Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mommy Fail...

I officially win the title, worst mom ever!  Let me preface this post by saying that Hannah is fine and her happy little self, but me on the other hand....not so much!

Here's what happened:  On Friday I was out grocery shopping with the little peanut.  I was first in Rite Aid and she was getting fussy, so I got her out of her car seat (she was in her car seat, which was in the snap-and-go stroller) and held her as I finished getting what I needed in there.  As I was paying, I put her back in her seat so I could get my wallet out of my purse.  I failed to buckle her in at this point....mistake #1.  Then we went next door to Publix and she was a happy little camper and I was just running in for a few items.  I grabbed a basket (the hand-held kind) and started on my merry way.  I propped the basket on the handlebars of the stroller and started filling it up.....mistake #2.  You might be able to imagine what happened next...the stroller tipped forward.  I let go of the handle for one second and the weight of the basket was too much, causing the stroller to tip.  Thankfully everything happened very slowly and I was literally RIGHT there, but it sure did scare Hannah and me!  She didn't fall out of the car seat, but remember...she wasn't buckled in.  So her head fell forward a little (not abruptly or jerky, just forward) and she bumped it on the handle of the car seat.  She screamed bloody murder for what seemed like hours (in reality it was maybe 2 or 3 minutes tops) and now has a scrape on her head (no blood, just some flaking skin) to remind me of what an awful mom I am.  I can't even explain to you how scared I was and how awful I felt.  I grabbed her out of her seat as fast as I could and held onto her for a long time.  I wanted to burst into tears right there, but thankfully the Lord gave me the strength to pull myself together and be there for Hannah.  But I sure did break down once we got into the car (which by this time, Hannah was totally fine....blowing raspberries and making goo-goo noises in the back seat...securely buckled in to her seat now!) 

To top everything off, on Friday afternoon Hannah had her 4 month doctor's appointment (more on that in a separate post).  So you can imagine how I felt admitting to the doctor how she got the scratch on her head.  Yikes!  And to make it even worse, Hannah had to get a few vaccines at that visit....the poor thing! 

Needless to say, I will NEVER use a basket like that for shopping again (not even sure how I will ever grocery shop with her....just too scared now!) and I will ALWAYS buckle her into her car seat, no matter what! 

Welcome to motherhood.....


  1. Put sweet Hannah in the baby Bjorn while you shop- it is so much easier and they love to look at everything. Saved my life grocery shopping!

    I am so sorry that you an Hannah had such a scary time! I've never done those things, but once I stupidly left Drew on the couch (4 weeks old) because I had to pee so bad, ran and was back in five seconds, he was still there until I flung myself on the couch and he rolled off. I screamed and he screamed until I stood us both in front of the open refrigerator door to calm us down and find something sweet to eat to make me stop crying. Sometimes we make mistakes, but thankfully God helps make them a little easier by our babies not getting hurt and just freaking the heck out of us :)

  2. Oh girl, scary!!! Yesterday Ellie was crying in the car so I handed her my Rx bottle so she could shake it. Five minutes later I looked back and the (childproof) cap was off!!! I had to pull over on the side of the interstate to dig tiny pills out of her carseat and count them to make sure they were all there. Geez! Being a mom is hard.

  3. Laurel - I bet that was so scary, especially since Drew was so little. You are so right though that God was gracious to both of us!!

    Katie - Wow, that is scary!! Good thing you knew how many were in there. Glad she is okay! :-)

  4. Yikes! I have a very similar story... I guess we all have to learn the hard way sometimes!! Glad she's OK but I know it was still SO scary!