Friday, April 23, 2010

Please keep your salmon salad 5 miles away at all times.

So far, my favorite pregnancy-related symptom hasn't been the nausea. Nor the four times in one night up to pee. Nor has it been the bloat that comes before the belly. Or the break-outs that bring me back to high school.

No, no.

My all time favorite thing so far is my ability to sniff out every single scent, odor, fragrance, etc within a two mile radius.

It's kind of crazy. And generally, it's helpful. I can recognize ingredients before looking at a dish. I can tell when it's time to do the laundry well before my hamper is overflowing. And I know when my husband has eaten the last Oreo before I even come downstairs.

Unfortunately, I can no longer stand the smell of my own house. The combination of the leather couch, new carpet and J's abundant use of "Fantastik" has overwhelmed my senses. I'm fine with the upstairs. But the downstairs - where I spend all of my time - has got to go. I'm not sure if scented candles are the answer, or if I just need to spend the entire weekend with the windows open.

But something has got to give. Either I need to have an army of Keebler elves start baking away, or I need an unscented febreeze kind of fix.

So I beg you, Internet. Please help.

8 comments:

Gucci Mama said...

Yikes. I'd say air everything out. The less scent the better. Good luck.

And tell your husband to keep his mits out of the oreos!

Sam_I_am said...

I have chronic nasal congestion, so maybe I should get pregnant to fix that haha. I would stay away from candles bc the smell might b overwhelming

scargosun said...

Windows and a Neti Pot. All better!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Not having ever been pregnant, I am constantly amazed at the stories my girlfriends and sisters have told about their peculiar pregnancy "symptoms!"

I love the intensified smell thing you're writing about here. It's like God gives you these superpowers, because you're carrying a human life!

Hope you find success with "neutralizing" everything! Good luck!!

Bill Zam said...

I hate to tell you this, but to this day my wife cannot stand "the stench of Unscented Febreze" from her first pregnancy, where she experienced the same awful Daredevil-like hypersensitivity. My son is 11. Wonk wonk woooonk.

Soda and Candy said...

Superpowers!

That's pretty awesome, but if that ever happened to me it would be super bad because our house already smells like dog farts and cat food...

Karen said...

I hear ya. I opened a can of tuna fish the other day and almost barfed into it.
The cats were thrilled. They got to eat it immediately.

I have to agree....aside from the occasional inconvenience of having an unusually large belly, the sensitivity to smells is the worst side effect.

FunnyGal KAT said...

If it helps to look at the positive side of things, my doctor said pregnant women get that improved sense of smell as a safety measure. If a certain food doesn't smell right to you, don't eat it (although she didn't say what to do when your husband doesn't smell right to you...)

One of my favorite pregnancy stories is how I freaked the PH out by correctly guessing he was using ketchup when we were two rooms apart. So there's that...