Sunday, March 6, 2011

Waiting for spring

I'm so ready for spring and summer. I am in a perpetual state of depression in the winter. I'm actually ready for spring on January 2nd, right after the holidays. One week of swimming in the ocean in sunny Florida, as wonderful as it is, is just not enough for someone like me, someone who loves wearing summer dresses and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.

While I'm ecstatic that March is here, just looking at the fresh pile of snow outside makes me want to cry. I'm not motivated to work out like I am once the weather starts improving, but I drag myself, knowing that warmer days are ahead.

This past week I've been taking care of my children. They've had fevers that lasted almost an entire week, runny noses, and bad coughs.

When my children are sick, I operate on autopilot.

I worry more than I should, make frequent visits to the doctors office, and turn my bedroom into a nurse's station. I have survived on very little sleep these last few days, and had an extra busy week on top of it all, with work, and home, and all my other obligations.

I totally understand why pilots are not allowed to fly planes unless they've slept at least eight hours in a 24 hour period. I can't even remember what more than six hours of sleep feels like. It must be nice, to just lay your head down on your pillow, and let yourself drift off into a blissful state of sleep, to wake with your own internal alarm clock. Imagine that luxury?

After my children to go bed, I always have a million things to do in the house, and even more to do when my children are sick. I change the sheets every couple of days, (as opposed to once a week) open the windows for fresh air, despite the minus 30 degrees weather outside, and clean every surface my boys have come into contact with throughout the day. Which is basically the entire house.

On my night table in my bedroom right now you will find:

4 glasses of water,
10 novels,
1 wet face towel,
2 boxes of Kleenex,
1 thermometer,
20 soothers,
1 bottle of Children's Advil,
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Now that my boys are healthy again, I had to make sure all the germs were killed once and for all, because the last thing I want is for them to get sick again.

First, I rounded up all the germ infested soothers.

Then, I boiled the living daylights out of them.

Finally, I lined them up in a row to dry. Healthy soothers = healthy children!

Now, if only I could find time to read one of the novels stacked on my night table and sleep for more than four hours a night, that would be great. In fact, I wouldn't mind sleeping until all the snow has gone away.

I can't wait to leave home with only a sweater on, leaving the winter gear behind.
I can't wait until I see the tulips bloom.
I can't wait to sit on a patio on a Saturday night with friends.
I can't wait for warm days, bike rides, and afternoon visits to the park with my boys.
I can't wait for backyard BBQ parties and swimming all day long.
I can't wait until my skin has that sun-kissed look again.

Counting down the days...

Are you so over winter, too?


Lady Mama said...

Me too. As you know I feel the same way about winter. I'm really really really looking forward to warm weather right now. And it will be here soon, it WILL. I think this time of year is particularly hard when family get sick and you have other commitments and are feeling run down generally. Get yourself some sleep my friend, you need to take care of yourself first! Before you know it you'll be sitting in your garden soaking up the sun.

Gina said...

Our first storm of the season was Dec 26th and it's been a hell of a winter since! I'm over it. Been over it for a while. And now, the snow is being replaced by cold rain. Lovely.

Where are you June???!!!

thepsychobabble said...

I know what you mean. And I just caught on the weather last night, that we have 2 more snow storms headed for us.
I think I'm going to cry:p

Chantal said...

I am so over winter and I find March the hardest month of all. So close but yet so far!

Brian Miller said...

ah i can not wait as well..i need a little kiss from the sun...glad everyone is feeling better...ack...the flu made its way through our house about 2 weeks back...

Elaine A. said...

We had three weeks of pretty cold weather (for here anyway) and I thought I was gonna lose it! I can only imagine how you folks up North deal with the long winter. Here's hoping Spring arrives early for you hon! XO

Erica said...

ahhhhhhhh this post just reminded me of all the reasons I loathe winter and all the sickness it brings to my kids............Im longing for summer.....I need to move to FL asap !

Mom2Miles said...

Wow, that's a lot of pacis! I am so sick of winter, too. We had a tease here -- a couple days of summer-like temps, then the very next week, a SNOW DAY! SO unfair. But there are crocuses popping up, so maybe spring IS on its way.

Anti-Supermom said...

Your friendly neighbor to the South couldn't agree more, I'm *so* tired of the snow!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

This winter can suck it. I'm so sick of all the sickness, and freezing my ass off. And the minute the snow is really gone, I'm burning my kids snow pants in celebration!!

Kat said...

I am right there with ya. I can't wait for summer. It can't get here soon enough. I am so tired of the snow and the cold and the illnesses that always seem to come with it. I was up all night last night with a barfing 5 year old. I'm tired. I need some sunshine.
Hurry up summer!!!!!

Issas Crazy World said...

Completely and totally over winter. I'd like to shoot it, but that sounds like too much work. I believe it's been five days since it's been sunny here. I am drowning. Truly.

I hope your boys feel better soon. The photos of all the binks made me giggle. My son is obsessed.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I know! I am OVER winter too. It is sad, really, because it becomes more about "getting through it" than enjoying the time. Oh, and I am the same when my boys are sick! We did the disinfect thing today too!

ModernMom said...

OH I am with you! I am SOOOOO over winter and all the germs that come with it.
Hope your babies are all better now!
Take care:)

EatPlayLove said...

The weather has been so up and down here, I am ready for a change. Although historically March is our snowiest month. We are heading to LA in a few weeks, so that will give me a taste of warmer weather!

Make Mommy Chic said...

Yucky winter. I can't wait till it goes away. We're supposed to go to Florida on Monday but of course little one gets sick so I'm at home taking care of munchkin. so your post is describing exactly what I am going through (minus the soothers- litle one is a thumb sucker). Hopefully spring is just around the corner......

Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

Luckily, our snow is gone here. We've had a few days where it's been possible to leave the house with only a sweatshirt. So nice!! Definitely looking forward to better weather. I'm with you, girl!!

Marinka said...

I love that you call them soothers and I love how artsy they look all lined up.

I don't mind winter, but I love, love spring.

Edie Mindell said...

I can't wait for winter to be over!! I'm so looking forward for spring to be able to do the things my family loves like biking and picnic at the park. My kids got sick 2 weeks ago too, and it has been the hardest so far. Thank God everyone is okay now.

Avitable said...

Based on that photo of all the pacifiers, I think maybe we should call the TV show Hoarders. You may have a problem. :)

Mommyfriend Lori said...

Over, over, over and I live in CA!

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