To all you moms that I secretly scoffed at, I’m SORRY!
I get it now.
After 36 hours of wearing the same spit-up ridden shirt, pajama pants that have missed one too many laundry days and not wearing a bra in order to have easy access to feed my sick child, I get it!
In the confines of my own home, I would say, “I do not understand how these women forget to shower. How do you FORGET to shower?”
That, coupled with, “How in the world do you forget to brush your teeth. C’mon, SOMEONE is being a little overdramatic.”
We called the doctor’s office Sunday who then connected us to an on-call RN for nights and weekends. She didn’t sound worried after our explanation of his symptoms.
She said the fever wasn’t the cause. It was a symptom of the congestion and runny nose.
Good to know.
Still, our son was struggling. BIG TIME. He was eating less since it was so clearly a struggle for him to eat. He was sleeping and cuddling all day. And when he was awake he gave out these beyond pitiful cries of agony. Yet, there was nothing we could do but cuddle him, feed him and pray that everything would be all right.
We were able to get him in to the doctor today who was quickly able to diagnose him – fever, which we already knew about; congestion, obviously. But we weren’t expecting the double ear infection.
Our kid is a trooper! I can tell you that right now.
I will never, EVER again judge those moms who say they forgot to brush their teeth or couldn’t find time to take a shower. Or even eat! If my husband hadn’t of ordered pizza last night, I wouldn’t have eaten. That was the last thing on my mind. My mind was preoccupied with doing whatever it took to make my son comfortable amidst his pain.
I realize this is the first of many sick days for our son. Ear infections are common in children. Being sick is normal. But until you go through having a sick child for the first time, you truly cannot understand the meaning of helplessness. [definition: inability to defend oneself or to act effectively]
What I do know now is that you can, literally, forget to brush your teeth, take a shower or even eat. I get it. I didn't understand before, but I do now! It happens and I am sure will happen again in the future of raising our child. But having a support system of other moms and a husband who is so amazing with Mark is exactly what helps in these moments of helplessness.
When was your first "I get it" moment after having a kid? This was definitely mine. I'd love to know that I'm not alone!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!