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#51 GranMultigravida

Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:54 AM

Done most things as well. i think the worst one was DD2 was driving me crazy and I went to shut her sisters bedroom door as DD1 had been sent for time out and not realising my little cherub had her hands on the door frame ( side where the hinges actually are) im tring to shut this door and wondering what it was jammed on,couldnt see so pulled tighter again....then she screamed. OMG i felt so so terrible. I cried and che cried and got over it but i cried more..... Im sure we are just all normal parents and these things cant be avoided

#52 ~*Ness~*

Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:55 AM

I kept banging her head into door frames as I entered or exited a room.

I have done this lots with dd2, her bedroom door swings forward slightly and a few times I forget and rush through. sad.gif

#53 crackaz

Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:04 PM

I was letting my daughter make toast with me. I told her to be very careful not to touch, since it was very hot. She of course had to reach over and touch. Screams, torrents of tears, barrow loads of guilt. The one single food thing: she learned that if someone says don't touch because it's hot, then you Dont Touch!

#54 Chaton

Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:42 PM

Just today I bumped DS (6 months old) head on our car door putting him in the car.  There was a slight dent in the skin (like when you press a fingernail into your skin) and a couple of minutes later it was a bit red but he screamed for only a couple of seconds then was fine.  I felt awful.

One other time when DS started sitting up on his own but not that steady yet I turned around to grab my mobile off the couch behind us as it was ringing and just as I turned around I heard the "Thump" as his little head hit the floor - he'd toppled over.  He cried, from shock more than anything I think but settled quickly.

Oddly when he was very young and still gaining head control he would headbutt my shoulder bone fairly often and it never bothered him.

#55 *BellBird*

Posted 21 August 2010 - 01:40 AM

Oh just then - picked up DS 11 weeks in wrap for 1am feed and ended up holding just wrap as the baby fell out!! Luckily he was only about 40cm from the cot mattress and wasn't really hurt - stupid sleepy stupor!!!

#56 km78

Posted 23 August 2010 - 10:51 AM

When DS1 was 2 we went on holiday to Europe. One day we were strolling down the Champs Elysee feeling all clever and proud of ourselves for successfully travelling with child. DS1 wanted to walk for a while and DH was pushing the stroller. There was a street ahead so I ran to catch DS, only I tripped and slammed him headfirst straight into this metal bollard. Apparently it looked from behind like I crash tackled my child for no reason. I felt awful (and super embarrassed).

I have laughed with tears for the last 10 minutes, I bet your DH still has a chuckle with his flash back visual of that (looked from behind like I crash tackled my child for no reason).

I have done them all too with both children, lucky they are tough!!

#57 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 23 August 2010 - 10:52 PM

Well yesterday I opened the pantry door into DD2's head (she's a commando crawler, incredibly fast, and I just didn't realise she had got there that quickly) and today I had some plastic bags with garbage in them next to the bin ready to go out for pickup. There was a can in one and DD1 stepped on it and damn near sheared her big toe off. sad.gif She's at the hospital with Daddy now and I'm feeling like a wretch for not taking the garbage straight out. sad.gif

#58 tracychook

Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

Another nail clipper incident here - DS was about 2 wks old when DH took the tip of his finger off with the nail.  DH still wont clip his nails 2.5yrs later.

Head bumping roof of car when getting into car seat - check.
Pinching skin in pram clips - check.
Whacking DS with doors, or stepping on his foot as I step backwards out of the pantry, because he sneaks up behind me - check.

Tho if he hasn't worked out by now that it's a bad idea to sneak up behind me given the number of bruises he's gotten then I'm afraid I have birthed a dumb child original.gif   Or a tough one.

#59 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:11 PM

Yep I seem to have a knack for whacking DS2 head in to doors and walls when I'm carrying him around. I have stood on his fingers a few times when I haven't realised his there and stepped back. I play with him and get a bit silly and he falls over.  ph34r.gif

#60 Fifdy Cents

Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:33 AM

QUOTE (diary~dad @ 17/08/2010, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you ever hurt your baby?
By Joseph Kelly

A couple of weeks ago I was leaving the house with baby Rita.  Having made sure Rita was securely strapped in her stroller, I turned to lock the front door behind me.  Letting go of the pram and turning to lock the door couldn't have taken more than a second, maybe two.  But in that time, with my back turned, Rita and the pram managed to roll their way off the porch, down the steps, landing upside-down on the concrete path.  There was a long, chilling silence before Rita’s scream cut through the air.

Fast forward through several frantic minutes and I’m sitting with Rita in our local doctor’s surgery as he studies her head.  It is, reassuringly, still attached to her shoulders.  It is also, according to the doctor, all in one piece.  Just as I am thinking to myself that I might be able to get through the whole incident without having to tell Susie anything about it, the doctor tells me Rita will have a nasty but impressive bruise. As it happened she produced a big old glorious shiner of a bruise, a pulsing neon sign that spat out in huge letters: “My dad dropped me on my head.  What kind of monster is he???”

When 7-year-old Maisie was a baby I was far too young, cocky and naïve to admit that I knew nothing about kids and was secretly terrified of the whole parenting caper.   I cleverly disguised this with a bold and brash display of parenting over-confidence.  I was determined, for example, to carry infant Maisie in my arms like it was no big deal, tucking her under one arm like I was carrying a six-pack into a barbie.  The problem with this approach, as I discover on more than one occasion, is that I kept banging her head into door frames as I entered or exited a room.

With our second, 4-year-old Frances, I was mature enough to admit that protecting my child took precedence over my desire to look relaxed and casual.  While other kids casually rolled down our street on their scooters, Frances was banned from stepping foot on a scooter without helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.  When I suggested to Susie that Frances should be wearing reflective clothing if she was going to ride her scooter, it was casually but firmly pointed out to me that I might be going a bit too far.

But by the time baby Rita arrived I was confident I had the balance sorted.  Not too casual, not too over-protective.  In fact, if I was a breakfast cereal I think I’d be called something like Right-On-The-Money.  The only problem is you can’t help bad luck.  No matter how under or over protective you are, accidents happen.  And even perfect parents can, in the juggle of doing one hundred things at once, forget to do something as fundamental as putting the brake on the pram.  This doesn’t make them bad parents �" does it?

Have you ever accidentally hurt your child?  How did it make you feel?

#61 Fifdy Cents

Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:34 AM

You are absolutely right that accidents happen. And even perfect parents can, in the juggle of doing one hundred things at once, forget to do something as fundamental as putting the brake on the pram.  

How is Rita now.

#62 diary~dad

Posted 26 August 2010 - 07:53 AM

Rita is healthy and happy, thanks.  And still as beautiful as ever!!

#63 michaelspar

Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:08 AM

"clipped DS's finger nails when he was about a month old and nipped his thumb. Blood everywhere and I was hysterical, he was hysterical and it took my husband 2 hours to calm me down after it happened."

It was also happen to me before, while clipping his finger nail i accidentally clip the skin of his finger, i wonder why my baby cry out loud and i noticed that his finger has blood and i really felt sorry for him.  Now i am carefully clipping his finger nail.

#64 mummyblossom

Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:11 AM

My DH shut 17 month old DD2's finger in the hinge of a frameless glass shower door and it partially amputated the end of it (her fingertip flipped over like a lid)
We were soooooo lucky that microsurgery successfully reattached the fingertip and her nail grew back perfectly. Poor DH...he was weak at the knees everytime he looked at her little bandaged finger for weeks later.

#65 Tiken

Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:29 AM

A couple of weeks ago I used the adult soap in the shower on DD's washer & it ended up in her eyes - lots of crying & panicking for the both of us.

#66 EllaK

Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:47 PM

At the start of last summer I purchased DS1 his 1st pair of thongs. It took a fair bit of convincing, but I got him to wear them and we headed off to a cafe down the street. On our way out I opened the heavy metal door onto his foot and took the nail off his big toe (I was heavily pregnant so my view was obstructed). I felt awful it just kept on bleeding and he kept on screaming.

He hasn't worn open toe shoes since!

#67 erinpeters

Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:57 PM

I was getting ready for a RARE night out with my DH when my DD was about 18months.  I put down my hair straightener and turned to pull the plug out of the wall... in the space of a few seconds, she toddled into the room, went straight for the straightener, and grabbed the hot plate with her little fingers - what a nightmare!  Needless to say it ruined our plans for the night - after all of the screaming, crying and fretting (more me than her!), her aunty turned up to baby sit and wound up going home - we just couldn't bring ourselves to go out.  Her fingers blistered up, but she was over it about 1/2 an hour later, and within 3 days it was like it never happened - all gone!  I'll never forget it though  ohmy.gif

#68 peanutts

Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:36 AM

hi reading this reminded me of when my ds2 was about 4 a friend of mine asked him if he wanted a hair cut cause he was clipping horses at the time and ds2 answered yes so friend clipped his hair straight down the middle and thats when the tears started big fat ones rolled down his face the whole time and for hours after. I felt horrible and what made it worse was it was summer and he wore a beannie to pre school for 4 days until his lovely teacher told him he looked like a swimmer in the olympic games then the beannie was never worn again  wink.gif

#69 bryan-is-flyin

Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

I had one of my boys whilst playing hide and seek, hide behind the door of his bedroom. The little one heard me heading up the hall and closed his fingers in the door, I ran up the fall and opened the door.. After holding him he settled, short time later I checked him opened the door and bashed his head into the back of the door. I felt so bad....

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