Friday, February 10

What's The Grossest Thing...

...that your baby has ever placed in his or her mouth?

I want to hear your stories. And yeah, I have one or two myself. One of mine found a spider's egg-sac and popped the whole thing in his mouth-- kinda like cotton candy, you know. Another chawed on a cigarette butt on the beach. Another ate marigolds, precipitating my first call to Poison Control. (No, they're not, in case you ever need to know yourself.)

But the grand-prize winner in the gross department happened just two days ago. I held off sharing this with you, waiting to make sure she was gonna live. (Kidding, kidding). But it really was rather alarming.


You see, I had my 1 year old sitting on a barstool at the bathroom counter while I combed and ponytailed her hair. I had the sink turned on to a drizzle, so she could be distracted from the hair-combing by a little water-play.

Looking up from a particularly tricky ponytail, I was shocked to see that my child had pulled the drainplug out of the drain and was vigorously sucking on the end of it-- the long skinny end that hangs way down in the drain and was covered with----

(side note: do you CLEAN your drainplugs? Please tell me no, or I will suffer from unbearable guilt.)

-- covered with a measurable layer of beyond-disgusting greenish-blackish gunk. Aaaaack! I hollered so loud she started crying. She cried more as I vigorously scrubbed out her mouth. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I could not believe that had happened RIGHT in front of my face. (Bad mommy.)

Note to self: scrub and bleach all drain plugs in house.

So. Can anybody top that?

24 Comments:

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I don't think I can top that, but my toddler likes to put her mouth on the toilet in the public restroom...

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger wendy said...

Oh that is so gross! :-) It could happen to me, because I don't clean out my drains. Are we supposed to?! ;-)

A friend of mine admitted that she fed a baby she babysat a booger from her own (the babysitter's) nose and the baby ate it! I lost a little respect for her after that. Disgusting!

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger RANDI said...

Ha ha ha! Yuck yuck yuck! Luckily kids are resilient!

When my daughter was about 1 year old, we caught her just short of sticking a piece of dog-doo in her mouth! I just about had a heart attack!

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Moonface said...

YUCK!!! That is sooo gross. I have nothing to top that where my own children are concerned. But a friend's one year old recently was seen sucking on a slug in the garden...

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger B.E.C.K. said...

I honestly can't remember my son putting gross things in his mouth, although he did lick the floor once or twice when he was a baby. Hmm. When he was months old and we were playing the airplane game (holding him over my head), he did throw up in my mouth, but somehow I don't think that counts. ;^)

P.S. I don't know of anyone who cleans their drain thingies.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger zanie said...

Oh wow! That is NASTY! Our 2 yr old likes to suck on the handles on the shopping carts. Makes me gaggy just thinking about it.

And no, I don't clean my drain plugs, except for when I move into a new place. No guilt required.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Linsey said...

Ewww!!! What gets me though, is that kids put crap like that in their mouth (mine literally has put crap in her mouth) and after they taste it, they keep on going with it!!! Seems like one taste and it would be outta there!!!

Lets see, we have eaten every bug, spider, insect, we've ate poop, Sunny likes to wash her hair in the toilet where her brothers don't flush, a bottle of acrylic paint, between the 5 of them I think we could challenge fear factor.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Mama D said...

Wow, I have to get a stronger stomach then. Seriously I'm not being a snob but I just about got sick reading that. Not so much the drainplug part but the cigarette butt, and the egg-sac...eckkk. So far only fingers and toys in the mouth over here. And now I'm afraid...

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Rachelle said...

That is so wrong on so many levels. My son hasn't put anything super gross in his mouth yet, but give us time.

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Alissa said...

rofl. yeah, kids are sick! the grossest thing i can think of off the top of my head... a black, dead dried slug. really really sick. i have a friend, however, whose son was caught sucking on a used tampon applicator he'd pulled out of the garbage... that would send me over the edge.

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger monica said...

Yup. My son did that. And now, I put them in the dishwasher every few months lOLOL.....

The other day in the mall I let my son touch one of those indoor water fountains.... he scoops up the water and before I could yell NO he gulps it up and sucks on his fingers GROSSSSS... oh I have so many. He's a gross little boy LOLOL.... nothing bothers him. Nothing.

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Owlhaven - I can't think of anything particularly bad, but I've enjoyed reading yours!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Perri said...

That is sick gross. I was not ready for that. I was combing Ryan's hair one day and it was all sticky and I found a slug in it. That about made me lose my breakfast. I guess he had laid in the grass the day before........

And I have caught Wesley licking the metal clothes racks at Wal mart once. not just sticking your tounge out and touching it, but squatting down, tounge out and then standing as tall as you can licking it the whole way up.

So nasty.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

When my son was about 18 months old he ate a live beetle. I've read the others here though and sick as it may sound, I think I would prefer a beetle over some of this!! Basically, it's all GROSS!! What are we as mom's to do? *sigh*

 
At 4:29 AM, Blogger Amie said...

My Ellie has eaten cat food, now that I think about it she might have tasted the cat litter too, YUCK! What I can't understand is why they don't spit this stuff out?

oh, and I don't clean my drain thingy either.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger noelle said...

My grossest thing comes from my second born. He pulled a snail out of it's shell then popped it into his mouth and slurped it down. That was the week he turned a year old. He'll be 9 in May so he's lived to tell the tale.

And no, I don't clean my drain plugs either...maybe I should start! LOL

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous HolyMama! said...

I'm shocked that i just can't come up with one. I must have blocked out these memories, because my kids do gross stuff all the time.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Faith said...

I'm just in total shock that you -and the rest of you- don't clean your sinky thingys like every day in anticipation for just such an event. I know I do. Okay, not really but from this day forward...

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Nope, can't top it--you win. She's building antibodies, right?

And NO I don't clean my drain plugs. Though I will now...

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Stacey Teague said...

One time I was coming in from the store with Austin and he was about 10 months old. He crawled into the house and I was unloading groceries....our dog had had an accident and Austin ATE it!!!!! Oh gawd, thinking about that makes me gack!

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger sleepless in scribeland said...

If you ever hear my parents teasing me about my love of Almond Roca...it all began with my crawling into a litter box and munching away on the "nut" encrusted morsels.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Kim C. said...

One of our children (who would want to remain nameless)learned the hard way not to eat chocolate covered raisins found on the bathroom floor.
Other gross factors aside, they're not always chocolate and raisins.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Kelli in the Mirror said...

This was awhile back, but I hadn't read this post before, so I'll confess now:
When my daughter was about ten months and newly mobile, I found her under the bathroom sink sucking the toothbrush I use to get the gunk out from under the faucets.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Celina said...

OMG! So, I know this post is 4 months old or something like that, but would you mind terribly if I linked to it on my blog? I was so disgusted (and yet intrigued) by the things that kids will put in their mouths!! Reason #254 I am NOT READY to have kids!!

 

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