They say, some day you’ll look back on these days & laugh, but I’m still waiting for that on this one particular day I had about a month ago!
On this day, I went upstairs to do some sort of ‘mom-thing’: put clothes away, make beds, or perhaps shower (novel idea!). I was gone 5, maybe 10 minutes, but my kids are to the age where they can play with toys and don’t get into too much trouble. Or so I thought.
When I came back downstairs I discovered that Audrey had found my purse & pulled this out of it:
This is a sharpie gel highlighter. It’s apparently a new thing in the states & I was admiring someone’s & they gave me their extra one. It is pretty nice as it doesn’t dry out if you leave the cap off or leak. However, my one and a half year old thought it looked like candy, I guess, because she had taken a bite out of it. Not to mention the bright yellow marks all over her jeans & shirt…
I grabbed the pen & looked all over it for the words, “non-toxic”, but to no avail. Remembering I had no packaging, I flipped open the laptop & frantically searched the sharpie website for any indication that this gel highlighter was non-toxic, but again no luck. I knew I would have to call poison control in the states, so since it was approaching lunch time I put both kids at the kitchen table to keep them in one place. Then I went into the living room (our cordless phone quit working around the time we left Germany) & called poison control. I got a very helpful man somewhere in Texas who assured me that it would not hurt my child & to wipe her mouth out & give her a drink of water.
At this point, I’ve been out of the kitchen three, maybe 4 minutes. I go to the kitchen to wipe out Audrey’s mouth & give her a drink of water only to discover that Ezra has bitten into a metal tube of the spanish equivalent of neosporin & was trying to wipe it out of his mouth!
I’m thinking a few things at this point. 1.) WHAT IN THE WORLD!!!! HE IS TOO OLD TO BE DOING THIS! HE NEVER BITES INTO THINGS ANYMORE!!! 2.) I know I should call poison control, but a.) I can’t tell them for sure what is in this medicine since all the ingredients are in spanish and b.) it’s the middle of the night and I don’t want to get the same man, because he is going to think I’m a terrible mother!!!!
So, I did what every good, well-prepared mother does, I googled it. From what I could see it looked like it wouldn’t be a problem, so I called my mom-in-law who is a nurse to double-check that my prognosis was correct. She agreed and I was finally able to move on with our day! Someday I suppose we will laugh about it, but I’m still shaking my head at the craziness that is these kids & my life!