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Musings from the house of ill

We bumped into a neighbour on Saturday morning. ‘Don’t get too close’ he exclaimed, ‘we’ve all had a nasty cold’. I was about to say something along the lines of ‘we seem to have escaped that so far,’ but stopped myself. I really didn’t want to jinx my little family at such a busy time. Unfortunately it would appear that just thinking such thoughts was enough to indeed jinx us, as baby boy came down with said nasty cold that very evening. I wrote here about our horrendous night and how hubby and I were running on empty on Sunday. It was inevitable I guess that the rest of us would start feeling unwell.

It started manifesting itself yesterday, and last night’s witching hour was particularly bad. Although 5yo’s sleep is at best pretty poor, once she’s actually in bed she’s usually so tired she just rolls over and goes straight to sleep. Yesterday evening she messed around for over two hours, and was up and down like a yoyo all night. She woke up (at the crack of dawn, obvs) with a runny nose, slight fever and saying how bad she felt. I felt rough too with a sore throat and pounding head. The boy has progressed to the delightful thick green snot stage, and 2yo wasn’t her usual cheerful self

I’m a huge believer in staying in the warm at the beginning of an illness in the hope that it stops it from developing too much. It’s also in my best interest to ensure everybody is as well as possible in time for my work week, so I declared that today would be PJ day, and tried to be as positive about it as I could muster. Reading this gorgeous post over at Pouting in Heels really helped!

We had Christmas music, watched Madagascar and Mickey’s Christmas Carol, played with Lego and play dough, looked through baby record books, made cards and ate tons of food (feed a fever and all that). We also had a few strops and moodiness but overall the kids were lovely, and it was really good for me to press the pause button for once. Baby boy had a three hour nap, so it will be interesting to see if that helps our sleep situation tonight (fingers crossed!)

Also two really awesome things happened today. I featured on Honest Mum’s fabulous site under her Wonderful Women series. Click here for a read of my interview. I also received my shipment of books (see photo above), and holding the book in my hand was pretty damn special I have to say.

All in all a much better day than I was expecting to have! We even managed an easy and pleasant witching hour, which never happens. Both girls were asleep and baby was feeding by 6:30pm. Please send happy thoughts our way, and wish us a good night and germ free tomorrow!

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  1. mummytries says:

    Hope you’re well now? Our lurgies have lingered and it’s my turn now… Hopefully on the mend for Xmas!!

  2. We have been suffering here too, such a nasty strain doing the rounds. Sounds as though you have so much to celebrate though too. Congratulations!

  3. Get well soon sweetie, honour to have you on my blog and love that post of Katie’s-love all of hers and you (lucky to have you guys and so many wonderful ladies in my life thanks to blogging) lots of love x

  4. Hope everyone gets better soon. I hope they get better so they’re better, but all the better for you to enjoy your blog success, too! #WotW xx

  5. Those coughs like to linger dont they! I hope she gets better soon! x

  6. mummytries says:

    Thank you my lovely, really hope so too xxx

  7. mummytries says:

    Thanks Kim, it’s been a bit of a shocker but hopefully on the mend now…

  8. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon, it was a pretty momentous occasion I have to say xxx

  9. mummytries says:

    Oh no, really hope Grace’s cough disappears soon enough! Hopefully mine are on the mend, it’s been a bit of an awful week tbh xxx

  10. Bloomin’ illness! It really is this time of year. I am cursing myself though because, last year, Grace took vitamins all the way through winter and hardly even sniffled. This year I haven’t done it and she has had an awful cough for the past 3 weeks. She is on the vitamins now though! Hope you all get well soon. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂 x

  11. So exciting to finally get your hands on the hard copies of your book! But boo for illness! I hope you all manage to perk up in time for the weekend Xxx #wotw

  12. Oh no! I hope everyone is feeling better now!

  13. Ah honey it sounds rough! Sorry to hear you’ve all been so poorly and hope it passes soon! Xx #wotw

  14. I also remember saying that Oh wow its winter and were still okay health wise and then my son got the chills which lead to fever and runny nose and coughing!

    He is okay but not really fine yet and hope that everyone in your house will get well soon =)

    #pocolo / #wotw

  15. Hope everyone is feeling better by now. This is one of the reasons why I’m not such a fan of winter, thank goodness for Christmas! 🙂 #wotw.

  16. Oh dear, I do hope you’re all over the worst of it for the weekend. My two seem to have had coughs after colds after coughs the last few weeks, and Little Man woke with another one today. Oh well, who needs sleep, eh?! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  17. Oh no 🙁 illness is horrible. We read your great interview, hope you have a better week x #PoCoLo

  18. I always look on the bright side, get ill now and there is less chance of you spending the holiday being poorly! I really hope you are all feeling much better now x

  19. I hope you are all germ free and rested now. Judging by the sneezing I am doing today I think I am on my way to a cold 🙁
    It must have felt amazing to hold your book in your hands, the best christmas gift ever x

  20. Amazing to be able to hold your own book Renee. “Be happy, be healthy and get well soooon,” said Dr Ranj! #wotw

  21. Oh poor you, that does sound nasty 🙁 I’ve had a cold this week and very rarely succumb to these things (much like you) so it’s knocked me for six. So far, the others have escaped. We will see! Glad the week picked up though. Hoping it continues to do so. x x

  22. I hope you are feeling better! Nothing worse than everyone being sick combined with sleepless nights. Unfortunately that time of year – we had our fair share last couple of weeks too. Your pj day sounded like a success though! x

  23. It’s the time of year isn’t it-nightmare for bugs. I do hope you all have a better weekend. And I’ve read and reviewed your book (on Amazon)-loved it. Will actually get around to organising myself at some point to write about it on the blog 🙂 x

  24. Grace & Lucas say – Get Well Soon!!! We’re sending you loads of happy thought and chucking a load of Haribo your way – it’s well known for its medicinal properties!!!! he he #PoCoLo

  25. Oh hun – what a bum week. Sending you happy thought, huge hugs and a FAT bar of chocolate to see you through xx #PoCoLo

  26. Oh no, I hope everyone is feeling better again soon.
    It must feel amazing to hold your own book though….I have ordered mine, waiting for delivery 🙂

  27. Ah you and I have similar words this week. Really hope you are all better soon – agree that it is good to press the pause button sometimes and your PJ day sounded like a lovely way to spend the day. So lovely to get your books in the post too – such an exciting moment and I loved your interview x

  28. mummytries says:

    Thanks Julie xx

  29. mummytries says:

    Thanks Sara, still got loads of lurgies here I’m afraid. Fingers crossed for a better weekend xx

  30. mummytries says:

    Thank you! Still suffering unfortunately but hopefully not for too much longer!

  31. Oh dear, sounds like it has been eventful! I hope you are all feeling a bit better and the feeding the illness worked!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

  32. Hope you are all on the road to recovery now, so miserable when everyone is sick!

  33. Oh no! Hope you’re all feeling a bit better. xx

  34. Oh Renee, I really feel for you right now- we were the house of the ill last week, twas awful! You forget how miserable it is. Hopefully you’ve got it out of the way before Christmas! Sending healthy vibes your way lovely xx

  35. Oh dear poor you guys! Although it sounds as if there were some good moments in there! Having a day of doing nothing is sometimes just what is needed! I really hope you have a good night tonight. Oh, and the interview with Honest Mum was great! I read it yesterday! Well done you x

  36. Everyone drops like flies around the lurgi! But so glad that you all still managed to have a nice PJ day. I long for one of those, not the cold though! Congrats on getting the book in the flesh! Bet it feels really, really amazing. What an achievement xx

  37. Whenever I’m ill, so is Gwenn and vice versa so I can empathise. We were the house of pharyngitis last week! Not a great place to live!



  38. Oh bless you. GERMS BE GONE. Hope you feel better soon my lovely, all of you. And such a wonderful moment, gorgeous cover and fab book xx

  39. Aaaah I totally feel for you!! I have posted a similar story funnily enough!! Have just recovered from viral laryngitis and have felt SO ill over the last couple of weeks. Not easy with toddler twins to content with too… hey-ho. I’m feeling better now and am sending you LOTS of get well wishes… I hope you feel better very very soon xxxx

  40. Jane says:

    that reads like a lovely bedtime story for me….and its real xxx

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