Good Mum, Bad Mum

For every problem, there is a solution – blog about it! Since that post, Niamh has of course reverted back to perfect angel :giggle: Actually, I’ve discovered something rather nice – if I let her sleep on me (either in the sling, or just lying on my chest) in the early evening, rather than struggling to get her in bed then, she settles much better into bed later on. And by much better, I mean that I take her into the bedroom by 8.30 or so, give her a little top-up feed, a cuddle, pop her into bed, and turn the music thingy on, and leave the room. She sleeps – it’s like magic! I don’t remember Finn going to bed fuss-free until he was several months old. It won’t continue, of course :giggle:

That’s the Good Mum bit of my story. Sadly, there’s a Bad Mum bit. Confession – I have a crap bedside manner. I am not good with sick people, not even with my own family. Finn has had a persistent cough over the last few days, lingering from a mild cold a week or so ago. I kept him home from preschool today, of course – despite my crapness, I couldn’t in good conscience expose all the other kids to his germiness. But even as I did, I have to admit to feeling somewhat resentful – three hours a week when he’s at preschool is the only break I get, after all.

Um… well… turns out he has Croup 😥

I’m such a bad mother.

Thankfully, my GP is wonderful, and squeezed us in today when Finn became dreadfully distressed by it all. It’s a relatively mild case, he should be okay in a few days.

6 responses to “Good Mum, Bad Mum

  1. oh sweetie.. you’re not the only one with bad bedside manner.. I am too LOL..:shh::shh:

  2. This post made me laugh too, sorry Melanie! Poor chap, I hope he’s feeling better soon. I think it was because last time I had a “cold” after 3 weeks of suffering I went to the doc and it turned out to be bronchitis – I just kept telling myself to buck up and get to work. A decent reason to stay home and I blew it!

  3. I can so relate to wanting to keep that break for yourself. When I was home full time with Katie I would get so resentful when she wouldn’t go down for her afternoon nap. And I felt so guilty about it too!

  4. You’re not a bad mother…or at least if you are, then I am too! :giggle: I’ve got no patience with illness either, my own or anyone else’s – even the kids.

  5. You are far too hard on yourself! You’re allowed to long for some amount of time to yourself and to be cranky when you don’t get it. *hug*

  6. So glad Niamh is doing better! Seems it is always like that – always making a liar out of you. :giggle: