Saturday, March 16, 2013
So Olivia is teaching me a bajillion things about being a nice person.

Thing 231: even when you're sick, smile (that baby above has RSV, but look at that smile...???)

Thing 232: even after a terrible night, smile.

Thing 233: even if you have every reason not to smile, smile.

Olivia has been sick. Luckily she is on the mend, but it's been a bit of a nasty week for us.

Wednesday night was one of the most terrible, horrible, no good, very bad nights that we've so far had with Olivia. Her RSV cough (we almost made it through this dreaded sick season without catching anything...) has of course kept her from sleeping soundly, but throughout Wednesday evening and into the night, she slept a grand total of five hours: from 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM, then from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM (and the last nap she had on Wednesday was from 2:00-3:00 PM).

It was one of those nights that reminds how you hard parenting can be. The job is no joke, I tell you.

We did everything her doctor told us to, and when it wasn't enough, we just held her. She cried on and off, and eventually fell asleep in my arms.

And yet despite such a terror of a night, Olivia was happy all Thursday long. Her lungs still hacked and they hurt her - you could see it in her grimace as the cough would pass. But whenever I tried to make her happy, she responded to me. When I talked to her, she listened and loved it.

I know when I'm feeling terrible and sleep deprived, most of the people in my life know about it. I hardly talk and I'm edgy.

But Olivia?

She was nice to me, even while being all sorts of miserable.

I think most babes are that way - resilient, forgiving, and willing to be kind. Little ones on a whole are pretty impressive and more than inspiring, I'd say.

So throughout last night and today, the cold has crept into my body, stuffing up my ears and nose and scratching at my throat, and it's left me with two choices: be like Olivia or be mother curmudgeon.

Okay I'll be like Olivia.


I'm learning.

She's teaching me.

(She's amazing). 

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