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post #61 of 96
... I also pulled the T.V. over on myself when I was 2, and it wasn't a flat screen. My mom had to lift it off of my head and rushed me to the ER. I was fine in the end.
post #62 of 96
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Originally Posted by abomgardner417 View Post
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.
My in-laws use these things like wet-ones. Whenever we go out to a park to grill, they use them to wipe their hands, then immeditely sit down to eat a burger and chips. Like, don't use TASTE that?! I also found out recently that they use these to wipe down their grill at home, right before they slap the meat on to cook. I try not to eat over there.
post #63 of 96
I had a pretty near miss when I was about two. We were living at my grandparents' house. I was bored one day, and decided that I wanted to go to the shops (about a ten minute walk away, down a very busy road) - so instead of asking someone to take me, I just walked out the front door (it was not quite closed properly; Grandpa and Dad were doing some work on the house and were going back and forth between the front yard and the back room with very heavy boxes, and so had missed the fact that the door wasn't closed properly). Apparently I got about 500 metres down the road before one of my grandparents' neighbours (who was walking home from the shops) found me and brought me back home; everyone had been absolutely frantic searching for me, and apparently Mum couldn't stop crying.

But I just wanted to go shopping! I think Mum kept me within arms reach for months after that though, everyone was pretty scared.
(I also managed to lock myself in Dad's car when I was about 10 months old - I think I just liked to stress my parents out!)
post #64 of 96
When I was a baby, my four year old cousin stayed with us when we were still living in NYC. My mom took us shopping and my four year old cousin decided to hide and go "boo!", except she ran off as mom was paying and mom didn't notice. She got the whole store to look for my cousin, and my mom said she had the worst moment in her life as she left the store to go home and call the police. Just as she went one block from the store, my cousin popped out from behind a building and went "boo!"

My scariest parenting moment so far was when we got together with some friends at an outside restaurant for dinner. DS was playing with another boy there and they were being really careful about just playing around the restaurant. Then another boy came and DS started playing with him. This kid definitely wasn't scared of playing miles away from his parents, who weren't even at the restaurant but somewhere in the park, and at some point, we noticed that we couldn't see them. It was also dark by then and we ran around all over the park shouting and looking for them. When we had scoured the whole place and my heart was somewhere down by my ankles and I was starting to panic, going back and forth with DH "I thought you were watch him" "no you were supposed to!"... an older guy brought back the boys and told us they had wandered down almost to the main street. I just felt like the worst parent then.
post #65 of 96
When ds was about 15 months old he would throw these huge tantrums when it was time to come inside and throw himself onto the floor. I brought him into the living room and had forgotten that the padding was off the fireplace ... he threw himself down and busted his eye brow on a sharp fireplace rock. It started squirting blood, my living room looked like a murder scene. Luckily, a neighbor is a plastic surgeon and was home at the time .. he looked at it, decided it needed stitches and took us to his office. He did a great job and ds does not even have a scar .. but oh, was that scary!

About a year later I got ds out of the backseat and had him on my hip. It was early morning and I was dropping him off at my Mom's house so I could go to work. Somehow when I slammed the backdoor of the car, his foot got caught in there. He was screaming, I was freaking out and the door was jammed. I screamed for help and luckily my Mom heard and came running. She jumped inside the car and kicked the door open from the inside.

We took ds for xrays and I felt like the crappiest Mom ever. His foot was fine and just a little bruised.

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post #66 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!!
Dd thinks it's so hysterical when I forget to buckle her in--and bless her, she'll remind me before I start the car--that sometimes she asks me to pretend to forget just so she can remind me.
post #67 of 96
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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've done this.. I felt SO awful. I seriously think I left my brain at home that day because it just wasn't functioning. Thank goodness I wasn't the one driving..
post #68 of 96
DS2 was pushing DS3 up and down the driveway in DS3's Step 2 car. He gave the car a big push and pushed it right into the road while a mini-van was coming down our busy road. Luckily, the minivan saw it and stopped and I grabbed the little car before it got itself too far into the road!
post #69 of 96
When my son was a baby and learning to "pull up", he did it on the tv table. I saw the tv rock toward him, off balance from him pulling on the table. It didn't fall, thank G-d. I thought I was going to throw up . We spent that night nailing ALL the furniture to the walls!

Recently (and this is scary- I had NEVER thought about this), my son (4 yrs old) started FREAKING out in his carseat... "Mommy! Mommy!" I look in the rear-view mirror and he had taken the seatbelt (which was not being used because we used the latch strap and the tether) and he had wrapped it around his neck and it had "locked up". I pulled over and had to pry him out of it. He had marks all over his neck . My husband just came back inside from fixing this (he buckled it behind the seat and locked it up, so now ds can't pull it around to play or hurt himself). Please, please watch out for loose seatbelts! Who knew a kid in his carseat could pull a loose seatbelt and strangle himself?
post #70 of 96
Oh man. I just had a bad scare the other day. I used to be a cooker/baker but somehow I got away from that (just recently got pans/baking ware too).

I made banana bread the other day. DD and I were on the gated porch. I went inside to check the bread. I left the screen door open so she could come in/out as she pleased. The door is right by the oven. I was standing directly infront of the oven door with it open checking it. I had tunnel vision--just focussing on the bread.

Next thing I know dd is 3 inches away from touching the open oven door, walking right towards me. I put my hand up to her belly and shoved her away, knocking her on her butt. I felt bad shoving her away...but it was instinct to protect her.

Damn. I don't know what was wrong with me. I just wasn't paying attention! That could have been awful. Lesson learned...and now I pay closer attention. Good grief.
post #71 of 96
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Originally Posted by alexsam View Post
Recently (and this is scary- I had NEVER thought about this), my son (4 yrs old) started FREAKING out in his carseat... "Mommy! Mommy!" I look in the rear-view mirror and he had taken the seatbelt (which was not being used because we used the latch strap and the tether) and he had wrapped it around his neck and it had "locked up". I pulled over and had to pry him out of it. He had marks all over his neck . My husband just came back inside from fixing this (he buckled it behind the seat and locked it up, so now he can't pull it). Please, please watch out for loose seatbelts! Who knew a kid in his carseat could pull a loose seatbelt and strangle himself?

Wow, alexsam. I never would think of that. Thank goodness your son is okay! I could totally see any kid doing that. Your post may save a few kids by alerting parents to this.
post #72 of 96
Just a few weeks ago we had just arrived back at home from walking DS to the bus stop. I told the two girls that I was going into the bathroom to dry my hair. Two minutes later I come out and call for them.... silence. The garage door is wide open and a kitchen chair is pulled up alongside the door (guess DD1 can reach the button that way...) Both girls are barefoot, dancing in the puddles in the street in front of our house !
post #73 of 96
Just had the scare of my life.

My 4 year old was in his room watching TV and I went to get dinner ready while he watched cartoons.

Next thing I know I hear a faint scream and crying.

I ran upstairs and it looked like he had a blankie wrapped around his neck I tried to unwrap it and I couldnt. It was then I realized he had gotten to his nighttime pull ups in the trash and pulled 7 of them onto his head!! What was he thinking! He was choking and struggling to breath because he was panicing. I feel I am lucky he was even able to cry and get out noise. Based on how red his neck was and how warm he was I wondered how long he had been in that situation before I heard him. I dont think I have ever been more scared in my life.

Fortunatly after getting them off and 15 minutes of calming him down and him getting a popsicle to cool him off he seems completely fine.

Has anyone ever ran into this problem? What could he have been thinking!
post #74 of 96
brekkon, I have a 4 yr old who has been known to goof off by putting his underwear on his head... that is such a scary story. Glad your little guy is ok!
post #75 of 96
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Originally Posted by brekkon View Post
Just had the scare of my life.

My 4 year old was in his room watching TV and I went to get dinner ready while he watched cartoons.

Next thing I know I hear a faint scream and crying.

I ran upstairs and it looked like he had a blankie wrapped around his neck I tried to unwrap it and I couldnt. It was then I realized he had gotten to his nighttime pull ups in the trash and pulled 7 of them onto his head!! What was he thinking! He was choking and struggling to breath because he was panicing. I feel I am lucky he was even able to cry and get out noise. Based on how red his neck was and how warm he was I wondered how long he had been in that situation before I heard him. I dont think I have ever been more scared in my life.

Fortunatly after getting them off and 15 minutes of calming him down and him getting a popsicle to cool him off he seems completely fine.

Has anyone ever ran into this problem? What could he have been thinking!
Oh poor guy. What in the world made him think that was a good idea! I'm so glad you heard him. How scary!
post #76 of 96
Thankfully we haven't had too many yet.

The worst so far was when DD first started crawling. She never moved more than a few feet at at time, so I left her in the living room and went to get something in the next room.

When I came back moments later she was sitting at the top of our stairs (raised ranch) looking down the bare hardwood steps to the bare hardwood landing below.

I almost died on the spot, scooped her up and had DH put up the gate that weekend. He still doesn't know she got that close to falling, I never told anyone!
post #77 of 96
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Originally Posted by Embee View Post
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.
Ditto- I am so glad my 5 yo is a stickler for the rules- this never happened to me until I had 2 kids and sometimes it's so crazy when I am getting them into the car, I forget to buckle him in. He always tells me when I forget- Mama I'm not safe!!
post #78 of 96
So far my 15 month old hasn't done anything scary. But my niece who's 4, just recently decided she wanted to go to school. So while her mom was in the bathroom, she puts her shoes on and leaves their apartment, goes through their apartment parking lot, and crosses a very busy street to the local High School. : Her mother couldn't find her, so she called the police, and they were the ones who found her sitting on the steps of the High School!!!!
post #79 of 96
Here are 2 more stories. One about me and one about my brother. When I was about 3 I woke up really early one morning, and I got the popsicles out of the freezer and decided I wanted to share them with my friends in the neighborhood. So, I went to all my friends houses at like 6 in morning ringing their door bells to see if they wanted a popsicle!! I guess my grandma who had come over found me walking down our street back to our house, in my nightgown, with melting popsicles.
My brother when he was maybe 5 or 6, decided to hide in the backseat, on the floor of our car. My mom was going to a friends house that day and didn't notice he back there, and I guess he also fell asleep. Because he woke up, and got out of the car and started walking around the neighborhood of my mom's friend!!! While this is going on our babysitter is freaking out because she can't find my brother! Thankfully a woman saw my mom get out of her car and go over to her friends house, and she saw my brother get out of the car and wandering around. So, she took him over to the house where my mom was.
I can't wait to see what my dd does as she gets older!!!!!!!
post #80 of 96
my ILs don't parent much...last week my 3 y/o nephew jumped off the second floor balcony. and then a day ago he got on the riding lawn mower, started it up, and crashed through the neighbor's fence.
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