Me & JP, Conversations with a 4 Year Old — The One About Throw Up…

20160816_12453220160816_12440020160816_124417_001JP is my 4-year-old grandson. He and his mom and dad and their English bulldog lived with us while their new house was being built.  One of the best things about having them here was spending time talking with him.  It makes me hopeful for the next generation.  He is so wise and so much fun!   You can find all my Me and JP stories here.

Sometime around 12:30 p.m. Friday night.  JP is having a sleepover at our house and is in the guest room, where he usually sleeps.  My son, David, whose room is next to the guest room,  comes to our room and says JP is calling me…

JP:  Nana, didn’t you hear me calling you?

Me:  Baby, I’m so sorry, I didn’t.

JP:  I threw up, Nana, I’m sorry…  (Poor baby, he sure did!  On the bed, the pillows, himself – thank goodness for waterproof mattress pads and washable foam pillows.  Miraculously, his stuffed foxes that he sleeps with every night did not take a hit…)

Me:   Oh, honey, don’t worry, it’s okay.  Nobody means to throw up, you couldn’t help it.  Come here by me.

JP:  No, Nana, don’t hug me.  You’ll get your nightgown full of throw up.

Me:  Ah, okay, well, can you take your pajamas off?

JP:  NO, I don’t want to touch them!

Me:  Honey, I’ll help you.  How does your tummy feel now?

JP:  It feels lots better, Nana.  Oh, wait, I think I might have to throw up more.  (And he does…)

JP:  What is that stuff?

Me:  I’d say it’s your dinner from last night.  Why don’t you lay down in Papa’s computer room while I change the sheets on the bed?

JP:  Nana, how am I going to fall asleep if I have to keep throwing up??

(After the sheets are changed, I lay down with him and he does fall asleep by about 2 a.m.  Unfortunately, he sleeps like a starfish, so I go back to my room at 2:30 so we can both get some rest…)

 

This morning, about 7:30 a.m. 

Me:  How do you feel this morning?  Maybe I should text Mommy and Daddy…

JP:  I feel good.  You can text them later, after we have McDonald’s for breakfast.

Me:  Oh, baby, I don’t think so.  Maybe some toast?

JP:  I don’t feel  hungry right now.   Papa made me some tea with honey.

Me:  Okay, just take a few spoonfuls and see how it goes.

JP:  I think I’m going to throw up again.  (And he does…)

Me:  I think I’ll just text Mommy and Daddy now.

JP:  Can we have McDonald’s next time when I don’t throw up?

Me:  That sounds perfect!

I’m doing laundry and having a tough time getting the smell out of some things like his jammies.  Someone suggested a mix of 2 cups hydrogen peroxide, 2 t. baking soda and a few drops dish detergent to soak clothing in or use on carpet.  Seems to be working.  Coincidentally, same mixture we used on Inga, our Norwegian Elkhound, when she got sprayed by a skunk so I have lots of peroxide on hand!  What an exciting life I lead…

 

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37 responses

  1. Oh bless him. Poor little guy. But aren’t kids resilient. I’d never have gotten out of bed, let alone consider McDonalds for breakfast!

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    1. I’m sure I was way more worried than he was. The joys of germs at preschool!

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      1. Ugh, right? Germ incubation centers!

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    1. Still working on laundry 🙂

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  2. Well, he sure does like McDonalds! Hope he feels better soon, and that you get more rest!

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    1. Thanks! Once he gets an idea in his head he doesn’t like to deviate from the plan. And we had promised McDonald’s!

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  3. He’s lucky to have a grandma like you.

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    1. Aww, thanks. He is one sweet boy!

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  4. skunk and throw up…..sounds about the same. Sweet boy, worried about your night gown. What a love. I’m looking forward to being a grandma.

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    1. He is adorable, such a love! You will adore being a grandma!

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  5. Anyone else remember the handprint poem for parents to remind us little ones won’t always be little. Your story reminds me of it, Dee. Deelightful. ‘Hope he’s well soon!

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    1. Thanks, Roo! He’s such a cutie and I’m thrilled he likes to stay with us. They do grow up so fast!

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  6. Aw, the poor thing! I hate seeing my kids sick… still even at their ages. My 12 yr old was throwing up a couple of weeks ago… I think I felt the same as I did when he was 3. You’re so great with him! I hope he’s all better.

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    1. He was pretty upset, but I think I might have been even more so. I hate to see the kids or grandkids get sick. But he’s in preschool and germs are everywhere!

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      1. I know exactly what you mean… about hating to see the kids sick and the germs. But… they say this exposure to germs helps their immunity later. I don’t know how true that is but my kids hardly ever get sick now!

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      2. True, that’s what the pediatrician told my son. If they don’t go to preschool then they will be sick when starting kindergarten!

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      3. Yes… Same thing I heard!

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  7. Bless you both. It’s tough when the little ones get sick and don’t really understand why. Come to think of it, I don’t think adults do either! Hope he’s feeling much better ❤

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    1. Thanks, D, he is. Kids are so resilient, thank goodness!

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      1. Glad to hear he’s ok. Love your conversations with him 🙂

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  8. Such a sweet story and such a sweet little boy. You are blessed!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I really am. He’s a darling…

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  9. I love how ‘right this moment’ kids are. They don’t worry about the past or future. Just about what’s ‘right now.’ I hope JP is feeling better and got his McDonald’s. And that you got all the laundry done. 🙂

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    1. McDonald’s next time maybe!

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  10. Poor little fellow. Throwing up is a horrible, messy business and no fun for him or anybody else.

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  11. Oh my! You have been busy

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    1. Poor little guy! Luckily, it seemed like a 24 hour thing…

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      1. Yes that is tough, so glad he is better! How are you?

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  12. Aww poor thing! Even in all his sickness he thinks of you…what a sweetheart! Glad he didn’t get any on his furry friends. I like when he says…What is that stuff? Lol.. 🙂

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  13. How precious they are at that age. thanks for sharing!

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  14. You two are so cute and lovable in pictures and conversation, Diane! JP seems wise! 🙂

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    1. He is such a deep thinker already! You know how great the grands are!

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