Monday, July 10, 2017

{I Could Use a Little Grace and Poise}

You guys, why is being a mom so scary at times? I feel like I shouldn't be professing this as my friend is about to welcome her *third* baby girl into the world, but there's no denying it, y'all. I had this beautiful photoshoot scheduled this weekend without realizing that Sean would be working (he usually helps me with our babes). No fear though, my mom came through in the clutch.
So she comes over to watch Henry and Luce and I'm getting everything packed and ready, putting Luce down for a nap and I notice that Henry still hasn't stopped scratching his chiggers. I won't go into details, but it was undeniable that he was having some sort of reaction to the bites.
-Panic sets in.-
 It sounds dramatic for some bug bites (and it all turned out ok), but I promise you if you had seen what I saw, you would've fa-reaked. He was swollen, inflamed and irritated and for a second I had no idea what to do.
...Does he need the E.R.? Am I overreacting? It's the weekend, there's no one at his doctor's office. It's too late to cancel the photoshoot. I mean, but if he needs the hospital then I have to cancel...  Seriously, so many thoughts flooded my mind. Luckily, I gathered myself and called the nurses line at his doctor's office. They weren't overly concerned since he wasn't fevering, but suggested that I drive to their urgent care office a few hours from the time I called. 
I decided I had time to go through with the photoshoot. Gigi was there -thank goodness, I probably would've freaked out more without her-, she has helped take care of Henry since he was four months old, she could handle it. I had Luce asleep. Everything would be just fine. Did I mention that I was leaving Luce for the first time?
And everything was just fine.
Drama. I know, but I'm still nursing, I'm still me, I'm hormonal. HA. It turned out to be something that's super common in boys during the summer, but you can never be too safe and I'm glad I was able to put my mind at ease.
I know you all know that moment of panic that I was feeling. When something is clearly wrong with your child, but you're not sure what level of freak out you should be at. Add to that, I had somewhere I needed to be. I had a job to fulfill, but I also had my job as a mother to fulfill. It was one of those times where you just need someone to tell you exactly what to do and that everything will be OK!
Thankfully it all worked out. I was able to do the photoshoot and get Henry to the doctor. All he needed was a few things that we already had at home. <3
I'm so glad that I was able to go through with my shoot. Tabitha is a dear friend of mine and it was an honor to be the first to capture one of her pregnancies and her beautiful daughters. Now that I have two kids I'm in awe of all that she has done with me and Henry in the past. She handled two kids like a boss, and now baby girl #3 is due anytime. I have no doubt that she will handle becoming a mom of three with grace and poise. I'm one phone call away if you need anything, girlfriend!
Melissa Loren

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