Thursday, January 28, 2010

Typing One Handed

I have had my hands tied up the past couple of days. Sorry if I have been slow getting back to anyone on emails. My hands have been engaged in a most important work. And they have been loving every minute of it. They have been rubbing and patting and soothing and holding. It is their way of giving comfort. And the last couple of days this little guy has needed lots of that.





Mr. Noble woke up on Tuesday not feeling very well. He is cutting a 6th tooth and has a fairly constantly running nose. And he had a rash in his diaper area. But this seemed to be something more. He wasn't crying too much ... unless I put him down. He just wanted to be on my lap all day. He kept laying his head down on me. He hardly ever does that. To me this cuddliness was a sign that he really wasn't feeling good.



So I made an appointment with the doctor. I felt a little silly when she asked what was wrong and the primary symptom was that he was extra snuggley. But then that is so often the tale tale sign with babies.


She checked him out and found an ear infection and a yeast infection. Not so good. But we were glad to know what was hurting and why and how we can get all better.



He already seems to be feeling quite a bit better. I hate having him not feel well, but I have been savoring the time I have had with him laying on me and gaining comfort from my touch. It is a gift to be able to comfort my sweet baby. And I am happy to sacrifice my schedule to do it for this little guy.



The dishes and emails and blog posts and laundry can wait. My hands have been otherwise occupied. For this is the work my hands were meant to do. It is the greatest work any hands can do -- pure service to relieve the suffering of another. It is the work of the mother, the doctor, the nurse, the friend, the good Samaritan, the Savior.

18 comments:

Chelsa said...

hope he feels better soon!

he is the cutest little thing!

Kristine said...

Beautifully put. This just made my day.

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Isn't nice when they want to snuggle all day. You feel bad that they don't feel well but I love when the little ones drape themselves on you! Hope he is feeling better!

Amberly said...

those first 2 pics are simply heartbreaking! glad he's on the mend.

She Made Mention said...

He just is too.darn.cute!

Denise said...

He is just adorable!!! So sorry he's not feeling well but so glad you get some snuggle time with him. Get better quick Noble.

jen said...

That frowny face is priceless. I can't believe you captured it.

Amanda said...

Ohhh, poor little guy! I hope he's feeling better soon.

Anonymous said...

so beautifully written...so true.
Thank you.

Toni

shanan said...

poor bubba. that second picture of him is priceless!

feel better soon Mr. Noble. you're in good hands!

Christy and Jason said...

Hi, Your posts have moved me and given me many things to think about---thank you. I wanted to make a donation to the woman you did the auction for, what is the best way to do that? better late than never, right?! Thanks for your help!

Cardalls said...

what a great reminder what our work is supposed to be as mothers. thank you for the reminder...i needed it this week :)

Jan S said...

The last sentence needs to be framed!!

I wish more people could remember what you so beautifully put into words.

Parenting IS the work of the Savior!!!

You're awesome, Steph!

Robin said...

This baby is beautiful! The last picture of Noble with food all over his face reminds me of a similar one you have posted of Camille. Beautiful babies!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, what a face! He's so darn cute. I hope he feels better really soon.

G said...

i agree...i love the last 2 lines...i love how you put things. hope he feels better soon

Julene said...

Your post brought tears. I love you Stephanie. You are a wonderful mother!

Rey and Meegan said...

He is so adorable. Thanks for a beautiful reminder of the work of a Mother.