…I am going to have to start enforcing certain neuroticism on the world when it comes to my baby.
To the public
1. STOP TOUCHING MY CHILD’S HANDS!! No matter how hard I try to hold GG close to me when standing in line or in close quarter’s with other people, it is IMPOSSIBLE to stop random well intentioned strangers who are drawn by her chubby cheeks from TOUCHING HER HANDS. aye!! I do not know where your hands have been, whether you wiped your ass when you came out of the bathroom, whether you’d be playing in dirt, so why would you think it is okay to TOUCH MY CHILD’S HANDS. She puts her hands in her mouth all the time and that is a recipe for her to eat your FUGGIN GERMS! Aye! People are making me have to be one of “those mothers” that are neurotic and borderline “overprotective” of their children. But I think *sigh*it is in order and I have to stop being so nice and not wanting to offend or come off as a byatch. I have bitten my tongue long enough but from TODAY ON, I am going to nicely as possible tell people not to do that. I think I’m going to have to travel with my anti-bacterial and be so “rude” as to rub it in GG’s hands immediately after the offending action AND BEFORE she gets a chance to put her hands in her mouth. I really don’t think people actually THINK BEFORE DOING THAT…
2. STOP TOUCHING MY CHILD’S CHEEKS AND/OR HAIR! This brings me to the next annoying and offending thing. GG’s face is currently broken out and it could be from incessant kissing from us, but I dare say she is too susceptible to innocent people again (maybe while in the child care giver’s care and sometimes from her brothers) touching her cheeks. I admit, the fact that they are so chubby and “pinchable” it is hard for folks’ to resist the urger to touch them, but please EXHIBIT SOME RESTRAINT PEOPLE! Again, from TODAY ON, I WILL politely as possible tell folks to NOT TOUCH HER FACE (and hair). She seems to have sensitive skin and is not reacting well to all the nasty bacteria. Am I being unreasonable?? I don’t think so because I have to treat GG’s break outs and she is MY CHILD!! I have to look out for her or I wouldn’t be doing my job as a mom.
Privately, I must insist to my wonderful hubby again to not wash the baby’s clothes in adult detergent. At 7 months old, and again because she has sensitive skin, I think it’s best to keep washing the baby’s close in Dreft or some other mild detergent reserved for infant clothes. It is so easy to relax about the stringent rules we used to impose when the baby was just born, but given GG’s recent rash outbreak on her body, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.
Also, I myself must resist the temptation in outfitting her immediately in clothes I just pick up from the store BEFORE washing it. Those clothes are touched by all sorts of hands in the store and the manufacturing plant probably had all sorts of unknown agents on the stuff. Who knows, the few times I dressed GG in clothes not previously washed could have contributed to her outbreak. It’s so easy to get lax.
And GG has a cold right now that I think she got from her 3 year old brother but who knows if it is from a non-sterilized cup. GG has never gotten the hang of drinking from a bottle and I’ve since stopped giving them to her, but I have been lax about sterilizing her sippy cup. The other day I discovered that her brother will drink from the cup when I’m not looking. That probably explained a possible way that GG picked up her brother’s cold, but in any event, the lesson learned is to NOT RELAX too soon. She is an infant still until her first birthday and all those uptight rules still apply until then.
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