This weekend was a weekend of walks. We covered about 6 miles, double stroller and ErgoBaby carrier in tow, walking to a birthday party on Saturday at a local park, then to breakfast on Sunday, then to the playground after that before heading back home exhausted and happy.
And one of the most heartwarming things about watching your children grow up is discovering the friendships they form on their own- not the ones you culture for them because you really like the other kid’s mom… though I am quite fond of Max’s mom, thank goodness. Milo and Max. These two have to be separated every day during Circle Time at preschool, which I think says it all and will therefore leave it at that. They are quite the team. But I know from observation that they are both smarty-pantsies AND really really sweet boys who include certain little brothers in all endeavors.
The weather was gorgeous again, so yeah. Lucky us. Except that I wasn’t so lucky yesterday when I developed a massive migraine on the walk back from the playground. For those of you who have never had a migraine before,
screw you just kidding… it really is mind-numbing pain and you should consider yourself lucky. I have had three natural childbirths, people, and I can say that migraines seriously suck.
Here’s what happens to me: First, blank spots or blind spots that take the form of what looks like the bright reflections off of waves swim in front of my eyes. I cannot make out faces or words, and become disoriented and confused. IF I am lucky, I will immediately lie down in a dark room as soon as these visual disturbances occur, and a lot of the time I can head off the full-blown migraine. BUT. If I am somewhere where that is not possible (i.e. a mile away from home pushing a stroller), the visual disturbances will get worse and then I will start to become extremely nauseous. Sometimes I throw up, but most often I don’t. Then comes the pain, usually localized to one area of my head. Yesterday it was right behind the right eye, a feeling of shards of glass in my eye and a dull throbbing behind the eye. Brutal. Luckily Andrew was home, so he took the kids so I could lie down (don’t be fooled, sleep is almost impossible during a migraine, especially when I cannot take anything because I am breastfeeding) for a couple of hours. And then, after the torture, there is what I call the “migraine hangover.” Take a really bad hangover, without all the fun you had the night before, and that’s exactly how you feel when the migraine is gone. The migraine hangover usually lasts a full day after the migraine.
So there it is. If you were wondering. I’m still working on identifying my triggers (people who get regular migraines often have very specific triggers that will lead to a nasty one) and so far the three biggest triggers are lack of sleep for several days in a row (check), stress, and a change in barometric pressure (aka glorious cool, sunny weather- which is why I get a lot more migraines in spring and fall- how unfair is that?).
Feeling better and feeling lucky to have such an incredible bunch of men to take care of me. Hope all you mamas had a little more luck with Mother’s Day than I did!