Smile Through the Rain {Memories of a Mom}

Sometimes it helps to smile through the rain…

smile through the rain

This is the first post in a series I hope to update regularly that I’m calling “Memories of a Mom.” I have written several posts before about what I should have written in my baby book, and even with those, I am still not keeping up with everything I want to remember. So here’s to recording all the things I don’t want to forget about my children…the milestones, the joy, the tears and heartbreak, and most of all the laughs! Hope you will enjoy laughing and crying along with us!

Smile Through the Rain

Poor Lilah (age 4) came down with a really bad case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease a few weeks ago. It’s a virus that lasts 7-10 days, and is utterly no fun if you get a particularly bad case of it as she did. To make matters worse, an apparent complication of the virus is that a few weeks after having it, some kids’ fingernails and toenails begin to come off. (Yep, unfortunately you heard me right.) And presently, we started noticing a few of Lilah’s nails were no longer attached at the base. As they slowly grew out, we kept them cut short to prevent any accidental rip-offs. Ouchie!

My poor baby has been a trooper through it all, and when she complains about a fingernail or toenail hurting or when one starts bleeding — though it is strongly embedded in my system not to hand out bandaids like candy — I do allow her to have one each time. If a nail looks particularly bad, I sometimes even add a little ointment to the bandaid to hopefully speed the healing and prevent infection.

Today, Lilah came to me with 4 pitiful fingers already bandaged and complaining of a new nail partially torn off and bleeding. She asked if she could have (yet another) bandaid, and I said she could.

So, when does the smile come in???

Lilah disappeared for a few moments as she prefers to be “Miss Independent” and put on her own bandaids.  However, after a few minutes, she came back to me holding a bandaid she had taken from it’s paper slip.  She held the sticky bandaid out to me and said with a smile, “Mom, will you put a little sauce on it first?”

I couldn’t help but grin.

Sometimes it helps to smile through the rain… 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • I am so sorry that your baby has to go through this horrible disease. I have not even heard of such a disease, and I am praying she gets better soon. And yes! it always helps 🙂

  • sarah says:

    So funny. Lovely little moment:-) I’ve just started to do the same as you – too many memories unrecorded!
    Hope she gets better soon.

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