Finding the Silver Lining in the Man Cold

Man Cold

If you’re nodding your head, I know you’ve lived through the dreaded Man Cold; solidarity, sister.

As D left work for this morning, he mentioned that he felt weak. [He didn’t know it, but I knew the Man Cold was coming. And I just held onto hope that it would be a milder wave this time.]

He had a busy day planned, so he popped some extra Vitamin C pills and grabbed a DayQuil on his way out to work.

And as I watched him walk out the door, I knew that the Threenager who’s been fevering for five days and fighting the last bit of Hand, Foot, Mouth virus would be a joy compared to the 30-something husband of mine who was on the brink of coming down with the dreaded Man Cold.

Man Cold: Debilitating virus that affects men 10x worse than women, if not more.

Symptoms: Whining, groaning, moaning, inability to do anything besides the above, mild fever and cold symptoms that show up as signs of the worst disease known to human kind.

In my husband’s defense, he’s usually a champ or tries his best to fight it. Especially today, he fought through it for most of the day and worked when he came home. He works a grueling and demanding job and truly is the rock of our family. I knew he probably just needed some sleep and rest. And so I obliged while he passed out at 5pm. I got the kids fed and ready for bed. Nothing extraordinary, just our usual nighttime routine with one less set of hands.

I’ve done bath time and bedtime solo many, many times. Usually, I just rush through it, as I wistfully think of crashing on the couch and turning on my Netflix binge show of the week. But, today, after a leisurely bath (to draw out some time, since we started early), the three of us snuggled together on our lone nursery glider.

I read a book to both of my babies, as they tickled each other with their little piggies and feet. And in that moment, in that tiniest of moments, I chuckled out loud with overwhelming joy. “Umma, why you laughing? What’s so funny?” “Nothing baby, you and your brother just make me so, so happy.” “Hahaha, I laughing, umma, because you make me happy too!”

These are the moments in motherhood, however small they may be, that make it all so, so sweet and worth every sleepless night and every cold cup of coffee.

The sigh of my littlest as he nuzzled his head under my chin. The sweet “Amen” of my first born telling me who I’d left out in his nighttime “God bless yous.”

These are the moments that are etched in my heart and memory. And for that I’m grateful for the silver lining that the MC brought to my day. The chance to feel true joy in our everyday moments that I otherwise let slip by all too often. I needed this reminder today, the reminder of the simple and pure things in life. Because truly, they are so fleeting in these times of raising our littles.

What made you smile today? 

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34 thoughts on “Finding the Silver Lining in the Man Cold

  1. Carly

    The title of this post made me LOL!! I feel ya, mama re: the man cold and the fleeting moments of motherhood. This post really spoke to me! I hope A and the Mr. are on the mend ASAP. xoxo

  2. Charlsi

    I love this post so much! Mine are 4 and 2 and it’s so easy for me to rush through their daily activities looking forward to sitting down and doing nothing. It takes such intentionality to slow down and breath and appreciate them. Thanks for writing! I’m smiling today because it’s 8 in the morning and my kids just saw an ice cream commercial and now the 2 year old is crying for ice cream. Haha typical toddler!

  3. Abigail

    Oh how sweet children are! The best moment of yesterday for me was hearing my kids belly laughing with their dad. I hope your husband gets to feeling better!

  4. kerona

    Your title is hilarious, yes when men get colds its like the world has ended they cant bear pain or sickness. Its nice that you find joy in being around your kids and spend quality time with them.

  5. Jill

    HAHAHAHA!!! My mom and I have this SAME discussion about man colds ALL the time!!!!! It made me laugh so hard!!!!! A man flu… makes it all worse! I hope your husband starts to feel better soon! 🙂 XO

    1. JeeYoung Post author

      Solidarity sister, it’s so true… man flu is even worse than a man cold. Thanks for the well wishes, I hope it passes quickly, for my sake! 🙂

  6. Rachel

    Ha ha! I hate it when my husband is sick. I just don’t know what it is that makes it seem like the world is ending. And, my husband is slight hypochondriac so that makes life frustrating.

  7. Morgan

    Love this post! And I am very familiar with the man cold! Love that you had a special moment with your littles- thats what its all about, after all!

  8. Kim

    Every time my husband says his throat “feels itchy,” I roll my eyes. It’s no joke! But, I like your take on it! Though my littles make me crazy, they also make me smile! They’ve done both today 🙂

  9. Neely Moldovan

    Men are the worst! My husband cut his finger one night(not serious) and I swear he turned into a 5 year old

  10. Angela Kim

    That’s so true. Man cold is 100x worse than a mom’s. Lol. Glad you can find joys in the little moments. That’s the biggest lesson in parenting in my humble opinion.


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