It’s Always Something

October 2, 2019

I feel like I was initiated into a special club last night:

C woke up vomiting.

(It was actually rather bizarre as Annabel came into our room at around midnight and didn’t say much, but it turns out she had left him in his room because of a bad smell . . . poor guy, I guess he initially slept through throwing up!!?).

Then he continued to vomit, ~1am, ~3am, ~4am. Sleeping between episodes thankfully. After the first wave, we moved him to our bed and Josh bunked up with Annabel. Josh found an empty trash can that I kept by the bedside, and each time C woke up I . . . mostly captured all of the contents.

I had never had a kid do this before!!

(Both A & G had gastroenteritis as infants, A worse than G, but I don’t recall any nighttime episodes like this one).

PARENTING. It’s always something new.

Happy Wednesday.

A mere 4 hours before The Episode. They were so proud of their paintings! No signs whatsoever.


  • Reply gwinne October 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Oh, Sara. That completely sucks. Vomit is the worst. I’m so sorry. But also, how has that NOT happened to you before?!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

      My kids must have very resilient GI tracts! They are just not vomiters!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 2, 2019 at 9:20 am

      (Until now anyway 😂)

    • Reply Ashley G October 2, 2019 at 10:26 am

      I had the same thought! We’ve had this happen like 3 times this year already 🙁 I’m impressed, but also sorry. Those nights are the worst! Fingers crossed that he keeps it to himself.

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly October 2, 2019 at 10:19 am

    That is the worst! A few horrible times I got it right on the heels of my kid and wasn’t that a delight! Hope the patient feels better soon and that no one else gets it.

  • Reply Gillian October 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    The worst part of this for me is always waiting the 48 hours afterward to see who else in the house is going to get it. Two years ago gastroenteritis swept through our household of 7 (although somehow the au pair was spared) over a week. I left for work one morning feeling fine and was mid-patient visit when I first felt a wave of nausea. I had to excuse myself from the exam room. We were all left looking skinny and dehydrated and my poor 4 yo got a postviral gatroparesis that lasted for about 10 days where idiosyncratically he would throw up after eating. Those were dark days.

  • Reply Erica S October 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    That is the worst! That has happened to G maybe 2-3 times total, but luckily kids typically recover quickly. I hope you can avoid it and get back to normal tomorrow.

  • Reply omdg October 2, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    The. Worst. I hope nobody else catches it.

  • Reply Sara B. October 2, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Oh I hope it’s just Cameron and it’s just 24h (or less)! I think you’re right – some kids are not vomiters, and some are. (Mine definitely are. One had a GI bug last week and also went right back to sleep after covering her crib in the night. The other got airsick 5 flights in a row starting before 2y/o and still takes meds to fly.) Zofran is a wonder drug, and those blue emesis bags from the hospital are one of the best inventions ever. Good luck!

  • Reply Megan October 3, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Vomit is always a night time thing for my kid. One word- zofran. Not sure about there but here in Aus if you present to ED with a kid who has been vomiting that’s what they give you. And it is so great!

  • Reply M October 3, 2019 at 9:18 am

    The worst. When my little one was sick through the night when she was about 4, I was so proud that she was able to make it to the toilet each time and not throw up all over the bed/floor. I feel like the most important thing is training them to understand the feeling and get a sense of the urgency needed to get to a bucket/toilet in time. It’s bad enough being sick or being up all night, let alone having to clean up the aftermath…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 3, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Yes a million times better when they can make it to the toilet (or bucket!!)

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