I have crossed that parenting test that I was hoping to avoid. When I had babies in the house, I was acutely aware of small items for them to swallow. I didn't know I would have to monitor my 4 year old as closely.
I was trying to get the girls to take a nap yesterday. After skipping one all together on Saturday, they were desperate for one on Sunday. Ok, maybe I was desperate for them to take one, which is probably more likely. I put Kendall in my bed, to separate them hoping that it'd help with them falling asleep without the distraction of the other. Have I mentioned how much I'm counting down the days until we move and they have their own room?!?
On her 12,789th trip out of my room to tell me something, Kendall came back out with a penny. Where she found a penny, I don't know. She was insistent on putting it in her piggy bank, which of course was right next to Sydney's crib in her room. I told her not now, and after another struggle, got her back to bed. No more than 10 minutes later, I hear a little voice, "Uh...mom? I have to tell you somethin' again."
::Sigh:: "What now, Kendall? You need to get to bed!"
"Mom? The penny feels funny in my throat."
Surely I heard that wrong, right? She couldn't put it in her piggy bank, so she decides to....swallow it?
Sure enough, she ate the damn penny. Upon questioning, she tells me it was like a little pie.
No more Thanksgiving prep and talking about pies in our house I guess.
After a call to the clinic, I am now on doody duty. I tried informing Eric that they said the father is typically the one that has better luck examining the uh....sample. He didn't go for it. If we don't find said penny in the next few days, we have to bring her in for an x-ray.
I tried telling Kendall last night that she has to do her business on the potty chair, instead of the toilet, so I can look to find the penny. That of course, led to a discussion that when you eat something it comes back out. I am now paranoid with how her brain is working and fully expect her to start swallowing stuff to see if the theory holds true.
The moral of the story is, this is further proof that a penny is a worthless piece of metal that should be done away with. Grrrrrr.