Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson Huff has revealed that her baby daughter Honey is fighting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
The 24-year-old television personality, who gave birth to her first child with husband Christian Huff on May 11, detailed Honey’s health struggles in an emotional Instagram post on Friday.
‘we have been walking through this privately, but I want to give y’all a window in because I know so many around the world are going through this,’ Sadie began in the lengthy caption of a photo in which appeared to her and Honey in a hospital bed.
Sad: Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson Huff has revealed that her baby daughter Honey is fighting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
In the image, Huff gazed lovingly down at Honey, who was intubated, as they snuggled underneath a fuzzy blue blanket.
She continued, ‘The past few days have been very tough. Watching your child sick is one of the most heart breaking things.
‘Seeing her little struggle brings me to tears like I have never cried, but seeing her strength has given me smiles I have never smiled. The love I have for this girl is unmatched.
Staying strong: Sadie said, ‘Seeing her little struggle brings me to tears like I have never cried, but seeing her strength has given me smiles I have never smiled’; pictured 2018
‘She makes us laugh when we want to be crying, because of her wild and sweet fighter spirit,’ Sadie said. ‘Seeing the nurses and doctors love her and laugh at her silliness in the midst of sickness has brought joy to a dark room.
‘It’s not over yet, and that is sad, but we are believing for the days to come! To all the mamas and dads out there watching their child go through sickness I grieve with you.’
The Dancing With The Stars alum, who is a devout Christian, concluded her post with a psalm.
Postpartum anxiety: Sadie detailed her struggle with postpartum anxiety on her Whoa! That’s Good podcast, divulging that she’s ‘constantly trying to fight fear’ after welcoming daughter Honey James in May
‘This is what we are declaring right now… “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” Psalm 30:11-12 MSG I’m so grateful for our friends and family believing this with us! RSV you stink.’
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, almost all children will be infected with RSV by the time that they are two years old but the majority of those cases are mild.
The CDC website states: ‘One to two out of every 100 children younger than 6 months of age with RSV infection may need to be hospitalized. Those who are hospitalized may require oxygen, intubation, and/or mechanical ventilation (help with breathing). Most improve with this type of supportive care and are discharged in a few days.’
Parenthood: Robertson shares Honey with her husband Christian Huff
Sadie’s journey as a new mother has not always been easy. In July, Huff got candid about the postpartum anxiety she was experiencing since welcoming Honey.
The New York Times Best-Selling author detailed her constant ‘fear’ and the struggle to fight a ‘toxic brain spiral’ of negativity, that has begun to plague her since becoming a first time mom.
Speaking on her podcast Whoa! That’s Good, Huff divulged the nuances of her day to day anxiety when it comes to her daughter. ‘I’m constantly trying to fight fear in my life,’ she began.
Tough labor: The Duck Dynasty star had previously divulged that the labor was difficult as Honey got ‘stuck’ underneath her pelvis and was clamping her own umbilical cord which prevented her from getting air; pictured July 8
Sadie began talking about the difference between postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression, and vaguely spoke about emotional highs and painful lows — chalking most of it up to ‘fear.’
She spoke about her general struggles with anxiety but shared that they started to take on a different form after welcoming her daughter.
‘It was so many emotions happening that I couldn’t fight the fear like I usually do…I didn’t even realize it was creeping up as much as it was,’ she said of the hormonal anxiety she felt.
Huff then spoke about some level of PTSD she experienced from the traumatic labor with Honey — after detailing previously on her podcast that the infant got ‘stuck’ underneath her pelvis and was clamping her own umbilical cord, which prevented airflow.
‘Toxic brain spiral’: Sadie spoke about a level of PTSD that she experienced after her daughter’s tough labor and called the worrisome influx of thoughts a ‘toxic brain spiral’
‘Because Honey and I had the labor we experienced, my mind kept going into the like “what if this would have happened”,’ she began.
“What if it did last one more minute and she didn’t make it”, “what if she didn’t end up coming out and neither one us made it,”‘ Sadie shared, detailing her spiraling inner monologue.
‘That is such a toxic brain spiral to go through, that it will manifest itself in some way,’ Huff shared of the relentless worrisome thoughts. ‘And for me that was extreme anxiety.’
‘I didn’t even realize that those thoughts throughout the day were making me jittery, were making me have all these feelings of anxiety and were making my chest feel super tight, like, I couldn’t breathe.’
Sadie continued to say that she kept her struggles private — even from her husband Christian — because she said she was also ‘so joyful’ to be a mom as a whole.
Happiness: Sadie confessed that she was confused how she could feel such happiness as a new mom but also be plagued by such a level of fear; pictured July 14
‘I didn’t understand how I could be so happy and so joyful, yet also experience so much fear,’ Huff said of the complexities.
‘I realized that you don’t have to choose just one of those feelings. You don’t have to choose fear and trade out all the joy. You don’t have to choose joy and trade out all the fear. It can actually go hand in hand.’
‘The reason I was so fearful is because I loved her so much,’ Huff continued. ‘However, just because it makes rational sense that I had some fear it doesn’t mean that is something I needed to live with.’
She went on to say that it got to a point where she had to talk about the fear that she felt with Christian and her family, and also spoke about the guilt she felt that her ‘fear was stealing from the sweetness’ of motherhood.
Ultimately, she said she learned to let gratitude flood the fear. ‘It’s important that you don’t let that thought run rampant, and that you exchange it with a different thought’ she explained.
Private battle: Sadie revealed that she had suppressed her fear outbursts from her husband Christian because she felt guilty that her ‘fear was stealing from the sweetness’ of motherhood; pictured July 11