Sunday, 15 November 2009

Why can't a man be more like a woman?

Last night daughter was sick. There is sickness bug going round school so it didn't surprise me. Unfortunately I didn't get to her in time to manouvre her to the toilet, so she was sick on her bedroom floor, then the bathroom floor, then all over the toilet. But strangely, not actually in the toilet! I started to clean her up, change her clothes and reassure her when husband appeared.

"Can I do anything?" he asked.

"Yes, you look after her and I'll clean up"

He took her to the other bathroom to clean her up and put new PJs on then he took her to our room while I spent nearly 30 mins in rubber gloves armed with a bottle of Dettol. By the time I'd finished I could hear her being sick again.

I went into our room and guess what?

Had husband thought to get a bowl or a bucket for her to be sick into the next time?

No, he had not.

She had been sick all over our duvet.

"This time, you can do the cleaning up" I said.


15 comments:

Kelloggsville said...

yup - in the same way, they watch you struggling with something and say that jolly helpful phrase "can I help?" - Doh - yes - turn your brain on and work out for yourself what needs doing!

Ps : I was also mopping up sick last night - Guide Sleepover - there's always one that's just got to throw up!

Hope your daughter is feeling better today. x

Trish said...

Would you like to borrow my husband on these occasions? He's brilliant at sick-wiping-up.....unlike me....though hopeless at finding replacement sheets or pyjamas (but I can forgive him anything when he's in Kim and Aggie mode!)
Love the blog!

ModernMom said...

Not a post to read while eating toast!
So sorry to hear your baby is ill. ucky for me my Hubby is great withthis stuff. He gladly jumps in and does the cleaning and knows exactly where the "Sick bowl" is.
Wishing you well!

On a different note I left you a quick and easy award when you feel up to it!

Mummy Cow said...

Or... he could be like my ex-husband who, when Little E was sick at his house last weekend, made her clear it up herself. And he wondered why she cried and asked if she could come back to me...
MC x

Suburbia said...

I can remember my H catching the vomit - or trying to catch it - in his hands!!!

Working Mum said...

Trish & Modern Mom - Well, there are obviously a lot of well trained husbands out there!

Kelloggsville - Men just don't do thinking what needs to be done, they need to be told, don't they? Hmmmmm, Guide sleepover - must avoid that one!

Mummy Cow - that's awful, I don't think anyone who is ill, whatever their age, should have to clean up themselves. Poor girl. I hope she got a sympathetic ear when she got back to you.

Suburbia - I think I remember reading that one on your blog - gross!

rosiescribble said...

Ooh, poor thing. Sounds really awful. I hope your husband has read this post!!

SMS said...

Hey, at least he woke up!
Stories of such night-time shananigins are fantastic; we had one never to be forgotten night when 4 (out of 5) of us were simultaneously taken ill, fortunately not seriously, but for a little while things were somewhat interesting!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I give up lts so beyond my comprehension!!
Larry never hears anything when the kids are sick...I can be thumping up and down stairs running baths...NADA, NoTHING...men!

Catharine Withenay said...

Ah - I'm married to a paediatrician. Anything to do with illness: his job.

So sorry she's sick at all - hope she's better soon.

Polly said...

Hope your little one is feeling better today. We have not yet had to experience tummy bugs so Ive no idea how my DD will cope when the time comes.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Dare I say typical?!

I do hope your daughter starts feeling better, there have been so many kiddies off with this sickness bug thing, it must have been a nightmare for the GP's!!

CJ xx

cheshire wife said...

I hope that your daughter is feeeling better and that you and husband don't get the bug now!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. And dont you just love it when your children INFORM you that they are going to be sick... but don't LEG IT TO BATHROOM in time. Grrr.x

scaryazeri said...

Mine actually learned unless she is very deeply asleep, to get up and call me and I often catch her in the bathroom, waiting to be sick in the toilet. that is so sweet, somehow. :) growing up, eh.
Agree about husbands. Totally useless! :)