like a barking dog.

Jennifer said...

Oh, the thought of those tiny hands have my heart all a'flutter. So sweet.

But don't be too hard on yourself. If we all kept our kids home, or brought them to the pediatrician, each time they sneezed, we'd all...be forever at home or at the ped. ;)

Poor girl. Poor mama. Take care of both of you.

Karen Forest said...

Hope she is well soon!

cronznet said...

I know without reading everything, because I am in Paradise after all, that everyone has told you to CHILL! (as my own toddler advises me at least once a day).
Croup happens.
If you were a bad mom there are so very many perfect moms here who would have turned you in.
Hugs to Rooster and her mom.

Sarcasm Abounds said...

Or she infected the others like a rogue ebola monkey.

Poor Rooster. I hope she feels better soon. Maybe you can park her by the front window to see your neighbor's horsey.

Like a little Pollyanna. . .

nell said...

Poor Rooster, I hope she feels better soon. For both your sakes.

jen said...

poor Roo. Poor guilty mommy. I hate it when I am the poor guilty mommy, a place I've visited a few times now.

You are a great mom, friend. Sometimes this stuff just kicks us in the ass.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

most likely they'll ALL be sick tomorrow since they all touched her. :) Just kidding. That was sweet, the end part.

Little Nut Tree said...

If it makes you feel *any* better... we were discussing this at work the other day after a colleague dropped her daughter off (ill) and came to work and sobbed... feeling soo bad about being a crappy mum.

She got sent home (the baby not the colleague) at lunch time and said colleague felt suitably terrible :o)

We're all the same - don't be too hard on yourself :o)

EE said...

Oh, I'm sorry. Hate it when the kiddos are sick.

Jenny said...

Poor thing. I mean you, not her.

She'll recover. You'll feel bad (for no reason) for longer than she will.

Momish said...

We did the same thing on Friday. Loaded her up with the baby Tylonol and sent her to daycare in hopes when it wore off they wouldn't notice.

They didn't. She lasted the whole day. But all weekend I felt guilty because her cough seemed worse. I hear ya.

How sweet her little buddies are, I can just see the scene you described!

Mini said...

Oh that's so cute lol