Well, it’s finally happened. The most disgusting mommy moment of my life. Yes, it was in public, but no, I don’t think anyone was watching. Except for my 2.5 year old daughter, of course, and even she gave me a look as though to say, “why on earth would you do something so gross, Mommy?” But you have to do certain things as a mommy, you really do. And unfortunately, since you’re the mommy, you have no other choice but to suck it up and do it.
My daughter and I both have bad colds right now. She got it 5 days ago, I got it 1.5 days later. It’s your standard cold: lots of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing. The nasal congestion is the worst part of it. And I’m sorry to have to say this, but the snot is that sticky icky goopy kind. The kind that you try to wipe from your child’s nose because she doesn’t yet understand the concept of “blowing her nose”, and when you wipe, a sticky string follows (kind of like melted cheese on a slice of pizza when you try to pick up one piece), and you have to keep re-wiping because strings of snot keep coming out and sticking all over her face. (got the mental image? sorry if you were eating while I had to tell you that.) So. That is what we are dealing with.
We both stayed home all day yesterday to try to combat this nasty virus, so we were comfortable in our own home, with lots of tissue nearby. (I should mention, the Seventh Generation brand is 100% recycled and whitened without chlorine, dyes or fragrances.)
Today we are still sick, but I thought perhaps going out for a short bit and getting some air might be a good idea. We’re still snotty, but it’s not as unbearable as yesterday. So I decided to take my daughter out to a store, and then get lunch on the way home. Since I planned to only go to one store, and make it a relatively short trip, I decided to only take my wallet and keys in, instead of the whole diaper bag. My daughter was happy looking at some toys and walking up and down aisles… and then she sneezed.
Now because of the nature of the snot that comes with this particular virus, I need not worry that her sneeze will spray droplets of germy snot everywhere, oh no. Instead, a particularly viscous, sticky snot hangs out of one nostril. Just dangling, but not moving any further out. Of course, I try to reach for a tissue.
But I left the diaper bag in the car.
I check my pockets. No luck.
Bloody hell! My daughter is either going to smear the snot all over her face or… Okay, I’m going to do it. I take the end of my sleeve and use it to wipe the snot away from her face! I think I actually exclaimed, “EW!” I quickly rolled over the edge of my sleeve so that the snot was no longer exposed. Thank God I was wearing a hoodie with relatively long sleeves. Oh my, that was gross!
So there you have it. The hoodie is going in the laundry. My daughter was saved from the shame of walking around in public with snot hanging out of her nose or smeared all over face. I hope she will thank me when she is older, and say “Mommy, I’m so grateful for the sacrifices you made for me when I was little, including wiping my snot with your sleeve.”
Have you had a really disgusting mommy moment?
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