My kid and her farts really make me laugh.
March 25, 2011

Yesterday when Charlotte and I were making a mad dash to the nearest toilet, something that happens approximately every other second these days, she farted.

Which reminds me.  Before I go any further, I would like to say that MAN, my kid can really let one fly.  I had no idea how much cloth diapers did to mute the sound of her farts.  Without diapers, Charlotte is the Mozart of toots.  Literally.  She could compose an entire symphony, THAT is how many pitches and tones her buttcheeks have going on.

But I digress.

So we were trotting along, looking for a glorified chamber pot, and she farted.  She stopped for a moment and a look came over her face.  An OH! of awe, of joy, of amusement.

Then she pointed to her bottom, like she was having an epiphany.  MAW-MAW, she said.

Yes, baby?

BAH-BUM COF!  (Bottom coughed).


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  1. By on March 25, 2011

    Your child is brilliant, absolutely brilliant!  I just love how she phrased that.  The makings of a future writer, perhaps?

  2. By kbreints on March 25, 2011

    LMAO!!

  3. By Bethany on March 25, 2011

    Such awesomeness!!!!!

  4. By Christy on March 25, 2011

    OMG I just died from the cuteness!

  5. By erin on March 25, 2011

    This cracks me up!

    Because I am like six inside (and sometimes outside) I have been teaching Hannah the word “fart.“  So now around our house we often hear, Hannah fawt!  Mama fawt!  Daddy fawt!  And because I am only like six, it cracks me up. :)

  6. By on March 25, 2011

    you should be teaching her how to be polite and discreet..I don’t like your potty humor

  7. By Sarah Christensen on March 25, 2011

    Joyce - I disagree.  She’ll learn manners and discretion as she gets older by watching us.  When she’s this age, I don’t mind her learning on her own and expressing her curiosity and wonder as she does.  She understands coughing and she understands where her bottom is, so although I wouldn’t have come up with it on my own, I guess it makes sense that she might not understand how a sound from her bottom is different from a sound from her mouth.  We also call farts what they are in this house.  We teach her to excuse herself, but we call them farts.  It doesn’t bother me at all that she has a fascination with how her body functions.

  8. By Alicia S. on March 25, 2011

    One of the most endearing things about our 5 month old daughter to my husband is how she farts. He thinks they’re the most adorable sound in the known universe.

  9. By on March 25, 2011

    For one thing it’s passing gas not a four letter word like fart..I would have never let her know the word fart..It’s not funny or cute for a little girl to say the word fart..you should be teaching her to leave the room if she need to pass gas..For one I wouldn’t like to hear a little girl pass gas in public and say I just farted wasn’t that funny? Yes she will be using the words she learns at home in a public place or in school.. it starts at home

  10. By Sarah Christensen on March 25, 2011

    Joyce - I still disagree.  First of all, I think that what matters is excusing oneself after farting - not necessarily removing oneself from a room so that one can fart.  Second, we don’t use the term ‘passing gas’ we use the term ‘fart.‘  Some people use ‘passing gas’ and some people use euphemisms like ‘barking spiders’ or ‘funny noises’ or ‘breaking wind’ and some people use the proper term ‘flatulence’ and we use ‘fart.‘  I don’t think it’s offensive and most people we know don’t either.  Third, I don’t care if she thinks farts are funny as long as she eventually learns to excuse herself in (or from, depending on her comfort and the situation, I suppose) the presence of other people.

    In this home, we believe in modeling behavior not forcing it.  So we believe in saying excuse me and we think she’ll learn that on her own from listening to and watching us.  We do not believe in stifling curiosity, although we do believe in teaching.  So I don’t mind that she is curious about how her body works and makes connections on her own, but I did correct her that her bottom did not cough, that in fact she farted.

  11. By on March 25, 2011

    Ohhh, that’s rich!  My nephew used to say he burped out of his butt.

  12. By Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama on March 25, 2011

    Amazing!!! LOL!

  13. By on March 25, 2011

    Sarah, what’s wrong with leaving the room before stinking it up? That way you don’t have to explain or offend.You don’t have to force good behavior especially if you use “Model Behavior”. Are you “Modeling” your parents? Did they Fart and use that term when you were growing up? I just think it’s wrong to use the word Fart for a little girl to use or know. Sorry but I was brought up to be discreet and not offend. We never made a big deal out of a natural body function.

  14. By on March 25, 2011

    are you kidding me, Joyce? If you don’t like Sarah’s humor or, obviously the way she is raising her child, read someone else’s blog. Sarah, maybe Joyce is that mother at the playground who complained that Charlotte was making too much noise:) Sounds like the same kind of uptight person. FART FART FART FART FART FART…..

  15. By Sarah Christensen on March 25, 2011

    Joyce - I understand where you’re coming from, I just think we have to agree to disagree on this one.  Since I didn’t chronicle what occurred after Charlotte recognized that she farted, I’m not certain exactly what you think I did to make a big deal out of it.  It’s not like I pulled out party hats or anything, I just said “well, your bottom didn’t cough, sweetheart, but it sure was similar, huh?  That’s what Momma and Daddy call a fart.  Excuse me!  Now let’s go find that toilet!“ and then Donald and I laughed about it and then I wrote it down.  I think it’s cute and funny and sort of sweetly innocent that she’s making connections like that.

    As I said, I don’t have a problem with the word ‘fart.‘  We use it in our family and I’ve heard it used in both of our extended families.  I can’t remember what terms my parents used.  They said tonight at dinner that when I was little I used to say ‘noisy pants,‘ a term I came up with independently of their direction.  I didn’t ask what other terms they would use because I can distinctly remember saying the word ‘fart’ in their home growing up and it not being an issue.  What I mean by modeling behavior is that Donald and I believe that if you fart, you need to excuse yourself.  That’s the protocol.  We excuse ourselves so we anticipate that as Charlotte grows she will learn to do the same by watching us and watching others around her.  And yes, I’m certain my parents farted when I was a kid.  Farts weren’t ever a big deal in my family.  I grew up with the same rule to excuse oneself that we now are raising Charlotte with.

    I don’t have a problem with people opting to leave the room either.  I just don’t think it’s a big deal if they don’t as long as they excuse themselves.

  16. By on March 25, 2011

    Okay…I feel compelled to join in on this one. Big surprise :-) The thing is, Joyce, you used the word “should”. So right off the bat you lost my interest.  You see, the thing is Sarah is Sarah. She isn’t me and she isn’t you. And if you have been reading her blog all along (which I doubt), then you would know that she uses the “f-word” on occasion, thinks some bodily-functions are humorous, and pretty much has a mind of her own. And this is HER blog. I don’t always agree with her, but I’ve been reading this blog long enough to know she’s a wonderful, creative, intelligent mother. The fact that she even takes time to respond to your judgmental comments I find amazing. I don’t use the word “fart” but it doesn’t mean I know what is best for Sarah and her family. So please….go find another blog. You really should.

  17. By on March 25, 2011

    I am guessing that if anyone wants to post their opion on Sarah’s site it has to be in agreement with what she has to say,or say something cute.
    We don’t always have to agree with the way someone wants to teach their kids, so I was just saying what I thought. And why not tell her if you don’t agree, shouldn’t she hear that too? She is putting her family out there for everyone to read about and now I am thinking it’s all creative writting. And I still don’t think a sweet little girl shoud say the word FART or even know that word at her age and no I am not uptight just ues good judgment.

  18. By on March 25, 2011

    Joyce - Nobody said you have to agree with me or say something cute.  If you peruse my blog, you will find that there are many instances wherein someone who disagrees with me in the comments changes my mind.  It doesn’t happen every time, but it does happen.

    If you check out my about page, you will also find that I do not claim this is a perfectly literal account of my parenthood.  I claim that it is mostly true, but that I blur the lines between fact and fiction to both round out the stories and protect peoples’ privacy.  That said, this particular post, less the obvious exaggerations about how loud her sans-diaper farting is (it’s louder than diapered, but not deafening or anything!), is completely verbatim.

    My husband and I moderate this blog’s content together.  We know that not everybody likes our family or our choices, and we’re okay with that.  I think we both understand how you feel and why you feel that way and we both respect your feelings and the courage it takes to speak out, but we still don’t agree.

  19. By on March 26, 2011

    Joyce- First I would like to know if a little boy is allowed to know the word fart? Second, farting is a natural bodily function. It should never be treated as something dirty. For many many years I had issues with pooping in public places and would hold it for hours. I would sit uncomfortable for a whole day just because it was a “dirty and private” bodily function. Thankfully I got married and had a baby. Discretion went down the drain. I still won’t poop in public though.
    Sarah- I have been waiting for the first funny phrase from Charlotte’s lips. I look forward to reading many more. Its amazing the way young children interpret the world around them.

  20. By on March 26, 2011

    The sentence structure and syntax are perfect. Content is, I think, secondary.  At this time of her life, Charlotte should be taught whatever she can comprehend (within boundaries of course, people). The one that cracked me up was Charlotte’s Vulva !~!
    I love watching their little brains emit nearly visible smoke as they think so hard it can almost be heard.

    Reality must taught to our next generations; part of what’s wrong with our society comes from people refusing to speak the truth.

  21. By on March 26, 2011

    For someone going on about politeness Joyce is being very rude, judgmental, and superior. My Granny, who attempted to teach me to behave exactly how Joyce seems to think Charlotte should,  would be absolutely appalled by her behavior. To accuse someone of making things up and leading us to believe they are true, aka lying, because you don’t agree with their story is IMMEASURABLY rude, very hurtful, presumptuous, and as my Granny would say: unladylike.
    And, furthermore, she keeps going on about how sweet little girls should behave, does that mean it’s ok for a boy to use the word fart or to fart in front of people? I think what is appropriate for one sex is appropriate for the next. Expectations should be the same.
    For her to complain about people giving her their opinion is ridiculous. Just like Sarah, Joyce put her opinion out there on the internet for us to see. If that makes it fair to comment on what Sarah says (and it does), then it is equally fair to comment on what Joyce has to say.

  22. By Sarah Christensen on March 26, 2011

    OKAY.

    Although I agree that it is fair to comment on what other commenters say, I also think that Joyce’s statements are fair.  Some people may believe that our choices with regards to this particular situation are wrong and lacking in judgement.  That’s fine.  We don’t all have to agree all the time.  I appreciate that several of you have stood up for me, and I am grateful that I’m not alone in finding this humorous, but please let’s not attack one another.  Let’s not attack Joyce, and Joyce let’s not attack other commenters.

  23. By Mailis on March 26, 2011

    This is absolutely delicious. A coughing bottom! 

    I call Jude “toot-toot” for obvious reasons. He has also taken to imitating the noise a fart makes every time he hears anything that sounds remotely like a toot. A few nights ago, I put him to bed and then went to listen to him wind down to sleep over the monitor. Just when I thought he was asleep, someone blew their nose downstairs and then a big, fruity raspberry came from my clearly-not-sleeping child. Haha.

    Kids are awesome.

  24. By on March 28, 2011

    A fart by any other name….

  25. By Amber on April 06, 2011

    First, I won’t say anything mean about Joyce, but the comments really do read like a joke. I double checked the date to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s series of comments. Second, baby farts ARE hilarious. I have been teaching Nate the word “gas” because as much as I enjoy potty humor, I thought it just sounded nicer. The other day he let one rip, laughed and said, “FAR!“ (Fart) Ah, clearly the work of Daddy!


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