Kelli Bannister, known as “Barefoot Mum” online, had a trying week with sick kiddos. After her older two boys caught the flu, her 1-year-old daughter Summer did as well. When the little one coughed so hard she was in tears, Kelli wrote on Facebook that “My Mumma instincts kicked in and I put us both in the shower, with the soothing sound of running water and the warmth touching our skin, she was calm within minutes.”
While she and Summer were cuddling in the warm water, Kelli’s 5-year-old son came into the bathroom to tell her she had a text message, and took the opportunity to snap a couple of photos of mum and baby sis. When Kelli saw the resulting photos later, she was stunned by this beautiful image.
She told the Daily Mail Australia, “When I saw this particular image I was actually quite taken back at how real and raw it was. A moment of pure exhaustion but an incredible bond of unconditional love between a mother and child.”
In her full Facebook post below, you can read Kelli’s whole story of this “raw emotive moment of motherhood in all her glory . . . messy bun and all!” It’s truly touching and a testament to the power of maternal instinct and deep love, as well as the way a truly trying moment in motherhood can also prove to be a truly beautiful time. Not to mention…the ease of taking an amazing photo on an iPhone.
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous photo and story, Kelli!
“I was debating whether or not to post this, but this is real, raw, and one of the absolute worst parts of Motherhood that at some stage, we will all go through!!
The part nothing or no-one can prepare you for, the part where you would give every ounce of your entire being to make your poor baby feel ok again.
Every cry and every tear makes your heart break just that little bit more and your only wish is that it was you instead.
I haven’t slept in days and am physically & mentally exhausted myself, but as all Mums do, we keep going!
This morning as Summer was coughing, being sick and working herself up into a frenzy, my Mumma instincts kicked in and I put us both in the shower, with the soothing sound of running water and the warmth touching our skin, she was calm within minutes……then, my 5 year old came in and snapped this!! Such a raw emotive moment of Motherhood in all her glory……messy bun and all!!”