Friday, September 19, 2008

No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!

.....and they all rolled over and one fell off.

As a mother, I define myself by moments shared with my sweet little boy. Yesterday wasn't my finest...Noah fell face first off of our bed onto the (thank God it was carpeted) floor.

We were sitting having a nice "let's read a magazine together" moment on mommy's bed. AKA, I attempt to speed read snippets of articles in Glamour before Noah tears the page out. Not wanting to miss out on any snuggle time, my cat Hermione jumps up on the bed with us. Once she spies that Noah has already taken her favorite spot on the bed, she bolts back down in a huff. The next few seconds happen in slow motion....

1. Noah sports his "I WANT KITTY NOW!" face

2. His back legs become the inspiration for long jumpers everywhere as he rockets himself out of my lap, heading toward the side of the bed

3. Next frame is Noah's excited face as he plummets over the side, still reaching for the cat

(pause....this is where MY HEART STOPS)

4. Noah crashes to the ground head first, then body follows

After the initial (OH MY GOD), I swiped him up into my arms. He and I are both crying hysterically and I imagine the next 30 years with my son as a quadriplegic.

While I am dialing the ped's emergency line I notice he can still move his head back and forth. While I am on hold (grrrrrrrr, it's an emergency people! who has a hold button for this line?) he stops screaming and just whimpers a bit. As I talk to the nurse who assures me "babies are flexible," my sweet baby stops crying altogether and gives Mommy a smile. By the time I am finished memorizing the symptoms of a concussion, he is arching his back and then crawling when I put him down.


Phew. We both survived. But now I am plagued with a horrible case of Mommy Guilt.

Tell me something like this has happened to you. Or do I win "Bad Mommy of the Year Award 2008"?

6 comments:

Mama's Losin' It said...

Awww you poor thing. He'll never remember it. One of my daughter's fell off the bed when she was only a couple months old!! Two of them have fallen down the stairs. And poor Maile was coughing one night when we were making her "cry it out"...when I got her the next morning she was SWIMMING in throw up. Gross.

Mother's guilt??

Yeah. I'm slightly familiar with that feeling.

But isn't that cry the WORST!?!?!?

Emelia said...

I accidentally "shoved" or "wrestled" or "nudged"..or something to that effect... my nephew off my sister and brother-in-law's bed.... onto a hardwood floor.... That one gave him quite the bump. Good thing he's hard-headed (like his aunt). There were tears, ice packs, and promises of the "M-Store" (AKA Mc Donalds) and all was well. :) Aunty Emi was restored her position of favorite Aunt. At least until Aunty Lena comes 'round with the Wii this X-mas...LoL

Heather said...

Oh don't worry...I can top you for that award. about a month ago I was "letting Avery play independently" when she shows up with an open bottle of benadryl and sticky lips. i still have no idea how she got or got it open. calls to poison control, a trip to the ER and her first accident in public b/c i'd made her drink water like crazy thinking it would flush it out of her. they watched her for an hour and declared her fine...kids are resilient, thakfully!

thanks for stopping by my blog...and I could certainly do a monkey if you're interested.

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, you are a great mommy!! My daughter must've fallen off the bed 5, or 6, or 10 times! It's horrible, I know. She was a mover! She would even climb onto the bed and then fall off. Ok, bad memories... well, for us... they don't remember, thus her repeating the horrible scene so many times!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday...100 things and being saucy was a lot of fun!!

I too allowed my baby to roll off the bed when she was little (she's almost nine now!) I had it set up with pillows all around, and left my 3 yr old son with her...I RAN to the bathroom, I was mortified...it happens, and she is perfectly ok.

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