There is nothing scarier than when a child gets sick. It doesn’t really matter how tired a mom is; there is no peace or rest until our babies are back to their healthy selves. Many parenting books explain how to lower a fever quickly, deal with a bump or scratch. However, nothing prepares moms on the heartbreak and desperation of having an ill kid. Kelli Bannister recently took to Facebook to post a photo of herself and her daughter Summer in the midst of a flu. Her two eldest boys had been sick for the last two weeks and this time it was her 20-month-old who was under the weather. While The Barefoot Mum blogger and photographer was cradling Summer, her five-year-old snapped a photo of the precious moment. Read her beautiful note below.
I was debating whether or not to post this, but this is real, raw, and one of the absolute worst parts of Motherhood that at some stage, we will all go through!! The part nothing or no-one can prepare you for, the part where you would give every ounce of your entire being to make your poor baby feel ok again. Every cry and every tear makes your heart break just that little bit more and your only wish is that it was you instead. I haven’t slept in days and am physically & mentally exhausted myself, but as all Mums do, we keep going! This morning as Summer was coughing, being sick and working herself up into a frenzy, my Mumma instincts kicked in and I put us both in the shower, with the soothing sound of running water and the warmth touching our skin, she was calm within minutes……then, my 5 year old came in and snapped this!! Such a raw emotive moment of Motherhood in all her glory……messy bun and all!!