It's just gross…

Let me begin by saying that I love my husband and I love my children.

But I HATE fingernails.  And I HATE cutting them.

It’s just gross.  Have you seen what lives up in there?

It is so disgusting that I really believe that Mike Rowe could add “nail guy” to his list of dirty jobs.  Seriously…what you can’t see is often more disgusting that what you can see.

Anyway, my husband(who is wonderful in many, many ways) doesn’t trim the kids’ nails.  Might I remind you that he’s a stinkin’ pediatrician, and he won’t cut his own kid’s nails.  This is something he should be able to handle, but it somehow always ends up on the mommy to do list.  I’ve tried to out-wait him several times.  Surely, I thought, he’ll eventually pull out the clippers.  Oh, but no…I wait and wait, and after getting a scratch on my face or on the baby’s face or after someone stabs someone else, I break down and trim them myself.

And I say, “This is the last time I’m doing this.  He can do it next time!”

But month after month, I find myself searching for clippers and wrestling the kids until we’re all hot and covered in sweat and tiny, disgusting miniature nail bits.  (You’re welcome for that mental picture.)

Oh…and you silly people who think you can trim a baby’s nails when they’re asleep?  I’ve tried that multiple times with all three of my kids.  It doesn’t work.  Did you drug them before the nap?  Is that the critical step I kept missing???

15 Responses to It's just gross…
  1. Stefanie
    August 21, 2009 | 10:16 am

    My husband is totally afraid of cutting our son’s nails. He’s terrified of cutting him, I think he just doesn’t want to be the one to traumatize him, and by him I mean my husband.

  2. Pamela
    August 21, 2009 | 10:40 am

    Yep yep. Nick won’t do Owen’s either. He says he can’t do it. Ok, you can perform medical procedures on children, but nails? Nope.

  3. Marshall
    August 21, 2009 | 10:48 am

    You’re so good/efficient at it, I don’t want to break your rhythm 🙂

  4. Peapodsquadmom
    August 21, 2009 | 11:18 am

    i have to give my hubby props for this one. as much as i gripe about things i wish he did…i have to admit he ALWAYS clips the kids’ nails.

  5. nnclyn
    August 21, 2009 | 12:26 pm

    I am greatful….my son bites his finger nails 🙂

  6. john andrew simmons
    August 21, 2009 | 12:37 pm

    I love that term ..”out-wait”.funny..

  7. punkinmama
    August 21, 2009 | 1:25 pm

    My husband has never attempted to trim Punkin’s nails. I don’t think the thought has ever crossed his mind. If I wasn’t around, I’m not sure Punkin’s nails would ever get clipped.

    Though Punkin has become an early nail “picker”, so I think he’d just rip them off himself. Ouch!

  8. Liz Sanders
    August 21, 2009 | 1:36 pm

    Chris will do it, but the boys hate it when he does because he cuts them in the quick. I hate the fact that it seems like I JUST cut them and a few days later BAM!, they are clawing each other up. It’s insane how fast they grow!