It must have been the third or fourth time I fed Aidan with solid food. Because no one else was there to witness it and therefore to calm me down. I was left to my own devices, which is not always a good thing.
As I got the spoon in place to shove rice cereal into Aidan’s mouth, Aidan opened his mouth wide like a hungry bird. While his mouth open, out shot a stream of “spit?”
I naturally gave out a tiny, high pitched screech and jumped back. In case it was venom.
Because all that flashed through my mind was that scene in Jurassic Park where there cute, tiny dinosaurs all of a sudden start to shriek and spew out poison.
Then I realized it was the weekend so I couldn’t call the pediatrician.
And my parents were out, so I couldn’t call them.
I started formulating my question for the magic box. “Baby Venom.” “Antidote to Baby Venom.” “Help my baby spits venom.”
Of course, the logical part of my brain clicked in at that moment. You know, the part that reminds you to pay bills, shut the oven off, lock the car, not to walk the half of block to get the mail and leave the kids in the house alone (even if they are cranking and you NEED to get away), not to say “what” and give your dad the opening to the joke he is setting up, that a ton of feathers and a ton of bricks both weigh the same amount.
“Um, did you just actually assume your child just spit out venom? Please tell me how many years of education you have. Please promise me you will not mention this to Dad because he will never let you live it down. Jesus, some days, I’m embarrassed for us both.”
So I returned to spooning rice cereal into Aidan’s hungry mouth.
But it is weird my son shoots out a thin stream of spit, right?