A few weeks before we moved, Sophia came down with a very stuffy nose. She didn't seem to have any other cold-like symptoms, though. Just incredible stuffiness of the sort that caused her to sniff loudly every 1.4 seconds, and more often than that if she was lying down.
I started to wonder if something had come in season that she was very allergic to, but her nose never really ran. It was just stuffy.
Since she had no other symptoms, and I was very involved with things like packing up my house and dealing with loan officers, I didn't bother taking her in to be seen.
She continued with the stuffiness, and also bloody noses almost daily. And I just continued to think she must have allergies and the nose bleeds were due to the heat. After all, when I was young I had that same issue with my nose bleeding all the time in the summers.
And here's where I start feeling like a crummy mother.
Fast forward to Wisconsin. We are staying at my uncle's house. He has a big huge backyard with lots of fun things to do, among them a trampoline. Sophia and her sisters were happily jumping away when I heard an alarming yell from Bria.
"Mom! Sophia's nose! She has a big green thing that just came out of it!"
"What, a booger?"
"No! It's like really bright green. It's like a round green crystal!"
So, I got up and went to look at this alleged green crystal that came out of Sophia's nose. And there was indeed a snotty green craft bead. And right then, I realized that I had found the source of her mysterious nose-stuffiness and bleeding.
She had a freaking bead stuck up her nose.
The girls had gotten a new set of beads to make jewelry with, and Sophia had just as much fun as the older girls did making necklaces and bracelets for herself. And, apparently, she also had a lot of fun seeing what would happen if she put one in her nose.
Now, I have no idea if a doctor would have figured this out if I had taken her in. I have since decided that I am not such a bad mother. While I am a little distressed that she had a foreign object up her nose for three weeks, I have reconciled myself with the fact that Sophia is just bound to do stuff like this.
I've just added it to her repertoire.