So many times a child says daddy..daddy…daddy this or mommy…mommy…mommy that. It can be so overwhelming at times. Especially when times are already stressful. We get ourselves into a tunnel of everyday battles and stress and sometimes take things and people for granted.
Sometimes when we are busy we don’t take the time to truly listen to our children. We just nod our heads and say I love you honey and keep doing what we are doing to get through all of the daddy and mommy stuff that we have to do. I am the world’s worst at this during stressful times. I am trying to work on it because it is something that I recognize about myself.
Over the last month in our house we have had health issues that made me think about things. Nothing life threatening or anything like that but just things here and there. Like when Isabella stepped wrong off of that last step and fell to the ground crying. How many times has that girl fallen and gotten up crying and then walked over to me and climbed in my lap so Daddy could make it better? Hundreds of times and she is only six. Not this time! She stayed on the floor crying and said …Daddy I need you! I can’t walk! I knew something was wrong and I felt so guilty for thinking that she will do what she has done hundreds of times before…but she didn’t. She had a broken ankle, she couldn’t.
The other night, Gabriel was coughing and making himself sicker with each cough. We just assumed that it was a head cold and he would get over it in a couple of days with the medicine that we were giving him. But he ran to the bathroom sick and yelled Daddy I need you! He ended up with Bronchitis when it was all said and done but we had just assumed he would get through it like he usually did until we found out what it was. He’s better now but I felt so guilty that we just assumed…. AGAIN!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and they know that their daddy is always there when they need him! They know that they can talk to Mommy about anything. We have a great bond between us! It’s just that feeling and the flutter in your heart when you hear your baby say those words…Daddy I need you! This daddy just wants to make everything ok!!