The Sound a parent NEVER gets used to.

United States
July 7, 2008 11:30am CST
Oh you know what I am talking about. There you are fast asleep in the middle of the night. The first thing you hear is a slight cough. Then a whine or wimper. Then you are transported from dream state to being catapolted halfway across the room by pure instint. You hear it start as a cough..then a gurgle..followed by a splash of some type of liquid repelling off of a hard surface then the cry. Now depending on the size of your house and the proximity of your room to theirs you may have made it in time before the wailing begins. Breaking through the door you see your beautiful child sitting in bed in a daze not knowing waht has just happened cover in "The Slime". Oh I know what you are thinking. "That is so gross." You're right it is. I am smiling right now knowing that I have gotten one or both of the following responses 1) You are gross to have a discussion about this. or 2) I know EXACTLY what you mean! You see my kids for the most part are past this stage in their lives. This is common, however, for children ages 1-5. Older than that it may happen but they just sound different so therefore they usually clean themselves up and come and get you after the fact. But with small children that is not the case. For you parent, tell me, am I write about what I said. What are some of your stories?
3 responses
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
This is SOOO very true. My mom used to put a towel on our beds in case we couldn't get up when the repeat performances followed as they often did. I don't know she made that work. Even when my boys were very small, I couldn't use a towel, and had to resort to a plastic wastebasket or pail. The part that always puzzled me most about sick children is WHY do they always get sick like this in the middle of the night, mostly a few minutes after very tired parents have turned in for the night.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I believe they wait until we are gone to bed. Or perhaps we "reap our raising" Inother words we did that to our parents so now it comes full circle. lol
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
Many a parent has thought, "Just wait until you have kids of your own."
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• United States
9 Jul 08
that was the warning I received when I got married "You won't reap your raising until you raise your own." So true!
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
9 Jul 08
Child up bringing is a difficult role for both parents-you must be able to get used to all those sounds, let alone the stench of the liquids which more often than not, hits the hard surface!
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• United States
9 Jul 08
True. The difference between a good parent and a great parent is how close you are willing to hold your child. :-)
@john3l6 (187)
• United States
7 Jul 08
When your child tells you that they are be picked on by children because they are different. It hurts me that they have to feel like that because of someones ignorance of the problems the child is facing. You might think that one would build a tougher exterior after being put through it so many times but you never really get use to it.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
We always hurt, no matter what our children are suffering from. It can be anything from minor teasing to major bullying or problems with studies or teachers, or as we have been discussing here, a flu bug up to a major disease. The pain that a parent goes through, speaking mostly from my own experience, is on a large scale even when the cause of it may seem small to other people.