August 1, 2012
Will picked up hand, foot and mouth. He couldn't cuddle or help at all with Hugo, and while he's been helping as much as possible with the boys, there were a couple of days there where it all felt way too much. I was left feeling rather lonely after a week of no physical contact with Will, not so easy when you are still sleeping next to each other, and definitely not easy when you are feeling very hormonally challenged and just want a cuddle.
Max had diarrhoea, and still has somewhat, and the doc thinks it's probably his way of dealing with the hand, foot and mouth. Either way, middle of the night wake ups to sloppy poops from your two year old are not fun.
Despite the lack of contact, it was inevitable that I'd be ill too, and I had a fever and sore throat over the weekend, making night feeding extremely difficult, and day feeding for that matter. Again, it's probably how I've dealt with the family lurgy, Ollie and Max too had fevers about a week ago and the theory is they had the bug then and just didn't show any more symptoms. Doesn't make it easy to manage.
This winter, it feels as though we have been battling colds, sinusitis, coughs and other bugs almost all the time. It's a given when your kids are in day care that they will bring home germs, and it is winter after all. But it's such a worry when you have a teeny tiny little baby in the house, and yes, I know, worrying won't help anyone or anything (something I have learned from my ever positive sister who's mantra is to relax, everything will be ok!), but it's my way.
Winter is different here. The houses in Queensland aren't easily heated the way they are in England. There's no central heating, the mornings are very cold, and while the winter sun is lush, the nights are cold and dry. In England, it's cosy inside. It's nice to go out knowing when you get back indoors it will be toasty warm as you put the kettle on for that welcoming cup of coffee. The days are short there, but we have Christmas and the holiday season to look forward to. Here, winter seems so... dull. And it makes me yearn for the holiday season and we all know what I think about Christmas in the heat of the summer.
So the upshot of it all is that I am looking forward to spring (not necessarily summer) when there'll be a little more life around, a little more heat in the mornings and we won't be telling the boys they can't enjoy water play because it's too chilly to be running around in wet clothes. The doors and windows will be open again and surely there will be less illness in our lives? And maybe with spring might come the promise of a trip back home, because I don't know that I can make it through a fourth year without seeing the faces I love, being in the countryside I so adore and experiencing that unmistakeable atmosphere of home. Home.