Post # 1
I just read this article about Jenny Mollen and I feel so badly for her! We’ve all accidentally hurt our kid to some degree but it still leaves you feeling like a total jerk. What’s your story? I remember right after her first birthday party my daughter fell out of my lap and hit her head on a piece of furniture on the way down to the floor. My husband ran in and found me holding her so tightly and crying even harder than she was! She’s was totally fine but I felt so awful!
Post # 2
I fell down the stairs with my baby when she was like two months old. I didn’t drop her so she was fine, but she was scream crying from the scare of it, which was awful! I was so mad at myself for not being more careful.
Post # 3
When my first was 3 weeks old I was clipping her nails and clipped a chunk of skin and she bled a tiny bit. She only cried for less than a minute, but I called my husband bawling because I felt so bad! Also, my first crawled off of a bed and my second rolled off of a couch while I was in the room but not close enough to catch them (both onto carpet, but still…). I’m sure every parent has more than one of these stories!!
Post # 4
When baby was 2 months old I was putting her into the swing, seat went too far backwards and she fell like a ragdoll, folded over toward the floor. I was so horrified and carried her around the house room to room, both of us crying. She was fine.
Post # 5
My uncle accidentally dislocated his sons arm while they were playing at our house on Easter. He was swinging him around in a circle and the poor kids arm popped right out. My dad made a sling out of a pillowcase and he was taken to the hospital. I was a kid myself at the time but I will always remember that.
Post # 6
when my son was 3 months old i was laying with him on the coach and we both fell asleep. he rolled off and fell to the floor and started bawling. then i started bawling. he was ok, but man that was scary!
Post # 7
Kayla0416 : I did that! It caught the smallest bit of skin and only bled for like 2 seconds but it was enough to mortify me. He’s 15 months old and I still refuse to cut his fingernails! That’s my husband’s job 😉
Post # 8
Lol I’ve obviously got no soul, because I have not once cried over hurting my kid. Said sorry, gave a kiss and hug, sure. I try not to make a big deal out of injuries so he won’t either, even if they secretly horrify me.
Yesterday he decided to pull himself up on some latticework. The board he grabbed pulled off the wall entirely, landing him on his wagon and popping some wood off it as well. He got over it like a champ. My husband has taken a little chunk of skin with the nail clippers and let him dive off the bed once. I let him dive off his kid rocking chair and clipped his belly into his high chair (still have no idea how… he’s skinny and the belt is super loose. But most of his injuries are his own fault. I’m just waiting for the day he falls off a tree in our orchard…
Post # 9
llevinso : funny story – I’m part of a facebook group of Weddingbee moms for the birth month of my first baby. Someone from that group started a post about how she felt awful about clipping the tip of her baby’s finger, and I bet close to half of us responded that we’d done it too! It must be pretty common!
Post # 10
I’ve definitely done the finger tip chunk of skin too! That one plus bonking their head on the top of the car while getting in/out of the carseat I feel like happen to everyone lol.
llevinso : that’s how I am now but that first time I did it I was so shocked I couldn’t help myself! Now we hear a crash from the other room and my husband and I will stare at each other and wait to see if we hear a scream lol. 9/10 times she’s fine.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
When DS was less than a WEEK old I was walking into his bedroom, and misjudged the distance between my arm and the edge of the door frame.. I scraped his head on the frame! I felt sooo soo bad, although he barely cried. He had a scrape on his head for a week. I was worried his pediatrician would notice and I’d get in trouble!
Post # 12
When my oldest was maybe 5 months old I set her down on the couch and was putting things in my purse only like a foot away from her and she rolled off the couch. Luckily it was onto the carpet and she was fine after crying for a few minutes.
Post # 13
I have two instances. In the first 1 I was holding her in my arms and setting her on the changing table. She was 2 and having a minor tantrum and flung her body and the side of her cheer smashed on the side of the table. I was horrified and got her in 2 hours later to the plastic surgeon. There was actually just a little scrape, and maybe I overreacted, but that’s me. The second time I took her shopping for a raincoat. She was about 4. I zipped up her coat and my nail scraped her nose. I felt horrible and always took care of my nails after that.
I didn’t hurt my son by I inadvertently traumatized him. The kids and I were in the car getting some thai food pickup and there were floods in town. We had to go through some deeper water but I had an SUV and figured I could make it. I did make it but the guy in front of me stalled which made things…..interesting. I was a kindergarten class parent, and a few days later the teacher told me that my son had been talking to the class about how he had almost drowned. Now this is a kid who when he had a cold, told his grandmother that he was “gravely ill”. When I pushed a chair out of the way while he was standing nearby and it knocked into a wall, it became “hey Mom, remember that time you threw a chair at me?”. Wtf, I was 2 feet away from you if I’d wanted to hit you with the chair I dare say I could have done it”.When he was out of college I told him that the years seem to go faster at this point, he got angry at me for “wishing his life away”. I call him Mr. Melodrama.
I also shut my cat’s tail in a door. I was more traumatized than he was. Thank God it didn’t break. Now I’m very, very careful with the cats and their pesky little tails.
Post # 14
Yesterday I leaned over to get something out of the pantry while holding a thin canvas bag over my shoulder and totally swung the edge of my laptop into my toddler’s head. It must have been pretty painful.
My finger clipping story is that I was feeling so proud of myself for doing 19 fingers and toes in the dark and then took a big chunk out of #20…
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2021 - British Columbia, Canada
My old boss used to bring her kids into the office (and expect me to entertain them, or else try to concentrate on work around the screaming, but that’s beside the fact) and one day one was sitting behind my desk chair playing with some empty office supply boxes I’d given him, and the other one was standing behind me on my chair putting barrettes in my hair. I leaned forward to pick up the phone and managed to hit the kid behind me (not very hard thankfully) and his sister wobbled and grabbed my face to keep her balance and her fingers would up in my mouth when I tried to talk and ask if her brother was okay and I accidentally bit down (again, not hard). Can still hear the screams from both of them over the great injustices. Gotta love office “daycare”.