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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful...a Bittersweet Post

I can't believe that the first month of 2011 is almost over.  Time is flying by, which is why I love pausing for thought to think of three reasons for feeling cheerful.  It punctuates my week reminding me to find the joy in little things.  This week however has turned awful and I am struggling to be cheery.

Little Freddy is poorly.  He is running a fever, won't touch food or juice and has two infected ears and an infected throat. He's been under the weather for a few days but the infections came on really rapidly and from 1am this morning until falling asleep a couple of hours ago he has screamed in pain.  Thankfully we had a doctor's triage appointment, thus the diagnosis, and we now have antibiotics.  Now although this is not a good thing on any level, I have found some things that I am mercifully happy about.

1:  The fact that I still breastfeed him has made me really happy.  I am able to offer him something that can help.  Last night he couldn't even feed because he was so distraught, but today he is back on the boob.  I know he is getting nourishment and fluids, as well as comfort.  I am so glad to be able to do this for him and it justifies my decision not to stop on his first birthday, which everyone expected me to do.

2:  My faith in "Team McDonald" has yet again been strengthened.  My husband stood and rocked his screaming son for hours last night.  Fred was inconsolable and lying down made him worse, so his Daddy thought nothing of standing up in nought but his boxers cradling his screaming son to give me some respite.  He came with me to the doctor's knowing how frantic I was and how, with crumbled nerves and no sleep, I would have found it hard to cope with holding Fred down as doctors probed his ears and stuck tongue depressors in his tiny baby mouth.  We are united in our dedication to our family and our parenting views are mirrored in each other.  I couldn't imagine parenting with any other man in the world :)

3:  I am so thankful that Freddy's illness is so easily fixable.  In a couple of days he'll be back to his cheeky, boisterous self.  I am so thankful for this. At 3a.m. my mind considered all the possible and much bleaker scenarios and gripped my heart with fear.  Although my little man is still feeling sorry for himself, and still hurting he'll be OK.  I've been overwhelmed by my lovely friends, family and neighbour's support.  I might not have a big social circle, but there are a lot of people who care about me and mine which is another reason for me to smile.  In the words of one of my friends:
"Today is the bottom of the curve.  The only way is up..."  a reason to be cheerful indeed!

He'll soon be up to mischief again!!

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart

11 comments:

  1. Poor Freddy :( At least he's on the mend. Freya sends him some get well kisses xx

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  2. Love being part of the Team McD, united we are unstoppable. It was so sad to have Freddy unwell, but now he's trying to steal the tin of Heros. I think he is indeed on the mend. Love you Wendy.XXXX

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  3. *sniff* just read your hubbie's post and am now blubbering into my keyboard! Great reasons to be cheerful and I hope Freddy gets well really soon.

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  4. Your reasons to be cheerful make mine seem so superficial - yet in our own ways we can celebrate the joy in our lives I guess.

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  5. Your family sounds so loving, and I hope Freddy is better soon x

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  6. What a wonderful heartfelt post. I also have very special babies and a fabulously supportive partner who I do not tell often enough how brilliant he is and how much I love him. I too cannot imagine parenting with anyone else. He is the rock of our family and we are so so so so lucky to have him x
    http://nairnnicujournal.wordpress.com/

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  7. Aww, it's so horrible seeing kids ill, I know what it's like when your mind races with all kinds of scenarios - and the little things are so resilient and perk up in no time usually!

    BTW Your blog is fab, and I really enjoy your style of writing :-)

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  8. More reasons to be cheerful right here with all these lovely comments...thank you xxxx

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  9. Aww poor Freddy, hope he's feeling better soon. What a cutie! x

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  10. Poor Freddy! I do hope he gets better soon! xxx

    Herding Cats

    http://seathreepeeo.blogspot.com

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  11. What a wonderful heartfelt post. I also have very special babies and a fabulously supportive partner who I do not tell often enough how brilliant he is and how much I love him. I too cannot imagine parenting with anyone else. He is the rock of our family and we are so so so so lucky to have him x
    http://nairnnicujournal.wordpress.com/

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