The Girl Has A Problem

August 31, 2008 10:39 pm

She hit the bottle hard again last night. This is a nightly thing for her, she drinks herself silly then passes out. Most days, she wakes up face down in a puddle of her own vomit. It’s an all too familiar routine, one she’s comfortable with. She never gives it a second thought because for her, it’s all she knows. I’m talking about my four month old daughter Elliot.

The girl has got a bad case of reflux. To be near her is like sitting front row at a Gallagher show without the protective raincoat. She’s skilled in the art of clearing the burp rag and dousing the back of your shirt, oftentimes without you ever knowing. I’ve gone into public with a dried puke stream down my back on several occasions and that’s just not sexy.

Elliot’s latest milestone is the ability to roll over. She’s been doing it for a few weeks now. When her brother Graham first started rolling over, we spent the good part of two weeks taking shifts with the baby monitor. We would run into his room and flip him back over every time he rolled because we were sure he would die of SIDS if we didn’t. We eventually gave into his acrobatics and let him sleep on his stomach.

The problem with Elliot rolling over is that she gets herself so worked up that she vomits. She then proceeds to lie face down in said vomit screaming her head off until we come and rescue her. We change her sheets and hope she doesn’t do it again. Lather, rinse, repeat. We’re on week three of roll-puke-scream and for our sanity, we’re hoping she gets the hang of staying on her back. Not something a mother should ever hope for from her daughter but I said it and I’m not taking it back.

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  1. mrsbear

    Poor baby. I’m soooo glad I don’t have to deal with the baby puke anymore. Sucks. My son used to get constipated from his formula sometimes so that it really took him some strenuous effort to load a diaper, problem was if he’d just downed an entire bottle, the contracting abs would make him upchuck the entire contents of his stomach. We were at a Sears once when he let loose eight full ounces onto himself, his carseat, the travel system stroller, the contents of the basket underneath, the inside of my purse that was in the basket. Aaah, good times. I hope your little girl stays on her back too, for now. 😉

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