Runaway Bunny

1753 1753_ () 1753 1753 Now that I’m feeling a lot better, I’m looking through some of the pictures I took towards the end of the summer — shots of our time at the farm and those promised photos from Elliott’s ingenious birthday dinner (which I will tell you about, I promise).

The problem was those events directly coincided with me starting to feel utterly gross and even just looking at the pictures made me feel worse. The brain sure is funny that way. Paul doesn’t entirely understand this, but we have a CD that we played over and over on a trip to the beach the year I was early pregnant and sick with Augie. It was a long time before I could listen to that music without automatically feeling like I was going to throw up. I’m sure there’s a name for that phenomenon.

As I was flipping through our pictures I came across this one classic I had to share. Something about this bunny screams HELP, oh-dear-Lord HELP!

The fate of this bunny is that he’s being raised to be in someone’s stew a few months from now. Charlie really wanted to keep him for a pet, and begged every single day if he could bring this little guy home with us. It’s almost like the bunny is sitting there really having to decide which of those two options would be worse. Coney stew or kid wearing a Chuck Norris tee?




  1. I had a bad experience with raw green peppers when I was pregnant with our first son 14 years ago. To this day, I cannot make myself eat them. Just the thought makes me nauseaus. The mind is a funny, funny thing.

  2. It's called Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting (ANV).

    The term is mostly used for chemo patients, though. (Not to undermine your story.)

  3. Thanks, Rebekka. Not undermining at all — I really am curious.

    There are always stories, like you mentioned Kris, about people eating a certain thing before being sick and never eating that again. I just wasn't sure about those other triggers like music, etc.

  4. Ruth Anne Adams says:

    I was going to say Pavlovian response…hear music, feel barfy, barf.. repeat … then just hear music and barf.


    My husband uses bomb lingo to refer to 'sympathetic detonations'– someone gets sick, you see it and join in, then it's pretty much a gross scene from a Monty Python movie.


    You know, I felt the most nauseated when I was pregnant with girls. Their girl hormones sent mine to 11. That's one better, right?

    Pavlov, Monty Python, Spinal Tap. That's gotta' be the trifecta of Testosterhome commentary.

  5. Kansas Mom says:

    I have the same problem with the LarryBoy soundtrack. We listened to it constantly when I was in the throes (is that spelled right?) of morning sickness with my first daughter and to this day (almost four years later), I still feel a little queasy when we play it.

    I really wish I could throw it away, but the kids all love LarryBoy, so I'm stuck. Maybe I should make it the pregnancy music. If I get pregnant again, we'll only listen to that so I don't run the danger of ruining any other music.

  6. Cranberry says:

    Phew! I'm glad I'm not the only one that has permanent effects from pregnancy. When I was early pregnant with #3, we were on vacation. One of the few toys we brought for our then 18 mo old played a different song for every letter. There were about 3 letters that he would press, over and over again, but only listening to the first 2 seconds before switching. To this day the sight or sound of that toy makes my stomach heave, just remembering how I felt on that vacation.

    Don't even get me started on certain smells…

  7. Love that photo!

  8. Carolyn A says:

    Ugh – new car smell, Pinky Dinky Doo cartoon, and a specific Mario game are all triggers for me. Even springtime has been somewhat ruined for me due to its association with preganancy nausea.

  9. mythoughtsonthat says:

    I had a certain cd (can't remember what it was now) that I actually gave to my sister because I didn't even want it around after I started feeling better.


  10. I totally relate- I can never use "milk and honey" handsoap ever again. Ugh.

  11. In Peru they make guinea pig stew! What kids here go to the pet store to buy, people down there go to the meat market to buy. Different worlds indeed!