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Family Ties: Mommy Is Tougher Than Daddy

There are so many reasons why motherhood makes a woman tough. To point out the obvious, we carry a growing human being in our bellies for nine months and then squeeze it out of an unbelievably small orifice. Breastfeeding isn't for the weak either. Women are the gender chosen to endure such pain because we are stronger. This morning I experienced an instance that backed up my belief. To see what it is,


Last night, my daughter coughed all night. When I picked her up from her crib, she had a runny nose and sounded congested. Whenever my daughter has had nasal blockage in the past, her pediatrician has recommended saline drops. Much to her dismay, I decided to give her a few drops of Baby Ayr. Angry and fitful, she fought me off with tears. Upon hearing the wails, my not so chipper husband walked in and said, "I hate it when you do that."

My mom used to say, "This is going to hurt me worse than it's going to hurt you." That was true this morning. I felt bad for giving her the drops, but knew she would benefit. And, I wasn't pleased with my husband for making me feel worse. Moms do what has to be done for our loved ones, even when it's a tough task. Being the softy that he is, he calmed her down. One point for dad and mom's in the hole.

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