A photo of a mum and her little girl has received over 12,000 likes after she posted it on Facebook yesterday.
Kelli Bannister reluctantly posted the picture of her sick daughter in the embrace of her mother.
After her 20 month old daughter, Summer got infected with the flu from her brothers, Kelli was a mess with worry.
She called it “one of the absolute worst parts of motherhood” in her viral post which has been shared by media outlets around the world.
After days or worry and very little sleep Kelli’s motherly instinct kicked in when she saw that Summer was starting to get into coughing fits and working herself up.
Thankfully, Kelli’s five year old captured the moment and it is truly one of the most beautifully raw images of motherhood.
The Australian mum is a photographer herself and a blogger so she decided to share the image online after a small bit of deliberation.
She told The Daily Mail:
“To be honest I was actually extremely apprehensive about posting such an emotional and personal moment to my business pages, but thought ‘No, this is REAL, this is me and THIS is Motherhood.’”
And we’re so glad she did.
„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!!“