Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Motherhood is So Not Glamorous

Especially at 3am, when you’re not snuggled in your warm bed with your husband, but up in the freezing cold cleaning up a vomit-and-and-poo-covered toddler, while the husband is cleaning up her vomit-covered bed.

Or after the fifth time you’ve washed her hair and you tentatively sniff only to find that yes, it still smells like vomit.

Or when you’re just about to finally jump back into bed when you realise that your pyjamas now also smell like vomit. Yuck.

Definitely not glamorous.

And those poor little bewildered eyes looking up at you asking what on earth is going on – well they’re enough to make you want to join right in and cry along too.

Yes, we have a sickly toddler at the moment. Well, sickly but not. It’s hard to explain. We have had three such nights over the last two weeks. One vomit, a couple of really gross nappies, then she’s right as rain. It’s always at night, and she’s always back to her normal bouncing self by morning.  But we still can’t send her to daycare, because they’re not allowed to go if they’ve vomited within the last 24 hours. It’s infuriating!

The first two times, she didn’t even cry when she was sick overnight, so we were just greeted in the morning by a crusty-vomit covered child and bed. Ewww. At least last night we could clean her up straight away. But still, ewwww.

The worst thing was last night that after we’d finished cleaning everything up, my brain was so wired and zinging, that I couldn’t get back to sleep until about an hour and a half before I had to be awake again.

And Pete had to take another day off uni, and once again she is being very inconvenient by being sick the week we have an assignment due. How rude.

Seriously though, we are taking her to the doctor this afternoon. It’s just not a normal thing for a child to be doing. I have a sneaking suspicion that we might be looking at another urinary tract infection. Half of me is hoping it is so, and half not. If it is, at least we’ll have an answer and a reasonably easy and painless way of fixing it, but it will also mean that we’ll most likely have to take her for one of those scans where they inject some weird dye into her first – because she’s had a few quite close together. And that would suck.  I am however 99.9% sure that it’s NOT just some gastro bug.

Either way, I hope we get some answers when we go in this afternoon!

Now…. back to this assignment!


Ps. It may not be glamorous, but it’s still the absolute best thing in the world!


  1. We had this problem a few weeks back, only not with vomit, just poop explosions and they would always happen as soon as she woke up in the morning. So we started setting our alarm for 5:30am so we could beat her to it! Hope the doctor's can shed some light (3 stool samples later and we still don't know) and we'll be praying for you.

  2. Oh Zoey, it's not fun at those times at all!

    We used to call the twins "Poocassos", because they'd constantly take off their nappies in their cots & paint poo EVERYWHERE. And not just once or twice, either; it was quite a long season.

    These events, we called "Pootastrophies".

    Thought that may help to brighten your day a little. :-)
    I hope Mayana-berry gets better really quickly. There's not much worse than vomit.


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