Sunday, April 16, 2006

A bum-shuffle too far

They always say that the minute you leave your bubs on the couch unattended is when she chooses to roll off it.

In our case, today Baby chose to bum-shuffle off our couch in the few seconds I was away from her side. I remember that as I eased my feet into my shoes in preparation for our afternoon walkies, I thought that I'd better hurry back because this time I'd neglected to strategically place cushions between her and the edge of the couch. That thought was interrupted by a loud whump as the fruit of my loins and the apple of my eye landed supinely on the floor.

There were loud screams of surprise and hurt, but she perked up after the boy distracted her with a few baby-swings. The back of her head was a little flat, but no more so than it'd been yesterday.

I wonder how many screw-ups one is allowed before her mum is black-marked as a bad parent?



*Yes, I know that you aren't supposed to leave a baby on a couch unattended - and trust me, I'm not going to do it again until she's old enough to get off it safely.

10 comments:

EB said...

Kids sure can move surprisingly quick.

Juliabohemian said...

Don't fret. When my little one was 3 weeks old, the older one wanted to hold her and inadvertantly pulled her off the couch. She turned out okay. So far...

Jon said...

I had 2 mishaps when I was a baby. I was sitting under my highchair, and started playing with the legs of it until it toppled over and hit me on the head, and the other time, my dad was playing 'catch the baby' and sort of, well, dropped me. At least he was sitting down, though apparently my mom was furious with him for about a week ;) My point, these things happen. Don't worry too much

Violet said...

eb: And yesterday I realised just how quick...

juliabohemian: I guess they just bounce when they're that small, eh?

jon: you just reminded me of some childhood of mishaps of my own, including being poked on the head with a big stick and being scalded with just-boiled water from a jug. And I turned out only a little odd.

flying kiwi said...

My mum fell down the stairs with me when I was just an itty bitty baby and look how I turned out! (is that any comfort?)

Violet said...

flying kiwi: well you had an advantage over Baby, because you were sitting in a placenta full of fluid at the time!

Wicked said...

They're surprisingly unbreakable, really - the Smallest slid off the hospital bed when she was a day old, cos I was high on morphine and fell asleep whilst breastfeeding. I was out of bed as soon as I heard it (pulled all my drips out), but there wasn't a mark on her. I insisted the nurses adopt her out, because I was the worst mother of all, but she's turned out - relatively - okay.
Now you're part of the REAL Mommy Club! :D

Violet said...

wicked: you really couldn't be blamed if you were (legitimately) high on drugs. But now I'm jealous that I was never offered any.

desiree said...

Like others here I had some accidents as a baby - falling out of bed seems to have been a common one, like the time when my mum put me in the (then) big double bed and padded me in with cushions so that I couldn't wriggle out. But wriggle out I did and landed on my head...and I'm still OK (I think!).
Him Indoors managed to drop his daughter on her head 2 days out of hospital and she's OK. And my 2 yr-old nephew went for a big face plant at the zoo on Saturday and bounced right back without a single tear!

Kids are very resilient. Like I've said before...you worry too much!

Violet said...

desiree: he dropped her on her head - oh my goodness! He must've been horrified!