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A Thousand Words

The most horrible thing about parenting so far (for me) is when I’ve been the source of EJ’s pain. Vaccinations, of course, are probably the first time you willingly subject your baby to pain, and I will never forget the look in his eyes as I held him down on the table at 8 weeks old and had a doctor stick 3 needles in him.


Then, there’s the accidental maiming – trying to cut his fingernails is perilous at best, and if it weren’t for the fact that he’s drawn a fair amount of his own blood because his fingernails grew too long, I wouldn’t cut them at all. But, it has to be done, and both Eric and I have nicked his fingers to various degrees in the attempt.


Then there’s the Awful At The Time, But Funny Later sorts of mishaps. The other day, Eric had EJ in the bjorn, like this, except now EJ is way more alert and is constantly staring up to watch what we’re doing.

It was a weekend morning, which in the Pawlowski household means Dunkin Donuts coffee and a chocolate frosted donut each that Eric brings home from his walk with the boys. Oh, chocolate frosted donut! You make my heart sing! Someday you will have your own glorious post. But today your tale is not one of rejoicing, but of unfortunate hilarity.

Eric was chomping on his chocolate frosted donut. Delicious and happy. At some point he looked down, and saw a big yellow sprinkle staring back at him. Lodged in EJ’s eye. Just sitting there, all innocent and cute and yummy, but IN HIS EYE. EJ had no idea, or at least, wasn’t fussed about it.

But I was.

All I could think of was, how the hell am I going to get that out of there?!?!? and I should really go get the camera!

In a split second I decided it would be irresponsible to leave it in there long enough to get the camera and snap some pictures. I (mostly) regret that now. It would have been a great picture.

Instead, I grabbed a cup full of water and poured in his eye, to flush the thing out. But I couldn’t actually bring myself to pour water in his eye, so Eric laid him on the ground, and I more like poured a cup full of water on his face, which pissed him off enough to start crying some real tears, which then popped the sprinkle out enough that I could pull it out myself.

See? Wouldn’t this story have been better with a picture?


You will have to content yourself with my new project, which is growing on my needles so fast you (insert A-Rod on steroids joke here). I can hardly believe it’s been 4 days and I’m already halfway through it:

The Textured Shawl in Sundara Aran Silky Merino, which I think is proving to be a perfect matching of yarn and pattern. Details on Ravelry.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dena #

    Chocolate Frosted Donuts do deserve their own post.

    And the sprinkle in the eye story? Totally funny later. :)

    April 28, 2009
  2. Lila Smith #

    That was a laugh out loud story. Thanks.

    April 28, 2009
  3. Manise #

    Yes laugh out loud story! The photo would have been great. I could hear you wondering what the hell you were going to tell the ER doc when you couldn’t get the sprinkle out.

    April 28, 2009
  4. It will give EJ something to talk about in therapy years from now. “I remember the time my mom waterboarded me to get a Dunkin Donuts sprinkle out of my eye…”

    April 29, 2009
  5. i think you can tear baby fingernails instead of cutting them. i.e., suck on the tips a little so they’re soft and then just softly tear off the edges. (as you can do on your own nails, you know what i mean, right?) i know that’s what my mom had to do with me!

    April 29, 2009
  6. Amy #

    Just wait til you ruin his life. It’s not real hurt but completely dramatic and imagined. Then depending on how over the top they are and the amount of spectacle they make of themselves, you have to try to not laugh so they can see it.

    No matter what the little hurts are, they always come back for comfort. :)

    April 30, 2009
  7. Michelle #

    Aren’t chocolate-covered donuts THE BEST?? I prefer chocolate-old-fashioned. Ever since my pregnancy I HAVE to have them 1-2 times a week. I don’t know how I will ever stop, but someday breastfeeding will not be enough to keep the donuts from forming one of their own around my middle.

    Adorable story – baby tears are the most heartbreaking ever. I think I preferred it when my girl’s tear ducts weren’t fully mature. Also, (don’t ask how I know this), but breast milk in the eye is safe and effective for flushing.

    April 30, 2009
  8. You are too funny! My little guy and I went to Honeydew this morning on the way to school and shared some dew drops.

    May 1, 2009

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