My husband and I don’t function very well in the middle of the night. We aren’t very compassionate in the middle of the night. Perhaps it’s part of the reason our kids stay in bed through the night or maybe it’s grace. Not sure. Last night, Kenzie came down crying about 2:30 in the morning. Abby came with her. Apparently, Kenzie fell out of the bottom bunk. They had decided to sleep together on the bottom bunk, and there just isn’t enough room. So the result is falling out of bed. I had enough energy to open my eyes and glance at the clock and mutter, “You’re fine. Go back to bed.” Off they went. In the morning, Kenzie came down with dried blood on her face and pajamas. I went upstairs to find blood on the sheets, comforter and even the wall. Apparently, she had gotten a bloody nose in the process. Yup – that’s enough to put the guilt in any mother.
- If any stain remains, soak it in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing or liquid laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia for 15 minutes.
- Tamp (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) or scrape (the method of using a scraping tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains), blotting occasionally with an absorbent pad.
- Continue as long as any stain is being removed. Rinse well with water, making sure to remove all traces of the ammonia.
- Then dry or launder.