So there I am in the shower. A blissfully uninterrupted shower. I can hear my 4yo playing in the living room around our Christmas tree. Then She comes in and asks,"Momma, can you smell me?" Oh dear! So let's rewind a couple of days shall we?
I had my last doctor's appointment regarding my broken leg last Thursday. I was given permission to walk. Words I have been waiting since August the eighteenth, when I broke my knee and leg, rather badly, in two places, to hear(still crutches and cane as needed during therapy). So I was jumping(ie walking) for joy! So my daddy met me at my doctors appointment, and we went to have a celebratory lunch after. After all, it was him and my daughter I was with, when on a family beach vacation, when I fell and started this journey! So it was appropriate that we were celebrating together! He brought me a singing feel better frog equipped with a right leg brace(purple of course)and a crutch, and a Yankee candle that I had wanted, that smelled like pine and Christmas. He also bought me two Yankee candle room sprays. One that smelled like Christmas, and one that smelled like pine! I love my daddy! So fast forward back to today in the bathroom.
So to answer the 4yo's question, yes I can smell her. She smells rather strongly, like a gigantic Christmas Tree! Normally this would pose no problem. She did not get it in her eyes or her mouth, so wer'e all good right? Wrong! We are going to meet my mother in law and oldest daughter for lunch and winter formal shopping with daddy(my husband has the best taste in the family, with eldest daughter a close second.) Shouldn't be a problem right? Wrong! My mother in law is smell sensitive. She is allergic to any candles, lotion, perfume, room spray, you get the picture. So dragging a huggy 4yo who smells strongly like a christmas tree may pose a problem. We are talking, when we were out of town together in June, she gave us the keys to their truck, and opted not to go with us to dinner, because she was hacking and coughing because I put on perfume. It is not her fault, but smells make her deathly ill, and give her a migraine. Albeit, she is a little dramatic at times with the coughing and gagging, but she really is sensitive. Which has been a learning curve for me , because I come from one big like to excercise out right to perfume family. So I am now no longer enjoying my solo uninterrupted shower, I am mentally brainstorming a way to tone down and cover the tree smell. When I get out of the shower for the first time in four months on two feet, I do no happy happy dance of joy to celebrate, instead I am brainstorming how to not shower, but un-pine spray my child. Yes MIL is allergic to Febreze too.
So after clean clothes, powdering my child, lotioning to try to cover up the smell, and taking time to breath and get dressed, we are ready to go and meet the MIL and sissy the oldest. I can no longer detect the odor. Hopefully MIL won't be able to either! We shall see! If she does, I promise to take a picture of the face that is sure to ensue at my little 4yo living Christmas Tree.