When I got off work Saturday I came home to a chalk card on the driveway and cards and treats in the house. My husband had gone out of his way to remind me it was my special weekend. It was perfect!
We got to spend the evening with my mom and sister. We ate delicious food and laughed as our husbands played with their remote controlled toys. It wasn't all about me, it was better. It was all about family.
That night my daughter woke at 12:40 am and then proceeded to wake every hour until 2:45 when she threw up in her bed. We were up till 4, napped until 5, then up again for the day with my angel getting sick every hour or two.
We canceled our plans and I literally held her all but a couple hours of the day. She didn't want books or television or toys. She simply wanted to be with me, held and comforted.
It can be very scary when you are little and sick. It's uncomfortable and you don't know what's going on. As a mom it is heartbreaking. I just wanted to make her feel better and it was mostly out of my hands.
I texted several moms for advice on how to keep her hydrated and tips on what I could try to give her as she asked for food but couldn't keep even simple things down. I focused on what I could do for my child.
Several times throughout the day I heard, "I'm sorry this is how you have to spend your Mother's Day." "That stinks that this happened on Mother's Day." I actually didn't feel that way, though. I was sorry it happened to my child at all but I understand that is part of life. But what better day than on Mother's Day to give me the opportunity to hold and comfort my child all day long and be a mom to the beautiful little human that gave me that title?
I'm grateful for all the snuggles I got yesterday from my normally active toddler. I'm grateful for all the love and advice from other moms. I'm grateful for an amazing husband who made the weekend special and did an awesome job of taking care of my daughter and I so we could focus on snuggling. I'm grateful for a washing machine to do the giant load of all the clothes we went through yesterday. I'm grateful for essential oils to help symptoms. I'm grateful for the beautiful little girl that made me a mom and every day that we get to spend together. I'm grateful that every day is Mother's Day no matter how we spend it.
Who did you celebrate on Mother's Day? What was the best part of your weekend? What are you grateful for today?
May today remind us that every day is a good day to cherish the ones we love. May we find little ways to celebrate our roles as family every day. Have a beautiful day!