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Friday, May 15, 2009

Nesting Again

We’ve been dealing with off-and-on labour pains for a week. Emily’s had a hard time sleeping, we’ve passed our official due date with no sign of my son. I was certain he would show up during Game 7 of the Detroit-Anaheim series because the universe (in the tradition of things which commit actions being described by those actions, like one who commits felonies being called a felon) is an iron.

I am very aware that “ironic” is not something that can properly describe events in the world, but only events a writer conjures up for the purposes of literary effect. Nonetheless, had my son showed up during the Game I’d have yelled along with Alannis that things merely badly timed or predictably perverse were IRONIC. And I’d have punched you in the neck if you’d offered, during my expression, that I was using “irony” incorrectly. You would have felt awesome. (See that one? That one is ironic. You wouldn’t really have felt awesome and I was not intending that you should think you really would have felt awesome. You know that I meant “awesome” ironically. And that’s the key. Irony is participatory.)

In preparation for my son’s arrival we moved Erin out of our bedroom, into the spare bedroom filled with books for big people and a desk for big people and the cat, the poor, fat, diabetic, scared-y cat. So long as Erin spent most of her time out of that room he was content to just hid in the chest his litter box sits in (it’s a pretty cool custom wooden chest with a lid on hinges and a hole cut in the side that looks like furniture and traps a lot of the smell), and being worried about him ever getting used to Erin we figured just tossing them in a room together would allow him to get more used to her and eventually not care so much that she squeals when she sees him and tries to pet him like a pugilist pets his opponent. (Another use of irony.)

It has actually worked, to some degree. Our fat, diabetic, scared-y cat has ventured out of that room with more and more frequency, and he isn’t afraid to eat even when Erin is in her crib and staring at him.

But sometimes, in the dark as she falls asleep, she’ll hear him eating and wake up. And she’ll cry for daddy then explain her distress: “Kitty eating; kitty eating, daddy. Dat not scare you. Kitty hiding inna box; kitty hiding. It’s okay. It’s okay daddy.” And I’ll hold her a little, and explain that the kitty is just eating (which she knows) and that she is safe (which she knows) and that it’s time to sleep (which she also knows).

Even worse, though, is when he cries. He doesn’t cry because he’s afraid of Erin and her breathing in the dark, but because he’s about to vomit or shit a river all over the fucking carpet. He woke Erin up at 5:30 this morning with his wailing and gnashing of teeth and taking of craps on the carpet outside his litter box. He also dropped a nice one in his litter box, but he’s a decade old and still has no idea that the purpose of scratching is to cover the shit. Being an imbecile he just scratches the wall and hopes things will all work out. His scratching, crying, crapping, and vomiting at 5:30 in the morning were not well received. But this is life with a diabetic scared-y cat.

I suspect he was just after a little vengeance, tormenting the child who wants to pull his ears and who yells “No hitting kitty!” when he finally swipes at her after being cornered and getting his forehead awkwardly, but firmly, stroked.

But he is a cat with no concept of causation, so he scratches at walls instead of covering his shit, and this plan for revenge only means that I get to clean the carpets. Sure, Erin’s sleep is a little disturbed, and her mom wakes up and entertains her in the early morning by baking muffins (nesting, folks, means muffins out of nowhere), but the real victim of his vengeance is me.

I walked out to the living room in the morning to discover this lovely sight:

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Those are all puddles of projectile vomit. The shit was in the bedroom, and somewhat contained. But he fired off bile into the pile like he was a gunner in a turret charged with mowing down Nazi infantrymen.

As I was drawn into the living room by the smell of fortunately fresh muffins and unfortunately fresh puke I caught Emily’s eye. “We’re getting a carpet cleaner,” she announced, lips in a firm, tight line. “Get this one.”

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That’s the Bissell “SpotBot” with blah blah blah and blah blah blah. You set it down on a spot and then go away. (It is not cordless. This picture is just a far shot and not an action shot. You have to plug it in. Which is fine with me because we also have a battery-operated Bissell that doesn’t last long enough to clean anything worthwhile in a house with a diabetic cat, so I’m done with cordless.)

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Or, if you’re a real gamer you can use the hose and nozzle thing to clean the spot yourself. Unfortunately unless your spot is less than about 8 inches in diameter you probably won’t get much use out of the automatic cleaning feature. For instance, if your cat projectile vomits in a stream 10 inches long you are going to be stuck using the hose.

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However, the results using either the automatic or manual settings are pretty decent. Better than I get by just sitting there scrubbing or blotting.

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Once again, Emily’s nesting takes the form of baking, and mine takes the form of dealing with bodily fluids and waste. Seems fair to me. (Hey, look, another use of irony as a literary device. Because it does not in fact seem fair to me. However, I don’t have to gestate, contract, push, scream, or enslave my nipples to a little organism that will slowly develop teeth. So maybe it really is a fair trade. Or, I suppose, it probably remains an unfair trade but unfair from Emily’s perspective now and I’m no longer certain if I’ve actually used irony.)

(In the interests of full disclosure I should admit that I have never been approached by Bissell to review their product, been sent any product by Bissell or anyone representing Bissell, or been paid or compensated to write this mini-review. In fact, if Bissell had contacted me to do a review in exchange for a cleaner or money or something I’d have probably declined. If, however, Bissell wants to compensate me in some way NOW for the lovely things I’ve said about their product, well, I wouldn’t immediately tell them to fuck off. I could use some of the cleaning solution now, since I used basically an entire bottle of it to clean all of the vomit and shit my cat vengefully left all over my apartment.)

Still no baby. But we’re having labour induced at 9am tomorrow (Saturday May 16th). Hopefully my son will be born and I’ll have pictures by Sunday. Also, hopefully, the pictures will be less disgusting than shots of chunky cat vomit.

43 comments:

for a different kind of girl said...

Sweet Jesus...

That's about all I have to say about that shit, which, technically, as you pointed out, isn't shit, but damn...

If Dyson contacted me regarding the sweet, sweet blog love letter I wrote them a couple years ago, I'd take it all back now. I hate that damn thing.

p.s. - I knew a kid named Bissell once. Kind of a dork. Don't recommend it for the sweet boy coming soon, but, well, if it gets you free cleaning solvent, might be worth considering.

WM said...

Holy shit...

Could you maybe have given a leeeetle more warning before showing cat vomit.

But I guess I should thank you for not posting the contents of the litter box or outside of it rather

DD said...

Is there some reason the cat was using a sit-n-spin during his vomiting tirade? Because that's a rather impressive display of centrifugal force there.

Midwest Mommy said...

lol, the comment before me cracked me up just way too much!

Lis Garrett said...

And that, my friend, is why wooden floors are wonderful. I have three kids and three cats. Need I say more?

Pgoodness said...

I'm sure I had something brilliant to say, but DD had me laughing so hard I totally forgot.

But just for fun, my word verification is colic(a) - hope that's not a bad sign for you.

Mrs. Flinger said...

It looks like you're ready to deal with babyshit again. Apparently a sign for "dad" is "detail documentation of cat puke."

Awesome.

badassdad05 said...

And once again I thank all that's good we do not have a cat. I appreciate this telling reminder of WHY we do not have a cat. Now, to do something about this dog ...

Good luck with baby. Still hoping he makes it in before the induction buzzer.

Lala said...

DD cracks me up! Where you wrote "automatic" I read "aromatic". Try it, it's fun.

SAIA AND CHAGO said...

I really do want to write something, but I can't stop gagging.

Good review, though. Will look into that when I recover.

Deb said...

If this is your style of nesting, you need to get that What to Expect book and give it another go.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Having had my share of cat fluid issues in the past, I wholeheartedly say, "Eeeeeewwwwww!!!!!"

Redneck Mommy said...

This has been a bad week for the internet between you, me and our cats.

I'm the Pussy Cat Placenta Punisher and you, well, your just the pussy.

I'm sorry. Snicker. I couldn't resist. It was too easy.

But can I just say Emily handled this way nicer than I would have?

Cuz a day away from pushing life out of my uterus and finding that mess on my carpet and I would likely have boiled that bunny...er ...cat's ass in a pot of water.

samantha said...

Holy Jesus. I thought OUR old cat was bad. Dude. Those pictures speak for themselves. Off to put that Spot Bot on my covet list!

MFA Mama said...

Dude. Clearly that cat is IN TERRIBLE PAIN and the ONLY ETHICAL THING TO DO is to END HIS SUFFERING.

I am SO glad I don't have a cat.

blissfully caffeinated said...

Holy shit. I've owned many, many cats in my life, but I have never seen that amount of cat vomit in one place at one time. Ever.

And, ew.

Good luck tomorrow. Hope it all goes well!

Jill said...

Well, all I have to say is next time, she needs a better prenatal massage, because that took far too long. Also, when your kid is 2 you don't have to get up every time they make a noise in the middle of the night. That's one of the privileges of having lived with said child for 2+ years. I'm just sayin'.

furiousBall said...

i am very blessed, my cat for whatever reason never barfs, no hairballs, nothing.

Jane said...

At first I thought your son might be waiting for the end of hockey season, but I'm now convinced he's waiting for the puking cat to die. No one wants to come home from a nine month vacay in the lap of luxury to puke and shit bombs.

Smart kid.

Karen said...

Is that what I have to look forward to when my cat gets old? Bad enough that he coughs up hairballs every time I turn around and I can only feed him a tiny handful of dry food at a time because if I give him too much he scarfs it all up and then pukes. At least so far we're not dealing with any bodily fluids coming out inappropriately from the other end.

PS.....Congratulations and good luck with the baby tomorrow.

Jennifer said...

holy crap a new baby tomorrow! Yay! Good luck :)

Mum-me said...

I have laughed to hard reading this that I woke my sleeping toddler. I would have felt bad laughing about you having to clean up cat vomit and crap, but I imagine that's what you'd intended.

Hope all goes well with baby's birth.

anymommy said...

As if Marinka had not already convinced me, this seals the deal on my dislike of cats. Yuck, dude, I'm sorry.

But, how exciting that you are having a baby boy in the morning. I'll be looking forward to your next post.

Loralee Choate said...

While I am not envious of Emily's week I am SO happy that you'll have your son tomorrow!!!!

Congrats to you and your fam, coz. You deserve every good thing.

mdx3mom said...

Holy Crow! That is a lot of cat stuff!


Our cat "yaks" but NEVER EVER that amount. My husband would NEVER be a patient about it as you, good form ole chap!

Congrats on the new arrival also which means of course more messes for you to clean.

Rose said...

And there I was, until right this moment, still sad that we had not gotten a new cat after mine had to be put down over a year ago.
Suddenly I remember all the vomiting and pooping and I'm ok with waiting... like forever.
(Once he puked on my pillow. While I was sleeping. I was pregnant so my darling husband had to clean it. Ha! And I didn't even bake muffins in exchange. You're winning.)

RebTurtle said...

Congrats on your new boy (hopefully by the time you read this)! I think it's awesome that someday, years and years from now, he'll look back in the archives to see what you wrote about his birth, go back 1 day too far, and say "What the ....?!"

Yo said...

do you think bissell would give you a dyson?

and maybe a little barf warning next time. that was sick shit.

ironic.

Jenni said...

good luck today.

pets suck.

RookieMom Heather said...

Great disclosure... I think 1 - Bissell should totally send you some free shit and 2 you're so ready for potty training with that thing! and 3 Good luck for your world about to be rocked.

T. said...

I have two cats. They throw up hairballs. We use that hairball remover stuff and it helps. Does kitty have a hairball? Or does she just hate you all?

At least you didn't wake up to ribbon hanging out of your cat's butt, red metallic shiny ribbon, to be exact. Festive! I am not saying I have... but, well.

By now you probably have your son... can't wait to hear!

Oh and my word ver was "cychalk." pretty sure it's a sign.

T.

Rubberbacon said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and your family. The little guy is so handsome.

Baby Beatnik said...

First off, congrats on the baby! You're about to be reminded of all the little things you've likely forgotten about newborns, and let me tell you - that. is. fun. (I guess you could say I'm using irony here too... Sort of. Because some of it *is* fun. But some of it isn't. Yeah.)
Anyway - I'm looking forward to pictures. (and wishing I had some milk so I could make some muffins. Damn it, muffins sound delicious right now.)

Second - Erin is *adorable* I'm sure you hear that all the time, but seriously dude. You have got one uber-cute kid. (Well, hopefully two uber-cute kids by the time you read this.)

Third... Poor kitty. I have two cats who both vomit pretty frequently, but theirs is usually because they ate too fast - so it's little logs of undigested cat food that I get to clean. Not really too bad (in comparison to what you deal with at least.) No, my main problem is my younger cat... I did 3 loads of laundry yesterday - had them all in one basket. I was getting ready to fold them, but had to step out of the room for a minute. I came back, and my fucking cat was sitting in the basket, squatting on my clean clothes... Pissing. Yay me! (Now that? Irony.)

Haley-O said...

Congrats to you and your family on your new baby! :)

And I have to say, I'm ALL TOO FAMILIAR with cat barf -- first thing in the morning, especially, which is the BEST time.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Well, I haven't seen any photos yet, so I'm assuming the bambino is taking his time...

As for the cat puke and shit, animals are gross. Period. Our stupid dog pukes a lot (he has a very sensitive digestive system), and he always chooses the perfect spot on the only carpet we have in the entire house to do it on.

Love that SpotBot. Awesome job.

Mom101 said...

I 1. Need that steam cleaner 2. Need you to "teach me" how to use it, using all of our animal liquidy-type stain stuff as an example. (Seriously, it's bad. I feel you. )

Hope the wife is hanging in there.

And my word verification is "butfu." So you can imagine where my mind went with that.

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

"Armed and ready, are you," she said in her best Yoda. Good luck!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I have a Hoover upright steam cleaner thingy that was the best investment ever. It's loud as heck but will suck years worth of dirt out of carpet - dirt you couldn't even see. It also does well with projectile kitty puke and canine diarrhea. Or so I've been told.

Congrats on baby #2!!!

caramama said...

I hope to see some beautiful baby boy pics to make up for the cat vomit, and soon! I see enough hairballs, vomit, pee and poop on carpets (and wood floors) in my house that I did not linger on your pictures. That cleaner looks awesome, though! Does it work on cat pee, too?

You know what is ironic? That Alanis wrote a whole song about irony that did not have anything ironic in it. That, my friend, is irony. Though I'm not sure she actually intended it to be...

Anonymous said...

Are you new?
And....why is your child sleeping in the same room as a cat box?
I think you help...there are parenting classes available you know.

Luver said...

That is just nasty.
This made me feel awful for your wife, but mostly for your poor child. You expect your 2 year old who is getting a brand new baby brother to comfortably sleep in another room (away from mommy and daddy)with a very sick cat that makes random noises throughout the night? I think your priorities are a little off there. No person whether young or old should have to sleep with a littler box in their room. I've been woken by a crying cat (neighbor's) before and that had to have been one of the worst things ever. Also, I think that cat is too sick to have anywhere near a newborn. I'm all for loving pets but kids' well-being should always come first.

kyooty said...

You must really love your cat...

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Eewww! Though I can cast no stones. We use our Bissell Spot Bot for the cat pee. Fair warning: If your carpet gets too dirty using the Spot Bot will make your living room look like a scene from that Mel Gibson movie Signs. Our place has crop circles everywhere!