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post #41 of 96
Before my twins could walk I had no way to get them both from the truck to the house - a 50-60 foot walk - except a wagon. Coming home one summer evening when they were 16 mo, I got B out of the truck and put him in the wagon and started walking around the back to get E out. I had no sooner opened E's door when I heard B just shrieking and screaming - something I never hope I hear again. I turned around and his little 16 mo pudgy baby hand was stuck between the top of the side of the wagon and the bottom of the hot greasy tail pipe. I hadn't realized that I had cut the corner too close and the truck was so high and the wagon so low that it had actually gone part way under the truck and baby B was sitting backwards in the wagon and didn't even see what was going on.
Blood just started pouring out and not fully realizing what was going on I pushed the wagon backward when I should have pushed the wagon down and away. I ended up slicing one of his fingers even worse, but I didn't realize all this until later. I yanked the bib from around his neck and wrapped his fingers in it and the poor little guy is just screaming bloody murder. I couldn't run him inside because I still had E half way out of the car and didn't want leave him way out in the driveway on a busy street alone and I couldn't carry both. I didn't think it was bad enough to call 911 and my mom lives a few houses down so I called her and she came down to help. We ended up in the ER - no stitches but 3 of his poor tiny fingers were cut and had second degree burns. His little pinky nail was melted on one side I was a mess in the ER and the doctors kept reassuring me that accidents happen, but I still don't think I've forgiven myself. I still feel so guilty everytime I look at his sweet hand and see the scars. It makes my stomach churn just to think about all this again and it's been over a year ago now! I'm gonna go squeeze him tight now!
post #42 of 96
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Originally Posted by abomgardner417 View Post
I turned around and his little 16 mo pudgy baby hand was stuck between the top of the side of the wagon and the bottom of the hot greasy tail pipe.
Oh, mama!! How heartbreaking!!!
post #43 of 96
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
A couple of weeks ago I put the kids in their carseats and was doing almost 70 on the freeway when my DS said, "Mom, I'm not buckled in." I had opened his door to let him climb into his seat, gone around to the other side to put DD in, and then just gotten in my seat without buckling DS in!!
I have done that too. TWICE! :

ETA: I just reread the thread and noticed how many have driven around with unbuckled kids Makes me not feel so bad, even though I remembered doing it a few more times, when ds was a baby and couldn't tell me he wasn't buckled, and at least once with dd
post #44 of 96
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Originally Posted by Fuamami View Post
I've done that. Even worse, I've driven around all over the place, only to find upon our return home that someone had unbuckled the carseat. So my ds was buckled in, but the carseat was just loose in the back.

But the worst was when I didn't tie the gate up tight enough and found my ds standing behind my horse playing with her tail. She's very gentle (obviously), but he was so little at the time I doubt she even knew he was there.
I did the same thing a couple of months back. I had taken the car seat out of our car and put it into our friend's car, since we were going somewhere that day. When we got back I was in a rush to put super cranky ds down for a nap, so I opened the door to the car and placed the car seat on the back seat, thinking to myself "I definitely have to buckle that in later." Weelllll....I totally forgot, and TWO days later after I had driven here and there with ds in the car, I realized that it wasn't buckled to the seat. :
post #45 of 96
On an entirely different note, I have to relay what I witnessed at my friend's house the other day.

Ds and I were over at our neighbor's house - her ds is two weeks younger than mine. So the two kiddos are running around and her and I are talking. Suddenly I remember that ds is wearing shorts but with no diaper underneath -- she had invited us over unexpectedly after seeing us outside, and most of the time ds runs around outside with no diaper on and has rarely had an accident. So I asked him: "Do you need to go potty?" as he is running by me, full throttle: he stops, gets a funny look on his face, and says, "Yeah" so I take him to the bathroom, help him pull his pants down, and immediately smell poop. Then I realize that yes, he had already pooped in his pants, though i didn't see much there. Oy vey. But even worse: about a minute later my friend's 2 YO steps in a pile of it in the living room. So my friend grabs some Greased Lightning all purpose cleaner, and proceeds to wipe up the poop off the floor(which I offered to do, but she did it anyway). Then her ds starts whining b/c he got some poop on his hands, and my friend grabs a fresh paper towel, sprays it down with Greased Lightning, and wipes her son's hands down with it. I was seriously like: and asked: "Doesn't he ever put his hands in his mouth?" she said "no" and I said, "I'd be careful with that, that stuff is toxic." I really couldn't believe she did that!

Quite a story, huh? It's amazing what can happen in the span of an hour with a diaperless two year old. lol
post #46 of 96
DD unbuckled ds from the seatbelt before. Once I found it I turned to latch around so that it couldnt be undone easily again.
post #47 of 96
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Originally Posted by RiverMamma View Post
DH has a really bad habit of not picking up his broken guitar strings, & the music room is DD's play room. More than once I have caught her picking up one of the pokey little broken ball ends! Scarry!!!
My DH too! Old guitar strings are a menace! Luckily DS has never gotten poked but the cat sure has, many times! Cat LOVES those darn things, will play with them all night until POW! right in the nose! :

I have also gotten home to DS saying, "OH, I'm not buckled in." DOH! He NEVER lets me forget now. NEVER! "Ah. Mom. I'm NOT buckled in." He'll say this before I even get into the darned car and have a moment to buckle him in.

The worst though was something like the OPs. Right before we moved, DS was playing with a neighbor in the yard. And while the yard was not fully fenced, both kids were six and had always observed the "we don't leave the yard without a parent" rule. I was inside packing away and checking on them every few minutes as usual. Then I went to check and nothing, nada, where are the kids? I checked the whole yard, the neighbors, it was a nightmare. I'm running about, calling. Not only MY kid, but my friend's kid. And to say this was totally OUT of DS's character to leave the yard would be a gross understatement. I was panicked. Called the neighbor girl's Dad who was actually pretty calm (CALM!?). Neighbor girl's big sister came over to help look, etc. And just as we were going to do an all out neighborhood search, here come DS and his partner in crime walking up the street. Seems they thought it would be "ok" to walk to the neighborhood pond a few blocks away. Apparently, DS's buddy being a younger sib of an child old enough to walk the neighborhood had been getting pretty brave lately and she took DS along for the ride.

All's well that ends well. We have a fully fenced yard in our new house OP. I get ya completely! to all.

The best,
Em
post #48 of 96
When DD was a few months old I drove from the mall down the street to Borders. She had been sleeping in her infant seat (this is before I got into babywearing) so I snapped her into the base and off we went. I got to Borders and upon attempting to unbuckle her I found she had never been strapped in! I felt horrible ... but at least she had been sleeping

I saw a car at the mall yesterday that had a LO in an infant seat ... but the child was very obviously sitting upright and did not have shoulder straps harnessing her in. It was a Graco seat so where were the straps?
post #49 of 96
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Originally Posted by mama*pisces View Post
). Then her ds starts whining b/c he got some poop on his hands, and my friend grabs a fresh paper towel, sprays it down with Greased Lightning, and wipes her son's hands down with it. I was seriously like: and asked: "Doesn't he ever put his hands in his mouth?" she said "no" and I said, "I'd be careful with that, that stuff is toxic." I really couldn't believe she did that!
I watched a friend of mine wipe her 2yo son's hands down with a Clorox wipe once. I just couldn't keep watching cause I didn't want to see him stick his hands in his mouth after that.
post #50 of 96
I've done the car seat thing a few times. We got a good twenty miles from home once before I realized it. Another time I almost did but my son was a bit older and he got upset and let me know. More recently we went to get our toddler out of her car seat only to realize it wasn't buckled in. She climbs in on her own a lot and we figure she probably stepped on the buckle and undid it. We don't know how long it had been that way. We were in a hurry and were planning to fix it when we got back to the car but forgot. So she got buckled in that way. Two days later ( we hadn't gone anywhere in those two days) we went to get in and noticed it again. We fixed it right then and there.

As for stunts pertaining to my children and me well there are plenty. There was the time when he was 18 months and we didn't think he could reach very high. We were cooking about a tablespoon of meat to test if it was still good and he pulled the pan down on himself. There wasn't much grease thankfully but he did get two small burns. There was the time my daughter jumped off the couch and face planted giving herself a bloody nose. The time my son when he was maybe 18 months when he got outside without my realizing it and I found him some 10 or more minutes later playing next to the house in the dirt in just a diaper. We didn't know he could open the door. We put a chain lock on after that which only worked till he got a little older and learned he could use the broom to undo it. He is full of mischief. I have so many with him that I can't count and I need to get off the computer.
post #51 of 96
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post
My brother, when he was 12, got together with a friend of his. The friend stole his mom's car keys, and the 2 kids would DRIVE his mom's car to deliver their morning paper route. Two 12 year old boys, driving around at 5:30 am. ACK!
On the topic of 12 year olds and driving--When I was 11-13 we lived on an acreage with a narrow 3/4 mile lane that legally the school bus could not drive on. My younger brother and I were basically latch-key kids so we walked that lane to and from the bus that cold cold wind swept first winter. My younger brother ended up getting frost nip on his ears, so my mother and dad decided that I could be taught to drive a farm vehicle for just up and down the lane. Shortly after my 12th birthday, my Dad taught me to drive an old red Ford truck, stick shift with a non-functional 4th gear, and no power steering--Uffda! That was a workout to drive! OK, so yeah, it was a bit of a necessity to have me drive at 12 and 13 especially in harsh American Midwestern winters--HOWEVER..

(fellow car safety peeps look away now) On warmer days after school, my 8-9 year old younger brother would ride in the back either standing up holding on to the stock gate (!) or on the tail gate (!) whilst I drove around in the open extremely bumpy fallow fields!!!

My eldest 2 kids are nearly that age and I absolutely cringe at the thought!

Oh, and yes, my younger brother is happily alive and kicking and razzes me about stories of the old red Ford truck.
post #52 of 96
I have to go to work, so I will have to finish reading this post later.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has posted.

I dont feel like such a horrible mother now that I know other "real" Moms make some of the same mistakes I do.

I keep telling DH that is DS lives to see 20 it will be despite me and not because of me
post #53 of 96
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Originally Posted by ians_mommy View Post
I keep telling DH that is DS lives to see 20 it will be despite me and not because of me
I dunno - my dh likes to say "Most children below the age of 5 are on a mission to get themselves killed. It is our job to stop them."
post #54 of 96
As I'm reading this thread, my daughter is sitting on my lap and suddenly lunges sideways, smacking her head on the wooden armrest. I know it's no big deal, but I thought the timing was pretty awesome
post #55 of 96
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Originally Posted by uccellina View Post
As I'm reading this thread, my daughter is sitting on my lap and suddenly lunges sideways, smacking her head on the wooden armrest. I know it's no big deal, but I thought the timing was pretty awesome
post #56 of 96
My DD's infant car seat was unbuckled from the car for about 2 days because unknown to me, MIL, (who normally used to sit to the right of the car seat in the back, had to sit to the left because we parked too close to something on the right side to open the door wide enough for her to get in) had unbuckled the carseat while attempting to unbuckle her own seat belt.

After that I made sure that she ALWAYS sat on the right side, and also warned my BIL and SIL of the same thing.

My kiddos are still small - 2 and 3 - so I don't have any other horror stories, yet, but I'm sure I'll accumulate some in the next few years!
post #57 of 96
My worst was waking up to find my then 2.5 yo happily drinking down a half full bottle of infant ibuprofen! I had left it on my bedside table after giving her a dose during the night. I still have no idea how she got past the child proof cap. She was fine but i had to suffer various lectures from hospital staff regarding the correct storage of medicines

Both my children have fallen off the bed and couch! I have driven with carseats unbuckled a few times too.

When dd2 was a newborn I popped into the chemist to get a prescription for dp. I knew I would only be gone a minute as I was just picking it up so I left both children sleeping in the back. When I got back in the car and started the engine I realised I'd left the hand brake off! and we were parked on a hill -I still shudder to imagine my car rolling backwards down the hill, towards a busy road, with my precious babies sleeping in the back

I feel awful after writing this - I will be more careful from now on

Kirsty x
post #58 of 96
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Originally Posted by Kirstyandgirls View Post
My worst was waking up to find my then 2.5 yo happily drinking down a half full bottle of infant ibuprofen! I had left it on my bedside table after giving her a dose during the night. I still have no idea how she got past the child proof cap. She was fine but i had to suffer various lectures from hospital staff regarding the correct storage of medicines

I had someting similar with a bottle of Hylands teething tablets. Dd was popping them like candy. Turned out they were harmless, but boy, was she wired the rest of that day. She'd climbed the baby gates and got up to get my bag to unzip the right part to get at them.

There's nothing like a determined toddler.......
post #59 of 96
We had our fist WTH moment last week. We went to the pool in our complex and DS and I were in the water. He was squirming to get out so DH said he would watch him. I was swimming doing laps and DS was running along the side of the pool. I stopped in the deep end to make some faces at him and he fell head first in the water. I’m not even sure what happened it was all so fast. I dive under and he’s sinking head first to the bottom not even trying to swim or save himself. DH leaned in and grabbed his foot and pulled him out. I am still feeling sick about the whole thing and my heart starts racing every time I see the image of him sinking to the bottom.
post #60 of 96
My sister has always been fascinated with cars and loved to play with the steering wheel. I was 3.5ish and my sister was 18 months. We were on our way somewhere and my mom had forgotten something in the house. We were both in our car seats and she dashed back in the house. Our driveway was on a slope...
My sister unbuckled herself out of her seat, climbed up to the drivers seat, moved the shifter to neutral and the car went down the driveway, across the road, over the edge, and thankfully hit a stump that kept us from going all the way down the hill.
My mom heard the "thump" when we hit the stump. She was horrified, of course. I remember her trampling through the brambles to get to us. I was screaming, my sister was proud.
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