So what's the polite thing to do when you find your child eating her own poop during a dinner party?
We were having friends over for tonight and the adults were finishing dinner and drinking wine while the kids, aged 5, 4, 3, and 1 played when I noticed Meg had something in her mouth. That alone isn't so unusual, after all rocks, bits of mulch and boxes must be tasted. But what was unusual was the fact that something green and brown was smeared on her face. We swooped in and swept her mouth and examined what was on the floor. At first I assumed it was cat vomit, but further inspection proved it was her own poop. Her diaper had exploded up her back, and I mean really exploded, and she obviously had to taste it.
I was freaking out. I was relieved somewhat to realize it was her own poop (I'll admit that's a phrase I never thought I'd say) vs. cat vomit, I mean, no telling what the cat/human interaction thing could be. I couldn't decide whether to make her throw up or what. My friend graciously was appropriately alarmed, but not too alarmed. In the end, we just cleaned her up and brushed her teeth. Good.
This parenting thing is really beyond disgusting much of the time, isn't it?