Thursday, December 3, 2009

An illness of convenience

Max was quite sick this weekend. Monday I took him to the doctor and we got him fixed up with some medication so he could get better.
Sunday and Monday all he wanted to do was sit on my lap and play with my hair, or snuggle next to me on the couch and play with my hair. The poor kid was so miserable, there wasn't much that would console him.
Max isn't much of an eater as it is, but when he was sick, he didn't want to eat anything at all. I brought him whatever I could think of for him to snack on and kept his water bottle filled because he was thirsty.
Yesterday morning when he woke up, he was feeling much better. He was still too sick to go to school, but he was walking around and talking, and he was able to fill his water bottle and put it in the refrigerator by himself.
This morning when Max woke up he walked into the kitchen sat down at the table and said,

"Yesterday I was feelin' better, but today I'm sick again."

He looked and sounded OK to me. I got him a waffle (I even toasted it first!) and brought him his water bottle. He took his medicine then said "Here's my water, you can put it back in the fridge now."

Max was sitting at the end of the table that was closer to the refrigerator, and I was busy doing something so I told him "Go ahead and put it in the fridge yourself."


Apparently he really enjoyed having me wait on him for a few days when he could hardly get up off the couch. I wasn't going to go along with this when he was perfectly capable of putting the water away without my help.

ME: "You are not so sick that you can't walk over to the fridge and put that away."
Max: "No! Sick people can't do that. You need to do it for me."
Me: "No Max, you can do it."
Me: "The fridge is not that far away, you can do it."
Max: "BUT I SAID PLEASE! I can't do it, I'm sick again today."
Me: "OK, so don't put it in the fridge, it can just sit on the table."
Max: "But I like my water cold!"

Then he got off of the chair and sat the water bottle in front of me on the table.
"Here mom, I'll put it here so it's easier for you to put it away." Then he walked into his room.

I left the bottle sitting on the table.

Later in the afternoon, when we came home from picking up the kids from school, Max walked in the house, saw the water sitting on the table and said "Hey mom, you forgot to put my water away."
I told him that I did NOT forget to do it. He then put it away.

A while later, Brielle started to make cookies. We were snacking on the dough when Max came over to the kitchen counter and asked me "What are you guys doing?"
Me: "We're making cookies." as I ate a spoonful of dough.
Max: "Can I have some?"
Me: "No Max, I'm so sorry, you can't have any. Sick people can't eat cookie dough."

Max looked at me and says "Well, I think I'm feeling better now."


I've put up the most annoying Christmas song poll on my sidebar. Vote early and vote often.


LisAway said...

You are SUCH a mean mom. Everyone knows cookie dough is the best medicine for any illness. And for people who are healthy.

Annette Lyon said...

POOOR Max. Warm water? How COULD you?


(I probably would have caved. You're my hero.)

Kristina P. said...

How am I the only vote for Anything By the Chipmunks?!?!

rychelle said...


and i would like to submit one trillion votes for the christmas shoes song, please.

wv: hydrita - a drink for sick little boys (please serve cold).

Karen said...

The first time my son played sick and made me come pick him up at school, I was doing home daycare and was pretty angry cause I had to get all the kids up from their nap to go get him. When I realized on the way home that he had faked out the nurse, I told him it was naptime at the house, and put him to bed until suppertime. That was the end of that.

Jen said...

I would like to call in sick on all housework until the new year please.

Maraiya said...

You are awesome, sock it to him. I always dreaded sick kids in part because it took so long to get the retrained after a few days of being coddled.

What is the Christmas shoe song? Am I somehow missing that one? And Grandma got run over by a reindeer? That's a classic!

M-Cat said...

Is it bad that I totally use the illness of convenience? All the time.

Damama T said...

Meany. ;o) LOLOL!!

WV: NOTORT - How poooooor sick little head-congested Max told his mean mommy he was too sick to even eat his usual poptart let alone trudge allllll the way to the fridge to put away the water.