For the past week or so, I have been slightly under the weather. I think allergies are to blame as I seem to get the same symptoms in the same order whenever my allergies start--sore throat that lasts for about 1-2 days, throat suddenly clears up, onset of congestion that will make me completely miserable without allergy medicine. However, I'm not entirely sure it was allergies this time. Maybe it was a cold as Gordon Lee seemed to have started to get a little congested himself! Poor little guy!
He wasn't that bad off, but yesterday morning he seemed to wake up crankier than usual and I could tell by his breathing he was congested. Anyway, I'd been doing a few things to help ease his congestion--it's hard with a baby because you can't give them anything and you have to suck their drainage out with a bulb. But I had put him down for a morning nap, gotten out of the shower, only to find him crying as he'd woken up just a few short minutes later. I think the congestion was to blame.
It was a dreary, overcast day outside and I was feeling a bit sleepy myself. At first, I was going to try to get a lot of chores done yesterday...the dishes needed to be done; laundry also needed to be done; laundry that was already done needed to be folded and put away; I wanted to vacuum..you get the point. But when I got out of the shower I rushed right to my sweet little crying baby, let him eat, and then I wrapped him up in my robe.
When he was a brand new newborn, he would sleep on our chests gladly. But as soon as he started learning to pick his head up, sleeping on somebody's chest slowly became a thing of the past as he would just push up (even swaddled) to pick his little head up. Yesterday, though, I really don't think he was feeling too good as he just settled in being wrapped in my robe. I walked around the house holding him wrapped up as he fell asleep peacefully.
And I decided to just sit at an angle in bed with him wrapped up. Sitting there, I felt so peaceful like I was spending a day at the spa! In fact, a day at the spa wouldn't have even given me the refreshment and joy I felt. I thought to myself..the chores can wait. There is nothing like moments like this one. And I truly felt some sort of positive hormones flowing through me...a wave of serenity and bliss. So, I spent most of the day yesterday just cuddling my baby and not worrying about doing anything else. Even the blog I posted had been written the night before. I added a few sentences and posted it.
And people might think I'm crazy for believing this, but I truly think it helped him and me get better! I am feeling MUCH better than I did, and he seems to feel a lot better as well. He has been very cheerful today and his breathing sounds much better. Maybe that was all we both needed.