I’ve never actually watched “The Exorcist” because…well, let’s be honest, I’m a sissy. If you want me to watch a scary movie you might as well give me your best throw blanket to hide under because that’s where I’ll be with my popcorn. Mmmm do I love popcorn! Where was I…got distracted by the thought of popcorn…OH YES!!! The Exorcist! I haven’t seen the movie but I have seen that one scene. You know the scene. THE scene!!! The projectile nightmare of all that is barftastic and vile. Yes, THAT scene!!!
Now that I’ve reminded you of the gloriousness of projectile barfing I can paint for you the lovely visual of what my past 5 days have been like. Blake has never been a puker. Never spit up as a small baby. No food sensitivities. Hearty eater. Whatever bug made it’s way to his stomach this time around somehow gave him the same torque and pressure gauge as a fire hose! This projectile nightmare happened a good dozen times in the span of about 5 days. The car and the car seat took the biggest brunt of it, with my master bed, two living room couches, my face, my chest, my head and the living room area rug coming in a close second. I’m easily washable. The car seats cleaned up easily being leather. The couches…well they’re still struggling and I will ONLY buy leather couches going forward for this reason alone. Luckily our master bed still has the two mattress proctectors on it from when I was pregnant because I was certain my water was going to break in the middle of the night (which it did…let’s save that for another post).
Since the majority of Blake’s projectile episodes happened in the car…I thought for sure after watching what looked like buckets of yuck shooting out of him, that I would be buying a new car seat. We switched Blake to a new convertible car seat a few months ago when he outgrew his infant car seat. I overly researched car seats until I landed on the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat Let me tell you how excited and surprised I was. I ripped the car seat apart and threw the entire plush cover into the washing machine and dryer and it came out looking (and thank goodness smelling) like brand new!!! I’m so impressed with how easy it was to throw it in the wash and it still looks like we just bought it…I think we will be purchasing a second one for my husband’s car.
You can checkout the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat here. It comes in a lot of fun colors but I have it in Total Black.
During this stomach virus Blake, like clockwork, woke up at 3am each night, sat up and threw up all over. The last time it happened, my head was actually in the path of destruction. The Mom switch kicked on instantly and the only goal at that moment was to comfort this crying, scared, uncomfortable and now dry-heaving baby. I didn’t care that the king size bed and all of its layers were covered in projectile warfare. In that moment I didn’t care that the curls hanging from my messy bun were dripping. I did however find something that seemed to help Blake and I get thru these middle of the night episodes. I filled the tub with warm water and Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Keepsake Gift Set and climbed in there with him. He curled up and cuddled and eventually relaxed. We all know how uncomfortable throwing up is as an adult so if you have to climb into the tub and comfort your little one, I say do it!
One important thing to remember if your little one is throwing up a lot, is to keep them hydrated. Each time Blake would throw up I would offer him a sippy cup with Pedialite while I was cleaning up the mess, and then I would nurse nurse nurse!
My checklist for baby barf survival:
- Keep them hydrated. Offer pedialite (unflavored for infants) and nurse!
- Keep extra towels in the car.
- Look into a car seat that can be easily cleaned by throwing it in the washing machine. My favorite is the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat
- Comforting your baby first, then clean up.
- Just when you think the throwing up is done and there can’t possibly be anymore…there is! Don’t underestimate the barf!
- Put a mattress protector on not only the baby’s mattress but your mattress as well.
- Momma…you might start to feel like a human pillow and pacifier but you are exactly where you need to be and you’re doing exactly what your baby needs right now and that’s for you to love and comfort them.
I hope this comes in handy. Sometimes we can’t fix the situation but we can try to make it a little more comfortable.
Edit: this post is about a week overdue. After almost finishing the above list, I caught Blake’s stomach bug. Blake is feeling great though and is back to his normal spunky self.