Kid Germs

I am sure a lot of you reading this are moms.  Even if you aren’t, I would imagine you have nieces and nephews, or the random neighbor child that lives across the street always trying to sell you stuff.
Now that we are square on that…
Let’s talk germs.
I’m quite sure that no one will argue the fact that kids are germ carriers.
Hard core germ carriers.
Most moms have a high tolerance for their own kid’s germs…but it takes a special person to be fine with other’s germs.
I think about nurses and how amazing it is that they aren’t completely grossed out by sick people.  Is it just me?  You have to truly be a special person to be able to deal with all those bodily fluids.
When it comes to my own children I can deal with just about anything, it’s really incredible how, the moment you become a mother you are able to handle all sorts of STUFF that you could never deal with before.
My littlest guy is like a germ magnet…maybe magnet is not the correct word…
it’s like he seeks out new and unusually disturbing ways to expose himself to new germs on a daily basis.  Almost as if it’s his life’s mission.
Short story ~ we were in NY a few Christmases ago on our annual trek to see the tree at Rockefeller Center.  We usually take the subway, because for the kids that is part of the adventure.  My child went through this licking phase (I am not proud) and we turned to see him licking the pole in the subway.
Let me say that again…the pole.  IN. THE. SUBWAY.
The pole where countless numbers of people hold on as the train takes off.  The pole that never gets cleaned. EVER.  In the subway.
Please feel free to dry heave now, I expect it.
We didn’t know what to do!  We glanced around hoping no one else observed our genius child licking, possibly the most repulsive thing on the planet…
Well, the subway was virtually empty, but the lone homeless man at the end of the car  started gagging.  When the homeless dude who lives in a shopping cart is disgusted by your middle class son you know you’ve done some stellar parenting.
Now, I’m not like Howie Mandel, all fist pound phobic…but I just don’t like the idea of other kid’s snots on me.
Haha ~ you just got the creeps…I knew it wasn’t just me 😉
So, you see, I sort of loathe places like arcades, ball pits, indoor jungle gyms and yes, bowling alleys.
My kids love bowling.  And I kind of enjoy it…but those balls and those shoes.  Geeee-ross!
So with that said, here is a bowling bowl I can wrap my mouth around…
These are some cupcakes that I made for a neighbor whose little guy had a bowling party.
The bowling balls and pins are all made from fondant…
 They turned out pretty cute and the kid’s had a blast at the party!
Moral of the story:
In this season of flu, cold, cough etc. let’s all work together and wipe our kid’s noses!
Pretty please 🙂
Also, if the end of the world happens you can rest assured that my little guy will be ok…he is pretty much immune to anything at this point.


Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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42 Responses
  1. CookiePie

    You are so right — before my daughter was born I was easily grossed out — not anymore! I can only imagine how you felt seeing your son lick that pole — I'm sure I'll be calling you when my little one does it some day 🙂

    Those cupcakes are ADORABLE!!

  2. Julie

    LOVE the cupcakes – yum! I totally know what u mean about the germs – once I made the mistake of looking in Brianna's water cup before refilling it – backwash and crumbs – ick!

  3. Jennifer

    OMG, I am sorry but I laughed out loud when I read that he LICKED the pole! I think I would have lost it with one of those "what are you thinking" moments! ugh, the things our kids do! Thanks for the laugh and I do hope he didn't get sick after that!

  4. Sara Tea

    I have bowled my whole life, it's my families dorky hobby. My mother would LOVE these cupcakes for her and her bowling team. I'll have to give it a whirl, these look sooo cute.

  5. aLLie

    don't just vow to wipe their noses–TEACH them how to BLOW their noses because once the kiddies hit kindergarten-and they can't blow their noses, then snot all over the place…THAT is a teacher's worst nightmare!! eeek!!

    LOVE the cupcakes 🙂

  6. High Heels and Aprons

    You have an incredible amount of patience to make all those bowling balls and pinks from fondant! I only have enough patience to work with fondant in large quantities! They look FABULOUS!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

  7. Molly

    I'm definitely a germ-a-phobe, and not afraid to admit it. We go through hand sanitizer, Lysol, and rubbing alcohol by the gallons over here.

    On a sweeter note, the cupcakes are so cute! The chocolate ones look awesome!!

  8. Ingrid

    Oh my goodness! I think I would have fainted away. I'm one of those paranoid mothers that didn't let her children play in the ball pit or those climbing tube playground things.

    Your cuppycakes are super cute. You did a great job on the pins and balls.

  9. cookies and cups

    shauna – seriously hilarious…the fact that I know exactly what you are talking about, oh man, that's funny!

    katy – I used the 1M for these.

    Thanks everyone!

  10. Shauna from Piece of Cake

    So gross, and yet…so poignant. Ha! I guess I have officially crossed over to the other side. In other news, we had our first Code Brown during bath time last night. Now THAT's really something.

  11. Smitten Sugar

    That story cracked me up! I would have been so grossed out to see that! Although I am sure we have all seen similar things happen. Like the kid I saw at Verizon just licking the counter up and down for a good 15 minutes!Grross!

    Love the cupcakes though!

  12. SprinkleBakes

    Ha!! You have me in stitches this morning! I covered my mouth as I read and said to myself "no he didn't" LOL.
    VERY cute cupcakes.

    You know what else creeps me out about bowling is the communal shoes. yeesh.

  13. Christy

    Cute! Cute! Cute! I love your cupcakes!

    Okay-In.The.Subway. almost made me gag!! 🙂 But, I had to laugh too. Did he get sick after that?

  14. ReminisceHeirlooms

    Great (and gross) story but I appreciate your honesty. I will tell you – we have all been there in some way… sticking snotty nose residue in our pockets bc we have no kleenex. LOL. I love the little cupcakes and I am with you. I am a public play place PHOBE. 🙂

  15. bridget {bake at 350}

    In.The.Subway…oh, that made me laugh!

    I worked at a preschool (the 18 month room)for all of 2 months. The SNOT, my God, the snot! Oooo…I shiver just thinking about it.

    Oh…the cupcakes are TOO cute! Worked w/fondant for the first time this week. It's so fun!

  16. sarahe

    i'm the manager at a pediatrician's office. been there for nine years, and i have an office in the back, but I am ALWAYS sick from those child germs

  17. Megan

    Oh please – Manhattan is a germ-phobe's worst nightmare. And I should know – I lived there for 18 months – my kids came down with every imaginable cold/flu/virus.

    I love the bowling pins – I wish I had the skill to make those by hand!

  18. Leslie

    LOL LOL LOL..that is some funny stuff. I think If I saw it happening I would have a heart attack. I actually graduated from nursing school and THEN realized that I was a germ-a-phobe! Never worked a day as a nurse! Crazy!

  19. Bridgett

    These are adorable and the chocolate ones are calling to me! Ugh, my kids are total germ magnets and then my husband is happy to bring home stuff from his patient's as well. Lucky me! lol

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