pooping pennies

Apparently there’s no end to the lessons parents must learn.  Really, before Little Friend came into my life, I felt like a mostly responsible, reasonable, competent, well-rounded human being.  I had the world mostly figured out.  Or so I thought.

Then Little Friend pooped a penny.

My first thought as I looked at that little poop encrusted offering was to muse, “Huh.  Look what she dropped down her diaper.”  Then the part of my brain that was once-upon-a-time entrusted as the responsible, reasonable, competent, well-rounded component spoke up.  “Pennies don’t drop into diapers.  Pennies drop into digestive systems.”

So my brain flashed backward in a speedy rewind to all the things I didn’t worry about over the past few days: a penny lodging in her windpipe.  A penny rotting in her gut.  A penny causing a digestive blockage found much too late.  A penny occasioning x-rays and exploratory surgeries.  A penny causing unspeakable toddler hemorrhoids.  Who knew worry could be retrograde?!

I decided to investigate the fecal mystery a little more closely while throwing the extra-brown penny in the diaper bin.

“Little Friend,” I queried as innocently as possible.  “Did you put a penny in your mouth?”

Sly smile.

“Did you put a penny in your mouth and swallow?”

“Yes,” accompanied by that sly smile.

“When did you do that?”  I prodded.

“When the penny turned into food,” came the answer.  More sly smiling.

I launched into the requisite lecture about not putting small things in your mouth as I hurriedly stuffed all pennies laying out in the open into the relative safety of the piggy bank’s gut.  Because you never know when one of those other copper discs will take it upon itself to turn into food.

I can’t say that Little Friend learned a lesson from all of this.  I don’t think she even had to do a penny’s worth of pushing to get the darn thing out.  But I’ll tell you what I learned: Sometimes as a parent, there are things you’d rather not know about.

At least not until after the fact.

By the way, for obvious reasons, I won’t be posting pictures with today’s post.  I’ll spare you those gory details, at least.

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  1. mooselicker said:

    I think pooping out money is the first step to adulthood. For me it was.

    October 27, 2011
  2. woodnote1 said:

    Wait a minute, your telling me that instead of waiting for my money tree to grow, I could have had a baby discharging cash in nine months!

    October 27, 2011
  3. Larry T said:

    Since you brought the subject out (do to speak), did you know that Stercobilin makes poop brown. I thought you needed to know.

    October 27, 2011
  4. Emily said:

    cant wait to see you guys in a couple weeks :) she sounds so much like Rita! Lil Sass!

    October 28, 2011
  5. dad S. said:

    Please tell me you saved the penny!!!

    October 29, 2011
  6. Jo said:

    After all those wonderful, classic comments, what more is there to add?!!

    November 1, 2011
  7. dad S. said:

    The results of her first medical experiment are to be “collected” and saved.

    November 1, 2011

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