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Motherhood means making Jell-O at 4:30 a.m.

February 19, 2009 - Pam Anthony
What exactly is gelatin? Why is it that you have to add 1 cup of hot, boiling water and 1 cup of cold water? Would it not jell if you used 2 cups of, say, room temperature water?

These are just a few of the things I wondered while I was making Jell-O at 4:30 in the morning. Why was I making Jell-O at 4:30, you ask. Well, let me take you back a few hours.

For the first time in Zach’s four years, he threw up. I got a phone call from Grandma after Zach fell asleep Thursday night informing me he threw up. I couldn’t help but wonder how he handled it. Grandma said he did just fine. He got sick, then fell asleep, which really amazed me. I mean, I would think the first time that happened, wouldn’t it freak you out? To this day, it still grosses me out when I do it.

So, it’s 2 a.m. and Zach’s asleep in my bed … with the bucket beside us, of course. All the sudden, he does it again. Looking back, I feel bad because I just kind of shoved his head in the bucket, but I don’t think he even woke up for the whole thing. Zach rolled over and was sound asleep.

I on the other hand, was wide awake after cleaning it up and thought for sure, I was going to do the same thing. Needless to say, I couldn’t fall asleep. About an hour later, I finally laid back down. However, every time I was almost asleep, Zach would roll over or twitch or something … which I would grab the bucket to be prepared, but luckily nothing happened.

Around 4:30 he rolled right next to me and wanted me to hold him and I could hear his belly grumbling. So I’m laying there thinking, what if he wakes up and he’s hungry. I could make Jell-O. If I make it now, it will be ready by 8:30.

So there I am at 4:30 a.m. in the kitchen boiling water wondering why 1 cup hot and 1 cup cold? Why does it take four hours to jell? I just don’t get how Jell-O works.


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