Rookie Mistakes is a series where guest bloggers divulge their parenting fails, and make us laugh or inspire us in the process. After all, we can’t all be pintrest perfect parents.
This weeks guest post comes from one of my personal favorites, Laura who blogs at Life With Baby Kicks. Parenting is hard work on the best of days. But when the small people are sick, life gets really tough. That’s when you really need things to go your way, not for rookie mistakes to occur!
Laura is a 30-something stay at home mum of 2 little boys. Moving from London to the desert otherwise known as Dubai in 2013 leaving the corporate world behind she is now a full time stay at home mum. To try and retain some semblance of the Laura behind the Mummy she set up Life with Baby Kicks in January 2015. The rest, as they say, is history.
Just when you think you have it nailed…
You know you think you have the whole parenting lark down by the time your second child arrives? You’ve done the whole baby stage once and your Toddler is still standing. You’ve forgotten anything which was less than pleasant and anything that was stand out has now become something which you laugh at only. You know, like the time your kid peed off the changing table while you were in the pub onto his last set of clean clothes which were resting at the top of your bag?
No, as a second time mum I had it DOWN. Except when I didn’t.
Therein lies my rookie mistake.
Last month the Baby was sick. Really poorly. A take him to the doctors because he won’t stop screaming type of sick. With multiple vomitting incidents from a baby that rarely throws up. He had tonsillitis. We got the antibiotics and embarked on our week of staying in to get him better.
As the Baby poonamied up his second to last nappy at 4pm, using my very last wipe to clean him up, that idea quickly changed from staying in to a fun and exciting trip to the supermarket. With the promise of a babychino for the Toddler for the trouble.
Load everyone in the car. Toddler, check. Baby, check. Bunny, check. Me, check. Off we set, all is well with the world. Chatting to the Toddler about Babychinos and considering the possibilities of cake. Debating the merit of carrot cake (like Bing Bunny) or chocolate cake, reaching the no man land point of smack bang in the middle between home and our destination when I heard that sound.
Nope not the poonami sound, that I could deal with.
That you know has led to sick.
This was confirmed by the Toddler
“Mummy he’s done BIIIIIIIIG sick”
Not just sick. Big sick.
What do I do? I have no wipes – we were on the way to buy them? The last of my muslins is sat on the couch at home with me forgetting to bring it. And of course I realise there is no change of clothes in the bag having used them earlier in the day when I had no energy to run up the stairs to get some.
The roundabout ahead. The decision needs to be made. The tired, sleep deprived mummy brain needs to kick into action.
Spin round and go home to get him changed, the Toddlers wails starting as he wanted a cake and a babychino. He keeps that up all the way home, getting progressively louder, while the baby is now quietly asleep in the sick.
Pulling into the driveway, taking him and sick covered bunny out and hosing them down, stuffing muslins in the car seat to try and clean it up a bit. Obviously waking him in the process leading to more tears. Finally sorted clicking him back in the car and looking up.
The toddler is asleep. The Toddler doesn’t nap anymore. And if he does he certainly doesn’t nap at 4:45pm.
And I still have no nappies.
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