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A Good Girl Scout Is Always Prepared

Because of the events on Tuesday, I’ve revamped my posting for Works For Me Wednesday. A warning though, if you’re dining, you may want to pause.

Bear with me while I set this up. Imagine if you will. My daughters, ages 7 and 5wfmwheader.jpg are all spit-polished in their pressed American Heritage Girls Scouting uniforms. We’re heading to a fun Christmas outing with their troop. We’re within, say 1/4 mile of our destination when the unthinkable happens. From the back seat, I hear my 5 year old say in a small voice, “Mom, I don’t feel good.”

Note to self. Whenever the 5 year old says that she doesn’t feel good, pull over immediately. This is not necessarily the case with the 7 year old, as she is prone to a little hypochondria. On any given day, she’s afflicted with broken bones, severed arteries, malaria, etc. But the 5 year old? If she says she doesn’t feel good, believe it.

So, before I can pull over, Mount Vomitous erupts from the back of the van. I can hear it. It sounds really bad. Now, here’s where my parenting skills may be lacking. Whenever I even think someone is going to hurl, I begin heaving like a dog. Evidently this is genetic, as the 7 year old starts gagging as well.

By the grace of God, I get us pulled over and I begin to assess the situation. While trying not to add to the mess. My sweet daughter is covered in puke. From the top of her little blonde head, to the tips of her sneakers. And east and west of her as well. It was an impressive amount of vomit. I was recognizing stuff from yesterdays lunch.

Now, here’s where I do excel as a parent. And the point of this post. I’m prepared for such an emergency. I keep a plastic toy bin, with a cloth liner, in-between the two booster seats in the back. I had hollered to the 7 year old to dump the toys and give it to her sister. Which she did, thusly avoiding a much worse disaster. I have an old sheet that I keep in the van for impromptu picnics, which aided in the clean up. I also keep a canister of wipes handy. And for extra brownie points, I always have an extra diaper bag stashed under my seat packed with a change of clothes, including underwear and socks. Now, it had been a couple of years since I had updated the bag, so the clothes didn’t quite fit her. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

If I only had my trusty spray bottle of Febreze, which is a most awesome invention, for the long ride home, I would have earned my mommy badge of honor.

25 Responses to A Good Girl Scout Is Always Prepared

  • Ewwww. Me too – with 8 kids and a 50 mile trip to town, we always have somebody barfing in the van. Not fun.
    We try to keep old soda cups w/lids in the van. I hate it when somebody doesn’t feel good and the van is CLEAN. I find myself gripping the steering wheel, yelling “find some trash, quick!”

  • Your posts make me feel nice!Really! They are pieces of life!
    I see my own life in front of me when I read your posts…

  • Yep, this has happened to us recently. While driving back from a visit to my aunt and uncle’s house, my 2 year old vomited not just once but 4 times!

    We weren’t quite as prepared. All I had was wet wipes to clean him up with. The first time it happened, we stripped off his clothes, cleaned up his carseat, and then wrapped him in his blanket and buckled him back in.

    The next 3 times it happened, he would warn us that his stomach was cramping and he was about to vomit by moaning and telling us “hurt” while touching his tummy. We’d whip out more wet wipes and hold them to his mouth.

    It wasn’t pretty, but we drove home with a slightly cracked window. We arrived home just in time for Snuggle Bug to stop vomiting. Go figure! 🙂

    Now that I’ve shared my vomit story, I’ll let you know that I’ve posted a 12 lbs ‘til Christmas WFMW tip. 🙂

  • Oh that poor little thing! I hope that she’s feeling better. Note to self: Put a change of clothes for all of the boys in our car!

  • I will definitely be heeding your advice. I never thought to have a change of clothes for my oldest (she’s 5), but you never know what might happen! I hope your daughter is feeling better. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hilarious.

    And, believe it or not, I keep Febreeze in my van.

  • Ahh! The memories, I puked at Brownie Girl Scouts in the middle of the smile song! Too bad my troop leader wasn’t as prepared.

  • BTW, Cailey is just fine. By the time we arrived safely home, it was just another “adventure” to her. She had just gotten over a cold, and had evidently, retained “phlegm.”

    And yes, Shannon, I will always from this day forth carry my Febreze with me in the van. And a can of Lysol. And maybe some rubber gloves.

  • You are so organized to have all those things on hand! Very impressive. This summer, my Mattie began a bout with carsicknesses – every time we’d travel over 30 miles. So, I started keeping in the car a plastic bag that doubles as a “barf bag” and also carries in it a towel, and wipes. I didn’t think of having Febreze in the car. That stuff is great! And just plain necessary when you have kids. 🙂
    And…glad she’s feeing better. And glad it wasn’t a stomach bug for you all to share. 🙂

  • So sorry about your daughter. That’s happened to me before – no fun.

    BTW – I tagged you to do the ABC meme – no pressure if you don’t want to participate.

  • If I had an organizing award I would give it to you! Awesome!

  • Febreeze! what a great idea! I have all of the other accessories…but hadn’t thought of Febreeze. Thanks!

  • Good planning! I am a sympathetic barfer myself… not good with a large family… My sister, as school teacher who regularly had little kids throwing up in her feet, told me that having a coffee can of kitty-litter on hand at all times is the way to go. It absorbs liquid and odor! Just dump in on the barf and sweep/vacuum it up later.

    I learned another tip living in a third-world contry where everyone rides buses. They all carry a neatly folded plastic bag. Even the kids whip these out at the first quesy feeling, neatly vomit and tie off the bag when they finish. I now carry these folded grocery bags in the seat pockets of the car.

    Fabreeze! Ha! Great idea! Maybe transfering it to a smaller bottle that would fit in the glove box…

  • All right everybody. Hold the phone. Shannon from “Rocks In My Dryer” just told me about a product called “All Brand” which is cheaper than Febreze, and smells better. And it’s at Wal Mart. So, it’s on my shopping list!

  • my eldest dd still does this. I have forbidden her to vomit in the van and bless her heart, the other day she held it until I could pull over. I keep a tupperware container with a tight fitting lid in the car just for her. I hope she outgrows it soon.


    PS the blog looks great. welcome to cyperspace site ownership. 🙂

  • Ooohhhh! I was almost did a ‘scratch n’ sniff’ of the computer screen. Could have *been* there!
    btw Glade do a very good spray called ‘Clean Linen’

  • Hmm…are you sure you haven’t swapped out your girls for mine? Same age, same description exactly! What a hoot. And I’ve had my fair share of vomit, etc., this past week and half, starting with our twins. Here’s my post for you to LOL at and to join you in the trenches: http://www.laundry-alternative.net/sortsnsuds.htm?blogentryid=1052590

    Definitely under the pile,
    The Laundry Procrastinator at the http://www.laundry-alternative.net

  • Okay! You got me with, “Whenever I even think someone is going to hurl, I begin heaving like a dog.” I’m hooting!

    How about when I read this I felt as though I had to heave? And, I LOVE how you seamlessly made this harrowing adventure into a WFMW post. Brilliant!

  • Oh my! I can’t do it. I win the only badge for, “Uh, honey. Ethan threw up again!”
    I just can’t do it!

  • I found your blog from Rocks in My Dryer. Oh she wasn’t lying your posts are great. Well so for some daily humour I’ve added you to my blogroll. Thank you for the humorous spin on motherhood. 🙂

  • Thanks for making me laugh today, but I feel a little bad being at the expense of your child. I hope she is feeling better.

  • oh, I think you did earn your mommy badge! I don’t know what I would’ve done. I start dry-heaving when I hear someone throwing up too. It’s sad to try to do the mommy thing and be losing it too.

    enjoying your blog, here from Shannon!

    Jenny in ca

  • Just stopping by from Rocks in my Dryer…. I am very impressed with your preparation skills even with all that vomit! Enjoy your day :o)

  • I love your sense of humor…especially the list about yourself. I hope you consider joining shoutlife.com and joining in the fun with us over there(I found your website through your husband’s profile).

    Homeschool moms have to have this kind of sense of humor; what would we do otherwise?

  • Hi DeeDee!

    I found you! Sorry I failed to email back but I’m here now! And double-sorry for all the exclamation points already used in this comment!

    I will talk to you soon!