Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Nose Knows

Exactly half of our kids have managed to stuff some small thing up their nose, "Because it fit."

The first was Jared. As with all truly wise choices made around our house, I was unavailable (In this instance I was feeding Gordon.). Jared came running to me very hysterically because he had put a "belly button" up his nose. At that age Jared called all buttons belly buttons. As this had never happened to me before, I may have panicked. I called for some help. I called Laura. She suggested I call my pediatrician. They made an appointment for me to come in to get it extracted. I started getting the kids ready to go and Jared started sneezing. He sneezed until the button came out. I felt a little silly when I called the office back. "Hi. I just called you because my son stuck a button up his nose. He just sneezed it out so we won't be needing to come in to the office." I am positive I heard them giggling.

A couple years later I was feeding Ellis - why is it that everything happens when you are feeding the baby? Gordon came running in with Jared behind him because he had stuck a peanut up his nose. I just plugged his nostril and told him to blow. He blew the peanut right out.

Today with no baby to feed, I decided to take a shower. I had just gotten dressed when Gordon came running down stairs with drool coming out of his mouth while he was, quite frankly, freaking out. He said, "I have something stuck in my nose!" I asked him how it got there and he said that he put it in. I looked up that cute little nose of his and sure enough there was a small square bead in his nose. I am pretty sure it had the letter "B" on it. I could see it easily. I plugged his nose and asked him to blow. He blew/whistled but the bead wouldn't come out. I then decided to have him lay on the floor while I extracted the bead with some tweezers. No good. The tweezers didn't open wide enough. I calmly told him to not poke his fingers in his nose or it would go in further and asked him to put his shoes on so we could go to the doctor.

I was going to put my shoes on and Gordon came to me saying, "Mom! I had to breathe really hard when I was crying and I blew it right out." I asked where the bead was and Gordon told me that he threw it away because it was so gross. (Mia wants everyone to know she told him to throw it away.) I told him. Don't put anything else in your nose, okay? Gordon's reply..."Why?"


Things have been rather crazy, but we are still alive. =)

Some highlights since I last posted include (in no particular order):

School started. Mia's teacher is Mrs. Pettinger. Mia got off the bus the first day and shouted, "Mrs. Pettinger is the nicest teacher in the whole school!"

Gordon started Kindergarten - after he went the first day he was getting ready for school and told me that he was ready to start first grade. Turns out he thought Kindergarten was only for one day.

Jared turned 9 and received Super Mario Galaxy 2. Because he has such mean parents, he went on a treasure hunt and he got some Mario Fruit Snacks and we pretended that we thought that was what he had wanted. He was a good sport and was thrilled to get his game. He has already beaten it.

We had a ward camp out that was a lot of fun but freezing cold!

Ellis turned 4. He is still tiny but our Pediatrician told me that there was absolutely NO reason for me to not enroll him in Kindergarten next year.

Fourth grade has an amazing amount of homework compared to Third. It amazes me that they learn so much at school and then come home and have a ton to learn here. I like Jared's teacher which is a good thing. Luckily for me Jared is really great about getting his homework done and is happy (generally) to get started.

I have been helping at the school this year. I help in Gordon's class, Mia's class and a fourth grade class where I don't have any children. Jared's teacher told me that she wanted her students to become a little more independent so she wouldn't be having any parents in her class unless it is for a party or we can go on a field trip. I was a little disappointed and had to explain to Jared why I wouldn't be helping in his class this year. I think he was disappointed too.

I asked Jared if he was interested in girls and he looked at me and said, "Am I in love? No! I am way too young to love anyone!" I was happy with his answer.

Ellis is pretty bored being home with me. The other day he started giggling and told me that when he goes to school I will have to be home all by myself!