A lot of you have probably seen this picture floating around the internet or your emails. It's my way of recognizing the swine flu scare for posterity. What I love about this picture is that the kid's mom is probably the one snapping the photo while encouraging her baby to move in for another lick. Sounds like something I would do. (It should be obvious that I'm not a germophobe--unless you have strep. I'm sick of that one.)
After my last post, I have to explain a few things. I agree that finishing my breakfast after #5 slimed it is pretty gross. But here is the actual thought process that I went through: "There's not that much that hit my plate. I'm two seats down from him after all. Plus it was mostly saliva, which isn't that bad. And I've had worse from him and lived."
Now let me explain the incident that was worse. When #5 was an infant, only a week or two old, I was nursing him and noticed a yellow smudge on the back of one of my fingers. I assumed it was sauce from our curry dinner, so I licked it off. It wasn't curry. I realized then that somehow I had gotten some yellow baby poop on my finger when I changed his diaper just before I sat down to feed him, and somehow I had missed that smudge when I washed my hands. I have no idea how it got on the back of my hand, but that's what I licked. My train of thought then: "Gross! At least at his age he probably doesn't have much bacteria built up yet." Incidentally, baby poop tastes a little like earwax.
So there you go. I do wash my hands. I disinfect my counter tops. But I don't freak out about germs. I'm surprised so many people are so worried about the swine flu. Sure it could go pandemic. But so could the common cold. Either way we have meds to treat both. And don't tell me you've never kissed your child only to get a lipful of snot! Let's face it: being a parent is down and dirty work.