This morning my guy woke up with the sniffles. It isn’t anything major; he’s sneezing, has a runny nose and I think is complaining of a sore throat (he has said a few times, ‘My mouth hurts on the inside.’) He didn’t have a fever, perse, he just had an elevated temp and was obviously uncomfortable.
And even though I know it is just a little cold, and we are so very, very luck that Miles hasn’t ever battled something scarier. Heck, my kid has never even been on an antibiotic in his nearly three years of life.
But seeing him uncomfortable, crying and obviously not up to par hurts my heart a little. This morning he was up bright and early (around 5:30 a.m.) allowing us to have a couple hours together before I went to work. And most mornings when I start to get dressed and ready he says, “Momma has to go to work,” and seems completely fine with it. This morning though, he kept saying, “No, momma stay home with Miles. Momma not go to work.” When I apologetically told him I HAD to go to work even though I would LOVE to stay home with him he declared, “OK, Miles goes to work too!”
It was tough pulling out of the driveway as he sat on the top step of our back door, chin resting in his hands. The disappointment clearly registered on his face. But I know he was in good hands as daddy was home and ready to take care of him and keep him comfortable.
But that doesn’t make it any easier on me!
What do you do to try (non-medically speaking) to try to ease your little one’s discomfort when they are sick? What about easing your own?