Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And the Mommy of the Year Award goes to...

...someone who is not me!

James has started to babble a lot before he goes to sleep at night. I'm always worried that he will keep Rod awake so we have started putting him in his crib more at night. It used to be that he couldn't sleep in his nursery at all but now he seems to be able to sleep better there than in the pack 'n play next to my bed.

I put him to bed at 10:30 last night and brought the monitor into bed with me (like I usually do). At 3:15 I woke up to Rod messing with the monitor. I asked him if James was awake. He said, "he WAS but now he is asleep again". Apparently Rod got up to use the bathroom at 2:30 and heard James screaming. The poor little guy was all worked up and I never heard him. He normally sleeps exactly 3 hours at a time during the night so he had probably woken up about 1:30. In my sleep I had turned the monitor upside-down so the speaker was facing the mattress. It muffled the sound so I didn't hear a thing. I feel so horrible that I let my little baby cry his eyes out in the dark when all he wanted was a bottle.

Rod was so sweet to take care of him even though he had to get up early this morning. It would have been a nice break for me to get to sleep through that feeding but after I figured out what I had done, I spent the next hour thinking of "what ifs" and couldn't go back to sleep.

Oh well, James is no worse for the wear today and I know that I will make many more (and probably more long-lasting) mistakes with him but I still feel bad. Now that I've confessed my mistake to the world (or at least the 3 people who read my blog), maybe I can quit kicking myself!

Help me feel better and leave me a comment with your "not so proud" parenting moments.


GAC said...

Oh dear! I know you feel SO bad. But like you said, he's no worse for wear and he'll never remember it. That's what I always comforted myself with! LOL!

There isn't enough room on your blog for me to write my mommy mistakes. Suffice it to say, they range from forgetting to even turn the monitor on to forgetting my child at preschool! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Cherie said...

Here is one, that might make you feel better:

When Gabriel was about 2 1/2 and Nathan was around James age, I was exhausted! So it was lunch time, I made Gabriel his favorite pastina, but it was too hot for him. I put it in the freezer to cool off and let him watch some Thomas while I fed Nathan. Then I let him back out of his high chair,forgetting to feed him!

That night he chowed down on 2 plates of dinner and when lenny went to get him an ice cream to reward him for how well he did at dinner (and he was still hungry!) That is when we discovered I forgot to feed him lunch!

jinxi~ aka angi said...

oh Brooke! Big hugs.. like the first poster.. I have many in my memory bank and with 3 it just seems wild to me that they even made it this long unscathed. hahaa

Its all going to be ok Momma.. and if I think of anything particularly crazy, I will be sure to share with you!

Kimmy said...

It's okay momma brookie!

Hooptee said...

Awww, it just feels horrible doesn't it. Don't you worry, he'll be alright!
Unfortunately, my girl has a scream that could wake Sleeping Beauty so I've never slept through her crying. But the other night I cut her finger when trying to cut her nails. It bled, she cried, I cried. It was not fun. :( It happens to all of us!
Have a happy mothers day anyway!

Cat said...

Awwww, I'm sorry!!! Maybe your Mother's Day present can be a nightstand so you can set the monitor on there and it you can hear it better! YAY! I obviously don't have any stories...not even wicked stepmother stories! She is too old for me to have those kind of stories, I guess.