Sick babies are the worst. Even when your babies aren’t babies anymore, but a busy two year old and an almost 4 year old who thinks he’s a teenager. The worst part for me, as their mama, is feeling helpless. Not being able to make them feel better or know what’s going on. Do I need to bring her to the doctors? Can I treat this croup at home like I did before? What if it’s something else?
I feel like all winter long we are sick for a couple weeks and then we get better and go out and have play dates and go to church and then someone is down again.
It’s hard for me to accept that they just need their mama to cuddle them and not be able to actually get anything done. I had the least productive weekend ever because I was holding and cuddling and tending to sick babies for two days straight.
Since Eli was sick first and then now Emmy, I got to watch them each be sweet to the other and try to take care of each other. Emmy was very concerned about Eli being sick and kept trying to bring him his juice and pacis to make him better.
Eli is protective of Emmy, when he hears her cough he comes up and asks if she’s okay. He lets her pick what to watch (sometimes, if he’s feeling like a nice big bro) and will just spontaneously hug on her and cuddle her. Cover her with her cozy or tell me she needs something.
So for now, we will cuddle and watch all the Disney movies and stay hydrated and rest.
Right after I took this picture Emmy snuck into my room and I found her on top of Elijah, pulling at his eyelids “do you want to build a snowman?” using the same inflection as Anna does in Frozen. It was incredibly adorable. My girl loves a good princess movie.
I have a crock pot of bone broth cooking and so much laundry that needs to be done. But here I sit with my baby girl, watching Snow White and being cozy. And that’s exactly what she needs right now.
Do you have any suggestions for helping a baby girl with the croup? We’ve done everything I could think of, walks in the cold air, steam, chest rubs, popsicles, diffusers, but I welcome any and all suggestions!