A Cautionary Tale

I keep my house pretty childproof.  I have kids here most every day either grandkids or childcare kids.  I’ve learned that having a childproof house saves so much worry and headache.  I have to be able to go into the bathroom and change a diaper and trust that no one is going to poke a scissor into the outlet or flip a Christmas tree on top of themselves.

I purposely put out few decorations.  I don’t have anything decorative that’s dangerous in the height of kiddos.

I thought everything was safe on Monday when I went into the bathroom to change a diaper of a little childcare baby.

I had this basket sitting on the corner of my dining room table.  This was the basket of decorations that I didn’t find a place for.  I had put a few decorations around but these…they never found a spot.


I also had the added incentive that Kalissa mentioned buying me a dough bowl for Christmas to put in my living room on the entertainment center.  Since I had my living room television mounted, I now had a small place that decorations could go.  A dough bowl there would be perfect there and it’s just high enough to be out of the little kids’ reach.  Yes, that would be perfect.

I kept this little basket of decorations out thinking if Kalissa did gift me the bowl, I could quickly fill it and enjoy it for a few days before I had to take it down after Christmas.

I never thought the basket to be dangerous.  I didn’t give it a second thought.

Monday I took the baby into the bathroom to change his diaper.  Georgia and Gannon were here playing.  I got done changing the diaper and came around the kitchen corner …seeing Georgia hand a mini Christmas bulb to Gannon.  Gannon promptly put it in his mouth and bit it.  The ball shattered in his mouth.  I put the baby down.  I yelled, “Georgia Grace, NO!”  She dropped the container of balls and two shattered on the floor.

There I was…Gannon with Christmas ball shards in his mouth, Georgia barefoot standing in glass, and now Rosie there putting her nose in all of that …and a screaming baby because I scared him when I yelled Georgia’s name.
I quickly decided that Gannon was the most urgent need.  I started picking shards out of his mouth.  It was so hard as the pieces stuck to his tongue.  I couldn’t do a finger sweep.  I had to pick them off.  Then of course he didn’t like it and bit me.

All turned out just fine but it scared the crap out of me!  I really didn’t think my house was dangerous.  I didn’t really think to a 22-month old that these mini Christmas balls might look like a tomato or apple.  AHH.

I promptly went to the living room and took the balls off my mini tree.  I’ll be looking for some plastic ones.  Oh, my word.  What a scare!!  If you have little ones around and these mini Christmas balls, please take this as a cautionary warning.  I’d hate for any of you to have to deal with what I did!!

14 thoughts on “A Cautionary Tale

  1. Janet R

    Oh Jo, how scary,! Any of us could have any number of things we wouldn’t think about being harmful. Gannon is okay? Georgia is ok? I know you said everything worked out. You’d never do anything to endanger a child.

    Hugs to you.

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  2. Ellie

    Oh goodness that was a scare! Even reading it made my heart race and my breath caught! So glad all turned out well. Angels were watching over you.

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  3. The Joyful Quilter

    What a nightmare, Jo! I’m so sorry those little fingers can get into so much trouble in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, that diaper change didn’t take any longer than it did and everyone was ok at the end of the day!!

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  4. Donna Weeks

    Oh my. Glad that there was no major injury to Gannon, Georgia or Rosie. Little ones are so curious. We always try to keep things safe from little ones, but somehow, they manage to find the one thing we overlooked.
    Have a restful weekend.

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  5. Kate

    Oh my heart sank for you. I can only imagine what you went through. I am so thankful that you handled it with care and all is well. It is amazing what little ones will do. I am sure you gained a few gray hairs at that moment. Oh, by the way, did you get a dough bowl?

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  6. Gail

    Reading that made me flinch – so sorry that happened to you and the kids! I think every parent/grandparent or caregiver has one of those moments when the unpredictability of a little one rears its head – there is no such thing as a perfect world where accidents don’t happen!
    Glad all is well!

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  7. Wendy

    So glad all turned out well. So many things children are attracted to. I see you have a poinsettia plant in your picture, you may want to place that out of reach. They can be harmful also. Hope the rest of your holidays are peaceful and blessed.

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  8. Andi

    Hi Jo!
    Wow, I was holding my breath until I read the rest of the story. How very frightening for you! I bet that sprouted a few new grey hairs!
    Glad it all ended well. Am curious, did you get a new dough bowl?
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  9. Jill

    When my youngest sister was just getting around in a walker she toddled right up to the tree and grabbed the only surviving glass ornament on the tree and took a bite out of it, we only had plastic ornaments on the bottom of the tree after that incident. And yes, getting that glass out of the little mouth was not fun.

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  10. Kim J LeMere

    Jo, I’m sorry that happened, how scary for you. I’m glad it turned out okay. You would never put harm in a Childs path. I learn so much reading your blog.

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