So…this post was supposed to be about blue dresses and transitional coats but I have to keep it real with y’all. I was sooo sick taking these pics that I can’t just skip over that part so let me tell you what happened…I recently got the flu from my two year old. We got back home from a trip out of town and he was sleepy, quiet, and lethargic; not like himself at all. My son is the turn up king and he rarely gets sick, so I was a little surprised when I took him to the doctor and they diagnosed him with the flu. That was on a Monday.
One day after his diagnosis I began coughing. Nothing serious, just a little hack hack cough. I went to work while his dad stayed home with him. I planned on staying home with him on Wednesday and it was all good.
Wednesday came and I woke up like I’d been hit by a ton of bricks. I don’t know if I was watching the baby or if he was watching me. Like him, I rarely get common sicknesses but this wasn’t right. I couldn’t get out of the bed and struggled all day trying to keep him and myself together. That’s one of the worst things about being a mom, taking care of someone else when you’re not feeling good! I remember when my daughter was six months old she caught a stomach virus from daycare and oh-my-gawd. I was a single mom living in North Carolina at the time and had to call my home-girl to who lived 1.5 hours away to come get my baby while I literally almost died. I couldn’t take care of her after she passed that killer stomach bug to me. Luckily I survived and yes, that was worst than the flu!
I took these photos in my favorite 2020 color, blue while battling the flu (unintentional rhyme). My photographer said they’re the best photos I’ve taken so far and I thought that was a wonderful compliment but wasn’t really sure at the same time. I guess my sick face serves!
My unsmiley face went beyond these pics. I got a really bad attitude while being sick. I felt like my family didn’t care so I lashed out at my boyfriend and got aggy with my daughter. I still had to take care of a baby because he was also sick and wanted “Mama”, and I was just overall cranky. How do you manage your attitude when you’re under the weather?
I know better than to let being sick get the best of me because I’ve been sick-sick, this is like play sick. But still. It was wack. It lasted less than a week but felt like forever. I have to remember next time that “This too shall pass.” When I went to the ER the nurse said to me, “I know you feel like this will never pass, but it will”. I guess a lot of people feel like that when they aren’t feeling well because he was on point and I had the blues. It was Saturday night, I still had a fever, and was just overall pissed.
But there’s a lesson in everything! Next time I’m sick I’ll keep in mind:
- This too shall pass.
- People still love me even though I’m not feeling well, but they also can’t read my mind. If I need something I can ask for it.
- I have the right to stay in bed and not feel guilty about it (as long as someone else is watching the baby).
- Take the medicine prescribed.
- Eat and drink.
- Do your hair; this makes you feel better and makes the sickness go away faster. Try it.
- Do a photoshoot and don’t smile, not because you don’t want to but because you literally can not and watch your photographer love the pics. It’s art baby! Sike. Stay in the bed. F*ck those pics, sleep rules. I didn’t get an actual diagnosis until after I had this shoot, if I knew for sure I had the flu I would’ve cancelled.
This post was supposed to be about my love for blue dresses this season and Pantone’s Classic Blue, a color that anticipates “what’s going to happen next” which won color of the year. I also wanted to mention that I think there’s no telling what’s going to happen next with all of the craziness that’s been going on in the world lately which would resonate as the color blue as well.
Kind of a weird combination telling y’all about my sick time and dresses in the same post right? But honestly every time I see these pictures I just think about how much I was struggling and couldn’t resist writing about it. 🙂 #IGotTheFluButMakeItFashion
I’m linking all of my favorite blue dresses here, let me know if ya’ll like any of them. And stay away from sick babies and the flu unless you want to do a dope photo shoot that gives off a cool artistically blue vibe.
Photos by: Pablo Raya