So I took an actual sick day this week. Like for real. I mean – Mom’s don’t get sick days exactly, right? Because if you’re home with the baby you still need to take care of her regardless (OK, so you can phone it in a little – extra videos / tv time and who says you REALLY have to shower?). I’ve had a few days where I’ve felt crummy in the last 14 months, but the best I’ve done is nap when she naps and go to bed about 5 minutes after her. But not this time! And the best part? I wasn’t actually feeling THAT crummy!
My husband had worked 24, so I was on baby duty the day before. She’d woken up about 12:30 and needed to be cuddled back to sleep (this has gotten more frequent recently – like every night – after weeks of sleeping well. Ugh. Looks like we need to do some cry it out nights. Kill me now.). Then she woke up at 6:30 and even though she was clearly overtired – that was it! No sleep for you! I hadn’t showered yet (hadn’t even gotten up to get ready for work yet!) and was thinking – it’s going to be a long effing day. (I’m not good in the morning.)
So I thought about it. I thought about what needed to get done today and thought – you know, I could call in sick. Really. There’s nothing major that has a deadline today. I can reschedule a meeting. And we have PTO rather than sick time anyway, so it’s not even like “faking” for the day (I’m just using my vacation time). Since I’ve gone to part time, I very rarely even use my vacation time anyway, so I have plenty. Why not? So I did.
And, as it wasn’t my day to the watch the baby, my husband already had plans. He was headed over to his parents to work on their yard and his Mom was going to watch the munchkin. So rather than change that up, we went with it. Well, first we all laid down during her first nap (very early – 8:30 – because she’d gotten up so early!), but then they headed out. And I went back to bed! Of course I couldn’t sleep. It goes without saying. But I did rest. I stayed in bed till 10:30 or 11 (a luxury I have done without far too long!). Then I got up and watched tv while I ate lunch. To quote (or likely misquote) Office Space – “I did nothing. And it was everything I dreamed it would be!”
What about you? When was your last *true* sick day? How did you manage to get it? What do you do when you just need a day off?