What you learn when a sickness bug sweeps the household

Gone are the days when a sickness bug would mean a day curled on the sofa. You can no longer bury yourself beneath a duvet and binge watch your latest box set between naps. Now you have mini humans that you need to keep alive. Annoyingly, they still need feeding and entertaining regardless of the fact you feel like death. After the latest bug swept through our house, I reflected on what I’d learnt. 


17 Realisations

1) Children bounce back so much quicker than the poor parents.

2) Kitchen roll becomes a high price commodity.

3) The everyday toy chaos becomes catastrophic to the point that every floor is covered.

4) Not changing out of the clothes you wore when the bug first struck is totally acceptable.

5) Flat coke is a perfectly fine substitute for the expensive rehydration sachets you don’t actually have in your house.




6) Not eating for 48hrs and losing half a stone is not a healthy weight loss plan.

7) However ill you are, at some point you are going to have to tag team with your other half and somehow keep the children alive too.

8) Toddlers are incredibly sympathetic and really not that phased by sick. In fact the colour will intrigue them.

9) Having a downstairs loo is more of a luxury than you ever realised.

10) Nothing seems to get rid of the sick smell and even if it did, the new smell would probably just induce another bolt to the bowl.

11) When nothing will stay down, try an ice pole.

12) There’s no warning light when a toddler is going to be sick. If you’re to grab a bowl in time, you must have the the reflexes of a cat.

13) The greatest act of love is your partner telling you to go lie down and sleep even though you know he feels rotten too.

14) Children still need feeding but a cheese sandwich will have to do until you can stomach actual cooking.




15) The TV/tablet babysitter does an excellent job and deserves a tip.

16) Bedsheets will need changing the second you feel better.

17) There is not enough antibac spray or bleach in the supermarket to convince you that you’ve rid your house of the germs.


What about you? Any epiphanies when you’re ill?



Just because you're sick, you still need to parent. Here's what I learnt after the last sickness bug struck our house.



24 thoughts on “What you learn when a sickness bug sweeps the household

  1. Bless you, you have my every sympathy. My girls got sick earlier this year and passed it on to me, they were better within 12 hours and I was out for two days! I hadn’t had a sickness bug since I was a child, it was ghastly! I hope all is now well again! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  2. Poor you, yes I totally agree with all of these especially the ‘not enough dettox etc’ to clean the house!
    Hope you are all on the mend soon #blogstravaganza

  3. Ha oh you’ve captured it perfectly!!! I remember once when my elder 3 were all tiny running out of catching devices and ending up using a potty as a makeshift vomit catcher!! The things we do!! #postsfromtheheart

  4. Haha, I found myself nodding all through this post x

  5. HaHa! I can relate to everything – the torment of still having to keep the kids alive when you feel like death is so tough! Like you I usually hand over the iPad! #postsfromtheheart

  6. Awww no it is truly awful!! but I love this post!!


  7. Summed up brilliantly! What is it about a stomach bug that makes us think our homes will never be clean again lol!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK πŸ™‚

    1. The prospect of possibly being ill again right away is enough to make me scrub. Completely ridiculous but makes me feel better

  8. That sounds grim. Hope you’re all feeling better now

  9. We are currently one parent down in the Harris Household and as per every time I’m the only one that is sick, it is assumed everything remains the same. I’ve been off work but still had to look after Ben who’s also sick. His nappies were enough to make me want to barf again =[ I honestly feel your pain!! Hope you’re feeling better now!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back on Tuesday

  10. I have been in this position !! 2 sick adults & 1 sick toddler. The house stunk of poo for a week and like yo i survived on dry bread & flat diet coke. The toddler managed dry toast & sips of water. The sign of true love is when your husband gets off the loo so you can get on it πŸ™ πŸ™ I hope you are all feeling better soon #postsfromtheheart

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