Thursday, January 08, 2009

Eeeeeewwww!

Ok so I've been mulling over this post for a couple days, trying to come up with an intro, but I simply cannot. I'll just come right out and say it: my 17 month old son is a buger-eater. It's just about the grossest thing I've seen from him. Not much grosses me out when it comes to Bennett. I have cleaned up his puke, spit-up, poop, pee, snot, spit, half-chewed food - you name it - and all without so much as a gag. This buger eating though? This, I cannot handle.

He started putting his finger in his nose a couple of months ago, and I have to admit, I found it kinda cute. Him sitting there with his finger up to the first knuckle, looking oh so proud of himself as if to say, "Look Mama what I can do. I'm awesome." Bennett has always been good about letting us wipe his nose and blowing his nose. It's been in the past that when he feels like he has bugers he just okie-blows until they come out far enough to be retrieved. But just this week he's been exhibiting this latest frightening behavior. He'll pick his nose and the second his finger is out - it goes right in the mouth.

We are exploring numerous ways with which to deal from ignoring it, to setting an example (Look how Mama puts her buger in the tissue!!), to shaming him into realizing just how repulsive this habit is. Everyone has an opinion - and don't they the second you have a child?! But I would love to hear any tips from you if you've had similar experiences. Adam says he only does it when I'm around, which I'm not sure I truly believe. But then again, lately it seems Bennett has been saving most of his unfavorable behavior for when I'm home for lunch and right when I get home from work. My working-mom guilt tells me it's all because he feels terribly abandoned by his wretch of a mother who leaves all the time. Toddlers don't understand about bringing home the bacon, I realize.

I just pray this buger-eating is a short-lived phase and my kid doesn't turn out to be that kid in preschool... let alone high school. *shudder*