Thursday, August 7, 2008

Clean up on aisle 4...

Nothing like motherhood to put a tiny ding in the training...

Kainoa started day school a couple times a week and sure enough the little man brought home every germ on the planet. Yesterday I felt fine... until the grocery store...

Aisle 4, there we were, pushing Kainoa in the shopping cart when the most disgusting projectile vomit came launching out of the little guy and all over me! I stood there in shock. I have never seen so much vomit in my entire life. I had no idea what to do, frozen, I stood there hoping it was a bad dream. I am deathly horrified of puke, and I was covered, Kainoa was covered, the shopping cart and all of aisle four was covered.

I decided to make a run for it- right out the front door. BUT the cart locked up with the security lock since I never paid for the groceries. I was planning to just leave the one item that was in the cart in there and get home. Puke was dripping all over the store. Luckily Brooke put a "slippery when wet" sign on aisle 4 and one of the grocery clerks unlocked the cart and let me out. I took all Kainoa's clothes off and threw them in the garbage and drove him home in a diaper. Seriously, children should come with instruction booklets.

I was still covered in vomit. First things first, the hottest bath of my life to clean up Kainoa and me. Then a call to coach. I was about 13 seconds from crying, telling him I was about to get sick, I could tell, anytime I see or touch vomit I feel ill... he told me to relax, I am going to cause me to get sick worrying.

So I carry on... about to leave for swim practice and what do you know, the little germy Kainoa got me. Puke all over, this time mine. Straight to bed. And all of today was in bed too. So as I write, feeling a lot better after hugging the toilet all night, I am missing my 200 and 500 swim race! Of course I am bummed... but that is mother hood...

More sleep. Tomorrow back to the pool and on the bike. As for Kainoa, I may never let him go to school again...

Any mom's out there have some magic tricks to avoid the little germ gremlins!


Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

ahhhhh I'm no mom or dad for that matter but I think I'm getting sick just reading the blog!!

You ever watch Family Guy? You guys remind me of them...tossing cookies all over the room!!LOL

August 7, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Blogger Kiet said...

Great post Bree, very visual, sorry to laugh so hard at your expense. Keep on blogging, very entertaining stuff.

August 7, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Anonymous Jennifer Nottage said...

Ahhh.....the first of many humbling and baffling moments.......and as they occur something happens to us as mother's and women.....we grow....we mature.....and we become stronger.....AND THEN, after the crisis is over we cry. That's why we get to be moms!! That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger....AND......great stories later. This too shall pass (like not literally...but then again:)

August 7, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Blogger Train-This said...

Things happen, and you will again be fine, just like before Japan. Now, I am a pediatric emergency Nurse so I have brought home the entire universe of germs. My trick??? I put Luc in 1/2 day daycare at about the same age 3 days a week.... SO HE WOULD BE EXPOSED. His natural immunity is rock solid. Plus everything I brought home.... strengthened it even more. In 7 years he has NEVER thrown up and I don't purell the shopping carts ever. So let him be exposed, it will strengthen his immunity! And you shall be fine sister!!! There was a bigger reason as to why you shouldn't race this weekend, and that's God's way of halting you? really... is there any other way to halt you? :-) Mary!

August 7, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Blogger Beth said...

Oh Bree...I am right there with you on the vomit. AHHH!!! But in the grand scheme of things a missed day of training or two or three probably does more good than harm! I hope you and Kainoa feel better soon!

August 8, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Blogger Marni said...

I'm sure he got the germs before you all went shopping, but grocery carts carry a heavy amount of germs. Be sure to wash hands or use antibacterial gel as soon as you get in the car.

I hope you all feel better. I'm sure you will be just fine but one day of rest is a lot better than a week off because of the flu. Hang in there!

August 8, 2008 at 12:54 AM

Blogger Jamie said...

Wow Bree, that little guy is like a puke rocket!

You've got to at least teach him to turn his head next time. :-)

August 8, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Blogger Danielle said...

Ewwwwww yucky!!!! I have dogs-they puke too, but nothing has ever flown through the air and landed on me! Speedy recovery wishes to both you guys!

August 8, 2008 at 1:52 AM

Blogger Meredith said...

Not down for the worries...its just a 24hr thing, you'll be back at 'em...I'm with Mary...expose, expose, expose....and likely since this is his first exposure to lots of kid germs, it won't happen again very soon....Its all good, get back in the saddle.

August 8, 2008 at 2:05 AM

Blogger Mel said...

WELCOME to school-SICKIES....Bree not fun, but it sounds like it is a short, speedy use the time to rest and for the race..God has other plans for you:)

August 8, 2008 at 2:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless his little heart and glad your all feeling better! He will get used to school and germs and God will take care of all of you.
Rest and than back to training.
Grammie and Poppie are here to babysit at any time. Love you all so much, Mom and Rodger

August 8, 2008 at 2:31 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

That's awful!! I'm sorry that happened to you. I would have been sick right there in the store!! I'm glad that you are feeling better. How is your son feeling?

August 8, 2008 at 2:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh no! VERY NORMAL though and I was NEVER as sick as the year the kids (3yo) went to preschool. I was sick ALL the time - like the kids. Now, at 6, in school all the time (except summer) they rarely get sick and neither do I. So, that 1st year is TOUGH and it is always the hardest in the fall (or beginning of the school year). You both will be ok! Rest up!!!
PS. When the twins were 3 years old, I took them to Target where Morgan proceeded to PUKE and have "D" all over me and the cart and the floor and then 5 seconds later Graham started to vomit all over and it hit a lady who was in the bra /underwear aisle....and again, all over me. I didn't know which way was up or which way was down....I just stood there in complete exhaustion dripping in vomit and "D". ARRHHHH!!! :) hee hee

August 8, 2008 at 2:38 AM

Blogger Melissa said...

Hi Bree. I hope you both are feeling better soon! Barfing is so gross, barfing in public on another person is even worse...poor Kainoa.

Maybe this is the ONE 'in a few years it will be funny' story that you'll have about being sick, like the story in the comment above. My mom's story is the time my brother pooped all over the bike shop floor, in three different places. Oops.

August 8, 2008 at 3:44 AM

Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

All Mom's end up with at least one good story of a kid (possibly not their own...) vomiting all over them. It is a rite of passage--a baptism of sorts--builds character and fortitude. Enjoy a day snuggling in bed with Kainoa, wallowing in "feel better" exercises--books, tea, and cuddles--and get it out of your systems. Tomorrow is another day to train.

August 8, 2008 at 3:49 AM

Blogger Jenny Garrison said...

Seeing your kids sick totally sucks!!! Just get as much sleep as you can and clean! I am always nervous about getting sick when Noah does. But it seems like every other time I don't get it. I agree with someone elses post though, let your kids get sick so they DO build their immunity. It is just hard on us when your training is thrown for a loop. But on the positive side you will be rested for your next block of training and even more excited! Get well soon:)

August 8, 2008 at 3:58 AM

Blogger Stef said...

Hope you and Kainoa feel better soon Bree!

August 8, 2008 at 4:01 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Won't be the last time.

Wipe it down. Move on. You'll laugh about it later.

Expose them to other kids - as others have said. I'm thinking Ben Stiller at the end of Along Came Polly. I hate the beginning of that but love the end.

August 8, 2008 at 4:05 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I'm so sorry you guys are sick! Especially like this! And I have to say, if you've made it this long into motherhood without having any bodily fluids on you until now, wow... that's amazing! I can't even begin to tell you the things I've been projectiled with unfortunately!! Get better soon to you all!!!

August 8, 2008 at 4:27 AM

Blogger Kim said...

Oh man, vomit. I'm the same ways as you are, I see, or smell it, I am IN TROUBLE. I thought having kids might cure me of this fact because, as you mention, vomit is a more regular part of life when you have little ones! I guess it doesn't cure you afterall! Darn it! Anyway, sorry you are feeling sick. You know what to eat, drink lots of liquids and feel better ok! You'll be back to normal in no time. Get well Soon!!

August 8, 2008 at 5:06 AM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Take it easy. You probably need a lot of rest, as you did before Honu. I am sure Kainoa is fine. When our boys were small they would throw up and be back to normal in no time at all. As for me, I would feel terrible (if I threw up) for a long time. Don't worry about Aisle 4. Kids are kids and they don't have time to make a run for the door. Kainoa is probably quite heavy now, but I found that if I carried a boy who had just had a strawberry milkshake (a recipe for disaster) and he was sick, it would fly over my shoulder and neither or us would get covered in it. Next time make him walk and don't give him a ride in the cart. He is less likely to be sick then.

August 8, 2008 at 5:10 AM

Anonymous Linda Bless said...

Welcome to Parenthood, Bree:)

Every one of us mothers and fathers have been there, seen it, done it... unfortunately.

I'm with Mary when she says to let the Little Guy be exposed. He has to be as it would be far worse for him not to.

Now, go and rest. Kainoa will bounce back quickly (these little ones do that, you know?). YOU will need to better when he does....

Hope to see you soon for those wheels:)


August 8, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Blogger Paul said...

Unfortunately there is no good defense! Best you can do is wash your hands as much as possible and carry a ton of that purell stuff around. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth until your hands are clean. Ever since Spencer started day care I've pretty much been sick, it's been almost 2 months now!!!! Kids are germ factories!!! Make sure to be extra careful for 6 hours after hard workouts when your immune system is depressed a little bit.

Good luck and stay healthy (both of you)!!

August 8, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Blogger Randy said...

Well, after raising five kids, Karen and I have seen it all. Puking in the grocery store, in school, in department stores, at the movies, in church, and that's not even mentioning everywhere the kids got sick ... LOL. Hang in there Bree.

August 8, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the only way to get past it all is to go through it. My daughter has been in daycare for 2 1/2 years now. For the entire first 1 1/2 of her life, she was sick very frequently and I got it too. Mostly those head cold viruses, but I thought there would never be a day when I wouldn't feel like I had a constant cold. Guess what, we are rarely sick. In the end, you either expose them to it early in their life or they will be exposed later in school. Gotta just go through it and get it over with. Good luck...get better soon! Just don't let K go to school the week before Canada!

August 8, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Blogger Flatman said...

Been there done that...many times. So sorry you guys caught a bug, but as others have will make his immune system really solid. Yours too! :)

I hope you guys feel better soon.

August 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Blogger The Young Family said...

Ahhhh, the great moments of parenthood! You thought child birth was bad? lol.... projectile vomiting... so much fun. We have had a projectile vomiter (is that a word?) from the begninning, EVERY resteraunt, EVERY friends house, it is so much fun! He is 5 now, but still about twice a month, eats to fast or whatever sets it off, he gets "THE LOOK" and literally we grab him and run to the nearest bathroom! I think it is the terrified look on our faces as we have him held out in front of us as we are running that scares people! We were ate at a buffet a while a go, he gave the look and dad dashed through the entire resteraunt, with people staring... at that point you don't care, you just want him to hit the toilet! No, it never gets easier to get puked on! But you get a bit better at the clues before it happens!

Purell, lots of it!

August 8, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Blogger Jen said...

School is the germy-est place on earth! They get sick a lot in the begining but it helps build immunity.

Kids puking only gets better when they learn how to puke in the toilet! Not as much mess.

Feel better.

August 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Blogger Maijaleena said...

I'm so sorry to hear the two of you got sick! Better now than close to your big race day. Feel better soon.

August 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It works the other way also. We were to see Lisa off to Korea but her mother got extremely ill with a hacking cough, myalgias, headache and spiking temps-so Lisa banned us! Good thing because she is still coughing 5 days later and just now starting to feel better. Like most parents I have seen our children vomit everywhere. That will soon pass until they start drinking alcohol and then they start vomiting everywhere-again! LOL!

August 8, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

Puke happens-to the best of us! Tell those teachers to spray antibacterial on everything and teach children to wash their hands.....or hose Kainoa off outside everyday when he gets home-lol! Poor guy, poor mom; but I am happy you've survived! You're a champ Breely!

August 9, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Blogger triclancy said...

OK, I'm the mom that doesn't think disinfecting EVERYTHING is a good idea. I let my kid be exposed to germs and as a result, he is not sick very often. Projectile vomit is common (just be glad it didn't happen while you were IN the car...easier to clean the kid than the upholstery...yes, it happened not once, but twice to us). As for you getting sick part, we'll that is life. Caden has been exposed to kids (read: germs) since he was 6 months old and he rarely gets sick. Yes, I breastfed for 1 year (badge of honor), but I'm sure it's more than just that. We have anti-bacterial soap, but I am not religious about wiping down things or even not letting him eat something that hit the floor (5 second rule, right?), but that's just me. Kids get sick and Mom's take care of them...then the MOm's get sick and the kids are energetic. I beleive its the natural order of the universe! ;-) Good luck Bree...all will work out for you!

August 9, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Blogger Mel said...

I don't like NOT hearing from you....Are you feeling better?????

August 9, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

I'm not a mother, but how about just leaving him in aisle 4 until someone else cleans him up? ... or until he's 18?

Hope you both feel better.

August 10, 2008 at 5:33 AM


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