Like most people, I have been through my fair share of awful colds and flu bugs over the years. Nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to having a sick baby! My first clue that Ms. P was coming down with something awful occurred the night before. She woke up three times during the course of the night, and was irritable and fussy (Very atypical of her). Not until midday the next day did an actual fever present itself, but when it did… it did with a vengeance!
Ms. P’s temperature skyrocketed over 104 degrees. Of course it was a Sunday and my doctor’s office was closed, and of course… I panicked! Thankfully, my mom was able to offer some much needed advise and I started a treatment of fever reducing medicine. I tried to cool her with tepid towels, but the poor little lady couldn’t get comfortable for more than an hour or so. It was heartbreaking! The physician that I was able to see the next day diagnosed her with an “unexplained fever.” What?!
The next few days were a blur of nursing, nestling, napping, and one very unhappy baby. Luckily for me, she was still eating well and I didn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. The best way to describe that week can be summed up in two words: sleep deprivation! It felt like we were back to the beginning, and boy had I forgotten how tough those early days were. Five days later, the fever broke and Ms.P finally returned to her ever so happy self. It took my husband and I a few more days to catch back up. Once we recovered, we toasted ourselves that we had made it through!
Even though it was a trying week, and I am sure it will not be the last one like it, it really reminded me how awesome being a mom is. It also reminded me as to how awesome my own mom is! As I grow more and more into my new mommyhood, it definitely makes me so much more appreciative of my own mom. I read this recently, and it definitely sums it up:
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To great moms-
May we know them, May we be them, and may we raise them.
Hope you all had a very Happy Mother’s Day!