The cot, the comedian and the crazy mother

I can still hear the thud.

The sound of my 19-month-old Smiley’s body hitting the floor after falling, head first I expect, out of her cot.

My heart still races when I retell the story.

I knew instantly what had happened when I heard that thud – the inevitable, I guess, when you have a cot that can’t be lowered and a toddler who is a daredevil. In the seconds it took me to reach her I knew that she had fallen out, I just didn’t know how badly she was hurt.

Panic ripped through me as I sprinted toward her room. As I flung open the bedroom door and scanned the floor for her, I realised that not only had she fallen out of the cot, I had just squashed her when I opened the door. Talk about adding insult to injury.

There she was in a ball behind the door, my little babe, screaming her head off and holding her nose saying, ‘hurt, hurt’.

I would like to say I remained calm, but I was shaking like a leaf as I yelled at my three-year-old to stop laughing. This was no scene out of Funniest Home Videos, but Miss Three found it absolutely hilarious that her little sister had fallen out of the cot.

As I picked Smiley up and attempted to soothe her, I was all consumed with guilt – wracked with guilt for placing her in the cot when she was upset and didn’t want to be there, wracked with guilt for putting her in a cot that she had outgrown, and wracked with guilt that I had almost flattened her as I opened the door.

By the time we got to the doctor, who thankfully squeezed us in, I was bordering on being a nervous wreck.

It was almost the end of an exhausting couple of weeks filled with sickness and demanding kids. That day alone, Smiley had cried off and on, a miserable, raw cry, for close to three hours. Nothing I could do would make her happy.

If only I knew taking her to the doctor was all I needed to do to bring her smile back. As soon as she saw the doctor she gave him her trademark smile leaving me to look like a crazy paranoid mother making up stories.

Don’t you just love them?!

You will be pleased to know Smiley escaped the incident without injury, is almost over her virus, and is getting prepped for her move into a big girl bed this weekend. (She is in a safer portacot for now).

As for me, I’m coming off a lovely weekend filled with ‘me’ time and trying to not be so hard on myself in the future.

What have your children done to scare the living daylights out of you lately? Do they make you look like a crazy woman too?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

70 comments on The cot, the comedian and the crazy mother

  1. Bec | Mumma Tells
    May 20, 2014 at 7:21 am (3 years ago)

    Oh dear. These crazy kids. Your poor heart! That must have been awful, Renee. The knowing and the waiting are the worst. So glad Smiley us okay – and Smiley once more. And what a cheeky big sister! Although, I must admit laughter us usually my first reaction to injuries too… oops. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh, at least I can laugh about it now .. kind of πŸ˜‰ x

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am (3 years ago)

    ooo – that thump in the night is the worst (we had a few roll out of beds as a big girl once we took those barriers away – but at a much more hardy 5. Still a sickening feeling tho). Glad it was fine!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lydia. Yep, it’s not a nice sound to hear at all!

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  3. Claire
    May 20, 2014 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    Sienna fell head first down a full flight of wooden stairs & ended up (thankfully, only) with a black eye a few days before her first birthday & her christening! Just because her negligent mum forgot the baby gate. Ellen put pear up her nose at Daycare & after a trip to the doctors we ended up in hospital getting it removed.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Oh Ellen!! Why? I can’t talk though. Apparently I put peas up my nose when I was a kid. I remember when Sienna fell down those stairs. You must have had the fright of your life!

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  4. Emily
    May 20, 2014 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

    I remember my little girl climbing out of the cot. We actually didn’t see it coming – she was (and still is) so short for her age and had never really climbed before. I still have NO idea how it happened. But the side rail came off that afternoon and all was okay. Glad Smiley is still smiling. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

      You might have a future rock climber and adventurer on your hands πŸ™‚

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  5. Me
    May 20, 2014 at 8:26 am (3 years ago)

    Glad she is OK. Thankfully I didn’t have any older siblings around to laugh at me when I made mistakes with K !!! LOL
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Lucky you πŸ™‚ Yes, there’s always someone watching you with two. Hope you had a great day too πŸ™‚

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  6. bea
    May 20, 2014 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

    Uh huh, just last night I let the little guy cry for a while to see if he’d go back to sleep… When I went in he’d vomited everywhere. Everywhere. And so began a very long night. He’s already asleep and I wish I could too!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh no! You poor thing and poor little guy. Sounds terrible. I really hope you both have a better night tonight πŸ™‚

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  7. Kate QTQF
    May 20, 2014 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

    It sounds like exhausting kids is all the rage at the moment, must be something in the air. My just-turned-1-year-old is driving me slightly insane at the moment but he did start walking yesterday so I’m hoping that it is one of those regress before progress kind of deals. Good luck with the move to the big bed this weekend, I haven’t attempted that with my two year old yet but better start thinking about that soon x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh congrats on your little walker! Fun times ahead for you πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    May 20, 2014 at 8:47 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, that’s so scary! My second son, when he was about 14 months old, woke up screaming hysterically in the middle of the night and seemed to have a raging fever. Nothing would calm him and he seemed to be in genuine agony. After about half an hour and in a total panic I strapped him in the car and raced him to emergency. By the time we got there he was grinning and cooing at the nurses. He thought it was great fun! His temperature was almost back to normal and we still have no idea to this day what was wrong with him. Yep, paranoid mothers club!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my God! Kids can change so quickly can’t they? Desperately ill one second and back to normal the next. Crazy!

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  9. Kirsten McCulloch
    May 20, 2014 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    Oh dear, I know that shaking like a leaf feeling – they are almost always fine, of course, if a little bruised, but it’s just the fear that this will be the time something Really Bad has happened. So glad you hear you get some Me Time this weekend – sounds like you are well and truly deserving it!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Kirsten πŸ™‚ Yep, that fear is a killer!

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  10. Josefa @always Josefa
    May 20, 2014 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

    We have had a few fallen out of bed scare and one fallen down the stairs scares. I think I am slowly getting better at dealing with the catastrophe and disaster my boys seem to drag into the house each day. It is hard though and the guilt impossible to keep at bay. Happy to hear your little one is ok and gets a new bed this weekend x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa! Falling down the stairs sounds super scary. I hope he wasn’t hurt too badly πŸ™‚ x

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  11. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    May 20, 2014 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

    Kids are great at doing those things. Just yesterday I accidently jammed my 7 year old’s fingers in the sliding door and while he was howling, my 10 year old accidently jammed my baby’s fingers in the same door! Absolute mayhem!!
    It wasn’t a good day!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Jody, oh my God!! That sounds like a living nightmare. You poor thing. I hope everyone’s fingers are okay x

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  12. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    May 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Yep, my girls all fell out the cot! Poor cherubs! Miss 5 also fell out of the top bunk of the caravan when she was 4, not that she remembered it the next morning!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Ouch, now that would hurt!!

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  13. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    May 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I fell out of a high chair when I was little and also off the top bunk.
    I am waiting for when our little man launches out of his cot…he has fallen off the couch and our bed before. It is AWFUL!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Another falling out of the top bunk one! That must have seriously hurt! It’s hard when they start moving around and have no understanding of the danger they put themselves in. Ahh fun and games :/

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  14. EssentiallyJess
    May 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    One of mine pulled one of those old school TV’s on top of her once. I found her pinned underneath it and that terrified me. I felt like the worst mum in the entire world for leaving the room.
    She too was fine as soon as we got to the doctors. Kids hey? πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Jess! What a nightmare! I can only imagine how sick you must have felt.

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  15. Emma Fahy Davis
    May 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm (3 years ago)

    We had that same sickening thud here the other day but fortunately with dino baby being in a bed, she didn’t have quite so far too fall. Poor kid was fast asleep tho and got a nasty fright!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh the poor wee cutie. Glad she is okay.

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  16. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    May 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee, how awful! Isn’t it just the worst feeling when you know something bad has happened, my heart always rushes straight up into my throat and I feel hot all over. Don’t worry, my toddler would have laughed too, just this morning he laughed when his little brother got both of his hands stuck in a drawer – his Dad is the same so I’m blaming him..
    We have just finished transitioning our two year old into his big boy bed, and found it tough. For the past six weeks, he has gone from being a Daddy’s boy through and through back to Mum. He now won’t go to sleep unless I’m the one who gets him ready for bed, reads stories etc and I have spent many nights sleeping in bed with him. Thankfully we now seem to be past the worst of it, in fact today he told me I could go after I gave him our eskimo kiss xx Good luck x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww eskimo kisses! Bless. Wow. Sounds like it has been a tough few weeks. I’m glad you seem to be making progress. I’m trying to stay positive about our transition, but I have a feeling she is going to be in and out of that bed like a yo yo xx

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  17. Bec @ The Plumbette
    May 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    It happens at least once to all of our kids. I remember when Esther rolled off our bed and I had her propped up with cushions. I raced to her and she was more shocked than hurt and landed on her back and not her head. It is the most awful fright for both you and your child. Magdalene has had two falls this week, thankfully on carpet, but it’s an awful shock. You’re a great mum and certainly not paranoid at all. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bec πŸ™‚ Poor Magdalene! I hope she wasn’t hurt too badly xx

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  18. floodproofmum
    May 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, I think we have all been through this. We cannot be watching them all the time and some aspects of parenting are just dumb luck. My twin boys have had so many accidents and incidents that I threw an ‘amazed that they made it school age’ party when they turned 5. And am I grey yet? Yep πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol!! I’m sure I got a few greys last week πŸ™‚ You are right though, we can’t watch them all the time and sometimes it is just bad luck. Thanks. I needed to hear that πŸ™‚

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  19. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    May 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    When Darby fainted in a car park landing face first into the bumper of our car I freaked and became a crazy out of control sobbing squealing-for-an-ambulance woman. He was fine though. Went to the hospital. He got a bruise on his noggin the size of an egg. But he survived. We all survived. Phew!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my God! How dramatic! I’m glad to hear you were all okay πŸ™‚

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  20. Toni
    May 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

    The first time Hayley hit her head I took her to the doctor and looked like a complete idiot.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I’m sure our local doctor’s surgery thinks I’m an absolute nut job πŸ™‚

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  21. Andrea
    May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I can only think that kids have a built in ‘bounce factor’ – Mr Chops has fallen down the stairs with me one step away from him, just couldn’t move fast enough… And when he climbed out of his cot the first time (with no warning whatsoever that he was even considering it), he must have landed on his feet as the first we knew of it was a little voice calling down the stairs to open the gate on his room. Guy thought it was so funny he put him back in so he could watch him climb out, and did it again when I got home from work, at which point he did fall and hurt himself (not badly). Bad mummy and daddy…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I can just imagine the look on your faces when you heard his voice. What the? πŸ™‚ I hope he didn’t hurt himself falling down those stairs πŸ™ xx

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  22. Kathy
    May 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad Smiley (and you) are recovered from the scare. I can imagine your panic hearing the thud. We’ve had both kids to emergency with knocks to the head – both got big lumps on the forehead (Miss Yin planted face first off a kid’s lounge and Little Yang ran right into a wall – both were OK (the lump is usually always a good sign). But it is scary while it lasts.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

      That must have been really scary! Kids just don’t have any fear do they? Running and jumping around like lunatics. Sigh πŸ™‚

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  23. Sheridan
    May 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Uh. Oh. Poor Smiley!! Poor Mummy!!! I think as parents it upsets and hurts us more to feel helpless when they are in pain.
    Hope the nasty virus makes a swift exit and Smiley loves her new big girl bed

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sheridan. Fingers crossed!! Eeek!

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  24. ClaireyHewitt
    May 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

    I was chatting on the phone to a friend, heard the beeps that another call was coming in but thought it was work and let it go to voicemail.

    Decided I would do pick up at school and chat with some other mums and get to all my messages later that night when the kids were asleep.

    Of course one of them was the school ringing to say one of my kids was unwell…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh no! You poor thing. I bet you had the guilts big time!

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  25. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    May 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee, poor little possum, and poor you! Bell tripped and fell onto the coffee table corner (thankfully rounded) when she was little. The day before we were filming a TV appearance! She was over it in a few minutes, but I felt so guilty that she had a bruise on her cheek, and for all to see! Bad mum πŸ™
    I had to giggle at your big girl laughing. They’re no help at times like that are they? xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. No, they’re not! Ahh yes the old coffee table does it every time. I worry about ours as it has sharp edges. Danger everywhere I tell you πŸ˜‰ xx

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  26. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    May 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh poor wee bubba ! That thud really is unmistakable ! So glad she was ok !! Good luck with transition to the big bed !

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! I think I’ll need it πŸ™‚

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  27. Delaney
    May 21, 2014 at 3:36 am (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad Smiley is ok!!! I don’t have kids, but can only imagine the panic that sets in when they have accidents! And I’m so glad you are concentrating on not being so hard on yourself!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, it’s not fun, Delaney. Hopefully I’ll learn to chill out a bit when they get older, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  28. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    May 21, 2014 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, I’m so glad everything was OK. I think you leave your pride at the door when you have kids really – including having to live with doctors thinking you’re a neurotic freak. Better to get things checked out rather than missing something that really is serious though.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s so right, Lara. I’m glad I went to the doctor despite it all. He gave me plenty of advice on head injuries and concussion that I didn’t know about.

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  29. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    May 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh you poor thing although you did make me giggle. Our magic cure is the sliding doors at the local hosiptal. Many a midnight run has been made with a screaming sick child – we have been convinced that they are dramatically ill and yet once we pass through those magic doors – a miracle cure takes place and we look like overprotective morons. haha glad to hear she is feeling better though huni xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahhh yes of course. It’s those bloody doors. It all makes sense now lol xxx

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  30. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

    My youngest threw himself over cot at 13 months and I only realised when I heard his door open and saw him walk out – I nearly died, and he had a big red blood carpet burn on forehead. He was in a big boy bed the next day! Glad all ended well, and yay for a ‘you’ weekend xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Oh God, that would have given you the fright of your life!! x

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  31. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    May 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm (3 years ago)

    oh sweetheart, absolutely NOT your fault but don’t we like to criticise ourselves so quickly? Sounds like you and I have had a similar run of late. The bloody lurgy steals all balance, harmony and every last drop of sanity left doesn’t it? I hope this is the last of your troubles and it’s all smiles and living from here on it xx
    PS – I can’t tell you how many Mummas have told me about their babies falling out of cots too!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s good to know, Vicki! Thanks for your kind words. I’ve really been relating to you FB updates lately. It helps to know someone is going through it too. Hope you and your family are on the up and up now xx

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  32. Tegan
    May 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh no you poor mumma! I remember when Mr 4 rolled off the bed when he was about 10 months old after I forgot to put a pillow beside him while I got a new nappy. He screamed so much and I felt so bad. He of course doesn’t remember a thing now and I often have to tell him to stop jumping on the bed!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahhh, it’s so easy to do isn’t it?! Especially when they start rolling.

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  33. Hope
    May 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I feel you on this one. That heart wrenching pain and panic in the moments between hearing the thud and arriving at the room to assess the damage. Oh and the guilt. Yes, been there. It kills you. Glad to hear smiley was ok and that you’re not being too hard on yourself.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Hope. Yes, it wasn’t fun, but fortunately she is okay πŸ™‚

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  34. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    May 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    It took my son rolling off the bed twice when he was an infant for me to stop putting him on the bed for naps! Don’t feel bad. Easier said than done, I know. But get her in that big girl bed, STAT! πŸ™‚ x Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Don’t worry, I’m onto it! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to get it this weekend. thanks xx

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  35. Rory
    May 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Hmm big girl bed. Looking forward to another great post!

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