Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Bad Ass And A Booger Picker

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking my kids to get their influenza immunizations.

I know.

I know.

You are jealous.

While in the office, the nurse explained that the kids would be getting the flu "sniff". The sniff vaccine is a mist that is sprayed  in the kids' nostrils one at a time, and after it is sprayed, the kids must sniff heartily.  Easy peasy.

When the nurse was finally done with her explanation, Ab asked her, "Is this the one that drips down your throat for a bit afterwards?"

The nurse indicated that it was, and that's when my first surprise of the day occurred.

"Then give me the shot!"  Abbie stated emphatically.

The nurse raised her eyebrow in disbelief. Clearly, not many kids requested a shot instead of the sniff.

I confronted Ab.  "What? You would rather have a shot? Are you sure you are my kid?"  I asked not believing it could be true. 

She explained simply, "I hate that feeling of the stuff running down my throat."

Well OK.

I could understand that, and let's face it.

My kid was a bad ass.

Who knew?

So, Ab bared her arm and was shot up.

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Ethan, however, opted for the sniff vaccine.  After snorting mightily to his own delight, the nurse chuckled and instructed Ethan, "Now, don't blow your nose for at least 30 minutes.  We want the medicine to take effect."

He nodded, and we were on our way.

Later, as I picked up the kids from school I got surprise number two.

"How was your day E?" I asked as we walked home together.

His smile filled his entire face, and he replied, "Great!  I picked my nose three times!"

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I stopped mid stride and looked at him.  "What?"

He stopped too and continued grinning.  "I said . . . I picked my nose three times!" He enunciated slowly to show that he wasn't kidding.

As his mother and a registered germ-a-phobe, I was completely grossed out.  "Why Ethan?  Why would you pick your nose?  You are old enough to know how to use a tissue!"  I scolded.

He looked a little perplexed when he answered, "But the nurse said not to blow my nose, " he paused and then finished, proud of his own ingenuity, "so I picked it instead." 


I have a bad ass and a booger picker.

What other mom can have claim to that?

And . . . on Aunt Crazy's recommendation . . . I am linking up to Kmama's Proud Mommy Moments . . .
Bad Asses and Booger Pickers apparently qualify.


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  1. This here, this is pure awesomeness!!! LOL

  2. OHOHOH you should totally link this up over at Kmama's place, The Daily Dribbles!

  3. That is too funny! My kids have yet to be vaccinated yet this year, due to Monkey's cold. Not looking forward to it!

  4. Thank you for linking up!!!

    This is awesome. I love that your daughter wanted a shot instead, and then your son thought he couldn't blow his nose all day. He is quite brilliant actually...he found a solution to his problem! LOL

  5. Lol! Well at least he obeyed the nurse right? That is too funny.
    Thanks for linking up! Perfect PMM's!


    Music to a mother's ears, no?

    Love it. Sniff.

  7. HAHAHAHA! I love it! That is hilarious.

  8. At least he listened to the nurse. :D

    And your girl is quite a champ! Asking for a shot, that's is something else.

  9. LMBO, oh kids and their reasoning ;)

  10. I am so jealous that you are have it together enough to already get your kid's flu shots. I would much rather have the shot too!!

    I love that your son spoke slowly to you the second time just so you could appreciate what he was saying!

  11. There's an upside...he's AWESOME at following directions! :)

  12. LOL! Your kids are awesome. I love that your daughter chose the shot. I was surprised to read on your sidebar that she's only NINE. She sounds way smarter and mature than your average fourth grader (?). I mean, to ask a question like that and make a decision based on what seems like research (or word on the playground, haha) is indeed pretty bad-ass. ;)


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