I need suggestions for prevention of a certain syndrome. I'm on the verge of shedding my lining. Since this started up again after Avery got to be around 6 months old, the week before has left me hanging. Hanging on for dear life. My jaws are sore--so to speak--from biting everybody's head off. I try to distract myself and protect the ones I love by engaging in vigorous cleaning and tidying. Though, today was particularly annoying. I try to fight it, I do. But, only a hot shower could temporarily sooth my seething. After the shower I slipped under the covers next to the folded laundry and dozed off easily. Dr. Gooch woke me only to let me know that he was leaving for the hospital and that Lucy was watching PBS downstairs. Lucy eventually showed herself in and begged to invite Emma and Ally over to play. I refused her and shuffled downstairs to begin dinner. Seth arrived home from school and the other girls woke from naps. As I strained the angel hair and slices the asparagus, Seth looked at me,
"Mom, why does your face look different?"
"It just looks different. You look like you are really tired."
Me: touched (that he would notice the dark circles under my eyes) and unsettled (that I had such noticeable dark circles under my eyes).
"I am really tired. And sick, too. Sick and tired,"
Then we ate dinner and they went to bed (yeah, like it's that easy.)