The Germ Rant

The Germ Rant

It’s January. It’s winter. It’s not Christmas and it’s cold season.

In my case however, it’s about the 10th cold since my gremlin was born. I thought before becoming a Mummy I had a fab immune system. Apart from the usual bugs at University, I rarely took a sick day. I was warned by work colleagues that I was much more likely to be poorly throughout my pregnancy. During this time your immune system is weakened which is good, so it doesn’t reject your baby. Despite these warnings I never succumbed. Having done a biology degree and learnt about the fabulous thing that is the immune system, I had visions of my pretty superhero-like T-cells armed with swords fighting anything that entered my serene baby-carrying body; I was pretty smug! I got a sharp kick up the bum when my gremlin appeared and this took a serious turn for the worse when she started nursery at the most crucial time; when I went back to work. I have a healthy work buddy who drags herself in a lot, including during her early pregnancy days when armed with awful morning sickness. This can be a good and bad thing as it spurs me to always go in – good. Not so good when feeling like death warmed up!

It is expected that babies can have up to eight colds in their first year of life but when Mummy and Daddy are also achieving the same levels of sickness, this can be pretty miserable. As a fitness lover illness can really hamper training. Having a little Dr Google suggests exercising with a cold is not always the worst thing you can do as long as you listen to your body and stop if you feel unwell. However, from personal experience exercising when snotty leaves me with a burning throat and can prolong the cold duration, especially if intensive. Therefore, I’m usually looking at 5-7 days out which can drive me insane!

The tummy bugs are worse. The effect the threat of norovirus in the house has on my hubby is monumental; he turns into Kim and Aggie on stimulants when our gremlin has any sort of sickness and diarrhoea. I usually have to nag him about all the rock hard food stuck to her highchair after he “cleans” up. However if vomit appears it’s like the scene from Monsters Inc when a child touches one of the Scarers – DECONTAMINATE! The bleach is out, every towel is washed and hands take on a sandpaper appearance after 10 straight washes in a row. I’m considering buying him a hazmat suit for his birthday.

It is pretty hard to avoid as any parents should know. I’ve been sneezed, coughed, puked, pooed on and wiped snotty noses and gunky eyes. Tissues should be binned immediately. Hands washed for 60 seconds per wash but really? When does this happen? Usually in the time I’ve gone to the bathroom to wash my hands, my gremlin has followed and stuck her hand down the loo and then finds it hilarious to put her finger in my mouth. Bacteria and viruses get it easy in our household. It’s natural selection at its best or worst!

I have been informed by my lovely experienced Mummy friends that this first 2 years or so is normal. Little ones will pretty much pick everything up and overtime this will stop as their little immune systems get stronger. It will get better, they will get better so you will get better. So, I’m hopeful….until we are thinking about baby no 2…

She’s worth it!! xxx

 

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18 Comments

  1. January 21, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Ah germs are the worst, and definitely when nursery is involved, they really spread around! Love the image of Chris in a Monsters Inc style hazmat suit shouting 23 19 lol! Xx

  2. mm January 21, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    hehe. Honestly, we have all been so ill since October. Chris is pretty paranoid but all the puke has got me over my fear off vomming! xxx

  3. January 21, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    This is my life too. I was never sick ever! I have had the 20th billion cold back to back for the last 18 weeks solid. My two started nursery one day a week and one day a week they bring something home to share with me. And it's not a craft project. It's horrible coughing snotty colds! I think everyone else this season has seemed the same boat. My doc nicknamed it the 100 day cold. Thanks doc. Hope you are feeling stronger and better soon. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  4. January 22, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Someone forgot to tell me about this that during my son's pre-school year he will get all the things thats our there and what he gets I get too. I am so happy that we have been lucky not to get any late last year and this year but its too early to tell really =P

    #sharewithme

    • mm January 22, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Thank goodness you have been well so far! It's something I was never prepared for #sharewithme

    • January 30, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thanks for linking up and sorry it has taken me a week to come and comment, its been a bit of a busy one!

      Germs?

      Wait until nits enter your life…. 🙂

  5. June 3, 2015 / 8:21 am

    I totally can relate to this! I hate my children being sick as I am helpless but also the fact that I will also get sick! So will my husband who is pretty rubbish at being poorly!! Your husband turning into Kim and aggy made me giggle! Hilarious! #bestandworst xx

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      It's so rubbish isn't it?? haha glad I made you smile x

  6. June 3, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Yuck, hate those pesky germs!!! They always do the rounds here as you know, it sucks! #bestandworst

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      I do well know Horrible x

  7. June 3, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    It's horrible when the germs just seem to go keep going round and round in circles isn't it. No sooner do you get over one illness it seems like another comes along and it's always at Christmas and new year for some reason. Now that the summer is (supposedly) on its way, everyone can start to have a little break from it all.

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      We have been ok for a bit but it is now warm!! Wait until the winter! noooo x

  8. June 3, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I really like the bit about the hazmat suit. I get every single bug apart from gastroenteritis – my whole family got sick and skinny last week and I had to spend it cleaning up poop and diarrhoea and not catching the bug! I could really have done with an intensive pre-holiday weight loss period! #bestandworst

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      Ooh glad you don't get the tummy bugs! So nasty really. I hope they are all better now. Hope the holiday is fab and I bet you look great! x

  9. June 3, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    last comment failed to appear! The first two years is definitely the worst – fingers crossed it will all get better from here on in and those pesky bugs will leave you in peace! #bestandworst

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 5:01 pm

      I hope you are right Helena! We are almost at 2 years old!! xx

  10. June 5, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Oh yes, we got each and every cold, stomach bug etc! Like living with a Petrie Dish. Extreme germ warfare with a toddler! #bestandworst

    • mm June 11, 2015 / 5:01 pm

      It's so gross isn't it? Thanks for the comment!! x