most of you may not know this, but i am up for the mother of the year in the 3 & under category!! WORST mother of the year, that is!! just kidding, but i do feel like a horrible mom a lot of the time. if i had the time, i could probably think of many bad things that i have done, but these 2 recent incidents are coming to mind. the following 2 situations are not my proudest moments, but help me in my race for WMOTY:
Trip: a few weeks ago this energized 2 3/4 year old ran full speed thru our kitchen & then jumped as far as he could (picture the olympic long jump) onto our pergo floor. his pace was a little more than he could handle & he fell when he landed. when he decided to try again, i thought i’d catch him b/c i didn’t want him to really hurt himself. i caught him, he laughed & i threw him over my shoulder like a sack of potatoes. he decided to try & crawl down my back. (stay with me here, my horrible mom thing is coming up quickly…) i decided to oblige him & lowered him steadily down my back until i was holding only his feet at my shoulders & his head was just below my butt. i decided to let go with one hand so i could reach around & grab his leg behind me, (this is the bad part…) but when i let go with one hand i lost my grip & he plummeted, HEAD first onto our wood floor. he screamed & within an instant i reached down to pick him up (snatch him up is closer to the truth) to console him & apologize. he kept screaming & i realized that i probably shouldn’t have picked him up so quickly b/c he could have a broken neck with the way he hit the floor. long story coming to an end, i didn’t not paralyze or seriously injure this precious child of mine, but my thoughtlessness in the situation hopefully will never be repeated. although, if anyone ever thinks he is odd & asks if someone once dropped him on his head, he can honestly answer “yes”.
Quinn: last week this almost 10 mth old was fussier than usual after i picked him up from the sitter’s house. i nursed him as usual & held him, but nothing seemed to help so i decided maybe he was tired & wanted a nap (though he dropped his late afternoon nap a long time ago). i laid him down in his crib & he fussed a little, but i decided to leave him there & let him cry it out. five minutes later i went back up to check on him since he was still crying. (here is the bad mommy part…) as i walked up to his crib, i noticed a strange orange color all over his sheet. oh… my poor baby had PUKED & was laying in it. i don’t know how he did it, but he even had vomit on his left shoulderblade (unsure how he threw up on his own back since i had laid him on his belly & he was still on his belly when i walked back in there). once again, i felt terrible & had to put him in the bath to get him cleaned up.
so…….nominate me, vote for me, choose me…. for Worst Mother of the Year…