The funny thing I have learned about being a mom (well, one of the funny things) is that you really don't have to know that much about babies. Because you learn. You figure it out. You read a book. You follow your instincts. You take advice. It works.
So, in my combined reading/instincts/figuring out, I have decided that I want to make sure to let Gemma explore as much of the world as she safely can.
Basically, I let her play with random stuff, that isn't her toys. But that is still safe. It's a win-win situation because she is excited to play with something new, and I don't have to go find an actual toy.
(Spoiler Alert! The above is not really a declaration of a parenting choice, but instead preemptive justification for the events that follow.)
Well yesterday, I was in my room. trying to make it through the ginormous laundry basket that is Gemma's crib, when I heard a knock at the door.
The new debit card, that I had ordered came.
I grab the card and go back upstairs. I return to Mount Laundry, and Gemma is playing happily with the big envelope the card came in.
A few minutes later I hear...
Oh, sh*t! Craaaaaaaap.
Her face is red. She looks scared.
I run down the stairs.
Why am I downstairs?
She's still choking.
I stick my hand in her mouth.
Wait, aren't I not supposed to do that? Something about scratching her throat or something.
She's still choking.
I pulled my hand out, panicked, and look...
A strip of the paper is stuck to the roof her mouth, and she is gagging. I scoop the paper out with my finger (gently).
She returns to normal. Crisis averted.
Two hours later...
I give Gemma a plastic block. She's playing happily on my bed. I sit on the edge of the bed, facing out, straightening my hair.
I hear squeals of laughter. I turn around, thinking she must really love that block.
She has the laptop cord. In her mouth.
- Don't let baby chew on cardboard.
- Even idiots know not to let babies chew on cardboard.
- I really should have known better, than to let her chew on cardboard.
- Unnattended laptop cords can be just as dangerous a cardboard.
- Now that she is more mobile, I have to watch her like a hawk...especially around cardboard.