Sunday, March 8, 2009
Last night Peter came in our room in the middle of the night complaining that he had snot all over his pillow. Well, I felt bad for the kid- he's got allergies and is very congested. But when I'm woken up from a dead sleep I don't always have the best ideas. I told him to go get it. When he came back to our room with the pillow I wanted to check it out. I told him to just flip it over and sleep on the other side. Then I reached out and touched it. Bad idea. That was not snot. I told Peter not to move. By this time Pete was awake and trying to figure out what was going on. He turned on the light and we discovered puke on the pillow and on Peter's back. Those of you who know my son have probably been witness to the results of his sensitive gag reflex. I've been witness to it WAY too many times. It all started with a VERY spitty baby. Then he became a toddler that would gag and puke anytime he didn't like the way his food felt or tasted. Rather than just spit out the offensive bite he always had to bring everything else up with it. We've actually joked about him doing that on a first date someday. He has managed to gain enough self control for the most part to not have that problem at the dinner table, but once in awhile something sets it off- like maybe choking on snot in his sleep? I don't know, but from now on if a child wakes me up in the night I will not touch him or her until I have assessed the situation with the light on! Just assume, if they come to you saying they're sweaty, peed the bed, have a snotty pillow, or have any other complaint of the mucous or liquid variety, that it is puke. Better safe than sorry. The really fun part of the story was how we then had to strip his bed and part of ours and start wash in the middle of the night. And we only have one set of sheets for our bed so I was very thankful that it was the flat sheet that he touched and not the fitted one!