Also, I was reading a parenting email I received that had a link to a father's "5 Things I Never Thought I'd Do." I thought I would start my own list. This may be updated as I discover new things I never thought I'd do. And heavens - my son is only 10 1/2 months, so I'm sure there will be plenty more. Here goes:
- I never thought I would 'finish' eating Sydney's food. I pulled him out of his high chair yesterday and a puff was stuck to his butt. In the process of getting him settled with toys so I could clean up, it stuck to my arm. Puffs are only sticky after they've gotten wet. In my haste, I simply licked my arm to get it off. Maybe I shouldn't admit this...
- Use 'Mother's Spit' to clean him. And I tell you - the old wives's tales are real. M.S. really CAN get anything off you. From meconium when they're first born to stubborn, ground in teething biscuits... Powerful stuff that M.S.
- Actually stick my nose in the seat of his pants to see if he needs a diaper change. Seriously. Can really be gross if you inhale too deeply...
- Shrug off my child chewing on _______ (fill in the blank). Stereotypically, new parents are uber-cautious regarding what their firstborns do/eat/play with/etc. I am probably a little over-protective, but I know I'm not uber protective. Let him chew on the flip flops, the cat toys, the puff that has been under the microwave cart for 2 weeks. Seriously. It keeps him happy and he's exposed to things that he needs to be exposed to. I wouldn't let him do that with things that I know are absolutely disgusting and let's be honest...I will come home, wash my hands, change my clothes and give him a hug and he'll still probably come into contact with worse things that I somehow picked up at school. My kid has a teacher for a mother. We know what that means.
- All the previous numbers were posted the day of the blog time-stamp. This is 8/15/2010 - I recollected another instance of something that I never thought I would do, and that is laugh out loud - completely tickled by - the fact that I had a stream of liquid excrement fly through the air and land, and drip, on a wall in the baby's room. It caught me absolutely off-guard. He was only 3 weeks old, so it was by no means intentional. And I guarantee that if anyone over the age of 6 months ever did that in my house, I would be utterly and irresolutely disgusted.
That's all I can think of for now - let me know what you've done you never thought you would do!!