Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring days

Spring arrived in Paris this week, complete with daffodils and cloudless skies. Parisiennes are shedding their winter coats and knee-high boots, and babies in strollers are the only ones on the street still bundled up. I'd be outside soaking it all up, generating a little vitamin D for myself and Mademoiselle, but, alas, I've been inside with le Petit, who's come down with the flu.

I'm not used to my go-go-go three-year-old to suddenly be spending his entire day on the couch, refusing to eat, drifting in and out of naps, his fever and his mood fluctuating with each dose of medication. I'm hoping he'll be himself again in time for his school's Carnival celebration on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mademoiselle is thankfully very much herself, having so far avoided whatever bug has laid low her elder brother. She's wearing summer outfits in our sweltering apartment and finding ways to wiggle her feet out of her socks. We found her in her bed with one sock in her mouth.

Mademoiselle also seems to have decided that rolling onto her side is good enough for now, and is no longer working on rolling all the way to her belly. Which, given her tepid enthusiasm for tummy time, seemed like an odd goal anyway. As a mother, I can only applaud such precaution, and I'm hoping it lasts when, oh, I don't know, she starts driving a car or meeting boys. Right now she's more interested in her musical whale crib toy and her brand-new activity mat, which gives me plenty of time to psychologically prepare for whatever comes next.

4 comments:

hush said...

Oh, the flu is so hard on families with such little ones! Hope Le Petit gets well soon, and that no one else comes down with it, and that the rest of the gang can get out and stroll those Parisian boulevards soon.

paola said...

I have been patting myself on the back for managing to avoid the flu this year, first time in 6 years! Thanks for the reminder to not be so cocky. I was down with a 24 hour stomach virus this week, which only confirmed the fact that my two kids were not faking it with their complaints of a sore tummy. Here I was thinking they just did not want to go to kinder ( first one then after a few days the other).

Am I the only one that doesn't beleive their kids are really sick until I come down with the virus too?

Jac said...

Hope Le Petit is feeling well soon. This has been the worst year for us in terms of colds, flus, viruses, bacterial infections etc. etc. It's hard to see your little ones so miserable (although, I have to admit, at Christmas when DS was laid out with a stomach bug and drifting in and out of sleep all day on our couch, I rather enjoyed the peace and quiet).

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

I took le Petit to the pediatrician today, after taking him to see our GP on Tuesday evening. Both concluded that he's got some sort of flu or flu-like virus (although the ped amusingly told me that it probably wasn't the flu, because according to the government health ministry, flu cases are down and flu season is over this year), nothing to worry about. He's completely wiped, though, most of the time. Sleeping in the middle of the day, eating practically nothing, I had to carry him the four blocks to the ped's office.

@hush - thank you! So far we're otherwise healthy...

@paola - oh, stomach bugs are terrible. I'd almost rather have the flu. Almost. The one advantage of those gastrointestinal things is that they usually pass quickly.

@jac - this season is hitting us hard, too, though I don't think I've had it as bad as you have. The combination of winter-born infant and preschooler is particularly tough, I think. Vive le printemps...