Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Chillin and illin

So it seems Noah caught some sort of stomach virus, though from whence it came I have no idea. Possibly from our short trip to the Please Touch (and Infect Me) Museum on Thursday. Yesterday I got vomit on me three times and poop once. Note to parents – when your child has a stomach virus that normally coincides with gastrointestinal discomfort, do NOT let him sit on your lap without a diaper on.

The craziest thing about Noah’s throwing up is that he seems most concerned with the mess. He’d point to his clothes and cry “Uh Oh,” then to my shirt “Uh Oh” and then to the floor “Uh Oh.” I’d say “It’s okay. We’ll get it all cleaned up. Do you want me to get you in clean clothes?” and he’d shake his head vigorously. “Uh Oh” he said to Mark when he got home to let his Daddy know he’d gotten sick. He even said once in his sleep last night. After his first vomitous attack I thought maybe his pizza just disagreed with him, he had no fever and his energy seemed to spring right back after he got all settled down and cleaned off. But when I went to put him in his booster seat for dinner he started to wretch and we were off to the races again. Sad little sicky.

But early this morning was the worst. He woke up at 1:30 crying and screaming inconsolably while writhing around for about 30 minutes. Mark and I didn’t know what to do – Noah was in such obvious agony. He kept crying for the Boppy but wouldn’t lay down on it. I felt so helpless and it was horrible to watch. After having some incredibly loud diaper action he settled enough to get excited about a Pedialyte popsicle and a promise of Sesame Street. He layed on my lap listlessly sucking down icy electrolytes and occasionally exclaiming “Telly… Bird… Bert.” Nothing beats Sesame Street at 2 am.

Today thankfully we haven’t had any more vomiting, but he’s still got diaper issues. He’s tired, listless and barely eating. He just wants to hang on me – which is more than fine. I like to snuggle. I had plans to go out with my friend Jeff for a few hours tonight, but he was incredibly understanding when I postponed. I’m sure Mark could handle Noah while I went out, but he’s so clingy with me today that I don’t want to upset him by leaving.

7 comments:

Allison said...

So sorry to hear about poor little Noah (and YOU!). My son just had a stomach virus too. His started on Thursday morning. He wouldn't go to sleep until 11 pm on Wednesday night and I got so frustrated my husband got him to sleep instead (for the first time EVER!). He woke up in the morning and drank a little milk and the vomiting started. He got his virus from the gym daycare! He threw up for about 24 hours and then it started coming out the other end! We're almost over it and luckily noone else in the family got the virus!!! Thank God...nothing like 2 puking kids. Hopefully Noah's will be over quickly - keep us posted.

patrice said...

and now both nicole and mark have the virus...

lonna said...

How awful. I can't believe that all of you got this. Ugh! There's not much worse than a pukin' and poopin' baby. You just sit there and wait for it to be all over. I never know what Dermot's really feeling when he's going through it. I think that puking just surprises the hell out of him. It is those times when I am glad I am still nursing him. He can usually keep mama's milk down and not much else. So I encourage him to nurse as much as possible. It also makes him more comfortable. I feel so bad for all of you.

Brownidegirl74 said...

It's the worst seeing your little ones sick. They are so helpless. I hope everyone gets better soon!!

Kelly said...

Oh, nothing is worse than sick toddlers. Out of my class of ten, FIVE have decided to have a Rotavirus party and share with me. I had it over the weekend, along with two of the kids and this week, we've done little but clean up bodily fluids and call parents. And SANITIZE!

Give Noah an extra hug for me. It's no fun.

Missuz J said...

Lord have mercy! All I can say is I hope the three of you are well again and soon. You know about the BRATTY diet for stomach upset--yes? Bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast, tea, and yogurt. Wish I could come over and be helpful. Rats. Fucking continent.

Julie said...

Oh no! I feel for you. It's rough taking care of a kid when both parents are sick! My toddler decided to share pink eye and a fever with me this week. Thank god for antibiotic eye drops and ibuprofen! (And a spouse who didn't succomb.) Hope you're all better soon.