Friday, September 17, 2010

The Night of Incessant Vomit

  • Went to bed at 10:30.
  • Woke up at 11:00 to Anna wailing.
  • Brought her to bed with us.
  • @ 11:30 she was throwing up. Dashingly Handsome Sidekick (DHS) assisted. Cleaned up the floor. Thankfully she made it to the bathroom and didn't puke on the bed. (Good girl!) 
  • @ 11:45 I made a bed on the floor next to our bed. Bucket positioned on a towel next to her head.
  • @ 11:50 she threw up again.
  • I told Aaron to sleep, I'd take care of it. After all, I'm the one at home during the day. He has to stand up in front of a bunch of high schoolers and make sense.
  • Every twenty to forty minutes until 6:30 Anna dry-heaved into that bucket. I know because I saw the clock every time I dragged myself back to bed.
  • @ 3:30 Sophie started wailing. Brought her to bed with me, worried that she was going to throw up, too.
  • Sophie fell asleep all over my side of the bed. But she never threw up. (Thank you, Jesus!)
  • @ 6:30, when the DHS came in to kiss me goodbye, told me he said he'd see me at 11 tonight because he's off to Othello for a big football game, I gave in to weeping because I didn't think I could do it. Didn't think I could find the strength to get the kids off to school. Didn't think I could pull off the whole single-parent thing today, all day. Regular days are hard enough, with sleep, with DHS coming home at six.
  • It's 3:30 now. I'm grateful for the people (Christina & Amy C.) who dropped off/picked up my big kids from school. I'm grateful for morning cartoons: I set my two girls in front of the TV with bucket at the ready, and dozed off on the sofa next to them. I'm grateful for an open schedule today, for not having to cancel a bunch of appointments.
  • And I'm hoping for a better night's sleep tonight. I'm hoping because I'm driving to Spokane tomorrow morning to attend our regional SCBWI writing conference. Tomorrow's when I need to show up and act like a normal person and not like a psycho due to sleep deprivation. 
  • Plus, I really don't want to leave tomorrow with any of my babies throwing up all over the DHS. 
  • And I don't want to be sitting in a semi-circle at the writing conference, half-way through reading my first 250 words, and realize I have to throw up.
  • All that said, PRAYERS are appreciated. 
  • And now, back to laundry....


  1. Ahhhh, I'm so sorry! I have had those nights with my kids too and have you noticed the timing is never "ideal"? LOL.

    I have followed your blog for a while...but this entry really struck me. I grew-up in Spokane and taught high school on the other side of the state (near Tacoma).

    I hope your afternoon has gone as smoothly as possible...hang in there until bedtime for everyone (and hopefully you too!)

    Drive safely tomorrow,

  2. Oh man! That is miserable. I have so been there, and it's about as rotten as it gets.

    My fingers are crossed you don't get it!

  3. Thanks, Melissa and Janet! I appreciate the good wishes.

    As a caveat to this whole messy day, I was so proud of myself because I actually got my oldest daughter to ballet class this afternoon. Well, it turns out, I had the time wrong and I delivered her there an hour late. Didn't know because I dropped her off and didn't go inside. I got a call from the ballet teacher at 6:15 asking if I was going to come pick up Olivia, and the class had ended at 5:30 (obviously, I thought it ended at 6:30). So, yeah, I'm ready for bed for sure. I really hope I don't have a brain fart like that at the conference tomorrow. :{


  4. Sorry, Amy! My three-year-old's had the throw-up flu exactly three times in his life, and two of those times were during the one week a year my husband has to be out of town. It's no fun dealing with sick kids alone - especially when you're pregnant.

    Good luck at the conference. Have fun. Drive safe.

  5. Oh my gosh, Amy! I hope everyone is better. My little almost-seven-year-old was throwing up today too! Plus she has a fever. Poor thing. Luckily, for all of us, she slept most of the day. But I know when my husband reminds me in the morning that he has late meetings, I want to sob. On normal days!

    I hope you have energy for the conference! Let us know how it is!

  6. Totally feeling for you. I hope you have a better night tonight, that everyone sleeps well, and no one else gets it! The chaos of the flu plus all of the craziness that goes with it can wear us mothers down so fast (not to mention, being stuck in the house... that gets to me every time)!

    Sending "non-viral" thoughts (and a few pumps of GermX and Lysol) your way! Hope the conference goes well!

  7. Oh, Amy, how I feel for you. I remember those days, and that feeling of wanting to collapse from tiredness.
    You did right to turn on the tv- I used to not do that, (so they wouldn't be tv addicts!), but middle girl loves tv anyway, and the other 2 don't, so I think it made no difference.
    Best of luck at your conference- you'll bowl them over!

  8. Thanks, everyone! We had a throw-up free night last night. YAY! And I'm getting ready to hit the road.

    Thank you for all your kind thoughts and words. I'll carry them in my heart to the conference (ha ha! How cheesy is that?).


  9. Ok, "Cheeseball"! *grin* you are so NOT one!
    Hope you have a great time and so glad to hear that you got some sleep.

  10. POOR YOU!! What a night!

  11. I caught this a little late, but wanted to let you know I'm praying here in Idaho. : )

    Can't wait to read about your trip to Spokane and all the new nuggets you'll have to share. I hope you enjoy your conference and get to come home to a healthy family.

  12. prayers with you. ;)

  13. Wait! Who's Aaron and does DHS know about him?

    I'm so sorry about your sick babies... I hope everyone was feeling better so you could leave and leave without guilt....

  14. You did good, Amy. Please accept this great parent award for dedication and tenacity.

  15. Oh, you guys are so sweet.

    HA! Sharon, you caught it. I didn't even notice I did that. Well, now everybody knows my husband's real name. Actually, I used to call him Aaron on the blog for a long time. DHS is a fairly recent addition. Good job catching my slip!! :) Does that answer the question? DHS knows about Aaron and he doesn't mind. :)

    Thank you, everyone! I'll be back with conference update soon. Have a great weekend!


  16. Oh, that awful! I'm sorry, and I hope everyone's feeling better.

    Also, I gave you an award over on my blog!

  17. Just getting caught up on blogs. Are you okay to come next weekend?? I'm so sorry!