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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Poop 202

My sister, a more experienced mom than I, told me early on that her pediatrician had informed her that poop happens to be the most common question among parents.  Is he pooping enough?  Is her stool too hard?  Is she constipated?  Is yellow baby poop ok, or should it be more green?  How often should my child be having bowel movements?  How much is too much?  How little is too little?
Talking about your child’s bowel movements becomes a common topic and poop becomes a dinner conversation- sometimes a very animated one.  There is nothing sacred about your child’s excrement.
Big Dub has become constipated.  He has not had a poop to write home about in four days.  He has been grunting and groaning, with serious effort and concentration to produce a few measly pebbles.  It actually got to the point that my husband I had the following conversation:
Hubby: “I don’t know.  Medium.”
Me: “Medium big or medium small?  Like soft serve or play dough?”
Hubby: “I don’t know.  Just medium.”
Me: “Well, how am I supposed to know if he needs to stay on the prune diet or if we need a suppository?  Is the blockage cleared or is he still shooting pebbles?  How pebble-like is it?  Is it hard?”
Hubby: “I don’t know.  It is just medium.”
Me: “Take a picture.”
Hubby: “No.”
Me: “TAKE A PICTURE and email it to me.”
Hubby: “NO, I just threw away the diaper.”
Seriously, I asked him to take a picture and was quite annoyed that he failed to do so.  How can I gauge the level of constipation and the level of intervention necessary if he can’t adequately describe the poop nor take a picture for me?  What, exactly, does medium mean?
Not to worry, I will not be including a picture with this posting.  You are welcome.



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  1. fabulous ! and just how i would have reacted too..or maybe already have !! lol

  2. That was hardest thing to get used to as a parent, how much poop talk there is!


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