It goes without saying: Being a new mom is hard. You're used to only taking care of yourself -- maybe a few pets? -- when all of a sudden, boom, there's this little baby in your life whose every need, want, and desire has to be fulfilled by you! So, what happens? Well, sometimes, you screw up. Big time.
Here are 5 parenting fails I've already committed as a new mom. No, I am not proud.
I forgot to tighten the straps in the car seat. I know. I have one of those Snap N Go carseat/stroller combos -- you know where you take the carseat out of the car and pop it into a cart? It's great. Anyway, one time, after I took my daughter out of the car and popped her into the cart, I loosened her straps, because I felt like they were too tight. I strolled her around the store for a while like this, then when I put her back into the car -- oops! I forgot to tighten the straps again. Awesome.
The monitor died and I had an awesome night's sleep. About three weeks into my daughter sleeping in her own room, my unplugged half of the monitor died. In the middle of the night. While I was sleeping. And I never woke up during the night. I'm not talking, like, a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. sleep here -- more like a midnight to 6. And I'm not gonna lie, I felt like a new woman after. (I like to think that if she did cry, I would have heard, but honestly, we'll never know.)
She slept in pee. Not a pee-pee diaper, a pee-pee crib sheet. When my daughter was first born, we were living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment with no laundry. She peed on one crib sheet, and I washed it. Then she peed on another, and, yeah, I wasn't making another trip to the laundromat for one thing. At least it had dried.
I starved her. Not intentionally, obviously, but it's impossible to tell how much food babies are getting when you're nursing! It took a trip to the pediatrician to find out that the reason she was crying, oh, for five, six hours a day was because the poor girl was hungry.
I forgot a diaper. I was running out of the house, I thought there was at least one left in my diaper bag, and yep, just didn't bring one. And yep, my daughter pooped.
What parenting fails have you committed?
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