Friday, April 12, 2013

Baby Bronchitis

My baby has bronchitis...well, the baby version.

You'd never really know she was sick though because she is such a happy little spirit who inspires smiles everywhere we go.

Now, I'm not claiming to be the world's best Mom.  I am not.  I am just a regular Mom, doing the best that I can, just like everybody else.  But it struck me as we sat in the doctor's office how important Moms are.  Mothers are the ones who KNOW their children best.  We are the ones who get the "hunches" that something is not right with a child or that a child needs some special attention.  And we are the ones who normally make sure that children get what they need, whether it be food or clothes or kisses or stories or medical attention.

Now, as I sat holding this mask over Honor's face to help her receive her breathing treatment, I was filled with compassion and concern for this sweet baby...but more than that, I was filled with love for her.  I wanted to help her.  I also thought of my sweet sisters-in-law who have sat holding their newborns as they were covered with these plastic contraptions post-surgery, and I felt love for them and for the work that they did (and are  doing) as mothers of children who require special love and attention.

And I thought about the Savior and got a little bit more of an understanding of why he loves us.  That sudden burst of love and charity that I felt that was a result of her needing healing is probably similar to the emotional reaction that the Lord has for each of us when we come to him in need of treatment.  It is truly the pure love of Christ.  It is pure compassion.  And even though we can often mask the things in us that need healing, the Master, like a Mother, cannot be fooled.  He knows us too well.  And he always has the perfect regimen for relief.

Honor is going to be fine.  Look...she doesn't even look sick!

And I am thankful for all of the precious lessons that my children help me learn every day.


  1. Oh how I know that feeling. Our third child, JET, was just about five months old when he got sick and wouldn't stop crying. My mother's intuition told me to take him to the ER. The doctor looked at him and said "Well, he's not very sick." I said "Trust me, he's very sick, this is not normal for him!" They brought in a pediatric doctor and ran some more tests, eventually doing a spinal tap, which confirmed the diagnosis of Spinal menigitis. When morning came I called the home teachers to come give him a blessing (this was before my husband was a member) and they came right away and gave him a blessing. JET immediately went to sleep and got well, he was released in three days and the doctor said "I guess I was mistaken in my diagnosis." We all knew it was a miracle. Mothers know! And the insights we gain as we mother our children are priceless. I've long said "Most of what I know about my Father in Heaven, I've learned from being a mother."

  2. Hope she's all better soon. What a sweet little face.

  3. I am so glad she is getting treated. She sounded so poorly during Easter! Evan would get that congestion in his lungs and I'd be up for hours with him...just listening to his breathing...

  4. I'm so glad you were able to notice there was something wrong and get her the help she needs. It certainly is scary to have them all hooked up to things when they are so little! I just watched "My Joy is Full" from the Book of Mormon videos this morning, and the compassion the Savior has really as He heals truly is amazing! Love and prayers for you and your sweet little one.

  5. What a lovely post on your sweet little one. Yes, I do believe mothers know when something is not right. In fact as a grandmother of many grandchildren I can say the same for me. I think it is the spirit prompting us and at the same time the love that we have for them is unmeasureable and we just know. It is just like the Savior's love for us. I will be praying for that sweet little one.
    Blessings to you all!

  6. What a cutie. Hope she is feeling 100% very soon.


  7. Oh, poor thing! Sick babies make me so sad. :(