February 7, 2009

Confessions of a Germophobe

Okay, I admit it - I'm a germophobe. I always have my Purell on hand. I probably became more of a germophobe after the whole SARS thing here in Toronto, and also during my pregnancy, when I caught THREE colds in row. I was determined not to get sick again during my pregnancy (I wound up catching a cold days before PK was born, but at least that was mild), so I loaded up on the Purell and OJ.

After PK was born, I was all paranoid about germs. She was so young and so fragile that I was afraid of her catching a cold. (She wound up catching my pre-delivery cold. I actually managed to pass that cold on to my mom, my sis, the hubby, and PK. Fortunately, it was a really mild - albeit VERY contagious - cold.) I get really paranoid about fallen soothers, people touching PK's hands (I still do...I find strangers touching baby hands to be obnoxious), and people coughing around PK (the rain cover is always over the stroller on the subway). Now that PK is very interactive, I want to make sure that she plays with other babies. Unfortunately, it's that time of year when EVERYONE is sick, so babies playing with each other and sharing toys means sick baby and sleep-deprived mommy. I've got a bit of a conundrum.

The other thing that kind of icks me out is the fact that at storytime and in music class, we all sit on the floor with our babies. Now that PK sits on her own, I want to plop her on the floor, but I don't want her sitting directly on the icky floor, touching its germy surface with her cute little hands. So I opted for a compromise. I put her on the floor on her changepad, where she can sit or lie down, and I don't worry (as much) about the icky germs.

Fortunately, I've come to my senses. I've come to realize in the last week that putting PK on a changepad on the floor, while slightly more hygenic, create a social island of isolation around PK. It singles her out as a prissy, anti-social baby - neither of which apply to her. I've come to the conclusion that I just need to suck up this germ aversion and let PK sit on the floor and share toys with other babies. The other babies seem to be doing just fine in this germy environment (hell, it's probably even good for them!) and their moms are probably less high-strung.

Okay, so it took me a while to come to this conclusion, but better late than never, right?

1 comment:

fawn said...

Hahaha! You're so cute!

If it makes you feel better, I'm sure it IS good for her, even though she'll encounter some colds along the way eventually.

A study that was done just a few years ago (sort of related) showed that kids who were exposed to one, but ideally two, pets as infants were less likely to develop common allergies (even to things like dust and grass). I always find that comforting, especially because their hypothesis when they started the study was just the opposite.