Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Young Disease Vectors

Yes, that's one of the things I hadn't really thought about before becoming a parent, at least not in any real and serious way. Having a child means adding to your household a little disease vector. The Spawn catches whatever's going around and, with great generosity, shares with us. The latest has been a particularly unpleasant GI bug of some sort. Lots of vomiting has been done. On Monday (thank goodness for holidays) there were ten loads of laundry needing to be done. On the plus side, ALL the sheets in the house are freshly washed, as are ALL the towels. Sunday night was not fun.

The other and related thing I wish I'd known was that if your child IS vomiting, they're going to be running for comfort right beforehand. That means Mom catches a lot of half digested food and drink. Probably wouldn't have changed my mind about the whole spawning thing, but it would have been nice to know. Daddy doesn't get nearly his share of precious bodily fluids, though he certainly does his share of cleaning up after these little incidents. Every twenty to thirty minutes in the early part of Sunday night, in fact.


  1. Ooooh. Yeah, not fun. Once, when I was the only healthy person in the house, I had the pleasure of changing Lillian's sheets 6 times in one night. That night is going to stay with me for a long time.

  2. I think I may have tried to explain this one to you once or twice before. But you have my sympathy anyway.

    Six times in one night? Holy shit, man! I've never had to go past two... and if I did, somebody would be sleeping on a plastic sheet, on the floor, in the bathroom.

  3. No, I think this is one drawback to parenting that never got mentioned in any serious way. Not that I'd really have understood before actually doing it anyhow.

    And I think we...win, I suppose, on the sheet changing game. Eight new sheets, which doesn't take into account all I caught with a towel or covered with a towel (the latter ones were small, thank goodness). I don't think anyone would have slept any better by putting an almost three year old on the nice cold bathroom floor either. Not that I wasn't tempted.