Dexter’s Emoji Obsession

Dexter Emoji McDonald's Happy MealLast week, Dexter’s sweet teacher decided to treat herself to a Happy Meal for lunch. Believe me. SHE DESERVES IT.

She dug through the cardboard box, looking for her prize, and out it came: a small plush emoji, a yellow smiling face wearing sunglasses. I’m pretty old but I believe it stands for “cool.” (Also, it had a tag on it that read “cool.”)

Dexter immediately feel madly, deeply in love. He reached toward his teacher, begging her for the object of his affection. She handed it to him and he immediately, for some reason, put it in his mouth and began crawling around the daycare looking disturbingly like a dog with a chew-toy. (Add that to the list of things I didn’t know babies do until I had one. It’s getting to be quite the tome.) When she saw what she was doing, the teacher determined the cool tag was a choking risk and took the emoji from Dex to cut it off.

During the 30 seconds he was without his emoji, Dexter wept the bitter tears of a heartbroken man.

When I left, the emoji was already damp with his spit. I’m afraid to Google to see if it’s okay for babies to put McDonald’s prizes in their mouths but Happy Meal things have to be safe for that, right? Right?!

We wondered if Dex’s emoji love would wane over the weekend but Matt reports that at drop-off this morning, Dexter made a beeline for his beloved friend.

That kid makes me go all heart-eyes emoji, I swear.

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  1. Jase went through a phase where he would contort himself to chew on his feet, take off his socks, and proceed to chew on them. Much like my dogs do now with socks, except Jase never attempted to actually eat them. Kids are weird.

    1. SO weird. I mean, I guess it makes sense that if he’s going to get around on all fours, he’ll use his mouth to carry stuff? It still surprises me every time, though.

    1. Dude, the shark’s mouth unsnaps and when you open it up there are more teeth and a fish inside. It is AMAZING.

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