Wednesday, April 12, 2006

things that go thump in the night

Last night I heard a sound at about 12pm -- a sound only trained parent ears can identify- the sound that means something is not right with your child- a sound that tells you you are in for a long night. It was just a thump sound, but distinctly different from a "normal" thump-out-of-bed-to-go-to-the-bathroom. Unfortantely, this thump proved to be a sick child leaping out of bed as dinner and dessert were revisited on the sheets, carpet, pajamas and all other bedroom surfaces.

By 12:30 as my son was now bedded down on a stack of towels in the bathroom, and a laundry basket was filled with contaminated items. I started feeling queasy and my husband was doomed to follow. By 1 am at least one of us was making a pilgrimage to the porcelain urn every 30 minutes. And so continued our day.

This thump gave me the idea to assemble and market some prepackaged kits, easily stored under moms' and dads' beds for the various thumps-- that way you aren't scrambling around the house bleary eyed in you pajamas at unearthly hours trying to track down all the necessities

The croup kit-decadron, albuterol treatment, (save the ER co-pay) blankets so you don't freeze with open windows, and movies and new toys for distraction, drinks,

The bad dream kit- extra nightlike, books on tape, and CDs, an inflatable mom or dad doll to stay by them until they feel calm.

The stomach bug kit- pedialyte, tylenol suppositories, clear fluids, metal bowls, portable toilet, rolls paper towels, & laundry basket

I am convinced we have been cursed because my husband has been watching the Ten Commandments miniseries and he has elaborately arranged for our own modern day plague experience as we are on week 4 of croup, colds, pneumonia, double ear infections, and now this.

Wishing you no thumps tonight!


Zoe said...

Oh I am soooo sorry. I really am. I HATE nights like that. Good idea on the kits though!! One thing that I have done for Asher with scary dreams (when he was younger) was to spray the room with water (or mixed with perfume that smells like mom) to get rid of the monsters. It actually worked!

Jane said...

Oh I am sorry to hear you are all sick. Hope you are back to normal soon.

itybtyfrog said...

What a horrible night!!! I am so sorry! I hope you are all getting better now. Be grateful you weren't plagued with frogs!

moe said...

Oh not a fun thump. We've had some of those lately. What I want boxed under my bed for those bumps in the night is Alice the housekeeper from the Brady bunch. She would definitely be most useful.

Lei said...

Hugs, hugs and more hugs, Les... so sorry!

Stephanie said...

Boy this brings back memories. The THOUGHT of going through nights like these makes me ill. What a stinky (literally) night!

Stacy said...

What a GREAT idea!!! I have all my neccessities nearby - but easily accessible would be the BEST!
Here's hoping you all feel better SOON!