Tigerlilly Quinn: A motherhood test

Monday, 5 August 2013

A motherhood test

One of my biggest motherhood tests so far happened last week.


Wilf and I were all set to attended an Argos Christmas event in London town. After initially feeling nervous about navigating the big smoke with a toddler I was instead feeling really excited about Wilf and I having a little adventure. I was looking forward to letting Wilf run around the venue and the toddler fun he would have with the play area, giant Christmas tree and other treats that were in store.

What do they say about best laid plans?

Just after we left Bath station I got up to go to the refreshments aisle with Wilf toddling along next to me. I bought my coffee and picked him up to carry him back the three carriages back to our seat. Half way down the first carriage Wilf started being sick, seemingly out of the blue, I think I must have stood there for a good few seconds just thinking 'did that really happen?". Luckily the business men near were very nice about it, passing me their napkins and waving off my apologies. I picked Wilf up a little shaken making sure he was ok, cuddling him and stroking his hair trying to put my thoughts in order about what to do next.

What Wilf did next was to proceed to be sick in the next carriage and the next and the toilet. When a lady asked me if there was anyone with me to help I almost cried. It was so awful, poor little Wilf whimpering in-between being sick. I had no idea how long it was until the next stop but thankfully it wasn't too long and we grabbed our things and jumped off at the station. After changing him into his spare set of clothes, and then out of them and into his nappy and emergency raincoat I rubbed his back and he proceeded to be sick on the platform, and in the rubbish bag I was given on the train back to Bristol.


We sat on the floor in-between carriages, Wilf now just in his nappy, sobbing quietly and eventually falling asleep in my arms. This picture was taken in the taxi back, I'm surprised he let us in, we were both soaking, oh gosh it was the stuff on nightmares and all you can think is 'get better, I'd do anything for you to not be feeling this way'.


Poor little thing was ill though the night saying 'sorry' every time he spoke and just about broke my heart.

I know we are lucky that we have rarely had to deal with sickness. I know things could have been worse (I mean can you imagine it happening on the Tube??). We were close-ish to home, everyone was safe and although horrible to go through was really not serious. It just brings to home how lucky we are when our children are safe and well and how we take it for granted. How I would gladly give up everything just for him to be healthy and happy. Oh gosh, motherhood is intense isn't it?

On a slightly different note, Argos who heard about the debacle were kind enough to refund my travel and to pick up and send Wilf a lovely goody bag. Little gestures that go very far with this mama!

25 comments:

Red Rose Mummy said...

Oh no, what a nightmare! Hope both you and Wilf are fully recovered from your ordeal and well done Argos for sending you the gift and travel expenses.

Anna said...

poor little wilf, that is so horrible, its awful to see them ill!

and i have had one who has puked in the tube!
i hope wilf is much better by now!

Yelle said...

aww! poor little guy! i was with my little niece and she too got suddenly sick at a restaurant one day and it was alarming - the same, "oh - that just happened." but moms are good at handling those kind of things where i was kind of just like, "come here, let me hold you!"

Kelly Rae said...

Oh my gosh poor little one :((( I hope he gets better soon! Sounds like you handled yourself the best you could under the circumstances.

Mum2BabyInsomniac said...

Oh no!!! What a nightmare, tummy bugs are awful but touch wood Iyla has only had them at home so far. I'm dreading when I have two kids to deal with puking though! I love that photo of him in bed, poor little guy x

Globalmouse said...

Oh no that's so awful...what a nightmare. I hope he's better now - so sad his little voice saying "sorry" :( How nice of Argos though!

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AlphaBino said...

What a nightmare for you and a sweet gesture from Argos. By the way, you passed the test by having a change of clothes in the bag! One I've failed a few times now!

fritha strickland said...

I know! I thought maybe he was thinking he was feeling that way as he had done something he needed to apologise for, how heartbreaking! And yes small gestures that really mean a lot! xx

fritha strickland said...

haha well I nearly didn't! Tom always packs the bag on the weekend and is so careful to have spare clothes so it was because I just grabbed the bag really. TBH they didnt last long as he was in a nappy for the most part (thankfully it was nice weather I guess!) xx

fritha strickland said...

oh Jess I know I was thinking the same thing, what on earth would I do if I had had two?? But I guess you just deal with the situation! Thank you, he was so sweet poor baby xx

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much Kelly xx

fritha strickland said...

oh gosh I bet that was awful! You did the right thing too you know, sometimes all that you can do is hold them! :) xx

fritha strickland said...

Oh no! That would be my actual nightmare! I suppose you know it's not long until the next stop, how did people react? xx

fritha strickland said...

thank you! Yes it was only a 24h thing thankfully. I agree such a good gesture and one that goes a long way! xx

Lucy said...

There is nothing worse than the helpless feeling as parent that you get when your kids are poorly. It's awful, you'd just do anything to take it away and make them better. And it does make you thankful for happy healthy kids. x

Carin Cullen said...

Oh no, what a nightmare! It's never easy when they're sick, but when they start being sick while you're traveling... horrid. You feel so helpless. You handled it so well. You passed the test with flying colours, mamma!

Anna said...

they did look quite grossed out but you know how people are on the tube, noone actually said anything at all!!! i just wiped the floor then sheepishly dragged the kids off at the next stop lol. it was ok! hows wilf now?

fritha strickland said...

You would have to be a really mean person to be mean to a parent dealing with a sick child I think! He was better within 24 hours thankfully! Xx

fritha strickland said...

You are so right Lucy, it really makes you look at things with a new perspective doesn't it. And appreciate being healthy and happy! Xx

fritha strickland said...

Oh thank you so much Carin, what a lovely thing to say xx

Jen Walshaw said...

There is almost nothing worse than vomit. Maxi who is eight was car sick for the first time ever last week on holiday (with three other children in the car). It was horrible

fritha strickland said...

oh god that IS awful. Once when I was younger and we were moving house we breaked suddenly and some washing detergent that was placed on boxes in the boot fell into my open mouth! I was sick everywhere. makes for a funny story now.. xx

Julie said...

Ohhh, poor little man. The image of his naked little arm in bed, brings home just how tiny and defenseless they are.

Veggie Mama said...

Oh how heartbreaking. They're so little aren't they? :-(

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