all week i've been suffering from something that doesn't usually bother me - seasonal allergies! ugh.
mostly, it's been limited to early-morning sneezes, itchy eyes, and an itchy throat.
this morning, though, i woke up with such severe sneezes that i couldn't stop. (sam no longer startles at my sneezes because they've become so frequent.) i went through an entire double-roll of ultra-soft toilet paper, trying to stem the onslaught.
when i was still sneezing my face off half an hour before we were leaving for church, patrick suggested i stay home. (smart guy ... i'd've blown everyone away)
the regular-strength claritin i've been taking just wasn't cutting it, so i decided to pack sam into his jollyjumper carrier and take him for a walk to the drugstore.
it's really foggy today (rare here, but so nice!), and mild, so in spite of frequent sneezings, i really enjoyed the walk. and everyone i ran into just wanted to chat!
it made my heart warm.
first, i ran into an older lady who asked if she could see the baby (his hood was covering his face) and she told me about how her son used to love going for walks. then there was another man nearby who came over to see sam too, and talked about carrying his kids on his back when he used to do surveying in the woods. the three of us chatted for a few minutes about how much we love our kids and it was one of the most random and sweet conversations ever.
then, after i got some extra-strength meds, i was leaving shoppers and a middle aged man waved me over. he seemed like the tough-guy type - he definitely works out, and drives a big suv - so i was surprised that he asked "can i see him - her - ?" i showed him sam, and he curled up his shoulders like he wanted to hug him. "ohhhh, he's adorable!" he groaned. and he told me all about his 8-month old, and we discussed types of slings, and sam just snuggled me, sucking on his soother and being sweet. finally the man turned to get in his car, and said, "oh, i'm going to cry. he is too adorable."
i completely didn't expect that.
but i have to say, i agree. sam is deliciously adorable.
so if you ever come to thunder bay and want to meet nice people, take a baby for a walk on a sunday morning. it's the most social & friendly time of the week.