Ada is our little throw-up girl.  Every once in a while she just throws up for no good reason.  She has no other symptoms and it doesn’t usually happen more than once.  It’s just her thing.  She’s always been no-nonsense, and this is evident when she gets sick.  She can now make it successfully to the toilet.  Occasionally she’ll say in an offhand kind of way, “I think I might throw up.”  Before you realize she left, she’s back without mentioning it.  There are no histrionics like with some of the other children (“Moooom!  I just THREW UP!  What’s happening?  Do I have the flu?  Should I go to the doctor? Do I need some medicine?”) 

Saturday night she threw up.  She didn’t mention it until later the next morning when she informed us she needed her sheets changed.  Mister–gigantic sucker for little girls that he is–said, “Oh, Ada, why didn’t you come wake us up?  That’s what you’re supposed to do when that happens in the middle of the night!”  


By “come wake us up”, Mister actually means “come wake Mom up.”  Since the way it works in our house is I gets to do all the crappy night-time stuff.  The reason being, theoretically, that I fall back asleep easier. Sometimes that’s true, but lately I’ve been staying awake stressing about all the things India is NOT learning through homeschooling.


You know how horrible everything seems in the middle of the night.

I made sure Ada understood that it’s great that she doesn’t bother me while I’m sleeping. I am so over kids throwing up in the middle of the night.  Hate it. Nothing like having a child wake you up in the middle of the night by standing next to your bed moaning, “I don’t feel well.  My tummy hurts.” And before you have a chance to figure out if this is actually happening or is just a bad dream, he throws up right next to your bed. Or on your bed, if you’re extra lucky.

Yes, the barf will still be there in the morning. So thank you Ada for letting me clean it up the next day.  And thanks for giving me a reason to skip church too!

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10 thoughts on “Barf-a-roo

  1. I think you need to reevaluate your division of labor.

    (Not that we’ve got that all figured out perfectly or anything.)

  2. I’m so glad I don’t have any pukers. I honestly can’t remember the last time either of my kids threw up. But Daphne made up for it by puking 25 times a day from age 0-6m.

  3. both my kids were sick last week. it’s the worst! however, having a sick kid is so much easier than a sick husband. but, i will say, i would rather my kids throw up in their beds or my beds than on the carpeted floor! at least the sheets can be washed. hope ada is starting to feel better!

  4. While I’m reading this, 2 of my kids are barely pulling out of “barf” mode — but they’ve had a stomach bug today…poor things.

    About regular barfing kids: One of my friend’s daughters got the barfs a lot. I think going somewhere in the car triggered it (motion sickness maybe?)…still not sure. she’s 8 now and still has the barfs on a somewhat regular basis. I guess it’s still one of life’s unsolved mysteries…

  5. If I can help….i used to tutor homeschoolers…..
    what isn’t india learning?

    i was the barf kid in our family
    a nurse told me once as a small kid, to always let someone know if you threw up, because you could choke – my mom mentioned, maybe nurses lie

  6. Luckily my kids don’t throw up a lot but when they do Ben is always on clean-up duty (if he’s home). I CANNOT handle puke, it makes me gag.

  7. My son was a projectile spit-upper, but otherwise, my kids don’t throw up much—-just an occasional stomache flu once every 5 years or so.

    And I hate vomit in the middle of the night too.

  8. My youngest son is my puker. Whenever he spikes a temp, he’ll ask for the “sick bucket” and want to be left alone to shiver under a blanket until the bucket’s needed. No mess, no fuss, all contained.

    Unless he’s asleep when his temp spikes. Then he sits up, throws up (distance apparently being key), lies back down and goes back to sleep. Not a good thing to walk in on an hour later…

    And I know it’s a huge contradiction in topic, but any chance of your brownie recipe being posted? (Actually, it’s not off topic – I’ll probably eat enough to make myself feel sick!)

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