Ever since baby Maisy arrived my 15 month old has discovered she can climb almost anything. She climbs on the sofa, pivot balances on the top just as I grab her by the leg and haul her back onto the cushions. She climbs on the side of the cot trying to get in or out on her own. She hangs on the side of the sink (we have those fashionable round sinks which sit proudly on the top of a nice marble slab) and she does pull ups before hanging there until I prise her fingers open and she drops off. But yesterday she excelled herself. She climbed onto her sister's high chair and sat there looking very pleased with herself as she reached across the dining table and drank Jasmine's water from her big girl sippy cup.
Luckily Jasmine was having her siesta so didn't see or else there would have been a riot.
BUT then she got a bit cocky and began to swing her legs and guess what - she dropped off spectactularly. All of this happened whilst I was videoing her and laughing at her cheekiness. She went head first, it was like one of those You've Been Framed moments where you can't believe the parents were so stupid for letting it happen. Well this was my stupid moment. She landed head first on the rug and...as I threw the camera on the floor to try to catch her she bounced.
Her head appears to be made of rubber, this child is always bumping, bashing, whacking her head and each time she just bounces. My heart was in my stomach again, I felt like a bad mother. I knew Darren would go absolutely mad that I'd let this happen but this time I was incredibly lucky. She bounced. There won't be a next time, this climbing monkey needs to learn the meaning of the word DOWN and I've learnt it's not funny - the consequences could have been so different.
I have so much to learn, I need to set boundaries and this appears to be one of the first. There will be many more to follow I'm sure.
What was the stupidist parenting moment you've had?