Teething problems.

I haven’t had a moment to blog this week, or more that I haven’t dared to take a moment to blog this week. I have found myself watching the children with hawk like eyes, following their every move, shadowing them with ninja like precision, my arms permanently out-stretched, poised and ready to catch them should they stumble, trip or fall. And you may wonder what has brought about this surge in neurotic parenting, perhaps notice that I have seemed more anxious, on edge, out right crazy, and the reason for that is that, a week ago, I diverted my eyes for just one second and I paid for it, absolutely.

Of all of the dangerous things that my children like to do, jumping off the sofa, hurling themselves off the swings, teetering on the edge of the highest surface they can possibly climb, they have never once seriously hurt themselves or had any injury worse than a bump or a scrape in doing so. And yet each of my children have had one dramatic accident, all at the age of two, and all four happening in the safety of our own home, right infront of my very eyes. And last week, it was Harrys turn.

Last Tuesday whilst I got dressed, Harry climbed over the stair gate where I had safely left him watching Twirlywoos, tottered up the stairs and surprised me in our bedroom with a, “Boo!!”. As I finished getting ready he had pottered around the bedroom and as I bent down to pull on my jeans he stumbled, right within arms reach, and landed on the edge of our wooden bed frame. And admittedly he cried, of course he did, but he wasn’t screaming, not at all as you would expect had a child been seriously injured, and I had checked him over, no bumps or scrapes, given his legs a magic rub, his tear stained face a little kiss and off we went on our way to visit a friend.

As the morning went on, having polished off an ice lolly, a packet of crisps and a biscuit, we left my friends house and met another friend at a local park, by which point Harry was fast asleep. And as I lifted him out of his car seat I noticed that his top lip looked slightly swollen, but thought nothing of it. Throughout the afternoon I noticed it swelling even more, even pointing it out to my friend who suggested that perhaps he had had a reaction to the ice lolly, perhaps it was a slight allergy to one of the ingredients but as he was fine in himself, happily charging across the playground, we didn’t think it was a cause for concern. By mid afternoon I realised that his entire face was slowly swelling, just across the left hand side, and when I looked a little closer I realised that not only was his lip swelling, but his gums were bleeding ever so slightly at the top and his inside lip blackening. And I had gasped in disbelief when he finally opened his mouth and I saw that his two front teeth were pushed right back at an angle. Stood there, my heart beating out of my chest, I wondered how on earth it had happened? Had he fallen in the playground without me noticing? Had something happened to him in the car? And then it came flooding back to me….the earlier fall at home, the brief tears, the absence of any bruises or scrapes…..and all I could think was, I never even noticed.

So we made a hysterical visit to the dentist who, judgementally asked me how on earth it had happened, told me that the nerves to his teeth were most likely dead, that they would turn grey, then black, and fall out or be removed under general anaesthetic. We were told he could develop an infection, that there was a risk of his adult teeth being damaged, the possible need for orthadentic treatment in later life. And again I sat there trying to digest the fact that my two year old baby, with his perfect little smile, was going to go through all of this and I hadn’t even noticed.

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And reading this, you must be thinking what a terrible Mother! How on earth could she have missed that? And yet with a combination of the ice lolly, which clearly kept the swelling down, and the lack of any visible bumps or bangs, I hold my hands up and admit, I genuinely didn’t even think about looking in his mouth. I assumed he had done what I do ten times a day and banged his shins on the bed post, stubbed his toe on the corner, or bashed his hip on the side of the bed. And I absolutely broke my heart over it all, for the sorry look on his face, the swelling and bruising that came out over the following week, and the fact that I had failed him, just as I had failed his brother.

Because it wasn’t just about the teeth, not really. I mean of course I am utterly devastated that his beautiful smile has changed indefinitely, and it has killed me to see him suffer, but it was just the harshest reminder that just like with Joseph, something terrible had happened to my son and I hadn’t even noticed. I had gone about my day, in exactly the same way, oblivious to the fact that my child was suffering, blissfully unaware that everything had changed and I had done nothing at all to help him. And I can’t even tell you how hard I have taken it, unable to talk to anyone about it, so consumed with guilt and the flooding of memories. For every tear I have cried, it was for the both of them, and sat here looking at Harrys little face, it is a constant reminder of my failings.

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And so this week I have ditched all of our plans, I have neglected the house work and my blogging, and I have become the most neurotic of mothers, dashing around in a heightened sense of anxiety, fuelled by guilt and a sense of failure. I have leapt up from my seat every time one of the children threatened to climb up on the window ledge, snatched back their hand when they have tried to break free and run down the path, closed the door, held them close, and kept them tightly wrapped up in my arms. And I also know that to carry on this way would be completely unachievable, cruelly restrictive and detrimental to all of our sanitys, and yet I am absolutely terrified of any harm coming to my children, of the crushing weight of this guilt and the worry that I am not the Mummy I had hoped to be.

And I’ll get over it, of course I will. I will find a way to let go of their hand again and let them run free, to bite my tongue when they climb up to the tallest slide on the playground or jump themselves crazy on the trampoline. I will find a way to stay calm, to smile and wave as they play out in the garden, to sit on my hands when I feel the urge to reach out and steady them, to look at Harry and his crooked little smile and not feel like the worst Mummy in the whole world. And one day, I hope to be able to think of Joseph and know that it wasn’t my fault, that there was nothing I could have done, that I can’t let that one moment define my whole life nor carry the weight of that guilt with me through the years. But today, just for one more day, I am going to cuddle up to my babies on the couch, watch Madagascar for the ten thousandth time this week and remind myself that even the very best parents have their bad days.

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  1. June 30, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Here’s a really massive virtual hug- I know you feel guilt, and there’s nothing anyone can do about that, your a mama after all, but be kinder to yourself you don’t need to beat yourself up- I actually feel quite emotional reading your post. It’s horrible what happened to your son (who’s a complete cutie by the way) but it’s an accident and you couldn’t forsee what would happen. I hope you feel better about it soon! #stayclassymama x

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much, much appreciated!! It’s only natural that we feel guilty as parents, I would feel just as guilty had it happened while he was with his Daddy that I wasn’t there! You can’t win, I just needed to get it all out and move on from it. His lopsided little smile is still utterly adorable. Xx

  2. June 30, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Awww. Poor baby. I hope he’s feeling better now. Accidents happen without us noticing them and that doesn’t make you a bad parent but I’m sure you know that already. And you also happen to be a terrific mum! x

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you, that’s lovely of you to say. He’s feeling absolutely fine now, nothing puts him off his food that’s for sure!! Xx

  3. reimerandruby
    June 30, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    My little boy who is 5 already had 3 stitches, one in forehead, eyebrow and tongue… But it doesn’t mean I’m a bad mum, accidents do happen out of our control, we just can’t wrap them in cotton wool… When they get hurt, that’s how they learn and that’s life. Hope your little boy is feeling better now. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re an amazing mum, we all are because we only want the best for our kids! #coolmumclub

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Aww I know. Lewis and Megan both had stitches at 2, and Eva still has the scars from an accident in the garden. It’s just heartbreaking when you see their little faces all bashed up and I feel so guilty about not realising immediately. I was sure social services would be beating down my door! And that’s so true, if we were terrible mums then we wouldn’t care so much!! Xx

  4. June 30, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Oh you poor thing! You can’t watch them every second, please don’t be too hard on yourself x

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks Hannah. I know, just the Mummy guilt isn’t it? Xx

  5. June 30, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    You can’t be glued to them all the time. Accidents happen and we are not perfect so don’t beat yourself up!

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      I know, thank you. It’s just hard when it’s your kids, I have really beat myself up over it but onwards and upwards now! Xx

  6. June 30, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Gosh, definitely don’t feel bad. We’re human. We live in a very judgemental society! It’s all part of life, and we do our best. #bestandworst

    • June 30, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you. I think it’s our nature as parents to feel bad, especially when it comes to our kids!! Xx

  7. June 30, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    You know I’ve been there, and felt that awful guilt and sat through my son having his front teeth removed, all just before his third birthday. I still feel like I could have done something to prevent it and I tried really hard. I hope you’re feeling a bit better this week. He’s a gorgeous little man, whatever happens. Don’t feel bad, it really can’t be helped. Sarah xxx

    • June 30, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you Sarah, and your kind words really helped me. I was a wreck last week but I’m feeling a lot better about it, it’s done now and there’s nothing we can do. I’m sure we will get used to his lopsided smile, thanks again. You’re so lovely. Xxx

  8. June 30, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Oh Laura.
    No amount of words will help but please let me tell you, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. These things happen all the time and you’re no less of a mother because you didn’t notice immediately. He’s obviously a tough little cookie is your Harry.
    He’s gorgeous, they all are, you’re a wonderful mum and you have a super little family. Chin up, it’ll all work out ok, I just know it. Time for the tide to change and for you to have some good luck. Sending hugs and love.xx

    • June 30, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks lovely, deep down I know it’s not my fault but WOW I feel guilty about it, the thought that I didn’t even notice, I mean how stupid can you get?! My friends keep comforting me with the fact that they didn’t notice either, but still, I’m his Mummy….waaahh! I’ll get over it, course I will, I just wish I could rewind time!! Thank you though, I know you’re absolutely right. xxx

  9. June 30, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Oh goodness, you are most definitely not the worst mother, these things do happen and as awful as it is, he will be fine. It is awful when these things happen though and you feel so guilty but with my boys, I was constantly in and out of a&e when they were younger.

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you, these comments are all so reassuring. I am feeling a little better about it all and I’m sure what will be will be regarding his teeth. Fingers crossed! xxx

  10. June 30, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Whaa! poor you and poor little boy! :'( It’s so awful but you are not alone and you are NOT a bad mother! My son (nearly 2) is constantly falling down or banging into things. He fell down 2 concrete steps the same day as I had had to take my baby daughter to children’s hospital for a chest infection. When he fell my first instinct was to think “shit, I can’t go back to the hospital with a second child in 24 hours!” now that is a bad mum! you are doing great! #bestandworst

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Oh gosh, your poor son! And yes! I feel that way often, always at the doctors or hospital over something. You are definitely not a bad mum either, we are so hard on ourselves aren’t we? xx

  11. June 30, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Oh Laura – how upsetting for everyone, especially you who clearly feels horrendous about it. We all have moments like this, and when burdened with a past trauma like yours it’s so easy for an upsetting incident to trigger feelings of devastation. You sound like you’re coming through it…big hugs.
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you, it has been a really tough couple of weeks, however dramatic that sounds, but it’s just such an awful feeling when it’s your baby. I’ve been so reassured by so many lovely comments, thank you. xxx

  12. mummyfever
    June 30, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Oh goodness you poor things – something happening to teeth is one of my worse fears. My eldest fell and knocked out her front two teeth a few years ago, it was awful. I really feel for you. We’ve had head injuries all at around 18 months, all needing the glue. Take care and thanks for linking to #sharewithme

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      And mine! Teeth are so important aren’t they? Yes Lewis and Megan both had head injuries around that age too, they both have scars to show for it and I still feel guilty looking at them now!! xx

  13. July 1, 2016 / 5:16 am

    We lay in bed watching our daughter (aged 12 at the time) do the sleeping bag shuffle on a wooden floor – and yes, the worst happened. She fell face first on to the floor, with no hands outside the sleeping bag to stop it. Now THAT was bad parenting. Adult teeth smashed, her beautiful rosebud lips torn. We all got over it (eventually – I heard that sound of her face smacking the floor in my head for months). She’s still beautiful.

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Oh gosh!! How are her teeth now? It’s awful isn’t it? My heart literally stopped when I saw his teeth, just such a terrible feeling. It’s so reassuring to know I’m not alone, the dentist said 1 in 3 children has teeth related accidents so clearly its not just us! xx

  14. Alina
    July 1, 2016 / 6:40 am

    Awww, please don’t be too harsh on yourself. I don’t have kids so can probably only feel a fraction of what you do but I hope you understand that accidents happen – we’re all human after all.

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    • July 3, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you, it’s hard when it’s your baby but you’re right, accidents do happen and we can only learn from them and move on. xx

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you, he is much better. xx

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      I know, he looks so sad there doesn’t he? He is all back to normal this week, bar the teeth, and his usual cheeky self! xx

  15. July 1, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    Oh bless you!! I know that neurotic feeling but try not to be too hard to yourself! Big hugs to you xx

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you, being a Mummy is so hard! xx

  16. July 1, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Poor little guy! Sending my well wishes. <3 Like everyone's saying: don't be too hard on yourself! What's important is that you're there for him right now, when he needs you. 🙂

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you, that’s so true. xxx

  17. July 2, 2016 / 5:40 am

    If it makes you feel any better my nephew and my niece both had black baby teeth and my cousin’s son had two black teeth from two seperate incidents. It happens. And it can happen easily. Hugs x

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you, I heard from a dentist friend that it was actually surprisingly common. 1 in 3 children will have teeth related accidents while they are young, it’s just hard when its your own isn’t it? Thank you for your lovely comment. xx

  18. July 2, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Please don’t be hard on yourself, I probably wouldn’t have even thought about looking in his mouth either. My eldest is always bumping himself of things, falling over, etc. because he’s so rowdy and it’d make your heart jump out of your mouth with the fright sometimes. I hope Harry is feeling a lot better, and you too of course x

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you, it’s so reassuring to hear that. We are both feeling a lot better about it all, just a waiting game now with his teeth. xx

  19. Kerry Norris
    July 2, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Here’s a huge hug from me. You are not a terrible mother. This could’ve happened to any one of us. I bet you felt awful but please don’t. I’m waiting for my daughter to have a proper accident as she is one of the clumsiest kids I’ve ever met. She’s covered in bruises x

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you. My kids are all the same, covered in bruises and grazed knees, it just throws you when it’s something more permanent, these kids put us through some stressful times don’t they? xx

  20. July 2, 2016 / 10:10 am

    This must have been so upsetting for you all, I hope he is feeling better now x

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you, his face is fine, just a waiting game on his teeth now. xx

  21. July 2, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Oh gosh Laura, I can imagine how awful that must have been. And I completely understand that while you know it’s not your fault, you still feel guilty. But I know I almost certainly would have done exactly the same – toddlers fall over all the time, and they just get back up and carry on – unless there was instant blood and continuous crying I don’t think I’d think any more of it. I hope he’s feeling better now, and he’s such a gorgeous little boy, a couple of black teeth won’t change that one jot! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #SharingtheBlogLove – I really hope you’ll be back to join us next week too!

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you. I think that’s it isn’t it? You check them for bruises, bangs, any visible blood and otherwise just assume it was a bump and maybe a bruise will show up later. I think its inevitable that us Mums beat ourselves up over these things but you’re so right, he will still be gorgeous, teeth or no teeth! xx

  22. July 2, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Bless his little face. Hope he is feeling better now.
    Two things to say 1) ITS NOT YOUR FAULT! Please dont feel bad. Toddlers have bumps and scrapes all the time, these things happen. I know thats easy to say and I would feel wretched too, but its true. And 2) I am sure his teeth will be fine, mean dentist, and he is a beautiful little boy, he will still look like a beautiful little boy.
    Big hugs xx
    #SharingtheBloglove

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Thank you so much. I think we always feel bad don’t we? I’m in no way an over protective mother but I think things like this do throw you for a while, I have been on pins every time they have moved for the last couple of weeks but finally accepting that it was just an accident, and it’s unlikely to happen again. Just got to wait and see what happens with his teeth now, fingers crossed hey? xx

  23. July 3, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Oh lovely, it broke my heart reading this – just want to give you a massive hug and tell you please don’t feel guilty! I know it’s inevitable, we always look to ourselves and place the blame there…I hope gorgeous Harry is feeling a bit better…I was reading this thinking I would have done exactly the same, the number of times Emma has bumped her head as she’s trying to walk, or banged her head against the cot. Lots of love to you xxx

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you, much appreciated. It’s good to hear others wouldn’t have thought to look in his mouth, I think instinctively we check them for bruises and marks but it never occurred to me that he would have hit his mouth. My four are always covered in bruises, that cant be helped, but it’s just the fact that I missed it which eats me up inside. I’m getting over it though, he’s such a happy little boy and I can’t help but smile, even if his own is a little wonky these days. xx

      • July 3, 2016 / 7:55 pm

        Oh I understand totally my love. But be kind to yourself, you’re an amazing mama xxx

  24. July 3, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Oh hun bless you…this kind of crap happens so often and it’s not your fault at all. Just think if he was in that much pain he couldn’t have eaten crisps could he? He couldn’t have suffered that much. It’s must have been such a shock but Harry will get through a bit of dental stuff, as a child who wore braces for years and had work done…it’s not too bad at all. Lots of love and hope you feel a bit calmer soon xx Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • July 3, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks Sarah, I am finally beginning to feel okay about it all. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks, the mummy guilt is horrendous isn’t it? And you’re so right, nothing puts him off his food! We saw the dentist again last week who said that the teeth are darkening and may fall out of their own accord, I’m still holding out hope that he is lucky and keeps them but either way, what’s done is done and beating myself up over it wont help! Thanks for hosting. xxx

  25. Over Heaven's Hill
    July 3, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Oh my heart goes out to you hun! I know just how you feel but Lord these things happen and he will be ok thank god. It’s so difficult when an incident like this happens. My daughter fell down the stairs last year and I had pain over it for months, still do. She was ok thank god but I cried for hours. (Also bought a bungalow when we moved cos I couldn’t go thru that again). My niece had a tooth knocked into her gum last year also and you wouldn’t know it now. (She fell against the couch badly).
    It’ll be ok. Dont be too hard on yourself.

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      Oh gosh you poor thing! My eldest son fell down the stairs when he was young and I remember it well, it’s absolutely terrifying isn’t it? And the guilt? I still feel bad about it ten years later. I think teeth related accidents are surprisingly common, thank you so much for the reassurance. xx

      • Over Heaven's Hill
        July 5, 2016 / 6:57 pm

        No matter what happens we’ll always blame ourselves but these things really do just happen. It’s horrible though 🙁 hugs

  26. Over Heaven's Hill
    July 3, 2016 / 9:10 pm

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  27. July 4, 2016 / 6:00 am

    My Holly is always bumping herself and rarely cries and I know I would have missed this too. I think that even if you had spotted it earlier, you would have found something else to feel guilty about. Because that is what great mums do, we constantly find something that we could have done better. He will still be gorgeous no matter what. Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura X

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      It’s hard when they are tough and rarely cry, Harry has done all sorts of nasty bumps and scrapes and barely batted an eyelid! You’re right though, he is gorgeous regardless, thank you so much. xx

  28. reimerandruby
    July 4, 2016 / 8:28 am

    visiting again from #KCACOLS.

  29. July 4, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Oh poor little Harry – a big virtual hug for both of you. It is so easy to miss something like this – I don’t think there is a mother out there that hasn’t had a similar moment – I know I certainly have done something similar with each of my girls. Hope you enjoy your snuggles and that the horrible mummy guilt will ease soon xx

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much, much appreciated. xxx

  30. July 4, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Oh Laura, I so feel for you. You poor thing. Of course every parent goes through this – we are only human and can’t watch every single second that we are with them. You are beating yourself up unnecessarily because Harry had this accident right in front of you. You are not to blame because of that or because you didn’t notice that he’d hurt his mouth when he didn’t cry. Your worry and anxiety is heightened because of what you went through with Joseph which is completely understandable, but please don’t blame yourself! My daughter did exactly the same, chipping her front tooth and had to have it filed down at the dentist who told us all the things you were told (black teeth, nerve endings, etc.) none of it happened, but I think they have to warn you. Hopefully Harry won’t experience any of this either. I hope Harry’s mouth is OK and I hope you treat yourself kindly. #CoolMumClub xx

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks lovely, you are so right. What a relief that your daughters tooth was okay, I am crossing everything I have that Harry is as lucky, their teeth are just SO important aren’t they? Those smiles are so precious, I feel so sad thinking about it but you are absolutely right, I can’t beat myself up over it forever. We live and learn!! xx

  31. Oh no! I completely sympathise with you! You just can’t cover all the bases, all the bloody time – don’t let the mummy-guilt eat you up too much! I hope he is feeling better ! #stayclassymama

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you, I’ve just about stopped agonising over it, although I am still frantically checking his teeth each day for signs of blackening! xx

  32. July 4, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Oh no! Poor baby. I hope he’s feeling better now. Sadly, no one can avoid accidents

  33. July 5, 2016 / 5:05 am

    Judging you is the last thing I think of doing after reading this. In fact I not only would call you a good Mom but also completely empathize with you. My son climbs on anything and unfortunately has fallen on everything (without injury luckily). You let your kids explore and give them some independent room to let their curiosity grow. Especially with boys it is nearly impossible to prevent accidents like this. And thats what is was, an accident. And honestly I think its way more common than your dentist would have you believe. I know a couple kids that this happened to. So they have two missing teeth a little earlier than the other kids, Dentistry has come a long way and any cosmetic damage can be fixed, a kids ability to just be a kid- well thats something that is priceless and irreplaceable. #KCACOLS

    • July 5, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much, that is so lovely of you to reassure me this way. Boys ARE a lot more accident prone aren’t they? He is relentless in his quest for danger, the girls were nowhere near as adventurous as my boys. You’re right though, you have to let them explore and learn and just be a child, it’s tough though isn’t it? xx

  34. July 5, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Oh you poor poor thing! I really felt for you as I read your post. Any good mother would beat themselves up about this, I know I would, but you must not. Accidents happen unfortunately. Sending you a massive hug. #KCACOLS

    • July 7, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you. You’re so right, they do happen, it’s just difficult not to feel guilty when it’s your baby involved. Feeling much better about it all today though, thank you. Xxx

  35. July 6, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Oh mama, my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry that you live with this weight on your shoulders, but you are such a strong woman. I don’t think you’re a terrible mother; accidents can, and do, happen. It’s so easy to let the mom-guilt take over, but you must be gentler with yourself <3 Sounds like you've got a tough little boy on your hands! #KCACOLS

  36. July 7, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Oh you poor thing… I can relate a little bit, my toddler tripped and hit the corner of a furniture unit… It was SO close to his eye I couldn’t believe it! Such a tough balance between letting them run free and wanting to wrap them up in cotton wool! Xx #KCACOLS

    • July 7, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you. It’s awful isn’t it, just that feeling of wishing you could rewind time. I think we just have to let them run free and hope for the best, they still have to be kids at the end of the day. Hard though!! Xx

  37. carolcliffe
    July 7, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Actually we can’t win, can we? We beat ourselves up when they have an accident or get hurt, yet if we didn’t give them the freedom to explore and develop their independence, that would be an issue too! He’s still gorgeous anyway, and I especially came across to look at your beautiful photos of him xx #KCACOLS

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Aww thank you so much xxx

  38. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    July 7, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Awwww it must have been a tough week all round. The mummy guilt really never ends does it! I hope he is doing ok and that it’s healing quickly. And I hope that you feel better soon too. Accidents like this happen and we really can’t blame ourselves. #KCACOLS

    • July 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

      Thank you, I don’t think the guilt will ever end!! Xx

  39. July 9, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Oh no Laura, I’m so sorry to hear that. How would you have imagined that something like that could have happened! What a bad luck! My girls are constantly doing crazy things all day and I’m always with my heart in my mouth because I also worried that something could happen. I understand that you feel that way but please don’t be so hard on yourself. I hope those feelings go away soon. Bless your little Harry. I hope he is better soon. Thanks so much lovely for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 xx

    • July 11, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s awful isn’t it? A few weeks on and his teeth are still intact, slightly darker and still pushed back but nowhere near as bad as they were initially. I so hope that they continue to improve, we go back in another two months and see where we are up to. I think I will feel guilty forever!! xx

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