This conversation is sponsored by Playtex Baby™.
Some of the scariest moments as a mother are spent with a sick child in your arms. Last week, my 21-month-old son, came down with something harsh. He was completely fine on Friday night, and then he woke up at 1:44am on Saturday morning with a high fever and starting throwing up all over my husband, myself, and our bed. My heart sank for my little boy who has been through enough. We spent Saturday in bed with our sweet little babe who couldn’t eat, could barely drink, and was throwing up every hour on the hour. His fevers were through the roof and the medicine wasn’t helping. All I wanted to do for my baby was trade places and take his illness away. By Saturday night, he wasn’t even making wet diapers so we took him into the ER.
I walked in to the ER, with my baby boy’s arms wrapped around my neck and walked up to the check-counter. He lifted his head and started vomiting all over me. In my hair, on my sweatshirt, on my shoes. It was one of those moments that you never imagine could actually happen to you… it was out of a movie or something. I just held him as he continued to throw up on me, and a nurse ran up to us with a towel and barf bag.
Once we were back in a room, the doctor gave my son anti-nausea medicine, which seemed to take affect right away. He also tested positive for the flu (in addition to probably having the stomach bug my husband had earlier in the week). Once he was able to keep down some fluids, they sent us on our way and we took our baby home to rest.
He is still fighting a fever and has only been able to eat saltines and drink Gatorade and water from his favorite Playtex® Stage 3 Sipsters cup (which *praise hands*, it’s leak proof!). As a mama, there is nothing more heartbreaking than not being able to help your baby in the midst of pain and sickness.
A few things that helped me get through the sick days:
- Having a support system that holds my hand through the hard moments. Between my husband and my group of tight-knit friends, I was able to stay sane and grounded.
- A mattress cover. No, but seriously. Who knew one child could throw up so many times on a bed within 24 hours?
- Having family nearby that was able to keep my daughters while we took my son to the hospital, and the next day while he was recovering.
- A hot shower. Never underestimate the power of a hot shower on a hard day. Honestly, I just sat there on the shower floor and let the hot water hit my back. Afterwards, I felt like a new woman.
- Netflix. As if being locked in a house with a baby that can’t stop throwing up isn’t enough, that certain little someone can’t calm down without Boss Baby being on. And then when he finally falls asleep, I get to binge whatever show I’m currently watching until it’s time to clean up throw up again.
I’m honored to be an ambassador for Playtex Baby™. We have used these products with all three kids and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the #PlaytexMoms family! Deuce loves his sippy cups (Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 3 Peppa Pig™) and we would not have gotten through the past week of sickness without them! I highly recommend these products for all stages of baby and toddlerhood.