These past two weeks have been tough in the world of parenting in our house. When you first find out you are pregnant you bask in the glory of cuddles, giggles and watching them grow – all the fun stuff. Of course, I was not naive to think that parenting would be easy breezy lemon queazy. I knew there would be ups and downs and times where I wanted to scream and times where I wanted to cry. Lately, it has been more of the latter.
Buba brought home the flu bug that gripped us all to the toilets vomiting one by one. From there, it was a downward spiral of flus, followed by colds and virus that just won’t leave us alone.
It was Missy Moo’s very first flu. At 16 months old it was the first time she had been properly sick. The look in her eyes was terrifying like she didn’t know what was happening to her, my gut hurt for her. I wanted to take her pain away, knowing all too well what it felt like myself. As an adult I could barely take the pain in my own stomach. There were moments when I needed to run to her and instantly had to take care of myself first, listening to her call out for me when I couldn’t get there just yet was heart breaking. How could she possibly understand why Mommy is running towards her one minute, and run away leaving her behind even for a few minutes that would have seems a lifetime to her, that’s when parenting gets tough.
We cuddled the following day as much as possible. Those are the rewards for those long sleepless, sick nights. Rewards for all the bed changing and cleaning up sick when you, yourself, can barely keep it in. Those bonding moments where you are your child’s everything; you comfort them, you reassure them, you love them, you shower them with kisses as long as they will let you and more.
When parenting gets tough no matter what age I am, I still want my own mother; for help, guidance or even those mother-daughter cuddles myself. Those few seconds where the “tough” would melt away and I would feel better. That’s how I would feel and I hope that’s how my own daughter feels when I cuddle her.
As a parent you try to be prepared for anything and everything. You try your very best to do the right thing and have the right things on hand to help do just that. So when Missy Moo was burning up I was prepared this time with our new Braun ThermoScan7. A fast and easy thermometer to quickly check her fever and make sure it wasn’t too high. When you are holding your baby, burning up in your lap you don’t have time to read those instructions or wonder if those results are high or just elevated from some chart in the box. You want a guarantee. You want an concrete answer, immdediately. The ThermoScan7 gives you just that with a green, yellow or red light.
Green = normal temperature
Yellow = elevated
Red = high temperature
There is also a great function to choose your child’s age group to better help you quickly know if you need that Calpol out or not.
Not that I was happy to instantly see the thermometer glow bright red when I took Missy Moo’s temperature. I was relieved that Buba’s temperature finally had gone back to green! It really was a nasty few bugs we had over the past two weeks. While I was so impressed with the Braun ThermoScan7 I hope that we won’t be needing it anytime soon.
* We were sent this thermometer for the purpose of this review but all photos and opinions are my own.