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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gross little boy or Normal?

Should I be worried that my eldest still seems to be in the oral fixation stage?  No, I don't breastfeed him and haven't since he was about 6 months old, but he does suck his thumb religiously and tastes / licks / eats just about everything he can try.  It is a little disconcerting because I read (on Wikipedia, so obviously reliable) that the oral stage really only spans till about 21 months, and he is well, over 2 1/2 years old.  He doesn't suck on everything, he just likes to have his fingers in his mouth and he likes to sample a wide range of environmental ingredients, like snow for instance (but what kid doesn't?).

This strange little habit of his only gets me when he is taste testing things that are downright dirty and disgusting, like the grit sticking to my car.  As I was putting Henry in his car seat yesterday and Cam was waiting patiently by the rear bumper (we were in our garage), I asked him what he was doing and he didn't answer.  Well, what he was doing was taking his pointer finger and dragging down the hatch back of our car, making a line and then sticking that same finger into his mouth. Repeat.  GAG!

I immediately had a talk with him about how dirty and gross this was and that the dirt on the car was yucky and would make him sick.  He insisted, "It NOT make me sick."  I continued on my lesson about how the dirt on the car was just like poop and he shouldn't touch it or eat it because it is very gross and bad for you.  Not that Cam has ever tried to eat poop...that I know of.  So, after wiping his hands with the antibacterial wipes I keep in the car for occasions like this (and for the time when he stuck his entire arm into the tailpipe of the car), he looks at me and says "We need to get the car washed Mom."

It was as if he was saying two things in that statement -- 1) if our car is so f-ing disgusting Mom, then why aren't we getting it cleaned? and 2) if you don't want me to eat it, take away the temptation.

So off to the car wash we went...

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