We’re all human and we all make mistakes. I make no claims to be perfect, in fact, I am far from it. I’ve had friends paint that picture of me, though. I’ve had people perceive me as the “perfect mom.” Pshhhh. Let me tell you, I am so far from that, and I will prove it to you. We all make mistakes, and this parenting stuff can be tough, so, in solidarity of this notion, I thought I would be totally transparent and write about my top 5 #momfails of the year.
The Car Seat Fail- So, somehow the latch belt for the car seat was lost on vacation (my guess is the airport), so in the interim, I installed my 2-year-old’s car seat with a seat belt. Recently, I was backing out of my driveway when my four-year-old shouted that her sister’s seat belt was not buckled. Thankfully, we didn’t get far. My two year admitted to unbuckling it when she got in the car. We had a huge talk on the safety aspect of the seat belt, but I felt horrible for not noticing. Huge #momfail.
- The Vocabulary Fail –My husband and I have cleaned up our vocabulary since having children, but apparently, we need to do better. While we’re pretty good about not cursing in front of the kids, we’ve adapted phrases like “a-hole”. Yeah, it’s time to cut those out, too. Not too long ago my oldest daughter called her sister an “egg hole” out of annoyance. While it was not spot on, it was close enough. No more saying “a-hole.” #parentingfail
- The Diaper Fail –Last night I picked the girls up from their uncle’s house after a 9 hour day of training for my Zumba instructors license. The training ended at 9pm. I was so tired when we got home. The hubby was out of town, so I told the girls we’d have a sleepover in my bed. My two-year-old is potty trained, but cannot make it through the night yet. Guess who was too tired to remember to put a diaper on my two-year-old? Yeah, that would be me. I woke up at 1am after being peed on. My bed was soaked, I was soaked and my two-year-old was soaked. Super fun. #momfail
- The Medicine Fail – My two-year-old is mischievous beyond compare and she is so quick. I never went through these types of mishaps with my oldest daughter. Anyway, I had to pee. So off I went to the bathroom. During that time, my two-year-old took a stool over to the kitchen counter, climbed on the counter, opened the medicine cabinet and poured herself some Children’s Benadryl. I walked out to her sipping some from the cup. Thank God, she didn’t drink a lot. I immediately called her pediatrician who assured me she would be fine, but I couldn’t help but feel like a total failure. I was a wreck. I was also in shock that she was able to open up the bottle. Child proof my ass. Anyway, I thought having the medicine in the upper cabinet was sufficient, but apparently not. I moved everything to the very top rack of the upper cabinet. #momfail
- The Anatomy Fail – This is more hilarious and slightly embarrassing than an all out fail, but I thought I’d share it. My youngest has no regard for privacy. I nursed her until she was 18 months and she totally remembers it. She is still obsessed with my breasts. She likes to shout “I like your boobies” in random places. Today, she was repeatedly shouting that while a photographer was over taking pictures of our house. Anyway, like I said, she has no regard for privacy. She loves to walk in while my husband is changing or using the bathroom. She became obsessed with the fact that her daddy had different anatomy. We explained it to her and hoped that would be the end. Nope. We were at a birthday party recently where she got a sword made out of a balloon from a balloon artist. She didn’t hesitate to immediately place it between her legs then grabbed it with both hands and started to swing it around while shouting “pee pee train, pee pee train.” I have no idea where the “pee pee train” part came from, but needless to say, it was pretty funny and slightly embarrassing. #kidswillbekid
Well, there you have it! I am not perfect. I have had some fails this year, for sure. The car seat fail and the medicine fail being completely awful and terrifying. But, I do the best I can day in and day out. Does anyone else care to join me in sharing some #momfails? I’d love to hear that I am not alone.