Friday, September 29, 2006

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Yesterday Jack ate a whole peanut butter and jelly sandwich all by himself. It's the first time I've tried the sticky concoction, since I'm kind of panicky about the whole "allergy to peanut butter" thing (his cousin Rachel has a severe allergy to any nuts or nut protein). I gave it to him for lunch in small bites that he could feed himself and he LOVED it. I'm not sure that "loved" is really strong enough. At first I gave him several little bites of it, but discovered that he was putting them all in his mouth at once. Not a problem, we could do this one at a time. He has had a pretty runny nose since the whole teething thing began, but he hates to have his nose wiped. But while he is eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, he doesn't seem to notice if his nose is being wiped. Having observed this, I thought, "I wonder what else he'll let me do while eating peanut butter and jelly"? Turns out that he will go so far as to let me suck the snot out of his nose with the dreaded nose syringe. That was just completely amazing. I had to sit down for a while. So, now the question is, how far can I take this? Is it bad to give your child peanut butter and jelly every day just so you can suck out his nose? I mean, it's not bad for him, right? I'm using low sugar jelly and the peanut butter has good protein and good fat, right? Oh, and it's on low calorie bread, too! So it's not like I'm giving him a lollipop every day for lunch. I've had several men (never a woman) tell me that they had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day growing up and still love it to this day (and I know two of their mother's and they were excellent mommies), so it shouldn't have any lasting effect, right? Well, don't get worried, I won't get too carried away. It's just nice to know that in a pinch I can pull out a good old PB & J and have my way with Jack's nose!

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