Tuesday, February 17, 2009

And The Worst Mom Award Goes To...


Today was Brody's 9 month well baby appointment. The following is an EMBARRASSING accurate account of how the appointment went:

It was pouring when we arrived and we were all mildly soaked by the time we walked into the office.  Emma has a tendency to act a little crazy in these its-raining-so-run-as-fast-as-you-can situations and of course ends up taking twice as long to get inside.

But we made it.  And on time (punctuality is something I pride myself on).

However, we waited in the waiting room watching The Little Mermaid and then Alvin and the Chipmunks for nearly 1 hour.  *side-vent: If I am expected to be on time, shouldn't they show me the same courtesy??*

We finally get to the room.  I tell miss Emma to stay seated when the nurse comes in and to be obedient.  

The nurse asks me to undress Brody *Emma disobeys, gets up and is in the way; I reseat her* so we can weigh him (btw: he weighs 23 lbs. 14 oz. - now that he is much more mobel, he has only gained 5 ounces in 2 months).  The nurse tells me that I can put his onesie back on *Emma disobeys again, I reseat her* and wait for the Doctor (who I really like...we lucked out).

I put Bro's onesie back on while Emma CONTINUES to disobey.  She is nearly 4 1/2 and typically very well behaved.  This was blatant.  I was irritated.  I once again tell her to get back in her seat, she protests by saying she doesn't want to so I pick her up and put her there when......


I look over and poor Brody, at his 9 month well-baby appointment, has just rolled off the table onto the cold hard floor!  I almost couldn't believe it!  He is screaming, Emma is screaming.  I felt like screaming.  I call for the nurse who immediately gets the Doctor.  Luckily, Brody hasn't broken anything - he fell on his very fat thigh.  I felt: terrible, worried for Bro, embarrassed, pissed at Emma for disobeying (because we all know that had she not disobeyed I would have not been distracted), but ultimately, I felt like the worst mom!   

I should have known better than to leave him, even for a second.  Brody has been rolling for months.  He has never had a fall at home because we are so careful. I was so distracted by Emma that I shifted my attention from Brody to Emma and in that 3 second shift all hell broke loose.  

So there you have it.  I deserve the Worst Mom Award today.  Thankfully, tomorrow is a new day!  

Make me feel a little better.  Has anything like this ever happened to you?


kari said...

Oh my goodness!!!! I'm so sorry! Why didn't you tell me today on the phone?

To make you feel better, this has totally happened to me. I was bathing Gunther in the sink... I had to turn my back for ONE SECOND to grab a towel and before I know it he fell from the counter to the floor. I felt terrible... I snugged him so much the rest of that day. Thank god he was alright... and thank god that gunther is a puppy and NOT a baby :) what did the doctor say to you?

Megan Lauriana said...

Wow! Alison! I'm so sorry. It was an accident and I'm so happy that Brody is okay. Hopefully Miss Emma knows that her actions have consequences.

But don't worry. I'm sure that has happened to lots of Mothers. You are NOT a bad Mom by any means. :)

Love you!!!!

onfire in PNG said...

oh my word, yes, yes, a thousand times yes ... like the time we left the boys, in bed, alone, for JUST AN HOUR and came home to the police? yes. youngest did not stay in bed, but wanted to look out an old window that promptly closed onto one of his fingers, so older brother went into the street, screaming. there's more but you get the jist.

Cha Olsen said...

You are a good Mom I am sure of it. Everyone has their moments. My mom pulled the socket out of my arm when I was little by twirling me around and CPS almost didn't let her take me home because they thought she was abusing me. I think my mom spanked me like twice in my whole life. So I hope that makes you feel better. It's normal :)

Krystyn said...

Oh, you so are not the worst mother. Don't be so hard on yourself. We all do things that we didn't think about in the heat of the moment. And it's easier to not think when one kid is really disobeying!

Glad he's okay...that is what is important.

Anonymous said...

Alison, it's Mom - you are an awesome Mom....I will tell you plenty of stories about trips and falls someday soon. I love you! xoxo

Yankee Mama said...

Oh I am so sorry! I am about to break into a sweats for you!

My first son rolled of of a waist high bed, he wasn't hurt but I was SO upset! You're not a bad mother it was an accident!

Aubrey said...

Oh nooo! That's terrible. You are not the first mama to do this! LOL

I was home sick from work one day, kept my baby at home with me. He had not rolled over. Ever. He was on the bed with me, I had to make a bathroom run and I heard the WHACK. He rolled for the first time from our bed onto our hardwood floor. Yeah. We've all been there!

Coming over from SITS to give a big Welcome!

Anonymous said...

Alison, I just want you to know that this is the greatest story I have read in a long time! It was divine intervention that Brody would have the thighs of an 8 year old hispanic female at his age... divine intervention indeed!

I am not surprised that my favorite nephew was not wounded in his attempt to fly.

Love Uncle Awesome

Tonya Ingram said...

Oh girl, I am so sorry. I can imagine how you were feeling. But yes, this similar thing has happened to me. Caleb rolled off the king size bed not once, but twice within a week. You'd think I'd have learned the first time. The 2nd time he actually got carpet burn across his nose and I told everyone that he was scooting and did because I didn't want anyone to know the truth!!! lol

Taryn said...

Poor Brody and poor you! Thank God for his chubby little body. We all have our moments though, so don't feel bad. I think everyone know you are a great mama. : )

Kristen said...

I don't think we did the falling thing...but I have had my share of bad mommy awards. We all survive.

Composing Hallelujahs said...

oh my goodness, our son flopped out of the car while we were at a rest stop. i think he was only 4 months old... my husband got up to get a spider and had forgotten that the door was open, he set him down like we would do on the couch and when he got up to reach for the spider the seat changed weight and out he went. i can STILL hear the sound of his head whacking the pavement {{shiver}}.
hopefully that makes you feel not so horrible... it's happened to us all!
my best tip for homeschooling would be to find a support group... i can't imagine doing this completely on my own. if possible, find a family that is similar to you, personality or goal wise, and glean from their experiences!
i have some links on my blog to some homeschool curriculum and sites that might be helpful. if you want more specifics, i can email you the details. :)

Sadiebug and her Mom said...

If I were you, I would have felt the exact same way! But honestly, your kids probably would have cooperated a lot more if they didn't have to wait an hour to see the doctor. I mean, they ARE little kids with absolutely no patience. If anyone should know this, it's a pediatric office. Big hugs!