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Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Mommy" Blogs

I've been reading a lot of "mommy" blogs lately. It's what I do: read about what interests me. I guess this could be called a mommy blog but I hope it's more than that. I've been blogging almost 6 years (my blogaversary is March 12) and most of those years I was childless, if you don't count cats.

There's a certain stigma about mommy blogs. That all we talk about is poop and puke and well, I could talk about those things in every post, I certainly talk about them enough in person, but it's not my whole life. Unfortunately new parents, me and J included, are very concerned with our baby's bodily functions and that leads to some nasty conversations.

Like a few nights ago, I picked up the baby because he smelled awful. He "needed new pants" as we like to say, meaning he pooped like mad. I picked him up just as the kid's stomach decided it was done and emptied on me. And when I say "on me" I mean all down the front of my shirt and down my shirt. Inside. On my skin. Warm baby vomit all. over. me. I promptly asked J to come upstairs with me because I wasn't quite sure how I was going to clean up the mess that was my bundle of joy.

I made it upstairs and got the kid on the change table. I was stripping him when J asked what he could do to help. Then he gagged enough that he had to run to the bathroom. I was elbow deep in poop and literally covered in puke, listening to J retch in the bathroom, gagging at the smell and getting goosebumps from the warm puke cooling on my skin.

It was overwhelming.

And it was my great big welcome! to parenthood, besides pushing a 7.5 pound baby out of my body. But this post isn't about that. Or poop. Or puke. Really, I read other blogs written by parents, the majority female, because I like to read their stories and know that I am not the only one who has to shower only hours after showering because I'm covered in someone else's excretions. I'm not the only one who wants a life outside being a mom. I'm not the only one struggling with figuring out how to be myself and be a mother.

And there's nothing better than a good story about puke.

3 comments:

  1. Did you ever see those episodes of ER where they sometimes had to hose people off inthe hose-down room? Shouldn't those come standard in homes and university rentals?

    Next time I'm in Niagara I'll snag you a couple of ponchos. It sounds like you have a productive kid. Also, I've been reading mommy-blogs for years. And stay at home dad blogs too. I think it's our version of the quilting circles and barn raising events where people used to be congregate and discuss these things. Those forums disappeared so we're forging new ones.

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  2. You are doing awesome K! big hugs for you :)

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  3. Oi! That is really, really gross!
    But owning three animals, I have to say that I have seen my fair share of poop/pee/vomit. Nowhere near as much as you, but still..

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