Let me just say, I have the most amazing husband in the world.
There are times, especially these days, when I do not give him the attention he deserves. We are so busy taking care of the kids that we barely see each other. So the fact that he had it in him to do what I am about to tell you in the next paragraph, means a whole lot.
This morning I woke up after a rough night in which my face was itchy and oozing. I could barely keep it together. I think I mumbled something like, ” I don’t know how I’m going to make it through this day”. Then as I blended my green smoothie in the kitchen I heard him make a call. He was staying home to help with the kids for the morning.
Relief swept threw my body.
Then, he took my oldest girl out shopping with him for some HEPA air purifiers – this purchase was all him, folks, so it’s A OK! I had no input. He thinks the girls are getting coughs at night because of the allergens in the air which are particularly bad this year after all that gorgeous rain. Plants are happy and very much into sharing their joy through pollen dispersal.
So, I had the morning with just my 9 month old. I had room to breathe (literally and figuratively) and in the space that opened up in me, I thought, the piece of this puzzle that I have not been working on is exercise. And I actually felt like I had a bit of energy. My little one looked sleepy, so now was the time, what the heck. So, that’s what I did. I dug out the ol’ running pants and strapped on my running shoes, got her into the Bob and off we went.
I am so glad I did. Not only was it a fantastic distraction from the itching, it was also a mood lifter. I also read that sweating helps the skin detox, so bring it on! I am, however, rather unfit. So it was more of a run/walk/run scenario. But it felt GOOD.
So good in fact that, in the evening after dinner I suggested that we all go for a family bike ride. That meant getting the kids into our little hitch trailer. We hit the streets and I volunteered to be the bike pulling the kids because I wanted the extra work. I think my muscles are going to let me know it tomorrow, but I don’t care. I hope I will be able to get out again tomorrow.
Also, my mom suggested a bath with Epsom salts, and then did more research and said oatmeal or baking soda were recommended. So, again my hubs allowed me to carve out a bit of time and I did a soak in the tub with a few tablespoons of baking soda. I was a little worried it might make it all flair up again, but in actual fact it helped dry things out which is very helpful.
I do look a little scary, what with the redness and now peeling skin. I don’t feel too inclined to go out in public, but I will no doubt have to shove down the ego and do it anyway for the kids.
A day that started out rough was turned around by some very timely empathy and thoughtfulness on my hubby’s part.
Feeling very grateful.