Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A tack?

Little Elvis is getting really mobile, and I usually let him go where he wants -- within reason. One of his favorite places to explore is a spot in front of a built in cabinet. The carpet ends at the cabinet door and he likes to pull at the carpet. I make sure he doesn't get carpet fibers, but I haven't really worried about him playing there.

That wasn't the best decision on my part. Yesterday I saw him palming something and aiming his little hand at his little mouth. I thought it might be a carpet fiber, so I calmly walked over and looked in his hand. He was holding a tack! A green thumb tack!!!
I took it out of his little hand and he cried because I took his play pretty away.

My heart dropped to my stomach as I started imagining what could have happened if I hadn't walked over. As I type this, my heart is racing. Mainly because I had absolutely no idea that the tack was even there.

We don't use tacks like that, so I guess a previous tenant must have used tacks like that and one managed to get stuck under the carpet.

I've been working on babyproofing, but I had no idea I needed to look UNDER wall-to-wall carpet!

I think I may just slap some duct tape over that part of the carpet as well.


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

well---the good news is that you DID find it.

1:22 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

i will assume that they will always find EXACTLY what you don't want them to....
which means, you'll never be totally kid-proofed.

glad you found it.
good luck with all the other stuff i'm sure you're now dutifully searching for.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

oh wow - scary! Good job, mom - you caught him in the act LOL

4:34 PM  

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