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.
That’s really true. When you live far away from your mom ( in another continent) you even feel more terrified and need her by your side. mothers are the best
Thanks. Couldn’t agree more. They really are. So grateful I am so close to mine on facetime, technology has really helped living far away.
Alex Bump to Baby says
Oh bless you. We all had the sickness bug a week ago too, it’s really awful isn’t it? Hope you are all back fit and healthy now though.
Thanks Alex. It seems to be everywhere doesnt it? Not easy but we are on the mend slowly but surely. Now just need the weather to buck back up. lol
Hope your wee one if well on the mend. We haven’t had a proper illness yet and I dread it, even when Molly cut her first tooth I was in tears and that crying only lasted 10 minutes!
Thanks Shona. I know its so hard to listen to them in pain and not known why or how to help them. Bless
Michelle Reeves (bod for tea) says
Oh Jenny I’m sorry you’ve all been so poorly. It is totally heartbreaking when the littles are sick but at least you can usually comfort them. When you’re sick yourself that becomes so much more difficult – I hope you’re all back to fighting fitness. And that thermometer looks fab btw x
I know I was really impressed with it. Tge case that holds everyrhing too. Yes we are looking upward thankfully. Been a tough time i hate seeing the kids sick. Feel helpless.
Michelle at Bod for tea says
Oh Jenny I’m sorry you’ve all been so poorly. It’s heartbreaking when the littles are ill but at least you can usually comfort them. When you’re ill yourself it becomes so much harder. I hope you’re all fighting fit again. And that thermometer looks fab btw x
Sonia Constant says
What a great little thermometer. 🙂 Sorry youve had such a shitty time of it. I really hope that things start to look up now.
Big hugs xx
Thanks Sonia, I feel the hugs and the love. Yes I think when you have babies it’s important to have a reliable one for sure. Hoping things are looking brighter now.
Kate @ Family Fever says
It’s so hard when they are poorly isn’t it? Love the idea of this thermometer, makes the temperature taking a lot less stressful, and I think the option to choose their age is brilliant. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
My Family Ties says
Oh I hope your little one is feeling better now, it is always such a worry when they are poorly. I feel really lucky that my OH is a paramedic and so knows what to do in a medical crisis and it is so reassuring to have a really accurate and reliable thermometer like the Braun Thermoscan. #TriedTested
That would be helpful. I am always so nervous when fevers go really high and their are sick. I was so impressed with the braun thermoscan too! It really just put me at ease with a quick reading and the light to know high elevated or normal.
Kim Carberry says
Aww! I hope you are all feeling better now….
I had a sicky bug yesterday….All better now though x
Glad to hear you are better now. It was a really bag bug going around isn’t it? Bless. Glad it’s over for us both.
Sorry you had to actually test it through sickness … but thermometer looks great. Here in the Netherlands they favour ones that work via baby’s bottom – which just seems cruel when they’re sick! So have been contemplating a more reliable, kind option …
Thank you. Yes I would highly recommend it. Best for the comfort of baby especially while not well.
Colette B says
Bless her- I hope everyone is feeling better now!
Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x
Thanks colette. Yes much better now thankfully.
Jess @ Along Came Cherry says
I hate it when the kids are ill, mine were both so ill last Christmas, one after the other and it was awful. Cherry had such a bad cough that one night I went up to find her with blood coming out of her nose and mouth, Matt was out and she was hysterical, it was TERRIFYING so I ended up phoning 999, luckily it turned out to have just been a nose bleed from the pressure and they were so nice but I was a wreck! I’m dreading when all the bugs hit this year. This thermometor looks amazing though, I hate the under the arm ones as they never feel very accurate x
I know it’s so scary isn’t it. I have had my fair share of hospital visits and emergencies with my two and it’s always horrible. I bet you were so scared. Hopefully this christmas will be snow and white and merry and bright and make up for last year.
Stacey Guilliatt (Nobody Said It Was Easy) says
Oh no, it’s horrible when you’re all poorly – hope you’re all better now! Thermometer looks great #triedtested
Thanks Stacey. It was tough glad we are all on the mend now. I was really impressed with the thermometer for sure!