April 13, 2006

The bad dad strikes again!

Example 4,586,948 of why I’m a bad dad. Earlier tonight when I picked Clone up after work, I was talking with my mother. (She runs the day care) While I was standing there, Clone grabbed my hand and started spinning around me. We gradually picked up speed. Not fast enough to pick him up off the ground, but just fast enough that momentum would keep us going. I didn’t have a good grip on him and he let go of my hands…

…crashing face first onto the concrete floor of the garage. He was screaming. When I picked him up, there was blood in his mouth. Clone had cut his top lip on his teeth. After cleaning up the wound and making sure there was no serious injury, I gave him a Popsicle to help numb his lip and bring down the swelling. For all of you potential parents out there, mouth injuries bleed a lot, Popsicles are the best thing to help reduce the swelling and bleed. It’s the only cold thing a young child will keep in their mouths that will do any good. Clone is fine, no real physical damage, and only some minor psychological trauma.

What gets me is that I know better then to do that with him. I should never have done that in the garage and I should have made sure I had a better grip on him. This was a lesson I learned first hand… as a child… when my father did the exact same thing to me. I’m also willing to bet Clone does the same thing to his kid when he gets older.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at April 13, 2006 04:39 PM | TrackBack

popscicle a great idea....

nurse Contagion

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at April 13, 2006 04:46 PM

Maybe it's hereditary?

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 13, 2006 06:11 PM

You can't teach an old dog new tricks... or something like that. ;-) I'm glad that clone is ok and that it was just a lip wound. They look horrible, but seem to be ok in a day or two. Nope, not going to explain.

Posted by: vw bug at April 13, 2006 07:53 PM

Love the popsicle idea. I'll use that when my DH falls off his bike next time.

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 13, 2006 09:24 PM

Heh! We just had the exact same scenario in our house two days ago . . .

Posted by: oddybobo at April 15, 2006 07:05 AM

What? He didn't jump up and yell, "Again! Again!"

I'm disappointed.

Posted by: Ogre at April 18, 2006 09:45 AM