"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Carpe Vomit

Don't worry.
No one in our family is sick right now. Whew. But our wonderful idea to share today is a simple vomit-related one.

The Giant Vomit Bowl.
No, it's not a nationally-televised football game sponsored by Ipecac syrup.
It's a simple plastic bowl purchased for $1 at Wal-Mart or Bowls-R-Us, and when our children (or us) are sick, it becomes their shadow. It's a big target, a little bigger than a toilet bowl, and it can travel a little more easily than a toilet as well. At the first mention of "my tummy hurts," out comes the The Giant Vomit Bowl. We should consider putting a strap on it on like a drum in the marching band.

The Giant Vomit Bowl

We used to keep it up high in the cabinet over the fridge. After all, who wants their Vomit Bowl mingling with the other dishware? However, we do clean it well afterward, so there really shouldn't be any reason NOT to invite you over to eat clam chowder out of it.

So in the last year, the Vomit Bowl has moved to more valuable real estate in the bottom of the pantry. Now the sick kids can crawl across the kitchen floor in food-poisoning-induced agony and retrieve the Vomit Bowl all by themselves without me or the Mrs. having to interrupt our blogging to assist them.

Since using the Giant Vomit Bowl (there are multiple ones actually), we have had very few accidents on the carpet or beds, almost none.

If you're grossed out by the possibility of confusing your Giant Vomit Bowl with your Giant Popcorn Bowl, you might want to invest in different colored bowls so you can easily designate which is which.
The Giant Popcorn Bowl

20 comments:

Mamabug said...

Unfortunately, my Giant Popcorn bowl is pink. Thanks for the new image. : )


We have a traveling bucket at our house. We used to have a bowl we called the vomit bowl b/c of the color of it. It came from a grandmother and it was a multicolored puke color. We gave it away in a white elephant gift exchange.

javamamma said...

We use a cool whip container but I like the dimensions of your vomit bowl better. And the flashy pink would fit better with the decor of my house. Maybe I need to go scrape up a dollar.

Tyna said...

Huh...that's actually a good idea. I think I need to go scrape up a dollar too...

Amy said...

My WFMW was about vomit (baby vomit) as well. Too Funny! We use the same exact bowl for out big kids. I guess great minds think alike!

Edi said...

Love it!~ Love the bright pink color - hard to miss, and hard to accidentally think it was the cereal bowl.

We use those deep, rectangular disposable food savers from Aldi. Of course they are kept in the cupboard and used for their original purpose - but if a kid gets sick - they get their affectionately called "spit bowl" to take with them. I know they can be cleaned out well - but after the illness is gone - easy to just pitch these.

One time my sister, in the throws (and throw ups!) of morning sickness stayed with me. I gave her a plastic mixing bowl and wrote some message with a marker INSIDE the bowl so it would not get mixed up and used accidentally.

Mr. E said...

We need one of those "vomit bowls". We just normally have to quickly empty a small trash can and then use it for our pukeing needs.

Annette said...

We, too, use the "vomit" bowl strategy. We've trained our children well after cleaning up accidents on beds, carpet, etc. In fact, we are quite merciless and unsympathetic parents when it comes to vomiting. "Oh, you're sick? Go get your own vomit bowl...and make sure you DON'T get anything on the carpet or you're cleaning it up yourself!" So compassionate are we!

heresthediehl said...

Because I so hate the thought of having to clean the giant bowl after vomit, we do this...

Take a paper grocery bag, stuff a few pieces of newspaper at the bottom, and voila! A disposable vomit container.

Big Doofus said...

I think it's an odd coincidence (or is it) that on the same day you wrote about vomit, I wrote about poop.

Stretch Mark Mama said...

Thanks for the laugh! We use a vomit bowl as well.

And maybe I shouldn't mention this year but then we use that bowl for other things too.

OH THAT IS SO DISGUSTING!!!!!

You know, I really think you should decorate The Bowl.

Gayle said...

My vomit bowl is usually the mixing bowl or the pedicure bucket. I just have to block out what it's been used for. It's not working so well.

DDK23 said...

We use an old kitty litter container. We store it in the garage. Actually we found that kitty litter containers have multiple uses, especially in the garden.

Annette said...

We call ours the barf bowl (aren't we couth?) and it's sitting next to me right now... with a tummy sick boy on my other side.

kari said...

I'm with 'heresthediehl'...I don't think I could cope with cleaning out a vomit bowl (and I used to be a nurse, go figure! I think I'm getting more squeemish as I get older). We use a disposable grocery bag, too.

Along the same lines (sort of)..I used to have these salad tongs that I loved. They were plastic, but sturdy; big and modern-looking. Then, I happened to come across my husband who was using them to fish a toy out of the toilet! I could never feel the same about my salad tongs again and into the garbage they went. I guess I'm just not a person who can mix kitchen-related items with bathroom-related items, LOL!

Amanda said...

This is so funny LOL, today I got the phone call from school, "Ma'am, your son is in the office sick." First thing I did was went and grabbed the "throw up" bowl. I was not about to have this precious, loving son of mine throwing up in my car.

Mrs. I. said...

Three generations of my family have bought into the vomit bowl concept. I know, I know, most families pass down recipes or jewelery. (We don't even have the original bowl.) What can I say? I'm blessed!!!!!!! : )

Aimee said...

We have that exact bowl..ours thoug, is appropriately, colored green though.

Jacquelyn: Because I Said So! said...

Ha! Loved this post and the comments. We used a huge beige plastic mixing bowl when I was a child, and with four kids, it got plenty of use. When my first was old enough to use a bowl, I seconded the bottom of the lettuce spinner (almost identical shade of beige as when I was a kid!). Then, when my son got leukemia and was on chemotherapy for 2.5 years, he threw up ALL THE TIME, and I switched to triple-ply plastic grocery store bags, all rolled up and kept in the car, front and back seats and trunk, in purses, coat pockets, backpacks, everywhere, because there was very little warning. Even the $22 anti-barf pills didn't work so well. Now, we're back to the "sick bowl," because all the little ears in my house are too sensitive to hear the words "barf " and "vomit" when the feeling is upon them!

MaryLu said...

And it's Pepto Bismol Pink, that in itself is a tummy comforting color. Good thinking!!
We on the other hand have a mint green Tupper-bowl that we use, you are right, big target hard to miss, and don't confuse it with our big green Tupper-bowl that we use for mixing cookies, large salads, or meatloaf.
Mmmm, tasty!

Maggie said...

In the home I grew up, we had a puke bowl. In fact, my mom still has it and it is still in use as such whenever one of the family members gets sick. It's actually a Tupperware mixing/lidded carrying bowl that my mom's had for a couple of decades. The sad and funny thing is is that we use it for food things, too. It was always washed out very well after a stomach bug had left. It's the pistachio salad bowl, the watermelon bowl, and the popcorn bowl. It's actually the most frequently used bowl by my family as it is so versatile. And none of us is grossed out by it, either, because it's just been such an integral part of our growing up experience. It's a loved and cherished member of our family and whenever someone who's unaware of it's past comes over and uses it, we all exchange knowing smirks.