Yep, found this tiny Lego piece in our foster little boy’s nose. I was laying him down for a diaper change and was shocked to see a gold something or another wedged in his nose. It was high enough to not be hanging out, but not high enough for us to rush to the ER. Scott held him down and I performed the dirty work. That little stinker.
We have never had a kid to put something up their nose. It was quite shocking. I looked at him and thought to myself, you stinker, what in the world would you do that for? And when did you do this? Of course, when it was all said and done and we were not on our way to the hospital, I did chuckle a little to myself.
This was a great teaching moment for our children. Scott held the little two kids and I marched downstairs with tweezers in hand and showed our children the snotty little Lego piece. I told them, in a very stern mommy voice of course, that they need to be careful about what they leave lying around. I then went on to talk to them about being responsible about picking up after themselves when they are done playing with something. With big eyes, they all showed they agreed with what I was saying. Brayden even asked if our little boy had cried a lot. I laid it on thick and assured him he had (wink, wink).
Raising kids is so detail oriented. Really, I have to make sure they don’t stick stuff up their noses? We must be watchful, as parents. We must watch to make sure the door is closed so the little ones won’t sneak out. We watch to make sure the bathroom door is closed, so the one year old doesn’t play in the toilet water or the two-year old doesn’t pull the paper off the roll. We watch to make sure our big kids walk safely across the street to get the mail. We watch, like hawks, when we are at the pool, making sure all little ones have heads above the water. We watch and watch. I feel like a safekeeper. They are worth it though. They need us.