She does this total yoga move and sucks on her toes and sometimes nibbles on her shoe. It requires a lot of flexibility.
While impressed with her flexibility, I find it gross. But honestly I've got to say that shoe chewing is low down the list of parenting concerns. The struggle that comes with trying to stop the chewing rarely outweighs the fact that she will soon be distracted and will move onto something else.
I suppose if the shoes were particularly dirty I'd make more of an effort to stop her but that hasn't happened yet. I'm not too worried - I run a tight ship with clean shoes. And please, this is not an open invitation to send me the research on the dirt on toddler shoes that say it's deadly for them to chew on their soles. I already have enough to contend with. Anyhow...
When strangers make a deal about the shoe chewing, I get a bit agitated. For instance, this week a woman pointed it out to me in the grocery line. When I smiled, nodded, and went back to reviewing my list for missing items, she gasped in (what I hope was) mock horror and instantly admonished B for her habit. I found this irritating but didn't make a big deal.
I'm just not into discussing my parenting strategies with strangers which is what happens when conversations start this way. That or I apologize for how much I suck as a parent, and I don't so I'm not about to admit it to strangers. So sue me, I don't like talking personal and parenting opinions with strangers. Bloggers? Yes. Strangers? Nope. Weather, traffic, and Paris Hilton are more choice topics.
Moving right along...
So this shoe-chewing thing has been happening more frequently lately and I've been bitching to SB about it. Well today he finally encountered it when in an electronics store with B.
But of course, it unfolded completely differently for him.
A woman approached him and started the following conversation:
- Your child is chewing on her shoes?With which he responded:
SB - Yes
- Do you know what that means?
SB - Uh... no I don't
- It means that she wants a sibling
SB - Maybe my wife and I will have to get on thatAnd of course that made her laugh.
Why does he get the cute conversations and I get the "you-suck" looks. GAH!
And don't forget: apparently if my child is chewing on her shoes it means she wants a sibling.
Once again I have to say, not until I get some sleep first.
Oh and SB thought she might have been hitting on him. B is apparently a real chick magnet.