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    Friday, November 14, 2008

    At Least It's Clean

    Yesterday started out like most days. Up and at em bright and early. Emma off to school, Maggie awake and dressed in her standard outfit consisting of a Hannah Montana shirt, jeans, and the puffy pink skirt over the top of the jeans, all of this topped off with sparkly pink shoes. She is all girl. And Gretta being her silly self carrying around 13 binkies and her milk. We headed over to the local Starbucks to meet up with some friends and get "coffee", which is code for Hazelnut Hot Cocoa. Mmm. I chatted up the ladies while the kids sufficiently destroyed the table and chairs with donut pieces and spilled milk. Eh, we'll just leave a tip, no biggie. After I had my fill of funny stories and gross sex talk, it was time to head off to Maggie's dance class. She danced her little butt off. Gretta got her white-girl groove on, too, and it was hilarious.

    So we head home. I've decided that on the way, a trip to Linens N Things is in order, to take advantage of their misfortune of going out of business and scoring an electric blanket for cheap. Sounds good, right? Yeah. So I'm heading along, minding my business and listening to Cathy and Judy's Sex Thursday talk show, when I approach the turn off for my street. Should I continue to LNT, or should I head home and put Gretta to bed? Hmm. If only there was a way for this decision to be made for me. If only.

    Then suddenly, "Waaahh, baaarrrfff." Gretta has spewed all over in her car seat. Decision made. I turn up the street and head home as fast as I can. She continues barfing in her seat, not really crying, mostly just saying "Eeewww", and looking at her slime covered hands. We whip into the driveway, I pull her out of the van, and strip her down naked on the grass. Mind you, it's 30 degrees outside. But I'm not taking any chances of having my van smell like rotten milk, as I was doomed to drive around a Jeep that smelled that way all summer. My bad. But I digress.

    I pop G in the tub, and start the mind numbing task of disassembling the damn car seat. Does that remind you of the movie Short Circuit? "No disassemble, no disassemble! Number 5, alive!" That movie reminds me of Meg for some reason. And again, I digress.

    What the heck is with those car seats? I mean really. I understand the need for safety and all that good stuff, but who hasn't had their kid puke in the car seat, and needed to rip it apart STAT? You'd think they would make them a little easier to get apart for washing and sanitizing and such. This is the second time in 5 months I've had this kid puke in her car seat. I should be a pro at this by now. I'm not. So now I have a clean, sanitized, taken apart car seat in my dryer. Sugar Daddy is out of town, and this time I don't have an identical model to copy like I did last time. What's a girl to do? I guess I'll stay home and take care of business here. Or I could attempt to put it back together. But at least it's clean.

    14 Response(s):

    Laura said...

    Oh man...that sucks. I feel for you! Knock on wood, Noah hasn't puked or made any type of a mess in his seat that would require a launder...and I remember what a pain it was just to get it set up and in the car.

    Rachel B said...

    I know what you mean. It seems like those things are never the same after you take them apart...Maybe it's a way to get us to buy new ones constantly. I have had the same problems with strollers too.

    bonny with a Y said...

    we had a phase like that with esme'. she would throw up any time she was in the car for an extended period of time. i even called phoebe at midnight once, because she threw up 10 minutes before we got to phoebe's house. i wanted a warm bath ready :) and of course phoebe came to the rescue.

    Jill Johnson said...

    Just give me a call when you get stuck I will walk you through how the identical one is put together. I think you actually have my car seat and I have yours, right? I bet you want it back now. Oh wait, yours is clean.

    Is she sick or another barf moment?

    Larissa said...

    Oh, I hate those "barfing in crazy places" moments. Remember when one of your other girls barfed at sacrament meeting. You poor thing. Mikaela gets car sick and barfed all the time in the car. I hated pulling the pieces all apart and putting it back together. I agree with rachel b. It's a way to get us to buy new ones. Also, stories like these make me happy my baby is now a six year old! No more of that baby messy stuff for me.

    nikkipicky said...

    Can I just say I'm glad I'm sooo done with that!!

    I remember many a time, barfing kids in car seats. Once on the way home from St. Geroge in the middle of like nowhere...no way to clean it. Just wipe it off with wipes, strip the child, put a blanket or towell in the seat and off you go. UGGG!! The smell for hours. Yep I'm glad that stage of my life is over. Now we pull over and they puke on the side of the road. :)

    Meg said...

    Because I have a short circuit, probably?

    Isn't that the second car seat your kid has puked in? If I remember correctly, that last one was exactly same, but was owned by miss Gracie. Geez, what are you feeding her?

    Nurse Heidi said...

    One of the reasons I bought Katie's car seat is that it has quick release velcro to pop the seat cover off WITHOUT having to pull the straps out. It's been great so far. Evenflo Triumph Advance.

    Shar said...

    Ugh! There is nothing worse than throw-up! Or rotten milk smelling car!

    Thanks for the tips. I bought some smashbox primer and I'm stoked to use it. I've only used it on the back of my hand, and was LOVING it, so I know I'll love it on my face! Thanks for the birthay/free gift reminder. Vanilla Cupcake bubble bath. For free. Yay!

    Shylo said...

    What fun, Anika puked in her carseat when she was three and we were headed to yellowstone. We pulled over, stripped her naked and rinsed her off in the river, then bought her a little dress at the yellowstone gift shop. She had to ride without padding until we got to the cabin. Good Times!
    PS: don't you love how many words there are that mean Throw-up!

    grannybabs said...

    Having had 3 of my kids before they required car seats, let me say that it was lot easier without them.

    Maybe not safer, but easier!

    SuperGabers - The Mom said...

    BLAHHHHHHH!!!!

    Kelli said...

    You need to teach her to puke like Eli. We usually don't even have to wipe his face. He is such a clean puker, Lots of practice!

    Kate said...

    And atleast your straps come out of your carseat. Mine on the other hand, still smell like PUKE!