My comeuppance for smugly thinking, "My kids never do that," whenever I heard about a child shoving a bead or other small object up their nose came this evening.
We were sitting at a nice Spanish restaurant, the husband and I both dressed up in work clothes, when The Lad shoved a pea up his nose. This was less than half an hour after the husband said to me, after I told The Lad to get his fingers out of his nose, "Yeah, that's his new thing. He's been shoving things up his nose all day -- crayons, the legs of the (plastic) lizard ..."
The pea went up his nostril after his macaroni-and-cheese-covered fingers.
The Lad thinks he's a comedian. (He's kind of right.)
So, there I was fishing a pea out of his nose, when I got the giggles. Then the husband and The Boy followed suit and The Lad, delighted to make everyone laugh, chuckled, too, which sent the pea farther up his nose. In desperation, I squished his nostrils together. He laughed again at the same moment, and the mangled pea went shooting onto the table.
"This is the funniest thing ever," The Boy giggled. (He was kind of right.)
The Boy did a lot of things at almost 2: tantrums, spilling milk, throwing food, etc. But he never NEVER stuck anything up his nose. And that is the difference between kids.
Another couple quick examples of the differences between these two boys:
We went this afternoon to the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. (Highly recommend if you're ever here with your kiddos). They have this very cool net-and-wood-platform climbing structure, which The Boy wanted to do until he realized it was held up just by a net. Then, it didn't matter that it was enclosed. Nope, he was not going to do it. Meanwhile, The Lad, who is too young to get in the thing, had to be physically restrained from launching himself into the opening.
Later in the museum, we visited the fake grocery store. The Boy went zooming through the store, grabbing everything, just happy to be a pretend consumer. The Lad zoomed through the store, but picked up only a few, very specific things: bread (he loves toast), cookies, cake mix and toothpaste (he loves loves loves to brush his teeth.