Thursday, September 22, 2005

Library class, poo, and the ups and downs of motherhood

I took Special K to a class at the library yesterday and it was a bust. She got bored, and wouldn't do anything except sit on my lap. I was feeling a bit bad at her lack of interest until I realised she was bored.

The class is for three-year olds which covers a broad range of abilities. Special K is an "older three", because her birthday is in late April. So she already knows her letters, colours, numbers and parts of the body. The class just covers these concepts. I was feeling pretty pleased that she knows these concepts and was about to blog about it when I heard Little T crying.

He had pooed and managed to smear poo across our white carpet, his clothes and his left hand. Pretty good for someone who can't even really use his left hand. Ahh, the joys of having a mobile baby. But when I opened his diaper, I discovered an unexpected delight. And I mean this sincerely. His poo was mostly yellow. For a few months, his poo resembled this green sludge like you might find at the bottom of a cesspool. Not sure if it was due to the antibiotics, Prilosec, or what, but it was not normal. Finally it's starting to approach normal.

Oprah had a show about health in which a prominent doctor said to inspect your poo every day as an indicator of health. In Little T's case, I think his poo is an indicator of health. And actually many people who have babies watch their babies' poo carefully for this reason.

For adults, your poo should come out in big pieces (3 or more inches long), be an S-shape, or you need more water and/or fiber in your diet. You should also poo at least once a day.

5 comments:

Dee said...

I bow to your ability to even have a white carpet! Perhaps he was proud of the new color too and wanted to make a statement ;) Go T!

Yay for Special K too! Not too shocked that she's brilliant though considering her parentage

gconnor said...

The article on the oprah site, the last sentence is confusing. I read it as "shaped like an S good; big long pieces bad". Hmm.

Thida said...

The white carpet came with the house. It's standard practice around here to make the house seem bigger. It's not actually white any longer. ;)

I agree it's confusingly written. But I watched the show, so I know they mean that it's supposed to be big long pieces. Rabbit pellets indicate constipation which is bad for your colon.

Batshua said...

Heh, poo. For some reason I can't decide if this post grosses me out or makes me laugh.

Odd factoid of the day about poo is that for a seriously long time I did not know that you're "supposed" to poo daily, so I didn't.

I can't believe I just wrote a comment about poo. This must be the lowest point in my journal-commenting history.

Thida said...

Welcome Batshua! It amuses me that you say poo is the low point of your journal commenting, but it's your first comment here. Sister, poo is a fact of life. If poo is the lowest thing you comment about, I'd say your life is pretty damn good. :^) I also think it's silly how basic facts about one's body are unknown to people and these can be first indicators that your body isn't working properly.