Bet you thought the title of this post was a toddler quote. Â Nope. Â It was me. Â Yesterday G did the first thing of her life that really grossed me out. Â Given that for all of her life so far she’s been a baby and a toddler, I think I can boast that I’m not that easily grossed out.
She is getting more and more autonomous and opinionated and able, and this is making life lively and challenging. Â She’s also waking up earlier from her afternoon naps, which, in conjunction with the milder weather, and the later sundown, means we have a chance to do something outside before her suppertime.
Yesterday we were in the conservatory fixing a bike, and I was reminded, by not being able to move without bumping into something, we have too many objects in there. Â One of these objects is a Graco Quattro stroller/buggy/”travel system”/thing, which is huge and which we haven’t used in months (kind of like the conservatory). Â It was great, with the carrycot, when G was too small to sit up. Â We used a lighter one when it became practical, and for various reasons, over time, we’ve fallen out of the habit of using a stroller at all.
This point was illuminated the other day, when I gave G a ride around the yard in the smaller stroller and she said “wheeee!” Â Yesterday she recognized the Graco as another rolling chair and insisted on a ride in that too. Â It really looks nice and cushy for a toddler, actually, and she was reluctant to get out. Â She kept closing the snack tray in front of her every time I swung it up to take her out.
It was all fun and games up until that point.
Brrrr.Â I’m still getting the heebie-jeebies thinking about this.
I got G out of the buggy so I could take photos of it, in the hopes of selling it and regaining a large footprint of floorspace. Â G puttered around gathering rocks and snail shells.
Finished with my photo session, I rolled the buggy back in next to where she sat, absorbed in probing around with a finger in one of her snail shells.
Then I noticed it wasn’t. Â Just. Â A shell.
What happened next is hopefully not that I’ve just given G an irrational aversion to the sight or feel of squished invertebrates. Â Because I have that irrational aversion and it’s not very useful. Â I asked her rather sternly to put the snail down. Â I struggled ridiculously to get that thing out of her hands without touching anything goopy (i.e. anything relevant) myself. Â She tried valiantly to evade my hands and manage one more squish. Â It is only amusing in retrospect.
I took the thing away, and then I washed her hands. Â A lot. Â And I think I probably said “eeeewwww” more than a level-headed parent would deem wise. Â As it turns out, snail guts are kind of sticky. Â Ordinary soap didn’t get the greenish chunks off, but Reinol scrubby soap did. Â G seemed bemused by the extra-thorough handwashing and stayed fairly chirpy throughout the process. Â She may have come through it unscathed.
When I showed F my pictures from the afternoon, he thought G looked pretty comfy in that big buggy and suggested we take her out in it this weekend. Â Looks as though we may be rationalizing some procrastination on decluttering the conservatory. Â It’s just as well I’d had that “duh” moment during my little photo shoot when I remembered one of the reasons we bought that model in the first place: it folds up really small!