If you spend much time around me, you probably know I’m a bit of a germaphobe.
So, let me tell you, cold and flu season with a baby whose body might not be able to handle a virus is a whole new level of anxiety.
Emerie was born in December, and I was so terrified of her catching something that I literally didn’t take her out in public until she was two months old.
When we decided to get pregnant with a second child, I did something I thought I would never do and planned out in my calendar when would be the best time to try in order to save myself from the worry of having a newborn during cold & flu season.
As Evan has taught us since before he was even born, I am not the one making the plan.
As much as I try, though, it’s hard not to approach this winter with constant fear.
I certainly don’t want us to enter a place where we punish ourselves over the possibility of germs, but the what-if’s are so real.
As I hope my blog reflects, when the going gets tough, I try to take a step back and simplify things. Mainly, I like to try to find a lens that I can look through when a challenge presents itself. More often than not, this lens is something really obvious, but it helps immensely to slow me down when the stress creeps up.
This cold and flu season, I strive to keep it simple and look objectively at each situation as far as what is best for my kids and my family.
Sometimes, the fear creeps up and I consider not taking Emerie to her gymnastics class in case someone there is sick. Keeping it simple, though–she loves her class so much that it’s best for her to go, have the experience, and just be really good at washing our hands (unless, of course, I knew for sure that someone was sick).
On the opposite end, there are times when it would be really convenient to run into the store with Evan on the way home from an appointment. At this time of year, though, convenience feels like an unworthy reason to risk him getting exposed to a bunch of germs. If he were to be gaining something from it, like family time or a learning experience, I would feel different, but the only benefit to bringing him to the store is convenience.
If I let it, the fear that can present itself when approaching cold and flu season with a kid who is already sick can be nearly crippling. But, each day, I try to see things through my very intentional lens to keep my family’s health and my sanity.