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Journal FortKnox's Journal: Four Years 26

Today is my wife & my anniversary. Four years. Not too bad... outdoing 90% of all hollywood marriages now ;-)

Anywho, great story on what happened this morning as part of our anniversary, but I am putting in a warning.
This is a 'parents' type story. It will involve children and stuff like poop, so here's your fair warning... you may not want to read the rest of this JE nor the comments if you are weak of heart (one of my friends says I really should warn him when I have a 'parent' conversation)...

OK, so today I woke up... promised the wife to go out to eat wherever she wanted. I got up, took my shower, got dressed... started making my morning yogurt shake (I should post that recipe... betcha StB would enjoy it, because it completely complies with the SCD by substituting honey for sugar), and my wife made my sandwich for my lunch. She was going back to get the baby to feed her when Joey's door was opened. I'm heading out the door so the wife told him to tell me goodbye. I just glanced at him, noticed his nose was running, so yelled to my wife to grab a tissue for him, cause I was already running a bit late...

As the front door was opened and I was one step I hear my wife scream "OH NO!"

I immediately turn around and see my son. He has had diaheria (I never spell that right) the past day (the reason I'm up on it is because he's learning how to poop in the toilet[1] and has been doing a good job of it except a couple accidents due to the illness). I see dried crust ALL OVER his face and clothes. "Don't touch anything Joseph! Stand still! Don't move!"

I ran to my wife to confirm her fears... everything on his bed, including stuffed animals, pillows, sheets, blankets... EVERYTHING was coated in this crap. The smell gave me some relief... it wasn't crap, but vomit (hence why it was dried on his face). I was a little wierded out... he didn't wake up crying or anything and seemed perfectly fine this morning (in attitude, not appearance). Its like he woke up, puked all over himself, then went back to sleep all nonchalantly...

My poor wife has to spend most of our anniversary dealing with a two year old (hell, three on 5/10) with a stomach flu and a nine week old baby... so we've postponed plans until Saturday, hoping Joey will be better by then.

Anywho, its all part of being a parent, so neither of us are upset. I'll still stop and get some flowers for her and make sure we spend the night doing 'couply stuff' (I think we are watching 'sideways' when the kids go to bed). I'm going to be broke in the upcoming weeks... anniversary today, wife's b-day 5/5, joeys third b-day is 5/10, mothers da is 5/8, and wife's cousin wedding is 5/13 (yeah, a wedding on FRIDAY the 13th... but they got the church and reception hall they wanted...).

[1] - He's got a book called "Where's the poop?" but it reminds me of the Family Guy:
Librarian: "Here's the popular one 'Everybody Poops'"
Pete: "Umm... we're Catholic"
Librarian: "Oh, then you want 'Your a naughty baby, and that's concentrated evil coming out the back of you.'"
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  • Our 21-month old did just the same a couple of days ago. Appeared to have vomited, then right back to sleep. My wife gave him a bath while I cleaned up the crib and ran a load of laundry.

    The next day he threw up again, this time in his car seat. Now that was a stinky mess.

    Yesterday he was just fine. Probably one of those 24-hour flu bugs.

  • I still accidently write is as diaries, as that is what I called it when I wuz littl'.
  • Its like he woke up, puked all over himself, then went back to sleep all nonchalantly...

    Grain Alcohol. Yep. I even called my friend whom I'd been drinking with to ask if he threw up on me. Nope; it was me.

    College was awesome.
  • My wife and I are coming up on 3 years in July. I'm not sure where that falls in the "Hollywood Marriage" metric. Anyhow, hope Joey gets well soon and you guys have a great time Saturday!
  • My daughter is 16 months old now, and last week she woke us up with a weird cry for her. I get up to see what is going on, but by the time I get there she was back to sleep. I saw that she was there, heard her breathing and that was enough for me.

    I went back to bed. Got comfortable. Closed my eyes. A half hour after I got up last, I heard that same scream. So I go back in her room, and again she is asleep. I decided to investigate further. When I picked her up I noticed she was wet. I thought she peed thro
  • As far as spelling goes... here is a handy extention for Firefox

    Spellbound [sourceforge.net]
  • That beats the snot out of any parenting story I've got... (no pun intended, of course).

    Sorry to hear that your anniversary plans had to be postponed. But, considering, I'd say you have a good reason.

  • I hear that. It was fun the day that both kids were puking. I still haven't figured out how to get 2nd-hand Cream of Wheat out of the rug. Oh well.

    But Sideways is *so* NOT the movie to watch on your anniversary, particularly after a day like this. When I watched it, I was like, "OH! So *that's* what life *might* be like without kids." Unless you watch it and just really disdain the characters and their lives, and sit there feeling all smug like, "Oh, aren't we so lucky that our lives have so much meaning!
    • Well, she got two movies... sideways and spanglish, so maybe I'll suggest the 'ol switcheroo...
      • I would definitely do that. You can tell her I recommended it that way, if you like, from one mother to another. :-)

        If she ends up not liking it, the onus is on me!!

  • I remember that one.
  • ... they'll eat ANYTHING. Clean up your kids' face, etc.
  • Your poor kid, dang. It doesn't sound like it was tramatic for him, maybe for your wife...

    We're at about 4 1/2 years, and on the first pregnancy. The stories of dealing with poop and vomit...ooh yay I can't wait! (/sarcasm)

    I have to remember about Mother's Day this year, even though we still have a way to go. If I forget I think I'll be shot.

    Sean D.

  • Younger one had it two weeks ago, I had it about a week and a half ago, wife had it about a week ago, and older is going through it now.

  • The doctor wants to do a three-day fecal fat test for Nathan (it's a long story). For an adult, this involves doing all your pooping into a can for three days and then bringing the can in to the lab. For an infant, the instructions start with lining the back of his diaper with saran wrap and it goes downhill from there.
  • wife's favorite place to eat?
    • Re:So where is the (Score:3, Interesting)

      by FortKnox ( 169099 ) *
      Surprisingly boring. If we didn't have the kids, it'd definately be Trattoria Roma's (across from the Arnoff). Had to convince her to go there the first time (she was -stunned- at how good the food was). Its the best Italian I've had in Cincy, by far.

      No, Saturday night we'll probably go to Texas Roadhouse in Milford. Not exciting, not even expensive, but at least I'll get a steak...? Eh, its up to her, so as long as she's happy, I'm happy.

      Definately have to lower the type of place you go to when yo
      • I feel the same way about Texas Roadhouse!! Not a *great* restaurant by any stretch, but the food is pretty yummy! :-) I think that's where we've decided to go for our anniversary for the past couple years, too.

  • Way to set high standards. ;^)

    Anyway, hope you enjoy an explosive-diarrhea-free anniversary dinner.
  • I'm a proud daddy of three: ages 6, 5, and nearly 2. We recently had a similar stomach ailment run its course through our family. If you think puking in bed is funny, try it with a five year old.

    He wakes up in the middle of the night, he barfs a little in bed, I scramble toward him to corral him toward the bathroom. Meanwhile his younger sister starts barfing too. Then, while we're scrambling to find a container for the baby to barf in to, our five year old son is still not entirely awake and starts wa
  • ...oh, uh, you mean this isn't a political JE? Crud.

    Hope yer anniversary's a nice'un. This year's the Seventh Year of Our Marriage, so please alert all the hawtt chicks out there for me.

    If BoE reads this post, I'm a dead man. But hey! It was fun!



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