I've been battling a virus for the past few days, and it's just horrible. Being sick when you have a toddler to take care of is a nightmare. If I were a single mother, I have no clue how I would handle illness and a young child. At least the husband tries to keep the wheels turning (cooking, bathing the Schmoop, playing with him, etc.) Of course, the one thing the husband cannot do is start lactating and take over bedtime nursing. It's my job, and I can't take a sick day or the boss will start shrieking. No joke. Two-year-olds have no empathy. Mama being sick doesn't register. Oh, there have been times when he's cried at the sight of Hans laid out on the chiropractor's table or me face down on the bed, but in general, he isn't all that aware if we're ill. I don't know how SAHMs or single mothers manage. I'm home today while the Schmoop is at his Montessori School. There's no way I could rest with him home, and there's no way I could entertain him in any way. Last night I tried to take him around the apartment building on his new Radio Flyer trike, and I came back exhausted. Sickness and motherhood (especially attachment parenting) just don't go hand-in-hand.