Earlier today, I read a post on a message board from a mom who is absolutely mortified because she accidentally dropped her 4-week-old baby.
The poor woman was carrying her little guy in his Moses basket while heading out to the car. When she tried to put the basket on the back seat so she could pick him up out of it and put him in his car seat -- the door handle slipped and the baby fell out onto the pavement.
Thankfully, he's ok, but the mom naturally feels like the worst mother who ever walked the face of the Earth. And after I heard her story, all I wanted to do was reach out and hug her and say, "Oh, honey. Don't be so hard on yourself. This stuff happens to all of us -- and it happened to me."
Yep, when my son was about 3 months old, I laid him in the middle of our king-sized bed so I could fold the laundry. I'd done it a million times before, and he never moved an inch. On this particular day, however, I quickly ran down the hall to turn on the dryer -- I was gone for all of about 30 seconds. And as I was running back to the bedroom, I heard a thud. And I knew.
Much to my horror, I found my poor baby on the floor, staring up at me all wide-eyed and confused. And as soon as he saw the look of distress on my face, he burst into tears, and so did I. He wasn't hurt or anything, but I sure felt like an awful parent, and I never turned my back on him for one second from that day forward.
But just as I suspected, I'm not the only mom who is willing to admit having either dropped her baby or done something that led to her baby falling onto the floor.
Here's what 10 other moms on Twitter and Facebook had to say.
Have you ever dropped your baby?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside