Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Not a Bad Mom: 8th Continent Soy Milk, With Many Giveaways

This is a sponsored post from 8th Continent and BlogHer.


I have a pet peeve, and it is this: women referring to themselves as "bad moms" when they've made small, understandable mistakes. A woman accidentally pinches her child's fingers in a drawer, or the child falls and gets a scrape/bruise on his face while the mother is reading a novel, or the mom loses her temper and makes a snappish remark, or the child falls off just a very low changing table to a perfectly ordinary hardwood floor, and then the woman writes that she's ready to receive her Bad Mom Award.

Well, piffle. I won't plague our minds by calling up imagery of women who are ACTUALLY bad mothers, but suffice it to say that becoming a mother doesn't mean receiving the Holy Gift of Perfection, and good mothers are still HUMAN and will still make mistakes at the same rate as other humans (and in fact FASTER, with the sleep deprivation and the constant distractions and the OMG PLEASE STOP TALKING TO ME FOR TWO MINUTES, JUST TWO MINUTES, I BEG OF YOU, BEFORE I LOSE WHAT'S LEFT OF MY MIND), and that this variety of non-perfection has ZERO RELATIONSHIP to women who are, in fact, BAD mothers.

So. Pet peeve. Now you know. "FEEL LIKE" a bad mother sometimes, sure. "ARE" a bad mother, piffle.

Oh, and ALSO, I guess I am still not done, because if a woman says she's a bad mother for making a small and unintentional mistake, she's implying OTHER women are bad mothers if THEY make small and unintentional mistakes. And let's not do that! Especially because I am about to tell you about one of my own small and unintentional mistakes.

Okay, here it is. I was out on errands with my then-toddler-aged firstborn Rob, and he was thirsty, so I got him a cup of water from the diaper bag. (Yes, do we all know where this is going? It is because these mistakes are VERY COMMON.) Of course he was sputtering and saying yuck, and of course I was irritated and thought he was complaining because he wanted juice. He started crying and saying again that he was thirsty, so I got even more irritated and wanted him to just DRINK THE WATER, THEN, IF YOU'RE SO THIRSTY. Which---yes, yes, wait for it---was full of mold. REEKING with mold. Who knows how long that cup had been brewing that revolting...brew.


Oh, and there is more. Women are not the only ones who remain fully human in the parenthood state, oh dear no. I went home and put a bleach/water solution in the cup to kill the astonishing mold colony, and I put it among the dirty dishes on the counter so I could scrub it out later when I was doing the dishes. And when Rob whimpered that he was thirsty, PAUL GAVE HIM THE CUP OF WATER. The cup that was AMONG THE DIRTY DISHES. The cup FULL OF CLOUDY BLEACH SOLUTION.

Well, it's been ten years and blame has not yet been distributed to our satisfaction. Suffice it to say, I looked at a child who was sputtering out his drink for the second time in one day, and this time I had to call Poison Control.


It all ended just fine, with a child barfing as Nature intended into a large mixing bowl and sustaining no injuries (and perhaps even conveniently ridding his system of the mold he drank earlier?) (NO, I AM KIDDING, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS ON PURPOSE IF YOUR CHILD DRINKS MOLDY WATER). But then of course I received in the mail the Packet of Shame from Poison Control: a big envelope of information for me, teaching me that I should not be feeding poison to my toddler or putting it where he (OR HIS FATHER) could reach it. O RLY?

To review: We do our best and we TRY not to screw up, but NEVERTHELESS we ALL make mistakes, even mistakes that make us FEEL like bad mothers. This does not mean we ARE bad mothers. Well, maybe some of you ARE, but I don't mean YOU, then. I mean those of you who FEEL like bad mothers when you accidentally run over your child's hand a little bit with the shopping cart or pin a teensy bit of your child to her diaper, but who are in fact GOOD mothers who sometimes screw up a little.

Plus, have you noticed how relieved and bonded you feel when other mothers talk about how they screwed up, so you know you're not the only one?

And this is what makes commercials like the 8th Continent Soy Milk ones so funny. And I do hope you'll find them funny: it's bizarre but there are some people who don't find it funny to hear small children yelling "d*ckhead," or to watch small children get hit in the head with a piñata bat. Crazy, AMIRITE? And if you are likely to find it non-funny, just say you need to go to the bathroom or something and no one will even notice you sneaking out before the show starts.

“D*ckhead”


“Piñata”




Now, goodness, we have many, many giveaways to discuss. The FIRST giveaway is the one to be given away on this post: it's a $100 Visa gift card AND twelve coupons for free half-gallons of 8th Continent Soy Milk. To enter, leave a comment on this post by September 30, 2010, sharing one of your own "Not a bad mom" moments. And if you have not yet had such a moment, or if it's hard to think of one on the spot like this, you can still enter by saying which video you like best.

Then there are, like, a million other giveaways (disclaimer: not a million), and you get to them by going to visit 8th Continent on Facebook. This is where you can see other people's stories and submit your own. The giveaways include two room makeovers from Home Line Furniture and a complete adventure package from Caravan Tours. On second thought, forget I said anything about these prizes, because if you enter you'll decrease MY chances of winning. So never mind! La la la!

PLUS, there are 8 other bloggers doing the same giveaway we're doing here, so you can go to the BlogHer.com special offers page for 8 other chances to win 8 other gift-card-and-soy-milk prizes.

You can also go visit 8th Continent on YouTube, to see the videos (there's one I didn't include on this post that involves a hamster and a reason for not vacuuming too thoroughly). Or you can become a fan on Facebook, and I'm not saying it'll increase your chances of winning (because it won't), but I AM saying it doesn't hurt to cozy up to the people giving out the prizes. And you can follow them on Twitter, too, if you want the full soy milk media experience.

Got all that? FIRST leave a comment here about one of your own little non-perfect moments (or, if that hasn't happened to you yet, say which video you like best), and that will enter you to win the $100 gift card and the free soy milk. THEN go visit 8th Continent on Facebook and enter to win the Home Line Furniture room makeovers and the Caravan Tours adventure package. THEN go to the BlogHer.com special offers page for 8 other chances to win the gift card and soy milk prize.

On this post, the rule is that you must be at least 18 years old, you must be a U.S. resident, and you can enter one time only. If you want a second entry, blog or tweet the post and leave a link to the blog/tweet as a second comment on this post. For the complete rules, see the official and complete rules. For more information about 8th Continent, see their site.



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Jess said...

OK, I'm not a mom yet so I haven't had one of those moments, unless you count when I found out I had failed the one-hour glucose test and did some reading about gestational diabetes and saw all these dire warnings about how having it can affect your child FOR LIFE and you must WARN THE PEDIATRICIAN that you had this disease and have COMPROMISED YOUR KID'S HEALTH, at which point I started feeling like I had failed my baby and he wasn't even BORN yet.

But just in case that doesn't count, I'll say that I like the Dickhead movie better. I think it was the part where the mom gave that awkward smile and wave to the judgmental mom at the next swing over. Bahaha.

Slim said...

You know what's worse than women calling themselves bad mommies? Women who call themselves mean mommies. Because that tends to be a way of congratulating oneself for having high standards, unlike those other slacker mommies who buy their kids *chocolate* soy milk and let them have screen time.

Also, Paul was more at fault. Not that it matters. But he was.

Slim said...

Do you get credit for having big numbers of commenters even if they don't reveal their mommy faux pas or tell which video they like better?

I have never done anything wrong. However, one of my children pronounced "corn" as "porn," and I very much enjoyed having him announce loudly that he wanted "porn" in the restaurant of our fancy hotel. We can lower a tone like nobody's business.

Sarah said...

okay, there was the time I turned my back on Addy when she was a year old and when I looked back she was chewing on an ant trap. Yeah, had to call Poison Control for that one. Or the time I laid Eli on the couch, went to help Addy, and he chose that moment to learn to roll over and what alerted me was the giant THUD of his body hitting the floor.
Hmm. The time I painted Addy's fingernails when she was a baby, not realizing that that is a TERRIBLE thing to do to a baby because they are constantly CHEWING THEIR HANDS and basically ingesting the nail polish. Gah.
There have also been a couple times when I was pulling out of the driveway only to hear Addy yell, "Wait! Why is my seatbelt not hooked?" Whoops.
But! Still an overall Good Mommy!

Swistle said...

Slim- HE WAS, I AGREE!! I mean, even if it was just dirty dishwater he should NOT HAVE BEEN GIVING IT TO A CHILD! ACK!

Suzanne said...

I spent my whole weekend ignoring the CRAP out of my toddler. Hard core ignoring, like, not even getting up to check on him when he fell down. Of course, we were at my parents and they did an excellent job of NOT ignoring him, so the only Bad Mom part of it was that I didn't miss him AT ALL when my husband and I went out two nights in a row. I am such a bad mom I wish I could afford a baby sitter every weekend. Only that doesn't make me a bad mom, that makes me a pregnant woman who hasn't had a break in 17 months.

Michelle Bell said...

I have a friend who goes to night school and is a single mom. So her little one comes over and stays with me during evenings sometimes. One afternoon, the little one was over and had gotten into my midwifery & obstetrics textbooks. So we had a talk about anatomy and whatnot (this was sparked by frantic texting by me going "OMFG, your kid found the full colour photos of anatomy and birth and is asking questions, What do I do?!" and her response of "Oh, you get to handle that one!"). I explained what the words were for vulva and vagina and whatnot, feeling awfully proud of myself for not treating the human body like it was a shameful thing.

We then went to the Kroger. Apparently armed with new knowledge. Because as we were wandering down the juice aisle, my girlfriend's daughter yelled at the top of her lungs "Momma Michelle, my VULVA's itchy. Not my VAGINA, but my VULVA!"

All seven people in the aisle stopped what they were doing and turned to stare at me. On the plus side, we got free stickers at check out because the cashier thought it was cool that the little girl knew anatomically correct names for things.

(Super happy we didn't discuss any names other than the medical terminology. We'll save that for much later.)

Saly said...

When Lucy was a tiny baby, I carried her out of the house in her infant seat and while going down the stairs, I lost my footing and while falling headfirst, I let go of the carrier. Lucy careened down the stairs in her seat and landed upside down, her head about an inch from the sidewalk. Thank god for the harness and for those seats being indestructible, but jeeze if I didn’t feel like a failure as a parent in that moment.

I dropped my phone on Liv’s head a few times while nursing because I was busy tweeting and reading blogs and facebook.

When Bud was a few months old while cutting his fingernails, I snipped the skin at the tip of his thumb. It bled and bled and I couldn’t put a band-aid on it because he kept putting his hands in his mouth.

This is a great post, even without the giveaway.

Becki D said...

Agreed - great post, even without the giveaway! When my firstborn was about 3 months old, I left her on our bed, which is about 3 feet tall. Not so I could run to the bathroom, but so I could check my email on the computer 2 feet away from the bed. Of course, that's when she finally, successfully rolls over. Onto the (thankfully) carpeted floor. My husband STILL brings that one up. *sigh*

Mimi said...

I was carrying my first baby in my arms and totally whacked his head on the door jamb, then later that SAME DAY, I left him on the bed for *just a second* and he totally rolled off and fell on the floor. I felt like the most careless mom ever.

Shelly said...

Great post! LOVE the videos and while I don't have my own children yet, I am totally guilty of saying something inappropriate in front of my 4 year old niece and realizing too late that she's going to repeat it for her parents...

kakaty said...

When M was about 16 months old we were running low on pantry staples and we were out of most of M’s usual snacks. No worries, though as there was an old canister of organic raisins at the back of the cupboard. She had a few for her morning snack, which was less then her usual handful after handful. After a lunch of cheese, mandarin oranges, bread and milk she was off to her crib to take a nap. Which meant it was time for my weekend nap, too. Apparently at some point M got fussy so Mark went in and settled her on his chest while he laid on the chaise lounge in her bedroom. Cut to me waking up from REM sleep to the shouts of “Honey!” I jump up trying to figure it out; since I didn’t know Mark was in M’s room, I run around trying to find him. I finally open the bedroom door and am hit with the unmistakeable smell of vomit and the sight of Mark laying there, covered in cheese, mandarin oranges, bread, milk and bile and he’s holding M up above him. The poor guy got it all…not a drop was to be found outside of his shirt. I couldn’t help but laugh.

M has never been a puker. Even as an infant she rarely spit up. So we were worried. But M was fine and dandy. No fever, playing as normal, has an appetite, etc. So a few hours later we decide to go check out a possible new car. Before we left I gave M more raisins as a snack. We get to within a few blocks of the dealership and M coughs in the backseat. Just as I think to myself, “gesh I hope she doesn’t blow again” I turn to see chunks tumbling from her mouth.

After we clean her up and turn to head home, it finally dawns on me that she ate raisins before each episode. When we got home I checked the raisin canister – written distinctly on the side is “Keep Refrigerated”. I opened the lid and took a whiff to find the distinct smell of fermentation. So I fed her rotten raisins. TWICE.

Mama Bub said...

Well, there have been many, but the one that comes to mind is the time when I lifted my infant son from his stroller at an odd angle, catching his leg against the snack tray and BRUISING HIM.

Amy said...

My daughter rolled off the changing table onto (thankfully) carpeted floor. She bit her tongue with her new sharp top teeth, but was otherwise fine. WORST DAY OF MY LIFE. Thanks for posting this. It really helps me forget about the guilt I still feel about letting this happen.
The videos were hilarious!

Fran said...

When my oldest was almost 4, the house we lived had a eally hard to close bathroom door in the master bedroom. I also had a 8 month old who loved the toilet. One morning the day before MOTHER'S DAY to be exact as we all played in my room,
i decided to close my bathroom door against the toilet baby. So I slam it really hard and heard a horrible shrieking from my 4 year old. His finger was in the doorjamb. So we went to the ER. On the day before Mother's Day. Bad Mom day; not the first or last, but one of the worst.
A quick word about 8th Continent Soymilk. My daughter was "prescribed" soy milk when she had anemia and we kept it up for a long time (until some of the sy research started to concern us). We mainly used Silk brand but once I bought 8th Continent as I had a coupon. It gave her diarrhea. It was the only change to her diet. Another time the store had no Silk brand so I tried 8th Continent again. Diarrhea city.

Mary said...

I'm not a mom, but I do work in the child welfare field. Yeah, little mistakes do not make mothers bad. Even big mistakes.

Mandy W. said...

I have done many of the things the other posters have talked about. Slamming heads against the door jams, fingers in the car doors, babies rolling of things. The rotten milk things was done to my oldest (minus the bleach part!). We are not perfect, but our love is!

Linda said...

I cannot count the number of times that I was walking through the narrow doorways in our home and whacked an infant head. MANY, let's just say that.

However, here is a time that my 6yo twins STILL talk about. I am pregnant, probably around 5-6 months, and I have to work that night at 7 pm. I am a nurse and work 12 hour shifts. So we are all napping - the 3yo twins in their room, me in mine - and I am startled awake by a CRASH. I leap up (such as I am able) and race to their room to discover that they have knocked over their light and the globe has shattered all over the floor. There is broken glass everywhere.

I am angry, I know I have a 12 hr shift coming up and I am DESPERATE for some sleep, and I overreact. I yell - I have never yelled the F word to their faces before/after this - I smack their butts, I scream horrible things. One by one, I drag everything in their room out into the hallway (toys, books, EVERYTHING) and clear all the shelves. They are left with an empty room (only furniture/beds) and I am left to SEETHE and still not get any sleep before work that night.

AND that night I made my husband put them to bed without any nightlight (when they've always had one) because "if you break your light, you have to go to bed without a light until it's replaced."

OMG, I still feel awful about overreacting. GAH. My word verification is "creezzed" and I think I WAS creezzed.

Jana said...

Where do I start? I took my son to the pediatrician for a well-baby check-up and found out he had a raging ear infection. I had no idea. The poor boy could have had it for several days. My three year old recently started using the word "dammit" appropriately. Guess who he heard that from.... And the other day I saw my son move in the car and when I turned I around, I saw that I'd forgotten to buckle him in. Those the only things I can remember off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are many more!

Becca said...

Oh my goodness with my first baby on the way I would have to say that i just love the "8th Continent Soymilk/Dickhead " ad, of course I could never seeing this actually aired but so so funny!

LiciaLee said...

Mines only a month old. I think the only thing that makes me feel like a bad mom is how frustrated and sometimes angry I get at two in the morning when she's screaming and not sleeping and refusing to eat even though she is starving... :(. I've said mean things to her poor little self that looking at her right now cute and happy and cuddly I can't imagine.. and then 2am rolls around.

bleatham said...

My daughter has had her share of bumps & bruises, and has picked up a dirty word once or twice...they were not all from me. Most were not from me, but she did get some
"Sign" language from me. This guy was tailgating me on the way home and when I turned into the drive, he blared his horn at me. Without thinking, I flipped my middle finger at him. Later, when my daughter was playing, my dad tried to pass her and said, "BEEP BEEP."
At that moment, my sweet 3 yr old angel flipped my dad the bird....not my best mommy moment!
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Emily said...

When my younger son was only a week or so old, I left him on the couch so I could go to the kitchen to get a drink. He wasn't mobile, so I figured he'd be fine. I must have put him a little too close to the edge, though, because the next thing I know, I hear a thump and a scream. Oops.

sara m said...

These stories are hysterical. I sat my 6-month old on the counter and was standing right in front of her. Somehow she managed to tumble forward and slip between me and the counter. I couldn't quite get under her to catch her, so I just leaned my body into the counter so she wouldn't fall so hard. Her face hit all the drawer pulls on the way down. Bah, I felt awful! She thought it was a game and giggled.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Oh, the little baby head on the doorjamb- that has gotten me (well, I guess not *me* but my poor baby's head) way too many times!

I accidentally scratched my newborn's face with my fingernail and it started bleeding. He cried for about a minute but I cried for about 20.

Georgia said...

Once time I called my daughter on the phone. Carried on a conversation for about 15 minutes before I realized that it wasn't my daughter I was talking to but to someone bodies daughter, just not mine. Whoops!
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St said...

I was out running errands with my toddler when she threw up all over herself. I stopped at the consignment shop and took her in in just her diaper to get an outfit. But it gets worse. I was so flustered that I forgot to buckle her in when we left. We were driving down the road when she started saying, "click it? click it?"
I love the commercials!

Mami2jcn said...

I like the Scissors Say Crunch video.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

While I was nursing in our bed, I once fell asleep and my 5-month-old daughter rolled off the bed!

A month later I drove 10 miles to my mom's house only to realize that she was not buckled into her carrier at all.

Fast forward a year and my husband was surprised by an unsalvageable plant I'd left just outside the back door. For several days, our toddler greeted people, "What the H---?"

That a couple weeks before I let her run around upstairs while I put away clean laundry, only to hear thump, thumpity, thump thump, AAAAAAHHHH. She got tired of waiting for mommy to take her downstairs for her cup and tried going down by herself, tumbling 10 steps down to the landing, which was thankfully vacant of the clutter of stuff we usually have there waiting to be taken upstairs.

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Elizabeth said...

I love that Dickhead commercial more than I can really say. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Misty said...

Once I was holding my eldest son up in the air playing airplane and totally hit his head on the ceiling fan.

*Thunk* *Thunk* *Thunk*


Yeah...brilliant

Susan said...

I somehow allowed a toddler to slip past my arms and flip off the changing table -- onto thick carpet, and a few wahs was the only result -- but I still cringe every time I think of it. I don't label myself a bad mother, but I'm less inclined to think anything starting with the words "Now I'D never let a baby .... !" or "No baby of MINE would ever ....!" A humbling experience.

FUNNY videos! I laughed!

Kelly Massman said...

When my son was really little, the Easter bunny brought my son some M-n-Ms with nuts! My son said "I don't like nuts." I think the Easter bunny was thinking of what mommy liked instead of her baby! :-)
kmassman gmail

Suzannah said...

I lost my son this summer, but didn't realize it for 30 minutes, then found him happily "driving" the van. Repeat - this summer. In the van. 30 minutes. WINNER.

Becky said...

The other day, I discovered that my breast pump had a bad case of mold. I could blame it on our building not getting hot water in our building to clean with, or how crazy humid its been in our un-air conditioned rooms, but it's probably mostly due to less-than-diligent cleaning on my part.

The worst part is that I actually debated about whether or not I should tell my sitter that she should dump the milk from the past few days, because it's SO much work to pump.

Doing my best said...

Oh, it's too early in the morning to discourage myself with past memories, so I will just vote for the pinata movie =).

Alyssa Tessmer said...

I wanted to take a picture of my almost one year old son sitting in a play truck at the zoo. He looked so cute and was sitting so nicely! So I reached for my phone, and as I was trying to figure out how to take a picture, he fell right out onto his head! I felt terrible, he was screaming, and of course, there were tons of people around!

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velocibadgergirl said...

Oh, my hell, I love this post. LOVE. I think the line about pinning a small bit of your child to the diaper made me laugh the hardest. So true.

I thought the dickhead video was my favorite until I watched the pinata video. When the pinata drops onto the little girl at the end, that's when I lost it.

I took my son's mattress out of his crib to change the sheets one day and lifted it too high. It clipped the ceiling fan, which was on, and one of the blades snapped off and went flying, narrowly missing my baby in his open-top baby swing. It's funny now, but at the time I was just sick over how close I came to hurting him.

Susan C. said...

I'm not a mom, but I know for sure that my mom had many of these moments (she had six kids, after all, so that's six times the opportunity to be human) and I would never call her a bad mom. Love this post so much, Swistle!


Of the two videos, I have to say I liked the first one the most, if only for the, "oh great, new word." Hee!

susan1215 said...

I'm trying to loose a few pounds so I trying to elimate sugar from my diet. My daughter and I went out to lunch with friends and I had such a craving for some cheesecake the restaurant had to I had a slice and later on when my husband asked my daughter how our lunch was she said "Mommy cheated on her diet and ate some cheesecake' Busted.

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Jen said...

I love love love this post. So true! And yet I am probably guilty of this, at least internally reprimanding myself for small mistakes.

The most recent one...I put my son in timeout and he was just really being obnoxious and kept trying to play with a nearby toy instead of you know, being in timeout. So I finally got mad enough, I took the toy away and while I was putting the toy away in the other room, he pushed up against the wall which slid the ottoman he was sitting on right out from underneath him. I was probably ten steps from him, one of those situations where I was so close yet not able to get there in time. I felt horribly stupid for being so angry about his behavior when he fell to the floor and whacked his head on the baseboard.

Tessa said...

Not a mom yet, but I did accidentally teach a seven year old the phrase "dick move" at a cold stone creamery when I found out they were out of chocolate ice cream. Not my proudest moment. I thought the dickhead commercial would be my fave until I saw the piñata one. I laughed until my husband came to see what was so hilarious.

Stimey said...

LOVE the Dickhead ad. And especially love that a product aimed at moms is using the language "dickhead," especially spoken by a child. I don't know how I feel about soy, but I just might buy this product because of that ad. LOVE it.

I call my bad mom moments "Mom of the Year" incidents. Maybe my favorite is the time I abandoned my kids in my house while I was across the street trying to capture my bad, bad dog, who was trying to access my neighbor's house. I corralled her and was heading back when I saw Quinn, who was probably two at the time, crossing the street all by himself. And, get this, he was carrying scissors.

amyella said...

I love the first video best - Dickhead! Because that is such a fear of mine! That when my baby is born s/he is going to catch us saying some crass or embarrassing and then start repeating it when s/he starts talking!

Megan said...

I like the dickhead video! I made my step-daughter wipe a huge sneeze snotty blow out on her sock while were were at 6 flags. I know a real mom would have just wiped her nose with their bare hand. Yuck.

divrchk said...

The Dickhead video is the best!

M said...

The worst parenting moment I ever had wasn't even my own kid. My daughter was 13 months and I was babysitting my 9 week old nephew. My daughter has nothing to do with this story, I'm just letting you know that its not like I didn't know anything about babies or have any excuse whatsoever. So my nephew was in one of those bouncy chairs and I was about to give him a bottle so I set the whole chair on the kitchen counter and turned my back FOR ONE SECOND and this tiny little nothing of a baby LAUNCHED himself off the counter to land face first on the floor. He didn't cry at all and I massively freaked out. I called my sister and got her VM and then called her pediatrician. I told the nurse? receptionist? that I had a 9 week old who fell from about 3 feet and landed on his face. She seemed puzzled as to why I was even calling. She asked if he was bleeding or anything and I said no so she said just keep an eye on him for vomiting or whatnot. I said that he wasn't crying and she was like oh that's good? Bye have a good day. Then my sister called back and I choked out the whole story again and she was furious at the doctor so she said she'd call them and call me back. Turns out that whoever I talked to thought I said 9 YEAR old and thought I was insane for even bothering them. The doctor said to bring him to the emergency room so I loaded him into the car and went. And when I went to take him out of the carseat I realized I never strapped him in. So yeah I tried to kill my sister's son twice in 30 minutes.
PS - he was fine but my sister still gives me grief about it. She says he would have been her only child to look like her if I hadn't smushed his nose.

Christy said...

I was out to dinner this week with my family and my 9 month old. It was a Mexican restaurant, and right when the food came ("watch out, the plates are hot!") my son reaches out and puts his hand right in the steaming refried beans. He was freaking out and I was trying to get him cleaned up, but his hand looked ok, so I wasn't worried. Then I forgot to tell my husband, who asked me the next morning why our son's finger was all blistered. Then I was the one freaking out. I felt awful.

kate said...

Hah. Both funny! I have always had a filthy mouth but have mostly managed to clean it up since the birth of my daughter. I did not do anything about my frequent "Oh my god" statements, though, and while I'm not religious, I still find it inappropriate when my three year old busts that out. I'm waiting for her to say it in front of my devout, evangelical in-laws.

Karen said...

When my oldest son was still a tiny baby, i was sleep-deprived and exhausted, so when my son woke up early, i tried to get a bit more sleep by lying him on the bed between me and the wall. He wiggled and wiggled and wiggled himself upwards until he managed to make himself fall head-first off the TOP of the bed. The THUNK woke me up.

Then, a few days later, he fell asleep in the carseat while we were walking around the mall, so i just let him sleep and then threw the carseat into the car when we were leaving. I drove home and THEN realized that i had never re-buckled him into his seat. Awesome.

Sam said...

Dickhead! I think I need to switch brands of soy milk after watching that commercial. My favorite moments are the times that I'm annoyed that Egg is not napping, I check on him and he's totally filled his diaper and gagging from the fumes. Poor baby!

SIL Anna said...

Those are *awesome*.

Anonymous said...

That is hilarious! I don't have kids yet, but I have definitely tried to pass off swear words as not swear words when nannying. Fudge? Shoot? Darn? Who was I kidding! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Marie Green said...

Well, I've done so many things, I don't even know where to begin. There was the time I was joking around and didn't know my daughter was STANDING in the stroller and launched her out onto a concrete floor, head first. Ambulances were involved. She was 1 year old. Again: JOKING AROUND, and I critically hurt my kid.

There was the time when my 4 year olds pushed the wagon up to the back door, loaded their baby sister inside, and took her for a walk down the block, all while I was upstairs blogging. When I finally noticed it was too quiet, they were at the neighbors' down the street, and she was taking their picture. She thought they were so cute, but I was secretly wondering if the photo was for CPS.

Oh, and when our twins were learning to talk, we thought it was HIL-arious how they would say "fork and spoon" (uh, sounded like f*ckin' spoon), so we'd ask them to repeat it over and over, just for our own entertainment. Good times!

Motherhood is full of hiccups, you are totally right. =) And fwiw, I like hearing your pet peeves.

Kerry said...

I told my 8 year old daughters the truth about the tooth fairy. They were hinting that they knew who was really leaving them the money.....so I thought they were ready. Well they weren't ready yet! They started bawling and I had to backtrack my way out of it saying that I was just teasing them. It was not my shining moment as a mom!
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Kerry said...

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/kelly rose said...

I *thought* my husband was watching the baby, who was on our bed while we were both getting ready for work...and he thought I was still in the room when I walked away...and the baby fell on the floor. Oops.

These were fun to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Bailey said...

Oy, too funny. My "bad mommy" moment: My three-year-old falls asleep on the floor when she's really pooped. And I LEAVE HER THERE. (She'll wake up if you move her!) It wouldn't be so bad, but then the dog comes and sleeps on her face.

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

This happened a few years ago, but it's still funny to me. After fixing my son's and my husband's lunches, the lunch bags got swapped. My son came home from school declaring that from now on he wanted pastrami on rye every day for lunch because it was a "big boy sammitch" and my husband came home from work embarrassed as heck after opening his lunch bag and pulling out a dinosaur-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a smiley face cookie in front of all his colleagues. :)

Amanda said...

I accidentally locked my oldest son in the car once. It was during the spring, so not too hot/cold. Thankfully, he fell asleep (well, cried himself to sleep) during the time that it took to get a spare key.

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/24341359909

Becky said...

I've only had 6 months to accumulate "bad mom" incidents; my best one so far is a joint effort. We were hanging out with my sister and her husband the day after their wedding while they were opening gifts. Our son was sitting on the floor. He can sit, but he does tip over occassionally, so I had asked Ryan to watch him (even though he was sitting right in front of me) because I was writing down who gave what gift for thank you notes.
Of course, about 2 minutes into it, he tips backwards and *SMACK* his head hit the hardwood floor and he started bawling. He was fine, of course, but I was so tired from the weekend and upset about him falling that I started crying.

Kristi said...

Ugh. I had the flu and was feeling awful and achy - and my (then) two year old would not. stop. crying. screaming. crying. screaming. I yelled at her; we both cried. HER EARDRUM BURST. :(

Dawn said...

Give me a minute here while I search through my not a bad mom moments...

I think the ones that bother me the absolute most are the times I raise my voice or yell at my kids because you know, they're kids and I'm supposed to be an adult. I don't think it makes me a bad mom but it makes me feel like one.

Susan said...

Dude, I once watched my 10 month old baby suck on a ball of cat poop. I didn't even rush to get it out of her mouth, thinking it was something, anything other than poop. But no.

missris said...

When I was younger, and babysitting my little sister, I tried to load her into her car seat to take her to the park. She kept bursting into tears every time I put her down. I could NOT figure out what her problem was so I finally just stuck her in, buckled her up, and let her wail until we got to the park. When I took her out, I discovered that she had been SITTING ON A TOOTHPICK. Oops. I felt so, so bad.

Kristin said...

Oh my God--those videos are awesome. I like the "dickhead" one the best, perhaps because my 3 year old is fond of reminding me that we shouldn't say "stupid" or "goddammit." Apparently his preschool has high standards.

So beyond the bad language (which I'm kind of trying to clean up), my best not a bad mommy moment was probably when I was driving my then 3 month old somewhere in the car, and I turned a corner and saw out of my peripheral vision something that looked like his carseat fly across the backseat and land on the floor. I pulled over to check, and sure enough, there he was, pinned under his carseat...on the floor of the car. I still have no idea what happened (we had the seat installed at our fire department and had been using it for 3 months without ever taking it out), but holy crap did I feel terrible. He was completely fine--slept through the whole thing.

Also--I love this post, Swistle. Very funny and totally true.

Anonymous said...

My bad mom moment was when I gave my one year old son one tbsp. of medicine instead of one tsp. I gave it to him for like a day and couldn't figure out why he was in a daze. I t only took 24 hours or so to realize my mistake.
MCantu1019@aol.com

Stacy said...

Ha Ha so funny and so many "not bad mommy" stories. Like the time I was play with my then toddler and bit his fingers - twice. Or more recently, when I bent over holding my infant and hit his head on the table - twice. Apparently I am a slow learner.

Tabathia said...

I remember telling my daughter that (during Christmas) the wrapped presents were actually empty until Santa put presents in them and she proceeded to interrogate me on how he was going to take the paper off and put it back on and remember whose present was which, I still don't know how I got out of that one

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Racingjourno said...

This is about my mother's parenting blunder. When I was a teenager little mini-scooters were the rage.
I pleaded to get one, but, my mother refused saying they were dangerous.
So, in a perfect case of irony, while on a off-boat excursion from a cruise she took up an offer for a mini-scooter. As her luck would have it, she fell on her bottom. Mostly her pride was hurt.
A good example of do what I say, don't do what I do.
We had a good laugh, but, I never got the mini-scooter.
scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

Liz Keicher said...
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Liz Keicher said...

The DH vidoe is hilarious. I've watched it like 10 times. I fear what will come out of my daughter's mouth one day...

I've had a few moments (one on the way home from the hospital!), but the most recent was: I had just finished lathering my daughter up with sun screen before a walk, so my hands were all greasy. She was sitting in the stroller. The shoulder strap needed adjusting but the darn thing wouldn't budge, until finally I put some muscle behind it and POP! my greasy hand slipped and I clipped her right under her eye. Ummm...hi, my baby has a black eye...that I gave her...

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

the pinata bash made me cry from laughing LOL

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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

When I was a first time mom, (I have 4 now, so getting better with age), I sat my newborn son, who was in his car seat, on the table. I was in a rush and I made sure lights were out, cabinets were shut, and all the house was tidy. I rushed out, started the car and drove. I looked back in the rear view mirror to not see my son anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I left him on the table in his car seat! I turned around, darted in the door like a mad woman, and he was just looking around like everything was fine. After that, I never left my son again!

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KAte said...

I took one of my daughters out with no pants/diaper....oops. I got distracted when changing her and pulled up her pants. You guess it, in the middle of shopping we had an 'incident'!!! Ewwww.

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Burgh Baby said...

My then toddler daughter made the mistake of falling asleep in the car just as we were pulling into our neighborhood. She is an unmovable force when asleep, so I decided to just let her be while I pulled weeds near the car, which sat with the windows open in the driveway. As I pulled and pulled those weeds, I moved further and further from the car. Somehow I managed to wind up outside of hearing range, so I completely didn't hear her wake up. When I did find her, HOOBOY, it was ugly. :-(

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janet said...

My mother still feels bad about forgetting to pick me up from Kindergarten one day. This was 24 years ago! Don't worry, I was not permanently damaged.

azulbug said...

My daughter , 9 months now, has a gated play area in our living room. One particular week was quite clumsy for her and she bashed her forehead several times into the wall while first learning to crawl causing 2 bruises. That same week while I was undoing my bra to nurse, my finger slipped with a force and landed in the corner of her eye. OMG, I thought I poked her little eye out! While she was screaming in between gasps of air, I was praying that I would not see blood or an ER trip that day. Once I was able to steady her head to take a look, I saw the scrap in the corner near her tear duct. Whew, her eye was in place. OMG. So for the next few days whenever out, I knew people thought I beat her with bruises on her bald head and a sizeable red-brown scrape-bruise on her eye.
In the same week, she somehow managed to move the chair in the playarea to shimmy her little body in between it and the toy basket leaving her stuck with one leg in the air, the other under her, and her whimpering until I finished surfing the web or tweezing my eyebrows to see what the cry was for. I come when called a lot sooner nowadays.

Kacie said...

I think my worst parenting moment was when my daughter was maybe...6 months or so...we were cosleeping at the time, and I am not sure if she rolled out of bed or if I pushed her out somehow, but she fell face first onto hardwood floor.

I felt miserable, tried to move her to the crib immediately, and when that did't work I just moved my mattress to the floor.

Awesome.

Kacie said...

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C's Mommy said...

I was trying to "introduce" our new cocker spaniel to my son, so I was showing him how to give her kisses. I told him to give her a kiss, he just happened to be sitting on the floor near her "tail". He leaned over and kissed her right on her butt. Nice mom.

Emily R said...

I got a million. This morning I forgot I put my son in time out. He's three, and was standing in that corner for probably 20 minutes.
Once I didn't snap the baby swing lap thingy closed and I had put EARPLUGS in because I was ridiculously tired . . .anyway, baby fell out and managed to pull a lamp down on top of his head. How long was he screaming there?? No idea. Could've been an hour.
Hey, no CPS reps are reading this, are they?

Angel Jacklyn said...

ONE OF MY "MOMENTS" INVOLVED LOCKING MY KEYS (AND CHILD) IN THE CAR WHEN SHE WAS 3. OF COURSE SHE WAS TOO LITTLE TO EVEN UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF NEEDING ME TO BE LET ME BACK IN THE CAR, SO WE PLAYED A LITTLE GAME. IT WAS FUNNY TO HER WHEN I DIDN'T GET THE DOOR OPENED FAST ENOUGH. HA HA. kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

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melanie said...

our family (mom, dad, four kids) drove our minivan, parked in the street and walked into the apartment. we all started to do the little things we do when we get home when i asked my husband, "where's the baby?" "i thought you had her."

she got left in the van. so my husband went out, drove the car around the block, then parked again and brought the baby in. he didn't want anyone to see that he came out without a baby and went right back in with one.

now we can't drive one block down the street without one of us asking, "is the baby in the car?"

Matt said...

I told my four year old to keep the dog from getting outside with me when packing for a vacation. The problem was that the dog didn't want out to run frantically all over. My son kept him from going outside...only to let him poo all over the kitchen floor. Of course I got mad...then realized he was only doing what I told him to do.

mattschmunk at gmail dot com

Amber said...

I accidentally cleaned up a colossal mess of dixie cups on the kitchen floor only to discover that it was the little one's "castle". Boy did the tears fall!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Natalie said...

My son managed to get a fish hook stuck in his heel, but wasn't able to tell me what was wrong. He never cried--he only tried to get my attention. I kept putting him off because I didn't realize anything was wrong. When I saw what the problem was, I was horrified. All these years later, I still fee bad about it.
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Natalie said...

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Lindsay said...

Ten minutes ago I dropped the f-bomb at my kids. For fighting. Because I'm tired of it.

I think I need to work on finding kinder words.

Courtney said...

Not long after my first was born I was out to dinner at a restaurant for Mother's Day with my mom and aunt, etc. As we were leaving and I stood up and picked up the baby carrier I may have wet my pants (urine leakage problems ever since childbirth). Anyway, I got to the car as discretely as I could and put the baby carrier in the car and in the midst of all of my hurried embarrassment I forgot to buckle her in. Oops!

Mommy Daisy said...

Oh man, just last week I let my son go outside to play by himself. He's 4, doesn't get into too much trouble normally, our yard is fenced in, and he has a playset and lots of toys out there. So I let him play alone for a bit. I check on him every 10 minutes or so, but this time he was only out there about 5 minutes when I heard a terrible scream. I went running, but he was already in the back door before I could get out to him. He had run at the swing on his belly, and basically slide right over it. He scratched his face up from his forehead all the way to his chin (and everything in between). His nose was gushing blood, and it took me about 15-20 to stop it. It was bruised and I thought he'd broken his nose. He didn't he's fine, and he still has scabs all over his face. I still feel terrible, but I know he'll be just fine.

Oh, the best part? He did this the night before his check up with the pediatrician. Of course!

Shel said...

My sons are 27 and 23 now but when they were in their teens they'd fight like cats and dogs. One day, I was so sick of them fist-fighting that I grabbed each of them and pushed them out on the front porch...in their bare feet in the middle of winter..and yelled "until you can get along, you're not coming back in".

The look of shock on both their faces was priceless and the fighting immediately stopped. After that, anytime they would start up again I'd just have to yell "Looking for a little porch-time, are we???" and they'd stop.

I don't think Dr. Spock teaches that parenting lesson.

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Shel said...

Tweeted:
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Guinevere said...

I love the D*ckhead commercial, but they're both fabulous.

Robin M. said...

The pinata one is pretty good... those things are really dangerous.

won said...

My daughter was 4. She'd just had another MRI, something we were used to by then. The routine was she couldn't eat beforehand, and they gave her a narcotic in her IV during the test. I learned that I had to get her out of the hospital when she was done, and hopefully she wouldn't wake up till we got home.

Because when we got home...she was a different child - a child coming down from narcotics. The trick then was to give her some food to combat it. Well, this day she woke up in the car and demanded to be taken to McDonalds. I stopped and we went in. She was walking like she was drunk and carrying on. She normally had the best, sweetest disposition - sans the drugs.

I'm sure people were staring at me, wondering why I didn't control my child. Then I set her on the counter to pay (she couldn't stand up straight). And....due to the fluids they had pumped in her at the hospital in the IV, she peed on the counter at McDonalds!

I was mortified. Now I was sure people just thought I had an out of control bratty kid....not a child with a brain tumor.

OMG!

slehan said...

On my 12th birthday my mom had invited my two best friends over for dinner. She told me they were coming at 6 pm and I had time for a bath. But she had told them 5pm so she opened the bathroom door and let them it. Mortification for a 12-year-old.

Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

http://twitter.com/slehan/status/25061097689

JC said...

I once packed an empty lunch box for DD to school. Boy I felt terribly guilty!

Bonnie said...

I was changing a light bulb in the livingroom ceiling fixture. I was putting the cover back on and it fell and hit the coffee table. It shattered and flew everywhere. My 1 year old was standing under me and watching me. The glass just seemed to scatter all around her.
bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

SallyG said...

Many of my most stellar parenting moments revolve around not realizing that my kid is on the verge of a major illness and thinking they are just being @ssholes. To whit: last summer we attended a local kids music festival. My daughter was having the time of her life and her little brother was borderline intolerable. He was whiny and grouchy and . . . just a horrible little menace. I thought he was just hot but it turns out he had strep and a horrible ear infection and was running a high fever. And where did we have this sick child: at an outdoor festival - in JULY. NICE JOB, MOM!

Going to read the other comments now so I can share the shame . . .

SallyG said...

OMG - I forgot the BEST one: my daughter walked around for TWO WEEKS with a broken arm before we discovered it and got it cast. In my defense, the doctor said she must have an extremely high pain tolerance b/c he was shocked at what she was able to do (arm movement, grip strength, etc). He even taped her so she might be in a journal somewhere.

peg42 said...

Last year, my son had early dismissal from school and I had forgotten all about it. The bus came by our house to let my son off and fortunately, the bus driver saw that my car or I wasn't there, so she didn't let him off & instead contacted the school, who contacted me on my cell. I felt so bad. My son was scared and I felt terrible.
Thanks so much.
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Mysharona said...

I've done this one a million times. Emptied the dishwasher thinking the dishes were clean, they were not.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

have done the dishwasher thing, the empty lunchbox but I think the most embarrassing thing I did was go to school to help out for the day and at lunch when I took off my sweater had an extra large bandage on my back- at least thats what the kids thought- I had put my sweater on the bathroom counter and the pantiliner stuck to the sweater- yes it was clean...I wondered where it went when I was getting ready..the kids in the class thought I had a big boo boo- thankgoodness they did not know what it was but surely someone could have said something

sodahoney said...

My daughter was home sick from school staying alone for the first time. She kept calling and calling telling me she was freezing. I told her it was just a fever. Take some Tylenol and climb under the covers. I wasn't until night time when I realized we had a setback thermostat and it was like 55 degrees in the house all day.

Janice said...

We has a bad word mishap as well. Mys sister in law asked my son what he liked best about kindergarten, His reply...Not a damn thing..Whoops..lol
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Annette D said...

When my son was really young, I said the word crap and that was all my son would say for the longest time!
They always repeat what we don't want them to say!

Joy said...

My son was in circle time when he reached up his pant leg and pulled out a sock that had static clinged to the inside of his pants.

Stephanie said...

My little boy's first haircut was a disaster thanks to moi
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Pets and their people said...

My faux pas was not telling my daughter what things really were. When she was about 4 she asked me what my feminine pads were. Not knowing what to say to a 4 year old, I told her they were "mommy's bandaids" About a month later we were shopping, it was the holidays and very busy in the store. She went over to the next aisle with her cousin. Next thing I know she is yelling"mommy's bandaids, mommy's bandaids" and running to me with a box of pads. I learned quick, if you tell them the truth, they forget about it and move on, if you make up cutesy explanations they don't forget and are apt to use it at the worst possible time,lol

buzzd said...

I like the dickhead video. Not a mom story but a babysitting my niece story. We were having fun playing with dinosaurs and she was worked up. She was getting on and off the couch. I watched her each time. Then I turned around to get a book and I heard a thud. She had fallen off the couch on to the carpet she looked shocked and a little teary so I hugged her and she was fine w/in minutes. I felt so guilty and my heart was racing. Kids will fall and you can't protect them from every little thing..still it is stressful

buzzd said...

tweet
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Sarah said...

I have two kids. After buckling Alicia into the car I pulled out of the driveway to head to the bank. I got about 1/4 mile from my house and realized I left Alex in the driveway in his infant car set. Fortunately, he was fine and fast asleep but I felt like a jerk!

mmentor said...

please and thank you

mogrill said...

One time I had to take the dogs stool sample to the vet and drop it off to be checked for any problems (Typically puppy tests) I accidently switched the paper bag with the sample, with my daughters lunch. I got to the vet and realized it, rushed to her school and quietly slipped the poo poo sample out of her backpack and her lunch in it's place. Phew close call!!
Thanks for the chance.
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jennem said...

I was moving my daughter from one exhibit to another at the zoo. Because she hopped out at each one, I didn't bother fastening the belts. We hit a bump, and she flew headfirst to the ground and wound up with a huge knot on her head.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

allysona said...

going to pick my daughter up from soccer practice and going into a panic because she wasn't there...i was there picking up the wrong daughter...panic struck when i couldn't fingd the one i was looking for

her5boys said...

I had forgotten about my sons half day school day and was not home when the bus arrived. They had to take him back to school and I felt like an idiot when I went to pick him up!

her5boys said...

Tweet! https://twitter.com/her5boys480/status/25331446406

dawns41 said...

My 3 yr old daughter was in the hospital for week because of a speck of dirt that was in a cut on her knee. Even though I was assured by the hospital staff it wasnt my fault. I still felt like it was.
I did clean her cut out but a speck was still in there...
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

sksweeps said...

I'm not a bad mom for letting my ex hold and play with my 4 month old daughter in the spa (warm not hot)... even tho he was playing with her and her hat and put her hat on his head. Only problem was, he let go of her to do that and she went under! No harm, but boy did we move fast! He's never lived that one down!

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Sweetscove said...

I like the 'dickhead' video the best. Too funny, and hits pretty close to home!
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HereWeGoAJen said...

I haven't done the bleach yet, but I've given her the moldy cup. And then the cup that was full of soap too. Oh, and wait, I rinsed her off in the tub with a cup full of HOT water- last week.

mickeyfan said...

After a fall, I told my daughter to quit crying, she couldn't be in that bad of shape. Turns out (2 days later) she had broken both bones in her lower arm! But hey, I saved the price of an ER visit! :) (No, there was no swelling and I had her looked at by 2 RNs and an EMT in the meantime. All were sure it was a sprain.)

elizabeth p said...

My mom took us to feed the horses once, and my prissy sister screamed at the slobber. Mom thought the horse had bitten my sister and she scared the horse who proceeded to bite my sister. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

sodahoney said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/25375090995

Just call me b said...

Oh, which one do I choose.

We were babysitting my niece (6 mos old) and we were going to church…and we got everything loaded, and were backing out of the driveway when my 9 year old said “mom…where’s the baby”…..she was snoozing in her car seat…ON THE COUCH!!!!

YIKES!

sarah said...

when my daughter was a baby, she would never sleep in her crib for naps, if I put her there she would wake immediately. I held her during naps for months, then discovered she would sleep on my bed for naps if I put her on her tummy. well, one day, apparently she began moving in her sleep, because she fell off the bed during a nap. She wasn't hurt too badly, but it sure makes you feel like an awful mom!

Kelsey said...

My kids have fallen off of lots of furniture. The worst was probably Michael off of his changing table onto the wood floor. But no serious injuries, thank goodness.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

I've definitely forgotten to buckle my kids in and at least twice I banged a baby's head against a door jam while walking through it. But the moment that still makes me cringe: on a crowded bus, my then two year old was raising the hugest stink right next to me, crying and wailing and carrying on and couldn't articulate what was happening so I finally snapped, knealt down and started whisper-yelling at her. She took a deep breath and said in a ragged little voice: "Mommy? You're stepping on my foot!"

gmissycat said...

Read the rules and it says I can tweet this giveaway too so I tweeted for you. Original comment above! I am so excited!
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http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/25588790586

Catharine said...

My daughter had a long-term boyfriend named Jack. Long after they broke up, I was still calling the new guy Jack, although usually not to his face. Not cool.

The Sunshyn said...

I love the Piñata video. I don't see those so much anymore, that video might explain why. ;)
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The Sunshyn said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/25625594304

Debbie C said...

One of my Mommy moments is very similar to yours. I had poured paint brush cleaner into a small glass, when the phone rang. Eventually sat down, more talking and I forgot what I had in my hand and let it sit on the table. My toddler ran in and the glass apparently looked like apple juice to him and he took a drink then spit it out. I screamed, threw the phone down and took off for the hospital. My poor Mom didn't know what had happened for over an hour.

Anonymous said...

I like the Scissors Say Crunch video.

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demmi said...

the time I made my daughter go sled riding and she got hurt

shiloh said...

Good as ya try to be, stuff happens. Like the time I tried to put Kitty in the grocery cart, one leg through the opening and I am a shoving when I notice her other leg behind her head... My stomach flipped, and yet she was just a smiling. What we call double jointed, later she could make my stomach flip and go back to that moment she she's be laying on her stomach and have her heels by her shoulders.

DawnA said...

Love soymilk. When my son was about 2 1/2 I was on the phone w/ my Mom. She said something and I laughed and my son looked at me and said "That's bullsh*t!". When I said what did you say he very nicely repeated it. CRAP.
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Anonymous said...

Last night my 2 y/o son wouldn't eat his dinner and we kept egging him on to eat it (in my defense, he kept asking for an ice pop for dessert). He finally agreed to eat one bite..and then promptly threw up at the dinner table.

mderechailo@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have a problem with not paying attention to the weather reports. Seeing as the weather here in Michigan changes frequently, I look like a bad mom when I send my daughter to school in shorts and a short sleeve shirt when it ends up being a chilly 55 degree day.

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ellie said...

I was babysitting my 2 year old grandson and was in the laundry room when he shut the door on me and turned the door lock, which is on the outside of the door. So there I was locked in the laundry room with a toddler alone in the house. I tried to get him to turn the lock the other way, but that didn't happen. So I went through the garage and around to the patio door and of course that was locked too. All the time my grandson is grinning at me through the glass door, thinking we were playing a game. All the doors and windows were locked so I finally went back to the garage and got a screwdriver and managed to jimmy the lock open.
It was very nerve racking for me, but my grandson had a blast.
eswright18 at gmail.com

Tammy said...

I was caught trying to get a tooth from under a pillow.

Mami2jcn said...

I constantly mix up my sons' names. When I was a kid, my mother used to mix me up with my brother, which I thought I would never in a million years do.

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Anonymous said...

I have many a bad moment, but I really like the video in the car. Commercials can be fun!
Kathleen
kathleenpoling (@) yahoo (dot) com

Super Blogger Girl! said...

My mom fuax paux is much like yours! I often times let me son eat in his car seat to save time, i will have him back a full lunch in small portions and get that out of the way while running errands. This leads to a big mess in the back seat but for me its worth it. On day I hear a gag noise and a "mama ewww" form the back before barf ensues and it turns out i left a sippy cup back there with spoiled curtles milk. I don't leave cups in the car anymore :(

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Suzannah said...

I lost my son this summer. I didn't realize he was missing for 30 minutes. At which point I found him left in the car. At the beach. Playing happily and pretending to drive. Thankfully it was parked in the shade, although he was all hot and sweaty. I THINK he could have figured out how to unlock/open the door on his own but I really don't know. I felt terrible!

Anonymous said...

The time i was outside shoveling the snow and my son was inside taking his Banana flavored augmenten antibiotic, because he loved the taste!
Diane Baum
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Carrie White said...

i was outside one year shoveling my driveway from all the snow and i didnt relize my son was right behind me and i wacked him in the head hard with the shovel he had blood just gushing out. then i went to get him in the car to take him to the emegency and i ended up shutting the car door on his fingers. i felt like the worst mom ever. so he needed stiches on his head and i broke his finger. whitecarrie69@yahoo.com

Chisum's Crew said...

I washed at least three love letters my daughter has received from her boyfriend. For which I am now labeled the worst mom in the world...how about taking them out of your pocket, dear one?

trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Smarti said...

We're not supposed to eat at the table but I enjoy reading the newspaper at breakfast so now my 4 y.o. son can't eat without his favorite book and whenever I bring it up he reminds me that I read at the table too.
rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

Chip said...

When my daughter was a baby, I fell going down the steps and dropped her. She bounced down the steps like a sack of potatoes. I felt so bad as I rushed her to the hospital. She was totally fine with not even a bruise. Wow, did I feel like a bad mom.
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Julieh said...

I would hide little love notes in their pockets and lunches. One day some friends found them first, and teased them mercilessly. I had to promise not to do it again! honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

sweetsue said...

I was not a bad mom when after taking my three children to a garage sale and drove off leaving one of them behind. I was just an absent-minded mom.
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aajacques said...

When my daughter was a toddler I let her play out on our patio not realizing my husband left some slug bait in a bag. She wandered over by it and I freaked out after finding her so I called poison control, I don't think she ate any but it stil worried me.

jillyrh said...

I locked my son in the car when he was about 18 months old and had no extra keys and spent 1/2 hour teaching him through the window trying to explain to him which button to push to open the door of the car, which he did finally figure out. I hugged him so hard when I opened that door and he looked at me like, "Huh? What's wrong?" He thought it was a fun game.

jillyrh said...

Tweeted

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katfam95 said...

Last year my son got detention because I forgot to sign his progress report. I felt awful.

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idahomom said...

I was paying for groceries when I look up as my 2 year old is walking out the door.

JeanineMB said...

I'm sure there have been hundreds of "little moments" over the years, although I consider myself a pretty great mom. ;-) One thing the kids still remember is a bag of M&M's I kept in the refrigerator for emergencies and told the kids they were mommy's "special vitamins."

EMAIL ewalsh40@gmail.com said...

Well there was the time that I accidentally locked my toddler as well as my car keys in the car and had to call the police to break in.

Anne J said...

When my daughter was four she went sledding with her dad one late afternoon. They ran over something in the snow and came home because she was crying. We thought she was just over tired, so we gave her some tylenol and put her to bed. When she was still crying the next morning we took her to the doctor and found out she had a broken leg. We felt so guilty we didn't get her seen right away!

Laura said...

The worst moment so far was turning my back for a quick second, resulting in my daughter rolling off the bed and onto the floor

tesashel said...

My blunder was answering yes when grandmother asked if she could cut my daughters' hair. She came home with a five-head instead of a forehead and VERY uneven bangs. hehe tesashel225 (@) aol (.com)

jsc123 said...

Early one the morning my teenage daughter informed me that she would be needing some tampons from the store.
When my husband came home for lunch I asked him if he would mind picking some up on his way home to save me a trip and he agreed.

Little did I know that while I was out side he knocked on her bedroom door and when she answered he asked her if what brand and type of tampon he was suppose to buy or did she use maxi pads.

Needless to say, she was mortified. And by the time I came back from the garage she was furious with me.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

PauleyD said...

My worst fail was having a snowball fight with my family when my wife and daughter accidentally slipped and fell onto the ice. My daughter was crying hysterically, my wife yelling at me for being childish and insisting on going outside in the cold to play a silly game.

From then on the only winter activities we participate in are sledding and snowboarding.

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

PauleyD said...

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/25928473816

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paula michele said...

I sent bologna and cheese sandwiches, chips, and juice boxes with my kids on a field trip. Little did I know, that the school wasn't taking coolers like usual. They both got major food poisoning. Even though they are teens now, they like to tease me about when I poisoned them.

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guettel78 said...

My worst blunder, and one I still feel guilty about, is turning my back for a split second to grab the ringing phone, only to see my little one taking a tumble down the stairs (luckily there were only four of them and it was completely carpeted, but the shock for both of us was pretty extreme!)

gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

guettel78 said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/25946573115

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Jennai said...

This was a really stupid move. I was telling my friend about how, when I was a kid, I stuck my tongue on a doorknob once (when it was freezing out) to see if it would really stick like my Mom told me it would. It did. Guess what my six year old immediately went outside to try for himself! Luckily, it wasn't cold enough to be effective, but I have to really watch what I say around him!
HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

kakihara said...

My youngest was so excited to go on his first roller-coaster, we were at Disney's California Adventure, we waited in line for 30 minutes, finally we got in our seats and he and I were lucky enough to get the first car--everything was going great--until they put the restraining bar down over his head--he freaked out and began to scream and cry--of course we were the first car --so we had to wait for them to go down the line and put down all the bars---I was sure they were going to ask us to leave. My attempts at calming him only made him cry louder--of course he stopped the minute the ride started --and as soon as it was over --still covered in tears he insisted "I want to go again!"
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Betty C said...

The worst thing that happened wasn't really our fault (at least I keep telling myself that). We had just moved into a second floor apartment and we had a 3 year old and an 18 mo old. I put them down for naps and as usual went in to check after a few minutes. Somehow they had managed to get out of the window and were perched on the roof over the garage. I quickly reached out and grabbed each one by the arm and hung on for dear life while I screamed for my husband. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and scared to death. We ended up nailing the window shut because if they had fallen off the roof they would have landed on the driveway.

Betty C said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/25960408626

pauline15 said...

Well, I learned the hard way just to get the tough questions over with. One day my son saw something on TV and asked me what a virgin was. Since I was not ready to explain to a six year old what this was, I told him it was someone from Virginia. Of course, he started asking everyone in my family if they knew any virgins' from Virginia. Did not go over well with grandma!
pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

My husband and I were playing airplane with my then 5 month old daughter. I was jumping around and being silly and she was giggling so hard until my elbow hit her in the top of her head. She cried for so long and I felt so bad.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

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pattycake said...

not a nom Dickhead movie

crystalf said...

I didn't take my almost 2 yr. old to the dr. after she broke her arm until the next day. My oldest daughter was caring her sister around, even though she was told not to, and dropped her. The baby cried for just a little while but seemed just fine. The next day she was trying to climb into a chair and cried when she put weight on her wrist. I take her to the dr. and sure enough, it's broke. I couldn't believe that I waited. Such a bad Mommy.

Charity Donovan said...

I have 3 yr old quadruplets & 2 of them are identical. I have introduced my identical boys wrong when looking at them from behind! Fabulous mommy moment! ;)
charityd AT centurytel DOT net

js22 said...

it really is tough to censor one's words when one is with one's kids! It's amazing how much they pick up! And when they choose to say those words- they do find the most embarrassing times!! But I ususally just explain to people that it's awful the things these kids learn at school from their classmates, LOL!

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carolpie said...

I cut off my son's bangs with the hair clipper by mistake!

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Barbarawr said...

Patience isn't one of my virtues, so one day, I was sitting at a light with my son in his booster seat in the back. The light turned green, I was in a hurry, but the guy ahead of me didn't move. I said, "The light is green - GO!!!!" and never gave it another thought until 2 days later when my father was driving us somewhere and we were stopped at a light. The light turned green and my son said, "Gggee Lie - GO!" In other words, "Green light - Go!" I almost died because I knew why he was saying that, but everybody else thought it was hysterical, thinking it was from the "what do you do when the light turns green" song at school.

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Barbarawr said...

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2kidsblogger said...

I was in a hurry and I used a mr. clean magic eraser on my son's cheek to get off some sharpie marker,...oops! he was a little red for a few days.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I did lock my 9 month old baby in the car (he's 34 now)-enlisted the help of a police officer to unlock the car. I felt very stupid. The cop was very nice.

Erica C. said...

haha I like the Dickhead video.

Ardy22 said...

We were expecting company and told the kids that we had to really clean up well. When they arrived the kids quickly told them that they just cleaned up the house real good because they were coming.

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Ardy22 said...

tweet

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Chrystal said...

I like the Pinata video.

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mail4rosey said...

Driving to Ohio from Florida to visit family for Christmas vacation, we took all the presents with us. My son really wanted a PlayStation and had no idea he was getting one. On the way up, during the long drive, I was thinking about my grandma's neighbor who is great, and has great, but rough kids. I told my son, out of the blue, 'Be careful letting $*$*$ and $*$*$ play with your Playstation because they're pretty rough on toys.' Instant glee and a loud, 'YES!' alerted me to my big uh-oh. We still laugh about today and that was many years ago.

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mail4rosey said...

Tweet
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Jinxy and Me said...

I absolutely LOVE the dickhead video. I saw that online a few weeks ago and had to share it with my friends!

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