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the worst thing I have ever done due to child induced fatigue

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80schild · 08/09/2015 12:44

I feel awful about this. DS had me up a lot last night as a result I got a maximum of 4 hour sleep, as a result I am bordering on exhausted, particularly with the other one just back at school.

Anyway we went out for a walk this morning to a park which is a good 15 minutes by car. I got home, went to get him out and realised I hadn't strapped him - I had been driving down an A road at 50 and he wasn't strapped him. I still feel awful about it. I think it is probably the worst thing I have ever done. We are snuggling up on the sofa now and resting. Has anyone else ever done similar? Also, how is it people manage to not be dopy when they are so tired?

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pootlebug · 08/09/2015 12:47

When DS was tiny (and DD 18 months or so) I did the same - forgot to strap him in the car seat.

I also went out to take them to the park and left the front door open. Not just unlocked, but absolutely wide open. In London. Amazingly no-one went in. We weren't as long as I expected as I got to the park and realised I'd forgotten to put DD's shoes on. And instead of my mobile phone I'd brought along the cordless landline one…

jonicomelately · 08/09/2015 12:54

I tried to take the wrong baby home once when I'd left ds2 in a creche. A lady had to point out that the baby I was picking up wasn't mine and that ds2 was in the corner.

ObiWanCannoli · 08/09/2015 12:55

We've not strapped in before a mixture of tiredness and distraction with older 3 dc. It made me hyper vigilant and you will be too. Mistakes happen.

I recently slow cooked a plastic dinosaur on high for 8 hours came home to smoke and this acrid smell. It had melted into the stew. I'm guessing it had fallen out of my spice cupboard as often confiscated items get thrown into cupboards out of reach and then are given back at a later date. Slow cooker, meal and dinosaur went into the bin. Any later home and it may have caught on fire.

Accidents happen. I've washed nappies and dishwasherd bananas and socks.

Over eight years of child rearing I think I've done ok.

80schild · 08/09/2015 12:55

Glad to know other people have done this. I am so rubbish at dealing with sleep deprivation.

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Wilhelmenawonka · 08/09/2015 13:08

Pushed the buggy in front of a moving car which had to swerve Sad

I was so tired that I mixed up the red/green light and the red/green man.

Squidiot · 08/09/2015 13:44

Yes yes to front door wide open all day Blush

ProcrastinatorGeneral · 08/09/2015 13:45

I've strapped child into bucket type car seat then completely forgotten to strap car seat into car before today. I don't drive, was operating on less than three hours sleep and was stressed.

LoadsaBlusher · 08/09/2015 13:57

I have also driven without strapping baby in before.

I have also washed many disposable nappies . ( not pleasant).

Stored my phone in the fridge , hunted high and low until I found my mobile on the fridge shelf and the carton of milk in the kitchen cupboard. Must have been totally mixed up and put everything back randomly .

Also going to make cups of tea and using a glass instead of a mug.

Making cups of tea with no tea bags .
Getting half way through the day and realising the swing tag is still on and has been poking out of your top

Roomba · 08/09/2015 17:08

I have:

  • Failed to strap the baby into the car seat.

  • Strapped the baby into the car seat, but failed to strap the car seat in.

  • Attempted to drive off, leaving the baby in the car seat on the pavement!

  • Put all of the dirty laundry in the oven, only realising when I tried to put the powder in.

  • Given a cust9omer a refund of ??999 instead of the ??9.99 that he was due (that took ages to sort out - thank god my boss saw the funny side).

  • Washed disposable nappies several times. Top tip - running the stuff through the wash again with a pack of salt added helps dissolve all the gel stuff.

  • Burnt so many things in the oven I have lost count.

  • Made my DP a cup of tea with breastmilk in instead of normal milk.

  • Gone to work wearing odd shoes, also I once had my to pon inside out all day and no one told me as they thought it was hilarious.

  • Constantly putting things in the wrong cupboards, and other stuff like my phone in the fridge/cupboards.

  • Totally forgot to collect DS1 from school! I felt awful and had to pretend I'd got stuck in traffic when they phoned me Sad.

  • Left my keys in the front door all day twice. Left the front door open all day once too. Amazingly we were never burgled.

It's a wonder we are all still alive, frankly.
BrandNewAndImproved · 08/09/2015 17:14

When mine were little I locked myself out so many times my step dad eventually got a pipe thing that can open my door from the outside.

I've also walked out on a red man. Still feel guilty about that one today as the older one was walking next to the pushchair and walked in front. I froze ( where was my motherly instincts) and a random man basically saved her life.

KERALA1 · 08/09/2015 17:16

Threw my handbag in a lake

KERALA1 · 08/09/2015 17:18

At my worst (dd1 aged 4-6 months) I stopped driving as knew I wasn't safe.

jimijack · 08/09/2015 17:18

Put handbag in the fridge.

Got to asda in the car, feet felt funny, still had on big fuck off fluffy pink slippers, but that wasn't the odd thing. I had gone out intending to go to Tesco, no memory of the drive, don't know how I ended up there when I wasn't even going there.

Vomited, was so so exhausted I actually vomited.

Trying to change tv channels with a house phone. Then sobbing uncontrollably because I couldn't put fireman Sam on.

Dark dark days.

jimijack · 08/09/2015 17:21

Well, I'm truly ashamed of this.

I actually picked up a half eaten smartie from the rug, picked he fluff & hairs off it and ate it BECAUSE the bin was too far away AND you don't waste good chocolate quite frankly..

JustMeOverHere · 08/09/2015 17:23

Walked out of Sainsbury's having paid but leaving my shopping at the checkout.

Picked up the kettle and put it in the fridge.

Spooned formula powder into the washing machine.

Went to the front door because the phone was ringing and there was no-one outside.

Spotifymuse · 08/09/2015 17:25

Cat food in the washing powder drawer.
Stood and watched in a daze while the pram rolled gently down a sloped floor in a shop.

Gileswithachainsaw · 08/09/2015 17:26

walked out I'm front of a car with dd1. dd2 had just got out if hospital yet again and id had little sleep as you do. someone let me across but o forgot the road divided into two lanes for the roundabout and a car in the right hand lane had to break quickly.

I'd just wanted a walk to spend time with dd1.

Summerdiamond · 08/09/2015 17:27

Put baby in bucket seat in back of car
Drove off leaving wheels at side of road!
Drove back that way hour later going ah look some poor girl forgot her wheels......God they look very like mineShock

Murloc · 08/09/2015 17:28

We moved house when DD was 10 weeks, and I drove home to the old flat several times through sleep deprivation. The poor new occupants must have thought I'd lost my mind.

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere · 08/09/2015 17:32

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Rarity08 · 08/09/2015 17:33

I walked out of a shop leaving 2 week old dc behind, cue frantic lady coming after me with the pram Blush

PosterEh · 08/09/2015 17:39

Tried to put the trolley into one of those trolley lockers at the Tesco cafe without removing dd first.

WeAllHaveWings · 08/09/2015 17:39

Yes, have forgotten to strap ds in when he was about 2.5 yr. I was driving down the dual carriageway at 60ish when he realised and screamed "MUUUMMMM!!!!! I'M NOT SAFE!!!!!!!"

SouthernComforts · 08/09/2015 17:40

I once organised a babysitter so I could go to an appointment. Dd was asleep and I left babysitter with the monitor downstairs.

I was only gone half an hour and when I got back the sitter said she hadn't heard a peep from dd.

Not surprising given dd was actually at nursery Blush

I never told the babysitter, I'm just glad she didn't go to check on her!

Also made many cups of coffee without boiling the kettle, put phone in fridge etc.

I'm glad the baby days are over!

Hackersschmakers · 08/09/2015 17:44

I left my shopping on the check out in sainsburys.

I fed one baby twice and not the other one (twins) and could not figure out for about an hour why she would not stop howling.

Put the dog's dinner in the microwave instead of my dinner.

The thing that really pisses me off is now that they are 4 and sleep wonderfully, I CANT BLOODY SLEEP. I think I am broken forever.

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