Monday, February 22, 2010

Parenting Fails, Flops, and Flub Ups

As a new parent (although I'm sure the same is true for seasoned vets), I really do strive to make the best decisions I can for Isabella. I do my best to make sure that she's happy, healthy, and safe. 95% of the time, I hit my mark. Sometimes, however, I fail, flop, and flub up miserably. Let me tell you about my less than shining moments as a mommy.


About a month ago I was walking down the stairs with Isabella in one hand and my phone in the other. She arched her neck to lean backwards and banged her head on the wall. She didn't cry, she just got this really confused expression on her face. Fail.

Once I was trying to put the child down for a nap, and she was crying hysterical. Now you all know that she's not the best napper, but even this was out of sorts for her. She was wailing. Andy came up to offer some assistance (so you know it was bad because usually he stays away during nap time). "Is she wet?" No. "Teething pain?" I just gave her Hylands. "Well you just fed her right?" Ummmm....I forgot to give the kid her damn bottle. No wonder she was crying, the poor girl was hungry. Huge fail.

This one is Andy's fail, but it's pretty funny. I was doing the laundry and getting dinner ready, so I asked him to play with Isabella, give her dinner, and take her upstairs and start the bedtime routine. I'm cooking and folding. I hear them laughing and playing upstairs. I meet him up there and give her her bath, bottle, and bed. Andy and I are sitting and eating, when I asked him what she had for dinner. His "oh shit" look spread across his face. "Did you forget to feed her?" I asked him. "She didn't cry for it" I hadn't realized we were in the practice of making our child cry for her dinner. Man fail.

Around Christmas time we were having some seasonably warm weather, so I bundled up Isabella and took her for a morning walk. Halfway through she starts whining. So I just brush it off as her being fresh. Then she starts really crying, so I just figure that she's being fussy and I turn around and take her home. Only to find that she wasn't fresh or fussy, she was cold. She had managed to kick off her boots and her socks and her little tootsies were exposed.

Let's just hope the kid makes it to her 1st birthday unscathed.

14 comments:

April said...

Stopping by from SITS! Your banner is so cute! Thanks for sharing-I am not yet a mother, but I am sure EVERY one has major flubs!

mtendere said...

I think we all have a few of those moments. Thanks for sharing!

By the way, I Googled "deswaddling" a couple days ago and your blog post about it was the first thing that came up.

Desi said...

hahaha...this made me laugh. I have had those moments too. Like walking into the grocery store with Liv in the cart and noticing I didn't put shoes on her, sometimes I put her hood up and forget a hat too. Just things I get a little embarassed about when I realize :)

Mrs.T said...

I admire how open and honest you are about your parenting journey! we all make mistakes :)

Quixotic said...

Lol - we all have fails, luckily most are pretty minor in the scheme of things. I once had a whingey bub in the pram while I was on the phone, I just shshed her and kept bouncing the pram to soothe her as I strode through the shopping centre - til of course another Mum clued me in that she was actually falling out!!! Poor little tyke has a good monkey grip, luckily!! *face palm*

Stefani said...

We've all been there! Last night I couldn't figure out why Addison was so cranky... until Derek asked me when I fed her. ::blank stare:: I thought HE fed her... so, yeah, I've been there. Good thing these kids are resilient! Thanks for sharing tho, I don't feel like such a goober when I hear that other people do it too!

Stefani said...

We've all been there! Last night I couldn't figure out why Addison was so cranky... until Derek asked me when I fed her. ::blank stare:: I thought HE fed her... so, yeah, I've been there. Good thing these kids are resilient! Thanks for sharing tho, I don't feel like such a goober when I hear that other people do it too!

Stefani said...

We've all been there! Last night I couldn't figure out why Addison was so cranky... until Derek asked me when I fed her. ::blank stare:: I thought HE fed her... so, yeah, I've been there. Good thing these kids are resilient! Thanks for sharing tho, I don't feel like such a goober when I hear that other people do it too!

Eva Gallant said...

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Eva Gallant said...

Thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS day!

AForestFrolic said...

Oh yeah, no worries girl ;) I still check the car seat for my 3rd daughter every time I'm leaving the neighborhood, hahahah (not that I've ever left her, but I'm still paranoid and counting heads, tee hee). Thanks for the comment earlier too ;)

Jamie :)

Sarah said...

I do stuff like that all the time. Especially the cry it out thing, when I have forgotten to feed/change her. I feel badly about it. But really, I try my best. And I guess we all do it!

Whimsical Creations said...

We all have those moments as a parent. None of us is perfect.

Kisha said...

Oh man, I'm surprised my oldest one has made it to five without being brain damaged. My mom always joked around that your first kid is your "test child"-you figure out how you want to parent and get all the fails out of your system with the first one. I never found it funny because I was the oldest. But now-I totally agree:)

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