WARNING: If you have a weak stomach, you might want to stop reading now. I was pretty lucky during my pregnancy with Miranda—no morning sickness, no throwing up. Things were going great. Well, one Sunday evening, Lorin (my husband) and I were resting on our queen-sized bed in our little apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. At some point, Lorin decided it was a good idea to clean out his belly button lint and start throwing it in the air above our faces.
*Not actual lint thrown, although that would be awesome. Via: Brad P., Flickr
When Lorin threw the lint into the air, he became confused when it somehow magically disappeared. All of a sudden, he heard hacking and choking from my side of the bed. Yes, Lorin had thrown his belly button lint at such a precise angle, which somehow in its descent, had slipped its way into my parted mouth while I happened to be inhaling—right down the windpipe. All I remember is that I was peacefully resting on my back one minute, and the next thing I knew, I was gasping for air. As I was gagging and coughing, I ran to the bathroom and heaved myself toward the toilet. This was the first and only time I vomited during my pregnancy. Lorin, frantic that he was indeed witnessing my untimely death, scrambled to the kitchen to get me a glass of water. I drank the water, and my gag reflex finally started to calm down. We searched for the lint in the toilet, but found nothing. This is when we decided to call a family friend who is a doctor. Here is how the conversation went: --Lorin: Hi Rebecca...this is Lorin. I have a question for you. Sarah accidentally inhaled some lint and we think it might be stuck in her lungs. What should we do? --Rebecca: How in the world did she accidentally inhale lint? --Lorin: Umm...It's a little embarrassing. --Rebecca: Well, if the lint is in her lungs, you have to really watch out for pneumonia. Take her to the doctor right away if she starts to have any symptoms. Great... Well, after the epic death by belly button lint scare, I guess everything turned out OK. I'm still alive, Miranda's birth went well (no traces of bully button lint in her body), and Lorin and I are still happily married. Needless to say, Lorin no longer tosses around his navel lint. Sarah and her husband Lorin are living the grad school life at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lorin is working toward his PhD in physics, and Sarah was working toward an MA in English until her change in plans. Now, she is currently working on a degree in child rearing where she works with a human guinea pig named Miranda. You can visit her at http://sdbaird.blogspot.com