Thursday, May 11, 2017

Good Days and Bad Days



There are good days, and there are bad days.

Hadley girl woke up at 5am on Tuesday morning screaming and I could tell she didn't feel well. All she wanted was to cuddle and while I rocked her and watched the sun come up, I hoped that she'd wake back up her happy self. She still seemed a little off after her morning nap, but we had music class and I figured that would take her mind off things. Sometimes a change of scenery can be just what the doctor ordered, you know? We headed out and while she was a bit more cheerful at class, she clung to me the entire time which is definitely not like her. We had lunch plans afterwards and when we got there, I could tell that she was just so out of it. I felt awful for dragging her out and about when she clearly needed to be at home. We wrapped lunch up early and headed home to get her down for a nap. She took THE longest nap, and I finally woke her up at 4pm because I was starting to get a little worried. And as soon as I picked her up, I could tell that she was on fire. Her temp was 101.5 and poor girl would just so upset. 

I called the doctor because this was her first real fever and #firsttimemompanic, and they had me give her Tylenol and a cool bath. Those both helped, but she was so sad. There were a lot of tears, from both of us. It's beyond hard to watch your baby not feel well. Especially when they're still this little and can't tell you exactly what it is that's wrong. I felt so helpless. Was it her teeth hurting? Her stomach? Her ears? I had no idea. All I could do was snuggle and read her books (and lets be honest, let her play with my phone because she loves the dang thing so much). Whatever I could do to make her feel better. 

I put her to bed, but she was back up a little while later with lots of tears. We rocked and rocked and rocked, and finally she was down for the night. And then I couldn't stop staring at the monitor, I was so worried about her and hated seeing her like that. It was a long, hard, emotional day for both of us.

BUT! There is a happy ending to this rambling story. Wednesday morning, I couldn't have been more thankful to wake up to her playing in her crib babbling to herself. I could already tell she was feeling better and sure enough, goodbye temp and goodbye sadness. We went downstairs, put on some Eric Church radio, made breakfast, and I decided it was going to be a great day. And you know what, it really was. A complete 360 from the day before. We played outside, walked the dog, did the laundry, cleaned the house, went to the gym, made dinner. It's amazing what you can accomplish in a day when your baby is in a good mood.


For every bad day, there is a good day. Motherhood is a wild ride and sometimes just when I think I'm getting things figured out, we get a curve ball day thrown at us like Tuesday. But either way, I'm so thankful for EVERY day that we get to spend together, both the bad and the good. I wouldn't trade these days for the world. And on top of it all, I'm so excited to be celebrating my first Mother's Day with this girl this weekend. I thank God every single day for the blessing that she is. 

To all the moms out there- you rock. I never understood the amount of sacrifice, compassion, and strength that moms are made up of until I became one myself. You're all basically superheroes and please never doubt that you're doing an amazing job. And I know Mothers Day can cause pain, too- for many different reasons. I lost my mom almost 13 years ago and seeing all those posts on social media each year can straight up hurt.  Just know that I'm sending you lots of love and you aren't alone.

Have a beautiful weekend! I'll probably be busy blowing up social media with pics from my new camera ;)
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23 comments

  1. OOOH! Can't wait to see what you come up with and hear about the new camera!! So sorry Hadley wasn't feeling well. That's a tough day for sure. :( I'm glad she was back to her smiley self so quickly though!

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  2. Glad your sweet girl is feeling better! It's such a helpless feeling when your kids are sick. Love that picture of you two and hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend :)

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  3. OMG! Cutness overload! Awww! hehe!!

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  4. So glad your baby girl is feeling better and you had a wonderful day together...like you do every day! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. It is 100% insane the way a fussy/sick baby can just straight up rock your world and there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to help but not knowing how! I'm so glad sweet Hadley got over whatever she was feeling super quickly. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

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  6. Oh poor Hadley girl! And mama!! I seriously get so upset when the boys get sick I might as well be sick too :( It is amazing how they can have a fever one day and be perfectly normal the next! Their little bodies fight everything so hard! And that is motherhood for you! You have good days and bad days, but you remember all the good memories! Hugs to you this weekend! xoxo

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  7. Aw poor thing!! So glad she's feeling better now. I bet that was scary to experience for the first time! Have a wonderful weekend friend!

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  8. Days like that are SO rough, and you're right: can totally just rock your world! So glad Hadley's feeling better (for both of y'all)! Your last paragraph is so true: you never realize just how hard motherhood is until you're one yourself. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Incredible photos!! You are rocking it - and looking fabulous doing it :)

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  10. So glad little miss is feeling a lot better. Its hard when they can't really communicate when something is wrong. Hope you have a great Mother's Day!

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  11. Sick babies who can't tell you what hurts are the saddest. I'm sorry that happened, but I am so happy she is better! XO

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  12. Ugh, first fever sounds awful. SO sorry for for lil Hads and for MAMA! <3

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  13. Awe! So sorry that both of you had such a tough, emotional day earlier this week. BUT, I'm so glad to hear that Hadley is on the mend and you're both doing much better! Since she's usually such a happy baby, I'm sure that made it so much harder for you to understand what was bothering her. You, my friend, are a rock star mom! Happy early first Mother's Day to you!

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  14. You moms do kill it - every day!!!
    So hard to see your baby sick... but the good thing, they bounce back so quickly.
    Happy Mother's Day to you beautiful momma!

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  15. It is the WORST to see your kid sick -- especially when you can't do too much to help her. But I'm so glad that Hadley is doing better! You are such a good mama and she's so lucky to have you! Happy Mother's Day! xo

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  16. It's so hard when babies don't feel well! I'm glad she bounced right back! Isabelle had a fever for a few days the other week from teething... it was miserable!

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  17. You are such an amazing mama! Hadley is so lucky to have you and I know your mom is looking down, so proud. I'm glad she is feeling better and I hope you have a great Mother's Day today! <3

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  18. Such a beautiful post sweet momma, and Hadley is one lucky little princess to have you as her momma!
    I am so sorry about your mom, sending you love and prayers x

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  19. What kind of camera did you end up getting? I am definitely in the market for a new one!

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  20. aw poor baby being sick. i can't imagine how hard it is, especially when they can't tell you exactly what is wrong. glad she was back to herself the next day :) happy mothers day to you!

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  21. So glad she is feeling better! I freak out when my pup is acting the slightest bit off so I can only imagine the stress that comes with being a mama and baby being sick! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Zelle | Southern Style

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  22. This post made me so happy! Hard days for sure, especially when our babies are hurting! But it's all so so worth it!

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  23. Awwww no poor Hadley! This is my biggest fear for when Serena gets her first fever, but all we can do is rock them and give them extra snuggles. SOOOO glad she felt a lot better the next day <3
    Green Fashionista

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