“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.”
– Linda Wooten
I awoke in the middle of the night to the sounds of retching and heaving. I was hoping my husband would tag himself in, but he opted to stay asleep instead.
As I rounded the corner half awake, I was stopped by an odor so nauseating I had a hard time staying composed. — We are talking the sour guts, ‘what the heck died in here?’ kind of smell.
Yep, Kiddo was really sick, and it was now up to me to assist.
So far I had dealt with uncontrollable coughing, slippery snot, diarrhea butt, and poop on the toilet seat, light switch, and wall, but now I was being put to the ultimate test. I was facing my nemesis . . . VOMIT.
Now, I don’t know about you, but seeing someone else’s regurgitated stomach contents has always made me want to start spewing too.
And this time wasn’t any different. I was ready to barf.
Gagging several times, I wiped up the mess and did everything I knew to do to stay calm.
After giving Kiddo a drink of water with peppermint oil to calm the tummy, I put a cool washcloth on the head, them tucked “them” in for the night, asking if there was anything more I might do.
Kiddo looked up at me with big sad eyes letting me know, “I want my mom.”
I softly kissed Kiddo’s forehead. “Oh sweetie,” I whispered, “I know you want your mom, and I am so very sorry things are not the same, but I promise you I am doing my very best to help you feel better, okay?”
Big alligator tears fell down Kiddo’s cheeks, and in that moment my heart was hurting in a way no words can possibly describe.
I felt both helpless and sad. Kiddo was sick and there wasn’t anything more I could do.
As I crawled back into bed, my thoughts became a jumbled mess. You might even say they began to HURL lots of fears and meanness:
Let’s face it.
You’re in over your head.
You can’t even handle vomit without upchucking.
You suck as a parent and you know it.
Kiddo needs a mom.
And it’s not you!
(Part 2 coming soon)
(Note: For confidentiality reasons, “Kiddo” and “them” refers to the child in our foster care at the time of this post.)