Stilettos and Diapers: Second Child and Baby Proofing

1.21.2015

Second Child and Baby Proofing

Nothing makes for a better life lesson than some good experience. I learned that the hard way this week. 

You see, since we moved into this house with a 2 year old, I didn't think baby proofing needed to be done, unless we had a third someday down the road. 

I was wrong. 

I was in the middle of the of "Mom, I'm not so tired" and "you still have to stay in your bed" nap time drama that happens here nearly every day. I would quit the naps for the protesting now 3 year old if I didn't think he needed them, but man, he does. And once he actually falls asleep, he can sleep 2-3 hours. So he needs it. 

He finally got quiet, which typically means he's asleep. I was watching Bravo while folding laundry, which seems to be my nap time routine at least a few times a week. I had the monitor on, I was being a good mom, y'all.  

Fast forward an hour and he was up. The first thing he said to me was, "I put that circle black thing in my mouth." I had him take me around until he showed me the door stopper, which was missing the rubber tip that goes on the end. I used to think those things were pretty small, until I started freaking that he actually swallowed it and wondering if it would come through. In case you're wondering, they're 1/2" in diameter. My mind raced to ER's and scopes, ultrasounds and a screaming bloody murder 3 year old. None of which sounded good. He was breathing fine and ate fine, and everyone I checked with thought it would pass. 

So we waited. And I did one of the things you never imagine having to do pre-kids...digging through poop. Toddler on antibiotic poop, mind you. 8 poops and 4 days later, I finally hit the jackpot. 

There it was, in all its rubber tip glory, still in one piece in his diaper. (Yes, I know he needs to potty train. Someone come teach him along with what is acceptable to eat.)

Lesson learned that the second child will terrorize your home. He will get into everything and do the most crazy stuff you never saw from child #1. Get ready for it. 

My advice for you? Why don't you just take those stoppers off, put those suckers in a ziplock and hold on to them until that second born starts college. 

13 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I would have been so freaking terrified! So glad it passed and that you hit some jackpot in that baby poo-poo! Nothing like the younger child giving you a run for your money! I am pretty sure I am just going to just have lots of empty rooms when I have a kid....since this babyproofing stuff seems so intense!

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    1. Haha, don't let it scare you off! I'm sure I will laugh about it one day! :)

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  2. My second put an unpopped popcorn kernel in her ear so deep she had to be anesthetized to have it removed. Good times! (She was almost 6 at the time.)

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    1. OMG. That sounds awful! Why are the second ones so wild?! I'm one too, so this is just payback for what I did to my poor mother. Haha

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  3. HAHA! I die laughing only because the digging through poop thing is a common occurence in my field (I work with animals) granted totally acceptable for a monkey to eat anything and everything especially my engagement ring! Or the family dogs to woof down whatever drops on the floor or they can steal of the counter/side tables. I have yet to do it with children but at this point in mothering nothing surprises me! :)

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    1. That's wild! I would NOT be happy about a monkey, or child for that matter, eating my ring!

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  4. Why are kids so crazy?!?! My daughter is almost 7 & my son just turned 3. We joke (although it's not really funny) that we expect our son will someday burn our house down. He can't be left unattended for more than 2 seconds. Last month he actually pooped on the floor in his sister closet. I was mortified & he was so proud. He told everyone he saw for three days. And we now own a carpet shampooer. Sigh..... So yeah, he'll stay contained in his crib for as long as possible.

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    1. I should add he was proud that he pooped someplace other than his underwear.

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    2. Bahahaha! That is hilarious. I mean, not really, but you know! Every time I have left Callan with the hubs, he does something insane, like eat a bottle of gummy vitamins. He doesn't get that the second isn't able to be left alone at all!

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  5. Oh my Lord, you must have been so worried! I'm just waiting for something like that to happen to me. Oh the stress these adorable little kiddos bring...at least they nap so we can catch up on our Bravo shows!

    Amanda
    www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

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    1. Amen! Naptime is my lifeline! When he's done sleeping, he will still be "resting" or something quiet in his room!

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  6. Goodness, that must have been scary!! I'm glad he's okay!

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  7. Oh my goodness! Glad he's okay. My littlest is always putting chokables in her mouth, like little playmobile pieces from her brothers. It always freaks me out and worse she knows it does! And she's only 17 months, ha! She'll see me coming and run the other direction. Thanks a lot baby! Haha! Also, side note on potty training, I have two boys too and I had the most success when they were both 3 1/2...maybe pushing the older side of the average age, but that was what worked for us as a fam. And for them individually. And then in my mind at least, the whole process was quicker... Just saying don't doubt yourself Mama or compare.. do what works for you guys!! Love your blog!

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