January 22, 2010

Bulb Syringes and Thermometers

From the picture, you wouldn't know that anything was amiss, but I learned this week that I can't protect my little boy from everything, as I discovered when he came down with his first cold.

As colds go, it's not a very bad one; he has a slightly runny nose and a little cough. We've broken out the bulb syringe to help with his congestion and the thermometer for mama's peace of mind. We are now waiting to turn a corner and see some improvement. I am grateful that Nathaniel isn't feeling any worse than he already does, but regardless of the severity, this week has taught me the meaning of the classic parental phrase, "This hurts me worse than it hurts you."

I know that this is just a cold, something everyone gets from time to time, and it's not even severe enough to warrant a trip to the pediatrician's office, but it kills me to see Nathaniel uncomfortable in any way. I hate watching him cough and hearing his little plugged nose as he breathes. All I want to do is make it better, but the best I can do is just snuggle with my little boy and do my best to make him comfortable until this is all over.

And yes, Nathaniel, this hurts me much more than it hurts you...

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