• Your not weird….I did the same thing with both my kids. I have all their teeth too. ( I waited for them to fallout on their own…..don’t worry…I am not THAT weird)=P

    Mackeys last blog post..Boys Just Want to Have Fun

    September 24, 2008
  • Ha ha ha ha ha! No, you’re just weird! 😉
    I sort of wish I’d saved my son’s first “locks” when I cut them, but it was really more of a “don’t let the baby look weird” hair cut since he had some long straggly hairs over his forehead that needed cutting. And now he’s 18 months and I’ve given him a hair cut every 8 weeks or so for a year so I don’t even think about it…

    Kristas last blog post..Book: Faking Grace

    September 24, 2008
  • I always thought I was weird too. I’m so glad that I am not the only one. My mother-in-law actually made me feel like I was weird for keeping the “baby jerky” but I didn’t care I saved it anyway. I never knew what to call it, I like that you named it baby jerky, because really that is exactly what it is!!

    twingly25s last blog post..Desperatly seeking myself

    September 24, 2008
  • I’m a little grossed out by myself, but I kept both kids’ umbilical stumps. I also kept and scrapbooked the hair from their first haircuts (didn’t scrapbook the stumps!). I also have my son’s second lost tooth. I don’t have the first one because he swallowed it with a bite of pizza and, though it would have been nice to have it, I wasn’t about to go searching for it in the you-know-what. blech.

    Walking With Scissorss last blog post..Baby Brain

    September 24, 2008
  • Honest to God, I have MINE. My mother kept it – I have 27 year old ‘baby jerky’.
    But…omg…I just realized that I have NO clue what happened to my kids’. Wow….

    *wanders off to bed realizing that, yet again, she is braindead*

    Kendras last blog post..Questions

    September 24, 2008
  • We haven’t kept anything of Sam’s. But one day, while looking through my husband’s memory box, we found the ring used for his circumcision and a little piece of foreskin. I am SO not kidding. Blargh.

    Rachaels last blog post..America’s Next Top Model as told by fourfour

    September 24, 2008
  • Kat

    Nope, not weird at all. I don’t have the “baby jerky”, but I have both son’s first haircuts, and I have all of their teeth.
    And when i say all of their teeth, I do mean every single tooth they’ve ever lost, and they are now 15 & 17 years old.
    The 15 year old just lost another tooth about a month ago, and yup, I kept it and put it in the box.

    I was thinking about making a necklace or bracelet out of all of their lost teeth…LOL

    Kats last blog post..This blog is still on hiatus.

    September 24, 2008
  • Not the cord, NOt the cord! The hair is fine, he may need a wig when he’s older anyway, and why not your own hair?

    Surfer Jays last blog post..

    September 24, 2008
  • nik

    Um, let’s just say that the cat got to the baby jerky before I could even wonder what to do with it.

    niks last blog post..Trading Ad Spaces

    September 24, 2008
  • river

    I kept a bit of hair from each one and now also have a piece from one grandson, but that’s all. I don’t even know where they are.

    September 24, 2008
  • Raging Dad

    You are totally not weird. Or, at least, you are as weird as I am. We didn’t save our kids’ jerkies, but I totally wish we would have. It seems that between all of the belly button lint and hair shavings/manscaping, I am totally missing out on some kind of textile or manufacturing business. It’d fit nicely into the whole natural/local/green business thing. No? Yeah, that’s weird. Totally awesome you saved the jerky. Bravo.

    Raging Dads last blog post..On Genitals or The Day Sonny Found His Erection

    September 24, 2008
  • Teeth. I save teeth.

    As for baby jerky, I took all four (yes, four kids – shoot me now), said a little prayer over each, and tossed them in the garden – the stumps, not the kids. Same with their first nail trimmings. But I was afraid to toss the teeth, in case the kids might dig them up.

    My fourth child was born here in China, and the nurses offered to let me keep the whole placenta. Ummm… no, thanks? It’d be hard to glue that into a baby book….

    Donnas last blog post..Mother Daughter Days

    September 24, 2008
  • I popped Amy’s underneath the cherry plum tree that was growing where I lived at the time. It seemed too weird to throw it in the bin and the tree was flowering at the time.

    And I still have the first lock of hair that I cut.

    Veronicas last blog post..I Don’t Look Sick

    September 24, 2008
  • My husband kept the umbilical cords from our kids too. He also save hair from first haircuts, teeth, casts from broken bones, he even saved a tiny new born sized diaper from each child (UNUSED! Thank God)

    shannons last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Park With a Palace and a Playground

    September 24, 2008
  • You aren’t the only one. I have the baby jerk from both boys (oldest being 17), of course their first hair cut and all of the oldest baby teeth (in a baby food jar of course).

    Sick and twisted…yeah, I know. LOL

    Lisas last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

    September 24, 2008
  • Deb

    I still have my pregnancy tests. I also have their teeth and their hair from their first haircuts. No stumps, but I think it’s great that you have it if it is important to you!

    Debs last blog post..I can’t love you anymore…I have to love my mommy.

    September 24, 2008
  • Angela

    I’m a new reader, and just HAD to comment. I’m 23, and when I was a baby, my mom bought me an adorable baby book. It had two little envelopes glued into the back, for notes, I guess. But, guess what they hold? Yup, that’s right. My “baby jerky” and a lock of hair from my first haircut. After 23 years.

    BTW, my son’s baby jerky fell off without being noticed and I guess either the ferret ate it, it got vacuumed up, or my husband threw it away because he thought it was weird that I wanted to save it. I never found it, and I was seriously distraught.

    September 24, 2008
  • I did save the first hair cut for each, but ewwww, the umbilical chord? Nope. Didn’t even cross my mind.

    Ashlie- MommyCosms last blog post..What do Mommycosm, Problogger, BlogHer and Starbucks all have in common?

    September 24, 2008
  • Angie

    I have only my boys teeth and hair locks. The stump is too gross to me. My mom kept all of my baby teeth and gave them to me. Let me tell you, they do not keep well. They looked like “meth teeth” when we opened the box for my 30th birthday. ( I have good teeth too. My first cavity was not until I was almost 20 ). There was a collective “”ewwwww!” and then we threw them away.

    September 24, 2008
  • You’re not weird at all! I saved BOTH my boy’s baby jerky & the hair from their 1st haircuts & attached them to their baby books :) I have all of Justin’s teeth so far too~he’s still got a few to lose & I’m the tooth fairy’s going to keep them as well :)

    Connies last blog post..Justin’s Baptism 9/21/08

    September 24, 2008
  • I saved their teeth for awhile, but then the little buggers FOUND THEM. I had all sorts of explaining to do about how the Tooth Fairy let me keep them. I learned the hard way that nope, not even that secret drawer in my jewelry box is my special private place to keep things. Can’t pee without someone walking in and can’t have secret things. I think that is line 6 in “what it means to be a Mommy”. :)


    September 24, 2008
  • I saved both my children’s “baby jerky” and put them in their own scrapbook. I went to pull them out and found nothing but dead ants. ANTS FREAKING ATE MY BABY JERKY!

    Call me weird but I also kept the boys circumcision ring. My family calls me cooky, but whatever!

    Melissas last blog post..Update on the party with pictures

    September 24, 2008
  • I wish I HAD saved his stumpy! My mom, a few years back, gave me a big box of all my growing-up things. Inside was an envelope…with every single tooth that had fallen out of my head as a child! What on Earth was I supposed to do with all those baby teeth in an envelope? I still have them…and I imagine when Reese starts losing his teeth I’ll save them all one by one!

    HappyCamperss last blog post..The Okra Chronicles

    September 24, 2008
  • Wow, I have my kids’ first haircut, but I was and am now again, competely grossed out by umbilical cords! If you plant that in the ground will it do something fab- like the placenta- because you really need to get rid of it!

    September 24, 2008
  • I have the locks of hair and baby teeth too but I didn’t even think about keeping the umbilical cord remains. I’m not remembering what happened to it. Because it would be almost as old as you are now! My baby boy will be 23 in December. 😀

    Junebugs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday-As Time Goes By

    September 24, 2008
  • Hey, that jerky looks a lot like carnival glass! Iridescent?

    Junebugs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday-As Time Goes By

    September 24, 2008
  • LMAO at baby jerky. It looks kinda like a pork rind. LOL And I adopted my son when he was 4 weeks old so I don’t have any jerky of him. He came jerky free. I DO intend on keeping his teeth when they fall out. Right now all I have is hair from his first haircut.

    September 24, 2008
  • Wow.. you are really awesome. We had every intention of discarding that ucky cord clot, even though I too had sentimental attachments to it.

    HOWEVER!!! The universe had other plans.
    My darling husband, so rookie in the ways of holding babies, knocked it off and refused to bend over to pick it up, since he could never do anything else whist holding our daughter. Not complaining. Just stating the facts.

    In a moment of pure chaos, me stuck to a duel breast pump, the doorbell ringing, the baby crying and my husband trying to figure out which way to go… the dog ate the cord. Yup, ate it.


    Traceys last blog post..Human tissue/mattress/barf bib

    September 24, 2008
  • You know you are the first person I know who has admitted they saved the baby jerky. One of my friends said her dog ate her son’s. Ewwwww. 😉

    Yeah I still have the baby jerky and little baby wisps of hair.

    September 24, 2008
  • I couldn’t bear to throw that piece of dried up stump away either. After days of trying to figure out what to do with it because simply storing it in the baby memorabilia box seemed a little gross I finally came up with a solution.

    I buried it in the pot of one of the plants I was gifted with when Princess was born. I think it must be very nutritious for plants because my black thumbs and I have somehow managed not to kill that plant.

    T with Honeys last blog post..If I sign her up for a beauty pageant someone stop me, please

    September 24, 2008
  • Oh dear… No stumps here. Just teeth, and first hair…

    traceys last blog post..Yet another whimper. Forgive me…

    September 24, 2008
  • Vicky

    I have umbilical cord stump and hair from is first haircut.

    September 24, 2008
  • Junebug,

    That is my very favorite thing about it! It is kinda rainbow colored – “iridescent’ is exactly right!

    I almost mentioned something about it when I was writing the post, actually.

    I wish everyone could see it up close to know that it’s really not gross at all. It’s just a little piece of leather that has pretty colors on it. :-)


    September 24, 2008
  • See I don’t keep any of it, only the outfit I brought them home in. But i photograph everything.

    Issas last blog post..Wednesday weirdness

    September 24, 2008
  • Not weird, I saved both my kids’ stumps and my mom saved mine too. Ewww almost 46 yr old baby jerky laying around here on The Avenue.

    Megryansmoms last blog post..All Kidding Aside

    September 24, 2008
  • “Do you save pieces of your kids?” Hopefully, there aren’t that many ‘pieces’ to save. I kinda like my kids all in ONE piece.

    lceels last blog post..Great Bloggy Bling Orgy – Grand Finale

    September 24, 2008
  • MP

    My Jewish bloggie friend said they bury the cord at a tree or something.

    The hair is cute…

    MPs last blog post..Weekend Update aka My Rock N Roll Lifestyle

    September 24, 2008
  • Hm. I saved clippings from their first hair cuts, but the umbilical cord “stump” just seemed gross to me. Didn’t keep that (though I don’t fault you for doing so!)

    September 24, 2008
  • ohh thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who saved it!

    punk rock moms last blog post..Crazy Loco Love

    September 24, 2008
  • I never thought of saving the baby jerky because I think it fell off and we never saw it. I’m glad I didn’t think about it though, because then I would feel guilty if I threw it away and it’s not exactly something I would want to keep. But I do have the first haircut lock of hair. That one will go into the scrapbook. :)

    September 24, 2008
  • No, you’re not weird at all. I’d do it. It reminds me of that part in the movie Meet the Fockers, if you’ve seen it. Save it, then you can embarrass him in front of his girlfriend when he gets older. :)

    Funsizes last blog post..Some fun birthday facts

    September 24, 2008
  • melanie

    I have all five of my kids’ jerky. Even when Reagan was in NICU, I had them keep it for me. They thought I was weird. Apparently, thanks to your post, I am quite normal. :)

    September 24, 2008
  • In my culture, we bury the belly buttons as a symbol that the child will be grounded and not running around in the streets later on. It’s nothing fancy, and I’m sure our flowers benefited from it.

    kiridas last blog post..our life, two scenes

    September 24, 2008
  • ok, i think i just threw up a little in my mouth.

    oh yeah, i’m cold like that.

    although according to jewish tradition, you are supposed to bury the baby’s foreskin under a tree in your yard (after ritual circumcision). i will admit to having done that with boy no. 1, but 2 and 3? i have no freakin’ idea.

    plus i have moved like 4 times since then, so it’s not even my tree anymore.

    is this weird?

    September 24, 2008
  • KAT

    Lotus, I love you, but I have to say. That is truly disgusting.

    When I read the title, I was thinking, “Oh shit. Umbilical cord or foreskin? Jesus, I hope its the cord.”

    Thank you so much for making it the cord and not the foreskin. Its still gross, though.


    KATs last blog post..Housewife On The Edge – Helpful Tip #1

    September 24, 2008
  • Very cute baby. It is funny what we parents find exciting. I would never have thought that some of these things would be so exciting when I was a teen.

    September 24, 2008
  • I know a lot of people who kept the cord, me… no.
    I’ve got their first haircut locks though.

    Jeanettes last blog post..Picking flowers for Papa

    September 24, 2008
  • I have baby jerky. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

    As for hair. If I clip any yet, he’ll have none left . . . gotta wait a wee bit longer.

    Oh, and I have his toe nails from the first clipping. I can’t wait ’til he brings his first girlfriend home . . . can’t wait.

    LaskiGals last blog post..The Mantra of the Fearless

    September 24, 2008
  • I have my boys hair but I don’t know were in hell it is now.

    September 24, 2008
  • Taz



    Tazs last blog post..48 Weeks Old

    September 24, 2008
  • I have Boo’s teeth in my purse. Nuff said.

    Kelleys last blog post..Hi, how are you?

    September 24, 2008
  • oh…I dunno if thats really sweet or really gross.

    September 24, 2008
  • Dude, I wanted to save her first solid POO! My sister talked me out of it. I can’t imagine why…

    calicobebops last blog post..Moving on… Help, please!

    September 24, 2008
  • I even have my positive pregnancy tests. :)

    Chefdrucks last blog post..Got Questions for Sarah Palin?

    September 24, 2008
  • I saved a curl that I snipped off of Cordy’s hair. But that’s it so far. Although I did save practically everything from the hospital, including her hospital ID bracelets and the card that identified her.

    Christinas last blog post..Signs of a Good Birthday Party

    September 24, 2008
  • No body parts, no baby books, no scrapbooks…..nothing but eleventy million rubbermaid tubs full of pictures with no organization whatsoever……worst.mom.evah.

    It’s cute you kept the baby plug:)

    Angies last blog post..Beer Making 101

    September 24, 2008
  • I don’t think it’s that uncommon but I still think it’s GROSS. Just my two bits. Ew, and I just read through the comments and someone said she had her kid’s teeth. Will I turn into a baby part trophy hoarder as soon as this kid pops out of me? Yucky…

    Barb @ getupandplays last blog post..Face by Kate

    September 24, 2008
  • […] are some of you who find it HIGHLY DISGUSTING that I saved Braden’s Baby Jerky. But for some reason, hair seems acceptable to save. […]

    September 25, 2008
  • I save hair, and I used to save teeth until I saw them one day and wondered why the hell I was saving them? Also, my son found them, totally destroying the Tooth Fairy myth. Woops. I suck at that anyway.
    Baby Jerky grosses me out. I’m all honest like that.

    dysfunctional moms last blog post..If this is a dream, do NOT wake me up!

    September 25, 2008
  • Hollie Petty

    I’ve got both my kids jerky too, the pregnancy tests and my sons little plasti bell thing they circumcised him with….Mom told me I was nuts…oh well, apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…lol

    September 25, 2008
  • :) I save my babies jerky too :) I have both of their dried up cord parts and baggies of hair… and band-aids from their first shots… it does sound gross, but oh well :) I’m a keeper and a saver.

    September 25, 2008
  • I seriously could’ve had T poop all over me and not flinch an inch but I almost vomited when I saw his cord hanging by a funky little sting. Guh. Ross.

    autumn dahlias last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Happy 9th Birthday T!

    September 25, 2008
  • Tranny Head

    Good God. I just threw up a little in my mouth, too, and joined the collective.

    Love ya, though!

    Tranny Heads last blog post..The Curse of the Curls

    September 26, 2008

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