There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching my sweet baby hurt, for her to look at me with her big, sad eyes filled with tears just pleading for me to make her feel better and for me to not be able to do anything at all, for her to be so very sick and to tell me “I’m sorry mommy” then curl up in my lap crying. My little princess has been so horribly sick the past two days with her first stomach virus ever. She woke up crying Thursday morning, I got to her room and comforted her until she fell back to sleep. All seemed normal so I went back to bed, it was still pretty early for her. About thirty minutes later she woke up crying again, this time the crying seemed much more upset so I rushed to her room to discover she had gotten sick. I calmed her down, soothed her and stripped her pillow, top sheet and night shirt. Luckily she hadn’t gotten too sick so it wasn’t too big of a mess so a quick trip to the washing machine and I was back by her side. Since she had seemed perfectly fine the night before I figured she ate something that hadn’t agreed with her, pretty normal with all her food allergies. We spent all morning sitting in her room, Abby in my lap resting and me racking my brain trying to think of what she might have eaten out of the ordinary. She didn’t want to go rest on the couch or watch her favorite cartoons, just lay in my lap in her room and then just lay in bed. Should have been my first clue she was sick. She finally crawled back in bed, mattress pad still was clean and the pillow was fine with no case, her blank and lovey had survived the mess. I let her rest and went to the couch to call her daddy and let him know she was sick then put in a call to the nurse. I hadn’t been sitting more than ten minutes when the crying started again…
She had gotten sick again. My poor baby 🙁 Luckily I had pulled her hair back after the first time so it was out of the way but her blanket and lovey had to go directly in the wash along with the mattress pad this time. This is when I realized I had no spare sheets for her. How this had happened I don’t know… when she was little we had two sheets for her baby bedding set and definitely used them both. I guess when she advanced to her toddler bedding and stopped having leaky diapers at night I didn’t realize we actually only had one. Her baby sheets had fallen apart long ago from so much use and her never throwing up before had never put me in the position to need a spare. Bad mommy moment… mommy brain at its finest, I’m sure I had thought of it before and had forgotten like I do with many other things.
After getting sick this second time and resting in my lap for a bit, she seemed to perk up and return to her normal self. She went and sat on the couch and we enjoyed watching Rise of the Guardians a couple of times along with Max and Ruby, she took her afternoon nap with no trouble (and nice, warm clean sheets and blankets), and she even played with her little doll house. She seemed much more concerned about her lovey being in the wash and dryer than anything else. All seemed okay, the sickies had seemed to pass. Bedtime arrived and she went to bed as normal. Although the nurse warned me a severe stomach virus was going around, one that lasts up to three days, I was feeling like maybe it was more something she ate. I was very quickly proven wrong… I would soon realize that my sweet little girl indeed had this horrible stomach bug.
The arrival of 1 a.m. brought the arrival of Abby’s cries. I hadn’t been in bed very long, really hadn’t fallen asleep yet so I was up and through the house immediately. Funny, I didn’t even stop to turn on a couple of lights like I normally do. I did turn on the little hall light right outside her room so I could see her, I can’t see in the dark of course and add to that no contacts/glasses. She hadn’t gotten sick but she was thrashing about like she was having a nightmare 🙁 I sat beside her bed and soothed her, covered her back up and tried to calm her down. Finally she seemed to rest so I quietly left and went back to my room. Of course I had to pee, don’t you hate that! You get up for any little thing during the night and you can’t just go back to bed, you always have to go to the bathroom to pee 🙂 Well, it was then that she cried out again, just as she did the morning before, and I knew by her cries that she had gotten sick. Hubby got to her a few seconds before me, I should have warned him… and I quickly discovered he’s not made for sick messes. Lesson #1, don’t breath in! As terrible as it was and as pitiful as my poor baby was, I giggled a bit as hubby in his half sleep state handed me lovey as I first walked in the door. Nothing else, I didn’t even get to Abby before he handed it to me. Oh my poor little baby 🙁 She was sick, she was upset and scared because she woke from a deep sleep, it was so dreadful for her 🙁 I had hubby start the bath as I tried to strip the bed, strip her, hug her and comfort her all at the same time. She wanted nothing to do with her daddy, only mommy would do for this. I hated to upset her more by putting her in the bath but this time I had no choice.
It took almost two hours, two very long hours, to calm her down. She got sick again, she cried the entire time, she pleaded with her sad little eyes for me to make her little tummy feel better, she told me “I’m sorry mommy” which almost made me cry, I simply held her and did what I could. Finally she crawled back into bed… with no sheets (she wouldn’t even let me put a blanket down real quick), no pjs (she refused anything I pulled out for her), mommy’s pillow and her polka dot baby blanket. I figured if that was what she wanted and what made her comfortable enough so she could sleep then it was okay for one night. I sat in the floor with her until she was sound asleep, quietly brought lovey to her when it was dry so she wouldn’t wake during the night (morning?) without it and prayed my sweet baby would finally get some rest and wouldn’t get sick again.
This is why I’ve been MIA lately… dealing with illness myself and now taking care of my very sick little girl. I’m hoping the virus has run it’s course and she’s back to her normal little toddler self soon, I hate to see my baby so sick! Praying we make it through the night tonight with no problems.