I feel like the worst parent in the world

My daughter tripped and broke her tooth on my watch. I feel terrible about it. I was holding her hand, she was running along side me (we were late to preschool) and she tripped. Slid right out of my hand. Hit the ground with her teeth. Didn't sound like anything at all. And then the blood and screaming started. Luckily it looks like it wasn't a "bad" break. We'll see in another week or so if they can fix it or what. She's only 2 1/2 so she'd be without a tooth for 3-4 more years. At least it wasn't a permanent tooth.

I console myself with the fact that my sister had her son lose 3 teeth on the trampoline (he brought a sippy cup into the jumpy and sure enough landed on it with his face.) Geez, I can't imagine that one...

Today I took her to preschool and she pointed out where she tripped, and talks to me about the dentist, and how he was nice and she likes him. Strange to hear her say that as she was screaming at the top of her lungs while we were at the dentist...

I finally sympathize with my mother - she lived through my misadventures as a kid - and there were quite a few. Heck I was on a first name basis with the nurses in the local hospitals until I was 21 (broke my ankle surfing at 21 - niiiice)

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Dude, I can relate! I pinched my daughter's pinky finger in a door, requiring a trip to the emergency room for stitches. Worst day of my life! I was sure that Family Services would want to do an interview.

Posted by Dave Lemen on December 14, 2004 at 04:07 AM PST #

When I read "My daughter tripped and broke her tooth on my watch", I thought for sure you meant wristwatch. Freaking superman wristwatch.

Posted by rama on December 14, 2004 at 05:55 AM PST #

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