My sweet little Theo has spent the first week of his second year with a wicked cold, complete with coughing, sneezing and an incessant runny nose. He got it from me, because I got sick right after his first birthday party.
The first few days of his cold were actually pretty easy. Miraculously, he has still been sleeping through the night every night, even with a cold. His naps were short for the first few days, because his cough kept waking him up. And I actually rocked him and held him for a few naps, which hasn't happened since he was five months old (except on planes). I loved that part.
He was also so tired and lethargic that all he wanted to do was cuddle and read books. So for a few days, that's what we did, all day long. Cuddled, read, slept, repeat.
But for the past two days, he started feeling just a little bit better. Not well enough that I would take him out and risk getting other people sick, but well enough to be bored. And cranky. And with a short attention span. We read. We watched Baby Signing Time videos (which are awesome, by the way). We played with the kitties. We took a mid-day bath. We snuggled. We built a tent. We ate snacks. And then I ran out of ideas.
I sent out an SOS to other mamas, via Instagram stories, asking for ideas of what to do to entertain my sick one year old. They generously shared such great ideas, I wanted to pass them on to you. Here they are:
Thank you to all of the mamas who sent along great ideas. I will be trying them all, and hopefully, Theo will be all better soon!