Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sick Baby

 On Friday, We had a lovely morning.  Everyone woke up too early but I figured bonus!  I could put the babies down for an early nap and sleep for an hour or so myself before Ben came home and I went across the street to volunteer in Harry's class.

I made delicious chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and all the kids lurved them.
 After the big boys went to school, the babies and I went for a walk and to the park.  Dorothy rode the train like a big girl and was SO HAPPY.

We came home to play and take a shower (me), and things were going SO WELL.  At 10:30, Dorothy took a break from happily playing in our closet where she loves to roll around in a pile of Ben's ties and my scarves and rub her face in my clothes that hang on a low bar and toddled happily to her room where I heard her playing with her musical instruments.

At 10:40, Cooper inquired "Yum yum?  Have?" so I went into the kitchen to turn on the griddle which I ;left out after breakfast because I planned to make us all grilled cheese sandwiches.  I had just turned the dial to 250 degrees and opened the fridge when I heard Dorothy stomping down the hall.  Then she coughed, and it sounded like something spilled.  Then I heard her fall down and bump something-- I assumed her head-- on the floor.  I waited for the scream and went to investigate.  What I saw stopped me in my tracks.


She puked, slipped in it, banged her head, struggled to her feet, and let loose another tidal wave of bile all over the wall.  IT WAS HORRIFIC.

I took off my clothes (I was wearing a really cute outfit and was fresh from the shower) before I wrapped her in a huge towel and deposited her in a bubble bath.  She played happily with the faucet while I bagged her soiled clothes and cleaned up the hallway.  She was still happy after her bath, so I put her in some jammies and nursed her and put her down for a nap.

She stayed asleep for about 30 minutes giving me enough time to switch the laundry and start on the garbage bag full of rancid clothes and towels, feed and tuck in Cooper, and eat a salad.  Then she started crying, and I found her face down in a puke-covered crib.

For the rest of the afternoon, we cuddled on the couch, me wearing a towel over my yoga pants and bleach stained t-shirt and her sliming all over me every 10 or 20 minutes.  She couldn't keep anything down and was so, so sad.

Sick babies are the SADDEST.  Finally, she feels better today, and I have been encouraging everyone to swap cups and toothbrushes so we get this over with before vacation.  SO MUCH LAUNDRY.


  1. Anonymous12:39 PM

    SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU ,such beautiful kids :-)
    My daughter has ADHD ,was a micropreemie
    Always love coming here to see snaps of your children , so cute especially Dorothy

    BTW happens to be my MIL's name ,hope she feels better soon

  2. Poor booger! I'm always amazed how much puke a baby can produce. We went through this a few months ago and I finally just hit EVERYTHING with bleach and Lysol. It hurt to breathe but no one puked.

  3. All your morning fun, ruined by Cooper's sickness. On the other hand, it's nice to know that it didn't last long. Have you brought her to the doctor? I hope she never has to experience that again.

    Clinton Bashir @ US HealthWorks

  4. I’m sorry that your fun time had to stop due to Cooper’s sickness. I can only imagine the panic that shoot you while you saw her with her vomit, and I commend you for acting right as soon as possible. I do hope you won’t experience the same scene with her again. Have you consulted her pediatrician? I hope you did. I also hope that Cooper is faring better now. :)

    Logan Rojas @ Focus On Kids Peds

  5. It’s true that when a kid in the family is sick, it affects the whole house. They’ve been known to give joy and energy to the family, and an illness could take that away from them. Sitting on the couch the whole afternoon is not fun at all, but it’s nice to know that she was able to cope soon after. But I hope that in case that happens again, you'll immediately call her pedia and consider going to the hospital, just to be safe. Take care!

    Candace Hudson @ MedCare