What Goes Up, Must Come Down…Or The Other Way Around…

Maybe I’m a lucky Mom. Maybe I was just careful enough to avoid it. Maybe…oh I don’t know, I think I was just lucky. Then I went and ruined it. Typical of me, naturally. What happened is that I posted on someone else’s blog that I had never had to clean up puke before, only a little baby spit-up and some pee once in awhile. I did it to myself really, opened the door WIDE open for my own stupid bad luck.

Last night I had to go to The Church and put a few things on the bulletin board for Primary because the pictures of the kids didn’t take up nearly as much space as I thought they would. Mr. B asked me very nicely if we could please go home yet. I told him we would head home as soon we went to w.a.l.m.a.r.t and I picked up cat food, lysol, and PAM. While in said store, Mr. B sat calmly and quietly in the cart, occasionally asking if I got “the list stuff” yet so we could go home.

“Let’s PLEASE be Homies, Momma.” he said softly.

I relented (because that place is just a disaster and a mess and was super crowded!) and we checked out with our stuff and made our way to the car.

“Are you hungry?” I asked.

“Yes, Momma.” he replied. “I would like cereal for dinner please.”

“Sorry, buddy” I said, “Daddy said we aren’t allowed to eat cereal for dinner anymore. It’s not healthy. How about a bean burrito?”

“Ok,” he said.

I ran to Taco Bell, grabbed two bean burritos without onions, drove home, unloaded the bags and we sat down to eat.

“My beans are yucky, Momma.” Mr. B informed me.

Thinking he just wanted to eat mine, I let him take a bite to see they were the same.

“Yours is yummy, Momma. May I please eat more?”

“Eat two more bites of yours and then you can have more of mine.” I told him.

He obeyed. I shared the rest of mine and we got ready for bed. All he wanted to do was sit on my lap, so we went into my bedroom and sat in the rocking chair for a little bit. Anyone who knows my son knows that he doesn’t just want to sit on anyone’s lap for long, so I suspected that he wasn’t feeling well. That feeling was confirmed when he fell asleep on my lap a few moments later.

Not wanting this rare and tender moment to pass, I just sat there and held him for a few minutes. My baby. My big boy. My son.

Then he stirred. He coughed. The coughed again. Then he started to choke a little. I lifted up his head and out spewed half of the dinner he ate. And let me tell ya, bean burritos don’t smell so great after they’ve been ruminating around in a young boy’s stomach for a few minutes.

Still half asleep, I tried to stand Mr. B up to keep us from stepping in the PUKE, and he was conscious enough to stand there and look around and say, “What is all dat stuff, Momma? It’s stinky.” I looked around my bedroom in absolute shock and was unable to answer him.

Then he started to cough again. And then he started to PUKE so more. I lifted him up by the arms in an attempt to swing him into our bathroom and hopefully the toilet, which only ended in PUKE being spewed on the door, cabinet, floor, and around the bottom of the toilet. Mr. B stood looking down into the toilet water and managed to spit ONE BEAN into the water. ONE BEAN when my whole room looked as though some freakin’ bean machine had exploded in it.

Now, I have never, NEVER, cleaned up PUKE before. Spit-up, bird poop, stinky diapers, goat crap, dog throw up, lots of other gross things I have dealt with. But not PUKE. It stinks! It’s nasty! It’s gross!!! And when it’s in the carpet, it’s even WORSE!

I had to strip Mr. B down to his chonies, rinse him off, and get clean jammies on him. Then we rinsed his mouth out, brushed his teeth, and climbed into his own bed with his very own PUKE bowl resting next to him, though he informed me that his tummy felt just fine now. And then came the hard part. The part where I had to clean up the PUKE. I really entertained the thought of just letting it dry and vacuming it up in the morning. That would work, right? But the PUKE smell was just toooo strong. I woul have to clean it up….now. Where to start? The walls? The floor? Where do I put it? What do I do with all this PUKE?!?!??? Even after I got the chunks cleaned up, there was still this PUKEY stench lingering in my bedroom. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know what I would have done to get the smell out of the carpet.

It took me 8 teakettles of water and 16 towels to clean up the entire mess so my room didn’t smell like PUKE anymore. I looked kinda like this girl, but I was cleaning up PUKE by stepping on towels and sopping up boiling hot water.

I did discover something, though. If I used a dry, dark towel and put it on the boiling water right after I poured it, I could step on it and write my initials and other shapes on the towel which was kind of fun, until I realized I had to keep stepping to keep soaking up the PUKE water.

When Gila Man called from work to see what I was up to, he got quite an earfull. We finally just laughed about it and reminded each other about how there’s a first time for EVERYTHING. Even PUKE.

But you can bet your bottom we’re having cereal for dinner tonight.


10 thoughts on “What Goes Up, Must Come Down…Or The Other Way Around…

  1. Puke. I had to clean up some today too…at my favorite restaurant that Hubby took us to. Miss C ate the last of her dinner and then asked like she was gonna puke. So Hub and I told her to be calm and what not when suddenly she puts her hands over her mouth and we see “it” spewing from between her fingers. Fabulous. Hub and I stayed calm (and so did C surprisingly) hoping not to draw attention. I ran C to the bathroom and cleaned her up and we immediately left (we cleaned up the table too).

    I now KNOW that you really shouldn’t eat any food off of a restaurant’s table. Because it may possibly have the remnants of someone’s vomit on it.

    Hopefully that’ll be the last time we both have to clean up vomit in a while.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. That’s such a sad story. Conference weekend we were ALL sick. Isabel (9months) threw up all night Thurs. Luckily John stayed up with her . ( I woke up to THREE puke filled towel loads to do in the morning) Then the rest of us started throwing up on Sat. night. Me and Lily layed in bed and she watched movies and cried all day while we took turns puking. It was awful. I puked for TWELVE hours. I’m not kidding. So good luck!
    PS: I have thrown up taco bell burritos many times while pregnant. I SOOO knew what you were talking about! I don’t even eat them anymore.

  3. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. The reason being that I have cleaned up puke almost every 2-3 months since Aubree was born. My child was born to puke and has lived up to it. The only thing I can say is to be grateful that it was burritos and not a dairy product!! two words…curdled milk!!! I get nauseated thinking about it!! Good luck…! If he ever decides to draw “circles” on the carpet with oh…cark red nail polish or….chocalte syrup. Give me a call. I know how to clean that up to!!!!

  4. AAAAHHHHHAAAAAHHHHH!!! Stop with the PUKE stories! It’s my first time and I’m STILL traumatized by the sight of cheese or totillas or beans. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

  5. Last night as I was reading this post, my niece ran in and yelled, “I think Scotty just threw up!” I ran in and sure enough, he had. What a coincidence that he did as I was reading your puke post! So, I too had to deal with throw up. Just be glad this is your first time!!!!!! AND that it wasn’t in your hand and on your dress during Relief Society. That was my first!!

  6. No, wasn’t carpet, thankfully. He wasn’t really sick. He had just ate a lot of food and immediately began a running, screaming, laughing marathon with his cousins. I think it was all the activity right after eating that got him. Are things better at your house??

  7. Well, it’s sad you had to clean up puke, but YAY! I knew if I put up the link to that post someone would find it handy eventually! I haven’t had to use it yet, thank goodness, but I’m glad to know it worked for you.

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