Last week, Gideon had surgery. We prepared for the big day. I prepared myself for the kids not getting much school work done. We even decided to forego an Essentials writing assignment. I planned for the kids just to work on math and do lifestyle of learning activities.
Why? My sweet boy was hurting. He needed me. He needed me to sit next to him holding a drink up to his mouth every minute to keep his fluids up. He needed me to sleep on the couch with him and wake him every four hours to have more medicine. I had to call the doctors, get different medications, and even take him to the hospital for additional fluids.
I couldn’t do much more than to just care for him.
I’m sure you’ve had weeks or months like this. Maybe it’s a newborn. Or a move. Maybe your family has been hit with a stomach bug for the third time this year. Sometimes, what we accomplish as moms can feel like it doesn’t amount to much. Yet, those are the moments that are maybe the most important.
As a friend said, “Some days the most important thing you can do is be a pillow.”
My other children really surprised me through all of this. They stepped up where I wasn’t able to do things. They really do know how to cook and clean and were able to take over when I didn’t have the energy. Elijah showed tremendous patience with his little brother and his whining. Ruth taught Isaiah how to do laundry, and he has worked tirelessly to get us caught up. The kids enjoyed listening to audio stories while building with legos, completed lots of math lessons, and were just amazingly helpful.
In case you are wondering, Gideon is feeling better each day. We are starting to dig ourselves out under from the mound of laundry and getting some cleaning done.