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You Know You're A Mother When: Sick Child

You Know You're a Mother When: Sick Child

I was flying and watched in both horror and sympathy, as a toddler got sick all over his mother mid-flight. As the mother heard her son begin to get sick, her knee-jerk reaction was to throw her hands under his chin in an attempt to catch it. Needless to say, this did nothing to contain the situation, but I was in awe of how calm she remained. After she soothed her tot, she quickly reached into her diaper bag for a pack of wipes and began cleaning up her child, the tray table and seat and finally herself. After stripping her son of his dirtied clothes, she wrapped him in her sweater and began distracting him with a game.

When we were deplaning, I stopped her to tell her how impressed I was with her swift and relaxed reaction. She looked at me and smiled, saying that in college, the sight of someone getting sick would have made her ill, but when it is your child, you just deal.

Have your reactions to behavior changed since becoming a mom?

vmruby vmruby 8 years
Yes... I've been peed on, pooped on, and puked on more times than I can count.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
My husband always says that he knew he was officially a father when our eldest vomited all over him. And when he walked in the house one day to see one of our kids covered in blood, and I wasn't home, and he just oh-so-calmly dealt with it when he normally he would just yell for me and freak out.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Haven't had puke yet, but I'm a pro at cleaning up exlpoding poo. I have neices that I've helped care for so I was a little prepared. It's way different with a child than like say a drunk spouse/friend. The child needs you, is depending on you and can't take care of themselves really so you just do it without really even thinking about it. Oh and roxtarchic we learned about the snot last Feb when the boy had RSV, snot can take on so many forms and colors. lol
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
pinkprincess... you're so RIGHT, major miles!! and both of us have caught some puke, redirected & deflected the spray from our lil sprinkler (who's more of a powerwasher than a sprinkler) and just recently i found out that you can actually pull snot out of a nostril like string... WHO KNEW
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
ive caught a lot of things, lol babysugar you sure use the plane a lot with all your stories, lol
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
I work with adults with special needs now and before that I worked in a nursery at a gym. There is not one bodily fluid child or adult that bothers me now. Just clean it up and move on lol. My mom always laughs at me and says Im going to be just fine as a mom whenever I get there haha
lleaguemom6 lleaguemom6 8 years
I can deal with the vomit better than the poop (as far as it getting on me). I dealt with my son (when he was 3) with a rotavirus and he was throwing up repeatedly for a few days. I would hold a dish out for him as I sat by him, then wipe him up. You feel so bad for them and vomiting is so scary for them that you have to remain calm and not freak them out any more by acting crazy about it getting on you or elsewhere. With poop, it isn't so much that it grosses me out when it happens - but when my daughter reaches down and grabs a handful and then is waving it around - that makes me crazy!!
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I've never 'caught' vomit and I don't think I ever could but I'll be there to clean it up. I'll rub their back or hold their hair back as they throw up all over the floor (I'd rather clean it off the floor than it touch my skin). I can deal with poops all day long, even looking at poop to see if somethings wrong. I was always the one that could deal with it better than most people I knew.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I always get reminded of that scene in parenthood when the daughter throws up all over Steve Martin. My hubby cant handle anything remotely gross, so i know when we have kids it will be all me.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
So much changed after having my insane! I dont mind looking at poo to see if my son swallowed anything he wasnt suppose (like crayons,little toys,ect)..other mothers do though. I had a mom come over on time who didnt even want to clean her daughters snot because "boogers gross her out"! really? I took a tissue and cleaned her up...while the mom shook liek her daughters arm was gushing blood or someting!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
For some reason I have always been able to deal with throw-up. At the restaurant that I worked at when a child would get sick I was always the one to help the parents clean it up. In fact I always told them to take care of their child I'll take care of the mess. I also was the only one to clean up the mess when really drunk people came in and puked everywhere. (sorry for the graphics) What made me really mad was we had moms working all over the place I at the time wasn't even thinking of children were so grossed out and ran. How on earth did they ever take care of their own. Many of them said "I didn't, that's the dad's job."
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Absolutely. I used to get woozy at the site of blood, but having 2 boys I've had to get used to it. We've had screws stuck in knees, bones protruding through skin, lots of pretty "icky" injuries that would have had me keeling over 20 years ago. But now it's like "Crap, WE'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE!" LOL
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Sure. I too have stuck my hands out to catch puke. *lol* Also, getting poop blown all over me doesn't phase me a bit now either.
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