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Why do kids always throw up at night?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like when my kids happen to throw up…it hits them in the middle…and the middle of the night (99% of the time). Well, last night was no exception. Bradley came in to tell me that Benjamin was throwing up. Bradley was on the bottom bunk, and felt something wet on his arm. He told me he thought he was dreaming, and this waterfall was spilling on him, but then he heard Benjamin…oh gross, right?

This was probably the worst-case-throw-up scenario that I had ever encountered. Stuff was everywhere…and now messy stuff was on their messy stuff. In an “ideal throw-up situation”, you should have a clean room, and a bowl nearby. Well, I had a bowl under their bed, but obviously that didn’t help. Sometimes it just hits you way too fast!

We now have a new reason to say, “Remember the Alamo,” because the boys’ cardboard replica of the Alamo got attacked by “biohazardous waste”. The plastic men were saved, but the Alamo is no más. Now, the phrase: “Remember the Alamo” will be my new way of reminding them to put away their toys before they go to bed!

Four days hours later, I went to bed. The kids were cleaned up. Benjamin’s teeth were brushed. He has braces, so I made sure we brushed and flossed! The bunk beds were cleared and the bedding washed. The carpets were cleaned, toys bathed, clothes that were in drawers that were not closed had to be washed, curtains needed washing. (No, the wash will still be an on-going project…and will be for many more years!) I put two candles in the boys room just to help me while I worked. It helped mask that awful smell.

That night, the Lord laid it on my heart to pray for all the mommas (and daddies) out there who were cleaning up throw up. I mean, it is a seriously hard job. You want to throw in the towel, throw away the towel, and put a towel around your nose and eyes while you are cleaning. Again…those kids with cancer are sick a lot, and their parents are tired. Thankfully, Benjamin is feeling much better. He only threw up that one time. Maybe it was something he ate (like the three Clementine oranges, or a virus is always a possibility). Well, I’m thankful my mom cleaned up my messes when I was growing up, and I’m going to make sure I tell her that! I’m also thankful that Jesus continues to clean up messes.

2 Responses to “Why do kids always throw up at night?”



  2. Organizing Mommy Says:

    If a child even looks pale before going to bed, I make them sleep in the hallway on a plastic sheet with the sleeping bag over it. It’s not fair, I know. But I have done the top bunk barf incident a few times. Ugh. When the smell EVER leave????????????????? gah!!!!!!!!! Really. I just ask them, “Are you going to be sick in the middle of the night? Would you like to sleep on this comfortable sleeping bag right here (in front of the bathroom) or better yet.. why not sleep in the tub?

    bad mommy.

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