While it was "TGIF!!!! WoooHooo!!!" for everyone else, mine is always a tricky business. And one particular Friday was waaaayyyy the other end of the TGIF spectrum. Her toys lay neglected. The little champ came home "drunk" on a basket of whines and a bottle full of crankiness.
Repeated attempts to have a decent conversation in a meeting was driving me up the wall! I was around 28 weeks, coupled with a heap load of squatting, carrying and bending over to her, I developed a huge discomfort in my abdominal area. You think its over. A walk to the car had her trip and scrap her knees. "OHHHH!! You've got to be freaking kidding me?!" I rolled my eyes in disbelief at how much worse things can get. As difficult as it was, I chose to breathe in real deep. I kissed her and talked to her through her whines and cries. I held in it like a bottle of champagne, shaken and about to burst open, foam spilling out. When she'd finally fallen asleep, I quickly retreated into my escape: A shower.
The gentle stimulation of hot water slowed down my breathing and heartbeat. My muscles less tense. The all superb finale, comforting and soothing? My "need-to pamper-for-sanity" bath capsules. I'm serious. The smell, fresh and absolutely divine. Lathering up the creamy bath wash, I was greeted by the aroma. It brought me memories of my trip to the Maldives a few years back, the familiar smell of a spa, the clear waters, the feeling of a relaxed vacation. THAT bath was my very short but oh-so-important private time! I'd emerged from the bathroom, a happy bird. A supermom with an imaginary cape! I walked with a bounce in my strides.
One who is familiar with psychology is aware that smell is highly emotive. Pleasant smells stimulates the olfactory system of the brain (connected to your sense of smell) which then sends a signal to the limbic system (one that controls emotions and recalls memories), releasing chemicals in the brain that can relax, calm or stimulate you.
I'm soooooo glad I had that short yet lovely ‘retreat’! Happy mama, happy family.
Oh, and mommies, should you be tempted to join me and indulge, this giftbox is DEFINITELY it. It's every lovely thing combined! Nurture self, nurture baby.
All 3 of us sisters will be sharing stories from our different perspectives. The good, the bad and the ugly, we're telling it as it is.