7" x 10" Original Watercolor
2011© Gretchen Bjornson
Whenever I see or smell lavender I am reminded of my 9 year old as an infant. Motherhood for me was baptism by fire. God blessed me with a baby who couldn't be consoled. He cried from day one and through most of his first 6 months. I tried it all.....everything from a car ride to a ride on the washing machine. Nothing worked. Everyone tried to help and offer suggestions, but in the end the only relief I ever really got was from my Mom.....who stayed with us the first few nights to rock and hold the baby at night allowing me some much needed sleep.
So why lavender flowers? One of the many tips I received to help the baby relax and sleep was lavender oil. I was told to dab some on a cotton swab and place it under the baby's sheets. Although I don't recall groundbreaking results, I do think it helped some. I even used the Johnson and Johnson baby bath infused with lavender and believed it may have calmed him. I admit I dabbed it behind my own ears more than one time for my own sanity.
Well, I survived that first year, as most of us do. In addition, I was blessed again four years later with our second child who was the best baby a mother could have asked for.....sleeping through the night at just under 2 months of age and a happy baby who seldom cried and was content most of the time. As I complete this post, I have two little boys peeking in the office at me.....both with smiles on their faces. Life is good.