Poor Evie. She woke up several times last night thanks to an icky stomach bug, and we’ve been cleaning up the mess ever since. Fortunately, I’ve got some homemade tools in my arsenal that make cleaning up midnight vomit a little easier – all purpose vinegar spray (the same one I use to clean the floors, fridge and countertops!) pulls up gunk and neutralizes odor. Old-fashioned cloth diapers do a wonderful job of swiping up puke puddles, too. And, sometimes a quiet back scratch from mom is all it takes for a sick little one to drift back to sleep at 3 am.
The kids spent Thursday morning at the children’s museum and Thursday afternoon at the nature museum. If I was a bettin’ woman, I’d guess she picked up some nasty germs at either place. I wonder if the parents who brought their sick kid to a museum thought about the many families that would pay the price. Its a domino effect of puke and sleepless nights and forlorn faces.
So, parents, can we all have one big communal handshake in agreement of the following statement: If my kid is sick I will not take him/her to public places. No school. No grocery store. No parks or playgrounds or playdates. I know that a sick kid interferes with a lot of plans and schedules and arrangements, but sometimes life gets in the way of, well, life. Evie missed her Saturday morning gymnastics class today, and I had to sadly cancel tonight’s dinner plans with my friend Adrienne and her family. Trust me, its been a long bummer of a day, but I’m not about to let other kids get sick just so we’re not stuck inside all day.
I know little bugs like this help Evie’s immune system strengthen and grow, but I’m not going to go out of my way to expose her to undesirable germs. She is now snoozing on the sofa, snug in her princess pajamas while “The Little Mermaid” softly plays in the background. I’ve got a towel nestled next to her – just in case! – but she seems to be on the mend. Such a sweet little patient.
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