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That’s (S)not Nice

March 5, 2007

Ella’s had a cold for a few days. She’s congested, drooly, restless, scratchy, extra cranky, alternately uninterested in food and desperately hungry, and just generally sour. More than that, though, she’s diligently working at innovative techniques for producing maximum decibels from her lungs, throat, and mouth. It’s quite the R&D; project.

In the process, I’ve been developing a technique to distract and quiet her. When she’s in the middle of a mid-range rant, I can pick her up and do that overhead-press thing where I lift and lower her. It’s not the toss-and-catch that she normally enjoys, but it still works to calm her down, with her unhappy ‘uhhhaaahhhwwwwaaahhh’ morphing into a happy ‘uhhhaaahhhwwwwaaahhh’ somewhere around the fifth lift. Only when I executed it last night, the eighth lift produced a lovely gift: a perfect stream of mucous, straight from her right nostril into my left eye. With Ryan as my witness.


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6 Responses to “That’s (S)not Nice”

  1. kate says:

    And several other witnesses to the shades of red that Ryan turned as he practically rolled on the floor! Oh, the hilarity.
    That’s ONE way to clear a nostril.

  2. Ryan says:

    Hate that I missed that one.

  3. Michael says:

    One time I was lifting Kindred above my head and a line of drool stretched from his mouth right into mine (which was open in utter excitement at the joy he was expressing). Needless to say, the happiness was quickly eroded.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Emma spit up directly into JR’s mouth once. Actually, that should be on my “The Linen Pants” in that it gave me SUCH pleasure! :)


  5. Hey Mike,

    Your wisdom is missed. I hope everything is okay over there.

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