Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Solid, Liquid, and Gas

I'm pretty sure my toddler swallowed gum today.  And, I'm pretty sure it was while I was telling a lady that my kid knows not to swallow gum.

Which brings me to my next point.  They say that it takes 7 years to digest a piece of gum.  What "they" fail to mention is the fact that a piece of gum is not going to stay in you for 7 years.  The GI tract is no respecter of foods.  The stomach does not have a brain that "chooses" if something has been broken down enough to move on to the small intestines.  The small intestine doesn't filter out chunks of undigested matter and fling it up-bowel for another absorptive pass.  The digestive tract is simply a large conveyor belt, where the body takes as much as it can, and microbes feed off of the rest until it and it's resulting fumes are expelled.  

Which brings me to my next point.  Apparently, our bodies don't find the cloth used to make Polly Pocket clothing to be very nutritious.  Neither do the microbes.   

Which brings me to my next point.  I think that was the first time my baby ever pooped something solid.  

7 comments:

Laurie said...

So were you looking for the Polly Pocket clothing item? Or did you just happen to see it during the diaper change?

Token Asian Friend said...

To look for anything in my house us futile. I definately stumbled upon it.

Pam C. said...

But did you recognize it right away, or did you have that brief moment of panic when you thought your precious baby had some bizarre intestinal disorder?

Token Asian Friend said...

First, it looked like a sun dried tomato. Then, I saw polka dots and ruffles.

Karin said...

That is soooo funny. Polka dots and ruffles. so funny.

Princess Danell said...

A couple of years ago I found a Polly Pocket purse in my sons diaper. Now it all makes sense. I would be grouchy too if I were pooping purses!

michellejohnnie said...

TAF, What was your major in college?