Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Not So Glamorous Side of Motherhood

Disclaimer: If you have a weak stomach or get grossed out easily, stop reading. I warned you.

I always wanted to be a mom. I always dreamed about rocking my babies, playing with them, reading to them. I never thought about the grosser side of motherhood. I got a taste of it last night. And being a first time mom, I made a few mistakes along the way that I have certainly learned from.

Grace ate a great dinner of black beans and corn and then played happily for an hour or so before bedtime. We got her ready for bed, read our books and then gave her a bottle. She went down with no problems around 8:15 and I started to get some things done before getting ready for bed myself. I hadn't been feeling too well that day so I planned on going to bed early. Then, just as I was getting ready for bed at about 9:30, we heard an awful sound over the monitor. I don't think I've seen us run that fast before. Mike grabbed her out of her crib to find her covered in throw up. It was all over her crib and the floor around her. I quickly rushed her to the bathroom while Mike cleaned everything up. After a few minutes, she stopped vomiting and so I took her into the nursery and sat and cuddled her while Mike finished changing the sheets and getting everything in the washer. That was mistake #1. She proceeded to throw up again all over me, the glider and that corner of the nursery. I rushed into the bathroom again and stripped us both down. For the next hour, Grace and I sat in the bathtub while she vomited more times that I wanted to count. Mike cleaned yet again. After her vomiting had subsided, I took her into the shower with me to get us both cleaned up and after we were both dressed in warm, clean clothes, I cuddled her on the couch while Mike went to get pedialyte from the store.

Mistake #2, I gave her a sip of pedialyte because I was worried about getting her dehydrated. She was so tired by this point, it was about 11, that we laid her down and she fell right to sleep. She didn't have a fever and she was acting like herself, so we thought the worst was over. We breathed a sigh of relief and went to bed. I'm sure all of you more experienced moms know what's coming next, but remember this is the first time we've dealt with a sick kid so we had no clue! At 11:30, we hear the horrible sound yet again and rush to find that she had gotten sick again. I cuddled her while Mike cleaned up again and we had to wait for the 1st sheet to get out of the dryer because we only have 2 (note to self, get another crib sheet.) Finally at about 12:30 AM, we all got to sleep. I heard her once more coughing at about 3 AM so I went in but she didn't have anything in her stomach so she was just doing the painful dry heaving. Then she woke up at 6:45 AM screaming and acting really hungry. Since then, she has had 4 oz of pedialyte, 4 oz of formula and some applesauce. I'm reintroducing things slowly, but her stomach seems to have calmed down now. I felt so helpless watching her get sick over and over again. This is not a part of the motherhood that I had dreamed, sitting covered in vomit in the bathtub with my baby. But it's part of the deal, and I will gladly do it to help her feel better. She's still not feeling 100%, so we're taking it easy today. We've watched the Pixar Christmas specials on Netflix and sang tons of songs. Hopefully we can all get rest tonight!

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  1. oh, what an ordeal! well, i guess we never stop learning... :) i hope the rest of the week will go better for all of you!

  2. What a sweet picture. We have all been in this situation and it isn't fun! Hope she is now feeling lots better.



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