As human beings it's hard not to compare ourselves to others. As women it's hard not to compare ourselves to others. As mothers it's hard not to compare ourselves to others. It's also hard not to compare our children to other children...but today I'm finding it down right impossible not to compare my kids to each other!
Jace is sick. I can't even remember the last time he looked this sad, especially for this long! For two days now he's been asleep more than he's been awake. His fever comes and goes. He's not vomiting or anything yucky like that...he just feels completely worn out. We went to the doctor today and found out why...an ear infection. His body is fighting it like it should be, but that requires a lot of his energy and leaves him with very little left to be a five year old boy.
On the other hand, Gracie is not sick. She feels free to be the energetic three year old that she is. Jace is usually the calmer of the two anyway, but today the contrast is magnified. He slept in the car on the way home from the doctors. Gracie sang loudly. Jace is cuddled on the couch, sleeping again. Gracie is running from one end of the living room to the other, chasing Tyler. They're both giggling and laughing. I have no idea how Jace sleeps through all of this!
Hopefully in a day or two I will have three excitable children back and today's comparison will be long gone. Well children are less likely to be compared to their well siblings...they're all loud when feeling good!