Friday, January 16, 2009

C-a-a-n You Feel the Love To-n-i-i-i-g-h-t

If you don't want to read any more of my 'icky' posts, skip this one. I know I've had way too many of them this winter, but I can assure you, if I could stop these experiences from happening I would!

It's after 1:00 in the morning and I'm still up. I got caught up in reading blogs while waiting until it was time to take my 24-hour insulin.

I was planning to go to bed. But I didn't. It got later and later, and at about midnight, just as I was about to turn in, I heard the boys' door open. It was Lion.

"Are you okay?" I asked. He's not usually a get-up-in-the-middle-of-the-nighter.

"I have to go poop." That was unusual.

"Go ahead."

I asked him sometime when he was up if he had to barf, and he said no. I don't know why I asked him that, except that Princess, Professor and I all had the throwing up illness twice. One with a 36-48 hour incubation period, and another with about a 3 day incubation. Princess came down with it last on Sunday night, (actually 3:30 Monday morning) so I thought we were about all in the clear. Lion was the only one who didn't have it. James had it once.

Lion went back to bed and I stayed up. I didn't know why. I let the dog out and was ready to get off the computer when I heard his door creak open.

"Mommy, I'm going to barf." Talk about a mother's intuition.

I jumped up, words stumbling out of my mouth as I ran around the corner. "Quick, barf in the toilet, hurry--" One look at him and I knew he wasn't going to make it. I looked at the floor in desperation. There was a clear storage bin sitting there among dirty towels, a toy stroller, a rug cleaner and other junk; shining as if illuminated from a light from above. My personal Holy Grail. I grabbed it as he started choking and spatters began hitting the floor. I shoved that thing underneath my poor baby just in time. I tried to hold my breath, rubbing his back as he heaved repeatedly. My queasy pregnant tummy couldn't handle it. I desperately wanted to stay until the end, but I choked out "Sit down!"as lovingly as I could as I placed the bin on the floor and ran away. Yep, I ran away from my child in his moment of need. Reaching the living room, I gasped for air, praying it wasn't too late for my tummy. The waves of nausea slowly subsided, and Lion was freed from the pain of having a puking partner for the same bin.

I got him a new pair of pajamas, and he snuggled back into bed with the aptly named "barf bucket". It's a white bucket with a handle that used to hold several pounds of peanut butter. Every family has their special bucket. If you don't, you should. James' family mentions the "blue bowl" or was it the "blue pan". I don't remember, but even I know what they're referring to when they say it. The only requirement for the bucket that it be large enough the situation, and small enough that anyone in the family can cling to it desperately without falling in.

After he was safely in bed, I used the towels on the tiny bit of mess left, took care of the no-longer-shining bin, and sat back at the computer. I knew that Round Two couldn't be far ahead. I was not disappointed.

Poor guy. After he was finished, he went to sleep. And I'm still up. He's growing up so fast. He'll be seven years old on Saturday. At least he'll be better for his birthday. I'll write more about him later, as this mommy needs to sleep. But he hit a milestone today. Lost his first tooth two nights ago, but this one is bigger.

This is the very first time ever that he's run out of his room saying he needed to barf, instead of upchucking over his entire bed. Professor did that too for the first time a month ago. What? Two kids who won't need their bedding changed three times a night when they're sick? I think they're growing up too fast, but this is heavenly!

I'm glad I stayed up, otherwise I would have had a big mess to clean. At least it wouldn't have been bedding, although that giant food storage bag of potato flakes sitting in the hallway wouldn't have fared well. (Hey, no judging! I haven't figured out where to put it yet!) I'm not happy with the level of clutter in the house, but at least that pan was there. Oh, I'm in love with that pan right now. I'm learning to be happy with little things.

When I conquer the clutter? I'll just keep empty bins everywhere. Or maybe just wastebaskets by each bed, and tell them if they ever wake up sick to barf in them. Hopefully they'd remember. Ok, I'm rambling again, so goodnight.

I think I may be too excited by this milestone to sleep!


Kelline said...

That is a milestone, at least for us mothers. Luckily for our family we have yet to have the stomach flu, just a nasty cold! Hope your house feels better soon, sweet dreams!

Annette Lyon said...

Ugh. Dealing with barf is one of the worst parts of motherhood. I've got a sick kid today too--but so far it's just a sore throat and fever. Crossing fingers.

Jeni said...

I so don't envy you. I really have problems with vomit. When I was a kid we had an orange square hospital wash basin. Every time I see one, I think "barf bucket" not something you sponge bathe with.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

We've had the pukes at our house this week too. Loved the "holy grail" line. That's classic. Great post.

LexiconLuvr said...

You are too funny, Rebecca!
And we're a "barf-bucket" family too! My lil' troops refuse to barf in the toilet at all. If there's not a bucket, they'll up-chuck it. (Everywhere.)

And I agree with Steph; the Holy Grail line was PERFECT!

Heather of the EO said...

I think the empty pail by the bed at all times thing is brilliant.

Good job, Mom! :)

No Cool Story said...

That's the worse :( Throwing up is so scary and messy and smelly, yuck.

"I ran away..." At that point, I'd probably done the same ;)

Heidi Ashworth said...

I love that line--big enough to cling to but small enough not to fall in (or however you said it--just great!)

Kimberly said...

I love those moments of good timing. They make up (in part) for some of the awful ones.

Love the bedside waste basket idea!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Finding the little things in life to be grateful for ... what an example for all of us! The Lord is constantly showering us with His tender mercies, we just have to find them.

I hope everyone is feeling better and that you got some rest!

mindyluwho said...

I know exactly how you feel about the milestone Lion made by not throwing up on the bed! I loved it when my kids finally did that too. And I loved the Holy Grail comment! That is such a great image. We haven't had much sickness this year so we haven't had to pull out the pail(knock, knock, knock) .

James said...

I don't think anyone is more happy than I am that he didn't toss his cookies all over his bed. Because I would have ended up cleaning up after him. Ugh. Not the best time to be thinking about that, you know...

Nancy Face said...

BARF BUCKET! That is the exact same thing we've always called ours! :D

Jen said...

Oy vey! What a day!

Interesting about the barf intuition. I once talked with a woman who always knew in advance when her children were going to barf, she would have a "smell premonition" earlier in the day, even at times when the child wasn't around she would smell puke and then sure enough someone would puke before the day was over.

Melain said...

Dude, that is SICK.

Summer said...

Ok, this is so weird because you and I were very recently on the same wavelength.

My oldest son will turn 7 this Sunday for one. He was very sick last week. Threw up 4 times during the day and I too had the thought that he was growing up, all because he hit the trash can every time.

It felt like a poignant moment as I thought that but then I realized other people would think it just weird of me. Now I know I'm not the only one. :)

Found you through Kym.

Abra said...

YUCK! That is definitely the worst ever. I despise cleaning up puke.