The weather is warming up. The flowers are blooming. The days are longer. Yes, Spring is finally upon us after what seemed like the endless winter here in the northeast US. I hear all my friends wax poetic about finally being able to go outside with the kiddos. I read post after post on Facebook about how everyone is taking long walks outside or picnicking at the parks. As much as I’d like to say I’m one of those people who yearn for the spring, I’m simply not.
It’s not that I don’t like the warm weather or the beauty of Mother Earth renewing her splendor with greenery and flowers. To be honest, I like the fall better as I love the fall colors, the crisp air and the fashion better than I like the spring. However, my main reason for not welcoming the spring with open arms is due to my severe seasonal allergies! I’m all for picnics and walks and all those wonderful outdoor activities. But it comes at a cost. The runny nose, the itchy eyes, the scratchy throat. These are all things that I associate with the season.
Before I became a mom, I would avoid the outdoors from April through June as my allergies would be so bad. Although I would be itching to get outside (pun intended), there are days I couldn’t bear it. I would actually break out into hives if I were out too long. I’ve tried every allergy medicine to no avail. Each would work for a short amount of time, but by the end of the first spring month, I would have grown immune to its benefits.
After I had my daughter, I was determined to combat the pollen vortex and have my little one enjoy the outdoors. So for the past 3 springs, I loaded up on meds and nasal sprays and sat my itchy, runny self in the grass to play. Yes I would have to rinse off maybe 3 times a day, but I was willing to make those changes for my kid.
Then it happened. Something I had really hoped wouldn’t. My daughter began to sneeze, itch and look at me with same watery eyes I had. “Mommy, I don’t feel good. I want to go inside.” NOOOOOOOO! She was doomed to the same hivey fate!
So here I stand, in the children’s allergy isle examining all the bottles and boxes suggested to me. I’m hoping in one of these packages holds a little miracle that exclaims “Enjoy the outdoors, little one! Don’t miss out!”