So tell me. Was I wrong? Because I kind of feel bad, but I kind of don't. Here is the deal:
I hear gagging and someone getting sick. I jump out of bed and run down the hall to the bathroom and I find... nobody. Hmm....
So I call out, "Who is throwing up?"
No answer. "Who is sick?! Where are you?"
No answer. I look in one room, just in time to remember that Abigail is sleeping in my bed. Oh yeah, it can't be her. So I look in another room not expecting to see anyone and there she is, sitting in bed getting sick. Haley. She is just sitting there. Now here is my problem. I have taught my children from an early age that if they get sick it has to be in one of 3 places: the garbage can, a barf bucket or the toilet. But there she was just sitting in bed.
I give her the required pat on the head, and a mumbled sorry about her being sick as I grabbed her and shoved her into the bathroom. I held her hair and wiped her face. I put her in the shower and washed her hair. Once the bed was stripped and she was showered and changed I realised I was mad.
Why was she sitting there in her bed getting sick? What was she thinking? She knows the rules. She knows what has to happen. I am fine with sitting with them when they are sick, I love them after all. I can hold hair, and wipe noses and faces with washcloths, but I do NOT like to clean it up! Lewis won't either. I think it is because when they were little they all projectile vomited after every meal and we have just used up all of that parent power.*
She was sad and tried to explain that she could not make it to the bathroom. She did not know she was going to be sick until it was too late. She is 6 for heaven's sake.
Alright so here is my question for you. I ask because I am irritated. Should I have been nicer to her? Should I have just accepted the mess and cleaned it up happily? I feel like I should have not gotten mad, but I also feel like she should get to the trash in time.
*Parent Powers are powers that parents have that help them deal with their children's "situations". In this case the power I am referring to is the power to clean up nasty messes without gagging. There are in total 25 powers that all parents have. Maybe I will blog them on another day.