Nothing worries me more, as a mom, than to see my slightly feverish 5-yr old daughter coughing endlessly in the middle of the night. Witnessing my precious jewel having difficulty breathing as she struggles to get some shut-eye just breaks my heart. Times like these, I wish it was I suffering instead of her. No sane mother would want to see her child go through anything which is even just a tad bit difficult and painful. And yet, we moms have to suffer as well, witnessing them cry and writhe in pain as they go through such an ordeal.
How do we cope in a situation like this? First, it helps that we get at least emotional support from our husband or partner. It would be good if our hubby took turns with us in pacifying our little one, thus decreasing the imminent possibility of us getting heavier eye bags and darker under-eye circles. Not to mention, the probability of severe crankiness as we go about our workday the next morning.
Well, in my case, I am a single mom, so I have to do it all on my own. I just draw strength from the very person who needs me the most- my daughter. I call on the powers that be to give me supernatural strength and the willpower to surpass obstacles like these. Because if I give up, my kid could turn into a lost cause. Seeing her picture on a cereal box is the last thing on my mind.
Being a single mom does entail tremendous emotional and, not to mention, physical strength. We have to inevitably take on the job of two parents in rearing a child. Children don’t come with a set of instructions, so for the most part, we learn as we go along.
At the end of the day, hearing your kid say “I love you, mama!” as she hugs you like there’s no tomorrow makes it all worth it.