Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
It’s hard to believe that my kid is nearly a year and a half and he just now threw up for the first time. That’s pretty weird, right?
Granted, when he was an infant, he would spit up a little milk occasionally. But in general, he would drool more than he ever spit up.
But last Thursday, during a night we really needed some extra sleep because of the drive the next night to Alabama for Easter, we heard a sudden cough, then a [splat!] from the other bedroom.
Fortunately, my son was cool about it. He only puked directly on his blanket in his crib; then directly into the bathtub.
He didn’t vomit on me, nor my wife; at least not directly. And man, the carpet in his room was all clear too. Such a considerate 16 month-old I have.
Just to make sure we knew what we were doing, he waited about 10 minutes after we got him all cleaned up and back to bed before he did the exact same thing again.
Oh yeah, and I didn’t mention: It was all spaghetti.
There’s something about cleaning up the vomited version of a food that causes you to never see it the same way again.
I say that, yet this morning my wife asked me:
“For lunch today, do you want to take the rest of this spaghetti- the kind that Jack got sick from?”
The answer was yes. That was indeed what I ate for lunch today; only I didn’t get sick.
I am Dad; the janitor and the human garbage disposal.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
It’s no secret that part of my “gimmick” as a parent blogger is to simply maintain a positive outlook and tone. In fact, my optimistic attitude angered and frustrated dozens of people with g>one blog in particular, which caused a brief uproar on Parents.com’s Facebook wall. But while I choose to be Mr. Positive, I also choose to be real; I don’t sugarcoat anything.
One of the major ways I am able to remain positive, as a dad who is potentially always in a situation where I could easily be frustrated simply because of the fact that I am dealing with an infant who has a reputation of being illogical, is to keep my expectations low. Because with reasonably low expectations, it’s much more difficult to become disappointed.
I personally am more likely to experience an ongoing sense of well-being when my expectations are consistently met; even if those met expectations don’t include a decently positive outcome. I guess it just feels good to be right about something; especially regarding the uncontrollable and often unpredictable future.
Therefore, our recent flight from Nashville to Sacramento with our son went better than I expected; for the fact that A) our luggage didn’t get lost; B) we didn’t miss our connecting flight in Denver; C) Jack didn’t vomit all over me during the middle of the flight; and D) I wasn’t aware of how hungry I was from not eating dinner before the flight because I was too preoccuppied with my reasonably low expectations about Jack not doing well on the plane ride.
One of the things that being a dad has taught me is that I am the kind of person who has to be (or at least feel) in control of the things in life that I think I am supposed to be able to control. And when I can’t control certain situations as a parent and am aware of how not in control I am, I get really stressed out and anxious.
So perhaps the worst parts of flying to Sacramento were actually just in my head. Still though, in reality, it wasn’t a smooth and seamless transition. Instead of continuing the entertaining details and stories of the trip in this post, I will instead tell all about it in the following post.
Therefore, I now coridially invite you to read the sequel:
Surviving My Infant Son’s First Plane Ride.
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