In which vomit and other bodily fluids are discussed in detail.

November 18, 2008

Sick babies are just no fun. Plain and simple. Friday night Harrison woke up again and I could see he was sick and I forbade him to throw up, but he did it anyway. I DON'T handle vomit well. I just kind of throw my arms helplessly into the air and say "Oh! Yuck! Gross! Help!" Yes, I'm useful to have around in a pinch. Richard is awesome though, so there is that.

On Saturday we had to be at Mimi's Cafe in Orem at 11:30 (where we were having lunch with Harrison’s Birth Mom), and just before we got there Harrison barfed. A LOT. All over. We pulled over to a gas station, stripped him down to his diaper and clean everything up the best we could. I kept asking the universe "Why does it always have to be in the car or in his crib? Why? Why?" They seem like the worst possible places to have to clean up puke. Not that I can think of all that many places where it is nice to clean up puke from, but some variety would be nice once in a while.

Once he was mostly clean, we stopped by Babies-R-Us and got him some clothes and put them on him right there in the store. And then went to lunch where Harrison behaved like an angel. I thought maybe all our troubles were over, but he tossed his cookies again that night, and then again the next morning. And I got my wish. He hurled in our bedroom. So, variety. Yeah. Now our room smells like throw up too. Neat.

Baby sickness is so special. There are so many fluids involved. I won't go into details, I will just say that some of those other, grosser fluids were yesterday deposited on my bedroom carpet. Yeah, that’s a nice addition to the smells in here. It seems easier at this point to just replace the carpets rather than cleaning them. I have quite literally been walking around with a spray bottle of cleaner in my hand. I'm thinking about getting a holster. Moms really do need utility belts. And they would make us look so cool! If anyone is interested, let me know. I've got a guy. I think we can make them work.

So I had a good long talk with Harrison last night: Explained to him how inconvenient and unpleasant it is for me to clean up stomach contents in the middle of the night, so if it wouldn't be too much trouble, could he please, please not do it anymore? He was pretty non-committal in his response, but I guess I managed to convince him and he decided to give me a break. Last night he didn’t wake up once. Hallelujah.

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  1. Your relationship with puke, sounds really familiar with mine. During our marriage my body has decided to rebel THREE times. Each time I end up with tears on the floor while Joseph cleans everything up. :(

    I had to test the Husband/Wife bond somehow.

    Anyway, congrats on your lil'talk getting through to Harrison. He is so mature to listen to you :)

  2. Maybe Harrison could take up the trombone. A hobby might take his mind off the loss of his stomach contents. He must miss them deeply.

    The trombone has a soothing effect on humans. And all that arm pumping is excellent exercise.

    If he thinks the trombone is right for him he could start with this song:

    Bwaaaaaap Bwaaaaaap Bweep Bwaaaaaaap!

  3. I am new here! What a great blog :)

  4. This is why I pretty much avoid being around babies for their first year and a half or so of life.

  5. Which I'm sure your wife appreciates.