I am the mother of two boys under the age of 5, one of whom has special needs and I try to keep my sanity by finding the humor in some of our stressful situations.
I really encourage all Moms to try and do this as much as possible.
Sometimes even on the worst days little things happen to remind us we are only human.
Now I know you didn’t ask me to provide you with an example of how I do this but guess what?
I am going to give you one.
Last Thursday, just before midnight my husband and I were getting ready for bed discussing who owed who feet rub when we heard our 3yr old son start screaming from his bed.
I ran to the bathroom because it had the best lighting and started the shower because I could see he was having trouble breathing and thought the moisture would help.
At this point my husband asked if he should dial 911 and I said yes, I could see that Matthew could inhale but he was in pain when trying to exhale.
I quickly took our son down to the kitchen and opened the freezer thinking now that the cool air would be more beneficial and when the ambulance was on its way I walked out front holding little Matthew so he could breath in the cool night air.
By now you’re thinking how is any of this funny, well when I got to tell the story the next day I found myself laughing with friends and family at the little details.
When Matthew and I reached the front porch he let out a huge belch and I could immediately feel him relax and snuggle into my neck.
The pain I thought he was having from having trouble breathing was really from indigestion.
Because I was bare foot my husband quickly found a pair of his men’s size 13 sandals.
As he slipped his giant sandals on to my feet and said “This is it am I going to be the half naked lady in the ER tonight. Well, I guess everyone has to take their turn”.
Like I mentioned we didn’t have to take Matthew to the hospital that night but because of my luck everyone that showed up at our house was a male.
So even though it started out a horrible situation when the dust settled we were able to think of it as the night Matthew almost took an ambulance ride due to gas and I could have been arrested for indecent exposure.
Do you know the difference between anxiety and depression?