Bad Mom confessions do not make us neglectful moms. It means we are not perfect.
We make mistakes and sometimes things just happen!
So, my three year old swallowed a birth control pill! This is how it went down.
Last year, on a regular weekday morning my daughter kept on saying her tummy was sore. I brushed it off because she always says her stomach is sore.
Now looking back I feel terrible for not paying more attention.
As we arrived at school, she said: “mummy I want to throw up.”
Which she did.
After wiping her down as best as I could, we drove home immediately and she stayed home that day. We assumed she had a tummy bug. My husband stayed home the morning (took her to the doctor), and I took the afternoon off. As working parents, we made a plan.
I turned to Google in my time of need – Is this normal?
My daughter received medication from our family doctor.
By the time I arrived home at midday she was tons better. Eating and playing, almost back to her usual self.
As I was tidying the bedroom that same day, a few things clicked into place:
- My husband asked her the previous night if she had eaten a pill. He found a birth control pill packet on the floor. I couldn’t tell if any were missing as I stopped using them at that point. Anyway, we were satisfied she did not eat it and went on with things.
- Then on this day, I found half a pill lying on the floor as I was busy tidying up
- Add up the two previous points along with the nausea it became clear that she swallowed a birth control pill
As this realisation dawned on me, I did what any self-respecting parent does in that situation. I Googled the LIVING DAILY LIGHTS OUT OF ‘my child swallowed birth control pills’. It turns out, this has happened to quite a few people!I Googled the LIVING DAY LIGHTS OUT OF 'my child swallowed birth control pills' Click To Tweet
We also checked in with our doctor.
Everything turned out fine – no harm was done.
Epic parenting fail! Here are 9 other Parenting Fails
Don’t judge! Tell me yours in the comments so we can be bad moms in solidarity.
1. Using the incorrect number of scoops
I made a milk bottle for my little one. Instead of using 5 scoops for 125 mls, I used 8 scoops. I remember this clearly. I was like – oh well!
2. Forgetting to send stuff to school
Forgetting to send show and tell on numerous occasions when my daughter was at playschool. I always missed the reminder from school! Playschool is not real school anyway.
3. Forgetting to pay for stuff
Forgot to pay our daughter’s drop off service for two months in a row…terrible. Luckily we have a good relationship with the company.
4. (Super) early bedtime
I put my kids to bed as early possible (the little one sometimes before 18h00), so I can be off ‘mommy duty’ and chill out
5. I lie about needing the bathroom
Sometimes when we are with the kids, I tell my husband that I need to go to the bathroom quickly when I don’t need to. I go to the bathroom and play on my phone.
6. Let them play in the cot
Sometimes when my Daughter wakes from a nap, I let her play in her cot. If she is okay I leave her. I can get sometimes another 30 minutes to an hour out of this situation.
7. I pretend to not notice the poo nappy
Sometimes when my daughter makes a number I pretend I don’t notice. I then ask my husband to check. As he discovers she made the poo, he must change the nappy.
8. When nap time turned dangerous
When my Daughter was between two and three years of age, she started dropping her nap. Nap time was challenging as she was sleeping in a ‘big kid bed’ meaning more freedom.
One day I put her down closed the bedroom door.
I went to relax in my bedroom. I felt so chuffed as I managed to get her to take a nap!
About 30 minutes later I heard something on the balcony. I walked to check, and guess who is playing on our balcony. Standing on a chair. Leaning over the railing! Having a field day on the freaking balcony! With a flimsy rail (well, any rail is flimsy when your two year old is standing on a chair, leaning over it). I was so frightened because she could have easily fallen over.
When my child refuses to leave places, I bribe her. I promise to give her a sweet in the car.
There you have it, I am a bad mom
Being a parent is NOT what we put out on Instagram. It is beautiful, exhausting and nasty at the same time.
Join me! Tell me in the comments, what is your bad mom moment??