This morning I took Claire Bear to what was supposed to be her 6 month well check. Instead it became a sick visit, with a well visit scheduled for next week. After fighting a very crummy virus, Claire has finally made it to the other side–she broke her fever this morning. She’s even acting like her smiley self again. Dr. Ploegman examined Claire, played with her, looked her up and down and let me know that she’s pretty much made it through the virus.

Then he looked me in the eye and said, “She’s very well hydrated, considering what she’s been through. You are doing a great job, Mama. You’ve done a great job nursing her through this.” I choked back tears and wanted to hug that man. Those were the right words for a tired mother’s ears.

If you’re having a bad day (or week, or month, or year) then please allow me to give you a (cyber or real) hug and say: You’re doing a good job, Mama. You are loving on your husband and kids, providing a nurturing environment for them as well as you can. That’s good enough. Hang in there, friends.