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Sabine Says



There are few words in the English language that I just can’t stand. Very few. In fact, there are only three that come to mind, one of which is ointment. Yuck. Even when typed it looks disgusting. It’s just a gross word and I avoid it at all costs, preferring cream, gel or even salve. The Professor knows about these three words and will occasionally gleefully string them into one powerfully disgusting sentence. Thanks.

Sabine gets pretty bad diaper rash after sleeping all night in the same diaper. I’ve tried all kinds of natural products and treatments and none of them really keep it at bay. Instead, we use a little A&D salve before bed each night and it keeps the rash in check. If we skip a few nights it flares up again.

Sabine, the quick whippersnapper that she is, picked up on the fact that a bit of A&D before bed means that she is more comfortable because she recently started pointing wildly at her tooshie each night after bath. I would hold up the tube and ask, “Do you need medicine?” and she would say “yes.”

A few nights later she started to specifically request “medicine” instead of just pointing. I was proud of her knowing this word! What a great word: medicine!

One night the Professor was dressing her after bath and she requested “medicine.”

“You mean……. ointment? Can you say OINTMENT?”

Oh hell no. He so is not going to teach her that word. She so can’t handle that word. She was speech delayed so surely she can’t handle a word as gross and complex as “ointment!?”

And then I hear clear as a bell, in a sweet tiny Sabine voice, “OINTMENT!” And the Professor erupts in laughter and cheering.

Every night since she exclaims with great pride, “OINTMENT!” while getting dressed and I laugh because even a word as disturbing as ointment sounds a little less gnarly when coming from such an adorable little kid. Even if it is accompanied by her pointing to her tooshie!



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  1. July 6, 2015

    Oh, you live with a couple of stinkers! I’m curious to know what the other two words are now…

    • July 6, 2015

      Totally classified information 🙂

      • July 6, 2015

        I thought it might be. 🙂

  2. July 6, 2015

    Ugh, my MIL uses that word to describe the stuff we put on Bub. Totally weirds me out, and I don’t want to look like a psycho by asking her not to use it. Hubby and I call it baby grease 😉 Then we can say stuff like “It’s time to grease the baby! “

  3. robin #
    July 6, 2015

    HAHAHAHA I didn’t know this was the story behind Sabine’s ointment! Amazing.

  4. Jos #
    July 6, 2015

    LOL, kids say the darndest things. 🙂

  5. July 6, 2015

    Moist. I can’t handle moist.

    • July 9, 2015

      THAT’S THE #2 WORD FOR ME!!!!

  6. Katie T #
    July 7, 2015

    Hey, random but have you tried Aquaphor? We switched over and that’s all we use, it clears Leon’s redness within just a few hours. I wish we had been using it all along! Go Sabine go!

  7. July 7, 2015

    That’s funny. I think we all have words that make us cringe. For me, it’s nectar and panties. My daughter will never wear panties. Only underwear. I cannot see ANY reason why girl underwear should be called something different from boy underwear.

    • July 9, 2015

      Panties! That is one I really don’t like either, although it is not in the top three. Nectar, though? Is it how it is spelled that gets you, or the sound?

      • July 10, 2015

        the sound for sure! And Nectar Panties combined is like, the worst sin imaginable.

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  9. Lisa @ hapahopes #
    July 9, 2015

    I love this post a really really lot. That is all.

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