Thursday, 9 September 2010

There were four in the bed...

Dolly got ill for the first time since she was born.  Betty then got ill.  Having two children ill at the same time is flipping hard work.

One evening, in the midst of the sickly chaos, and after some medicinal alcohol (for Tom and me, not our kids), we had the bright idea of dragging the spare single bed into our bedroom, and putting it next to our double bed, thus making one huge bed.  We then all got into bed together, and we were able to mop brows, administer Calpol, and hold sick buckets, all without having to get out of bed.

This was all very jolly (well, as jolly as it could be) for the first couple of nights, but the inevitable happened and Betty got rather attached to this sleeping with mummy and daddy arrangement.  And I strongly suspect she was well again several days before she actually admitted to being well again.  I swear her acting was worthy of an Oscar.  She would say: 'Mummy, I feel rather sick, get me the bowl' and 'please hold my hair out of the way' whilst she spat into the bowl.  She would hold a flannel over her head and dramatically say: 'Mummy you must get me the doctor' and 'I am unwell and must not get out of bed, I need more dvds to make me better' all said in gasping breaths.  And 'If I take very little bites, I think a sweet will help me'.

So last night I  made the decision to boot Betty out (Dolly had left the big bed several days before, of her own accord), and with the help of Tinkerbell, Betty's personal sweet-leaving fairy, she did sleep in her own bed without too much drama. 

13 comments:

Iota said...

Dolly hasn't been ill? Ever? Wow, what do you feed her?

Elsie Button said...

she's had colds and coughs before, but never a fever and never anything that has stopped her in her tracks

Metropolitan Mum said...

Oh wow, that is incredible indeed. I can't count the times little L had diarrhoea and I had been standing knee-dip in s***...

Beccers said...

Poor Buttons! Although I must admit that being ill round your house does sound like fun. DVD's & staying in bed? I could do with a bit of that right now!

Marianne said...

Tough when the chldren are ill and hard to get them back into routines and in their own beds again. Hope all is well in the Button household now.

Stay at home dad said...

Yes, apart from one thing early on, Emma (codename) hasn 't been ill either. Some just aren't I guess. Hope all well Else.

Sahd.

Sparx said...

Glad they're better; Charlie often pretends to be ill in order to get out of bed in the evening. The call comes out 'Mummy, I'm a bit sick'. He hovers in the doorway 'Would you like a compress?' 'No 'cuz I'm a bit sick'. 'Do you need the toilet' 'No, 'cuz I'm a bit sick' 'What would you like?' 'Jus, jus, jus (looking slackjawed at the telly) jus I'm a bit sick'. Pretty much he's asking for chocolate, a cuddle, two more stories and to go to sleep in our bed. Not sick at all.

Elsie Button said...

hi marianne, i secretly liked the excuse of having them in my bed, and have kept the big bed in our room, just in case!

hi sahd, lovely to hear from you! hope all well with you... great to see you posting again... (hope it wasn't a one off)

Elsie Button said...

hi marianne, i secretly liked the excuse of having them in my bed, and have kept the big bed in our room, just in case!

hi sahd, lovely to hear from you! hope all well with you... great to see you posting again... (hope it wasn't a one off)

Elsie Button said...

hi marianne, i secretly liked the excuse of having them in my bed, and have kept the big bed in our room, just in case!

hi sahd, lovely to hear from you! hope all well with you... great to see you posting again... (hope it wasn't a one off)

Elsie Button said...

hi marianne, i secretly liked the excuse of having them in my bed, and have kept the big bed in our room, just in case!

hi sahd, lovely to hear from you! hope all well with you... great to see you posting again... (hope it wasn't a one off)

Elsie Button said...

my computer is malfunctioning

Elsie Button said...

hi sparx, that's exactly what betty says word for word 'i'm a bit sick'. but don't they sound so cute saying it (sorry i don't mean to get all sentimental on you)