Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mom's Grade tonight - D

I suppose that I can't call it a Mom Fail as I originally thought since baby goat is fast asleep and there was no harm done, but despite my best efforts I was not at my best this evening.  I had a great idea to encourage Mr. Goat to go out with some friends.  I worked late yesterday and all morning long so he'd had a lot of solo baby duty already this weekend so I thought I'd make him go have a little fun.

And baby goat and I had fun.  He's so much more mobile now that he takes all your energy to keep him contained and occupied.  We just got a bunch more baby-proofing stuff but we are still figuring out what and where he can get into and haven't put it all to use yet.

So baby goat was being a handful and heading towards the side table where I realize I've left a few diet coke cans, a kleenex and a purell bottle.  I take the cans and the kleenex to recycle/throw them away and moved the purell bottle to the back.

You see where this has going.  Apparently his arms have grown like 20 million inches since yesterday and when I got back 10 seconds later he was gumming the top of the purell bottle.  (BIG red checkmark on the Mom Test)

A call to poison control later I was reassured that with the bottle closed any residue wouldn't be enough to hurt him. Apparently several teaspoons would be needed to get a babe of baby goat's size seriously ill.  She said to watch him for an hour to be safe but really there was nothing to worry about.

Whew.

I guess I'll need to remember to put it back as soon as I use it now.  And I am glad it wasn't the pump bottle types but the type that is closed!

Later, after our hour of observation we get ready for bed.  At that point I realize that I have no PJs clean that fit him.  So we improvised.  Thankfully the 9 months still fit in the torso!

(Aside #1:  the rig that he is in is a Kerry Kuddler or Danny Sling.  It enables him to sleep at an incline due to reflux.  He's slept this way since we discovered he had reflux issues and it works wonders for us.  We are going to start reducing the incline pretty soon though as he is outgrowing the reflux.  Yay!)

(Aside #2: Baby wrinkles!  So cute!)

Back to business, I certainly wasn't in top form tonight but I'm glad that it wasn't more serious than it might have been.  I take comfort in the fact that I can't be the only one with embarrassing mom (almost) fails.  Right?  Please right? 

So please consider my cautionary tale of the evening.

Oh, and baby goat... he seems no worse for the wear:

13 comments:

Monkeymama said...

Oh, scary for you! I can't tell you how many prayers of thanksgiving I've sent up to the kids' guardian angels after close calls where you can only imagine why things turned out so well.

And, that picture of Baby Goat in his jammies is adorable - he just looks like "I'm nearly 1 now Mama! No baby jammies for me!"

JM said...

Allow me to direct you to the post where I revealed my (most recent) mom fail: http://littleskyeguy.blogspot.com/2010/01/two-years-eight-months-three-weeks-and.html . Trust me, it happens to us all :).

Kate1024 said...

i SO do not think that qualifies you for "D" mommy grade. I mean, we all make mistakes, and, as the picture proofs, baby goat is no worse for the wear. AND you are still learning what he has the potential to get into, and now you know. But you are a terrific mommy, and that baby's smile proves it!!

Monika said...

Glad all worked out fine - We've all had our Jr. Mom episodes & we all live through them. No bad grade necessary. Love the chub-a-chub legs too - so cute, but once they get moving, they don't last, so enjoy!

simplicity said...

Don't beat yourself up!!! He looks great to me! I can totally relate, I've had those moments but think now you can look back and LAUGH!

simplicity said...

Also, if you look back in my archives Henry has gotten into: vaseline, baby oil, baby powder, markers...hmm I'm sure there's more but oh man we've had issues with lots of things too :)

Anonymous said...

What a scare! But, if it's any consolation, I've heard that poison control has been getting a ton of phone calls similar to yours since hand sanitizers are all over the place now due to the H1N1 and seasonal flue scares lately. It's not just you. Take care and remember tomorrow is a new day :)
Theresa

amy said...

My mom always told me that getting kids to bed alive and fed is a successful parenting night. Granted, that's aiming a bit low, but I'm thinking that since Baby Goat is obviously happy (and adorable), has a mother who was totally on top of it and called PC, you're a good mom. Sleep well tonight.

The Marketing Mama said...

You get a passing C in my book, Liz. :) YOu are a great mom, and I think it's great you called poison control b/c it means I'm not the only paranoid mom they've laughed at in the last 12 months. :)

Molly Guthrey Millett said...

I wouldn't have even thought to call poison control! I guess I wouldn't have thought anything of it. At least his mouth was sanitized right? Joking.

Unplanned Cooking said...

Our 1st got ahold of the hand sanitizer once, too. Then he sucked the shoe polish off my husband's shoes. We called poison control a lot with him, but never with our other 2.

happygal said...

How scary. Glad it all turned out okay!

Laura said...

I think my worst was when Mallory figured out the baby proofed linen closet and got the jewelry cleaner out and poured it all over herself and the floor. Oh, then there was the time she climbed into the sink and put hand lotion all over everything she could reach. Then the many, many times she's managed to drink from the dog's water dish. Really, I do watch her....