Thursday, March 11, 2010

Inevitable.

There is a list of things in Motherhood that most of us wish we could just skip past. You know the times I'm talking about....times where you have to watch your child experience some type of hurt. I'm sure each Mommy has a completely different list, but most lists would likely include Shots, Teething, Sickness, Injury, Friendship Spats, Heartbreak, Failure, etc.

Tuesday night, we experienced our first round of illness. I knew it would be sad when the time came, but it was much worse than I had imagined. I heard him whimpering through the monitor at around 1:30am, and I stumbled across the house to go soothe him. I didn't turn the light on when I reached in his crib, instead, I stuck my hand down and began telling him he was okay and that Mommy was there. Then, I smelled something. The first thing to cross my mind was that he had a shooey diaper, but the smell was very different. Instantly, the five little letters that we all dread and hate flashed across my eyes : V-O-M-I-T.

Panicked, I turned on a lamp and found my baby in a pool of throw up, thrashing around trying to find a clean spot to lay his head. My heart was ripped into a thousand pieces right then and there. I scooped him up and he was drenched in vomit, so he didn't smell of the typical "sweet baby" smell that I was so used to. I changed his clothes and he just went limp on me, trying to sleep from the sheer exhaustion of being sick. I took him to bed with us and nudged Husby.

"D, Weebie's sick. He threw up all over the place."

"Oh no."

"What do I do???"

"Nothing, just go to sleep and we'll see how he is in the morning."

That wasn't quite the response I was searching for. I wanted to jump in the car then and there and take him to the Emergency Room. When MY baby is sick, the world stands still.

Instead, I listened to Husby, laid down some towels and hoped for the best. Levi spent the rest of the night throwing up what little he had left and dry heaved the rest of the time. I didn't sleep a wink because I was consumed with worry.

As soon as he woke up, I threw on some mascara and some jeans and ran to Wal-Greens with him in the backseat. We loaded up on Pedialyte and he spent the rest of the day drinking that and eating fruit. Thankfully, those things stayed down. He also ate half of an all fruit popsicle which he absolutely loved. Formula, which I had tried earlier that morning, was a giant disaster. The little love just couldn't tolerate it.


(Keepin' It Real: Sick Baby Edition)

He took a three hour nap later that morning while I held him in my arms. I couldn't bear the thought of him in a pool of throw up again, so I laid on the couch and drifted off myself for about an hour. The rest of the time I spent praying for his sweet little body and enjoying the time we had to cuddle.


(Keepin' It Real: Mommy Survival Mode Edition)

Through this first illness for Weebie, I realized that this is inevitably the first of many. He will get sick, he will feel crummy, he will be tired, and there is nothing that I can do to stop it. As hard as I try to keep him happy and healthy, sickness WILL creep in here and there. It's not healthy and no realistic to keep him cooped up in the safety of our home every day. He has to get out there and be around other people - other children - interact - learn - play - and of course, share germs. It's part of growing up and in order to give Levi the well balanced life that I desire for him, these things will happen.

Where there is joy, there will be sadness. Where there is laughter, there will be tears. Where there is sunshine, there will be rain. Where there is health, there will be illness.

It's all part of life. It's all part of the Great Journey of Motherhood that God so uniquely and intricately designed. It's through these times that Weebie learns to trust deeper in me to nurse him back to health and help regain his strength, and it's through these times that God draws me nearer to Himself, to nurse my soul back to health and remind me of His strength.

Weebie brings me back to a greater understanding of the Lord nearly every day. What a precious gift - the gift of children.

Through sickness, and in health.

36 comments:

  1. Hopefully Levi is doing better, being sick is the worst!

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  2. Poor Baby Levi. It's the worst when your baby is sick. Rest assured though, as he gets older, it won't be as scary when he's sick. Still sad, but not so scary.

    Have you heart that song by Plumb? I think it's called "Safe in My Arms." SO sweet and the first time I heard it, I thought of you. I know we don't know eachother, but I know through your blog that we have the same hopes for our children, that they will grow to Love their Creator more than anything.

    Praying for you guys.

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  3. :( Poor little love - how yucky to be sick for the first time! I hope his tummy gets better soon.

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  4. I hope he is feeling better today. There is nothing sadder than a sick monkey baby.

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  5. I hope the both of you are faring better today! The first time they get sick is always the worst, though I swear it doesn't ever get easier. My son has had three rounds of the stomach bug in his short 21 months, and each time it's just heartbreaking.

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  6. Bless his heart. This was such a sweet post. And an awesome reminder of God's care and love for us as we care and love the ones He's entrusted to us. I'm sorry for the context of the post, though. Poor little buddy. I hope he's feeling back to his chipper self!

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  7. I'm so sorry little Levi was sick. I hope he's feeling much better now!

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  8. Ooh you made me cry! Poor little guy! I hope he's better really soon!

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  9. Sick babies are the worst. The very, very worst. I hope he's feeling better soon and doesn't pass it along to Mommy and Daddy!

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  10. Aww, I'm so sorry Weebs is sick! It is THE WORSE feeling! Sounds like he was a TROOPER though and not disturbing you by crying only wimpering. I hope he feels himself soon!!

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  11. Poor Little Levi. Hoping he's feeling better and Momma is doing well too.

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  12. Poor, sweet baby. Hope he's feeling better today. I'll be praying for his continued healing.

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  13. Poor baby, I hope he feels better fast!

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  14. Poor little Levi! I'm so glad he was feeling better - hope he is still on the mend! And I realize that you will probably think I'm weird for this, but I think you look absolutely adorable in the "keepin' it real" picture!

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  15. Whitters, in that first picture of you and Weebs you look about TWELVE years old! Glad he is better today.

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  16. It is always so sad when your little one doesn't feel well.

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  17. You are such a good mommy! I hope he feels much better today.

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  18. I'm sorry your little man is sick! Mine is sick with a sinus infection and ear infections right now. :( It's no fun at all!

    It took me a few times to figure this out, but if you grab a tupperware bowl (or other medium size bowl), you can hold it for him when he starts to throw up. It helps save the sheets, towels, his clothes, your clothes....

    I hope he's better soon!!!

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  19. So sorry ya’ll have been sick. The mommy survival kit looks right up my alley! Love it! Praying everyone gets better soon! Have a great Thursday!

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  20. We have not yet had the VOMIT sickness but I do dread when it happens; I hope that Levi is feeling better & that you got some rest too.

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  21. Poor little Levi! I hope he is feeling much better!

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  22. Oh, so sorry...poor little guy. It is so hard to watch our kids when they are sick. I just spent a terrible 48 hours with a sick 4yo myself. Pitiful. One good thing about little ones is they bounce back pretty fast. Hope he's 100% again soon!

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  23. oh no that is the worst feeling when your baby is sick and you can't do anything but love them...

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  24. So sad that Levi was sick...it's one of the things that I dread the most. I don't want my baby to be sick, but I know that at some point, he too will be sick, and it will be terrible! I'm just hoping he holds off as long as Levi did! :)

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  25. poor Levi...hope the little guy feels better soon!

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  26. Bless his heart (and yours!) It is so pitiful when they are sick. You are a good mommy, Whitney!! Hope he is feeling better.

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  27. poor little guy!!! I hope he is all better now!!

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  28. Awww poor Levi-I hope he's feeling much better today!

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  29. This happened to me times 3 not too long ago. And my husband was out of town. All of my kids woke up throwing up in their beds at the same time. Then my baby came and threw up in my bed. At least all the sheets got washed! Good times! I hope Levi gets to feeling better soon!

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  30. So sad, I hope your little man is doing better!

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  31. Whitney,
    This is great writing!! And exactly what my heart feels whenever my baby is sick. Being a mommy is the most rewarding and most challenging job ever, on all levels. Emotionally, you have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, feeling so hopeless. It is always a beautiful thing, though, teaching us through every moment! I'm so glad you shared your first experience like this because it puts to words what I've felt each time. You are a great mommy!

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  32. that they will grow to Love their Creator more than anything.

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  33. Oh my goodness, I sooooo know the feeling you are describing. When I have to watch Will get his shots or struggle with new teeth and those big fat tears roll down his cheeks, I could just weep or punch something, I feel so helpless and frustrated. I would a million times rather take his pain and hurt on myself than see him go through it. But he is here in this world, and he is living this thing called life, so I know he will not be immune to worse hurts. I just know that I'm determined to be there to soothe them. I might even insist on rocking him when he's 30 years old! :)

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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