Would everyone agree that I am a good mom, a careful mom? For those of you who know me, I think this is what your opinion of me would be.
Well…let me tell you a mistake I made yesterday. But PLEASE do not judge! It could have happened to you:)
Okay, so here’s the story:
Aria (6 months) hadn’t been sleeping all day. She’s just at that age where she wants ME to sleep next to her. So the moment she feels me slide away, she wakes up. When I try to transfer her into her crib, she wakes up. So it had been one of those days, and on our way home from picking up the girls from school, she fell into a sound sleep in her carseat. So we all got out of the car, and I placed her carseat on top of the dryer in our laundry room so that the vibration would keep her sleeping.
Now I’m going to stop right here and ask for a show of hands — how many of you out there have done the same thing??? Am I the only one? For years now — and um, that would be 17 almost 18 years of having babies around — I have been putting the infant seat on the dryer when baby is sleeping because they just sleep SO GOOD that way. They love the vibration.
Okay, so back to the story.
I put her up there, and then shut the laundry room door, and continue with my mom stuff around the house. I put Andrew in his crib for a nap…. I am starting to hear peace in the house…all is good.
Then about 10 – 15 minutes later, Avery comes to me and is holding Aria in her arms.
“Oh…she woke up?” I say,a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to the break. It’s not unusual for Avery or Alex to get Aria out of her crib or carseat when she has woken up, so I don’t think much of it.
“Mom!” Avery says, “Aria was up on the washing machine!”
“I know, Honey. I put her up there.”
“You did? Mom, that’s dangerous!”
“No… she was sleeping. She was safe.”
Now Avery is truly angry at me. She says, “Mom! That is NOT safe. She could have fallen!”
I’m confused now. I say, “She was buckled in. She was safe. What are you talking about?”
“Mom! I heard her making noise in the laundry room, so I went in there, and she was crawling around on top of the washing machine!”
So I go to the laundry room, and sure enough, there is her seat and it is tipped forward. The edge of the seat is caught in the groove between the washer and dryer. It’s pitched forward.
Now, I know for a FACT that she was buckled into her seat.
Andrew was asleep in his crib.
Who is next in line as far as maturity goes…..
I yell, “Aislynn! Aislynn, come here right now!” (the 4 year old)
She comes out of her room.
“Aislynn, “ I say, “Did you go into the laundry room and unbuckle the baby?”
She doesn’t answer.
“The truth, Aisy…”
“OH MY GOSH !! Why did you DO that!”
Oh, I was so mad. She explained that she “didn’t know” of course. But she went in there, climbed up and unbuckled Aria. Aria was still sleeping, so she just climbed back down and went on her merry way. Meanwhile, Aria’s seat was tipped forward and she was not buckled in. So when she woke up not too long after that, she just climbed right out, and was exploring the tops of the washer and dryer, crawling around and cooing to herself, which is what Avery heard. Avery went in the laundry room and grabbed Aria off the top of the washer and brought her to me.
And that’s the story.
Am I seriously LUCKY??
Will I be doing that again?
All these years I suppose I just never had an Aislynn who would think of unbuckling a sleeping baby from her infant seat while on top of the dryer.