Before #1 was born, I heard many horror stories of moms hurting their kids while cutting their fingernails/toenails. Many a mother has cut her child trying to keep the nails short. I was pretty terrified. Then I heard from multiple people the easiness associated with biting the fingernails. With your tongue you can feel exactly where to bite so you don't hurt the baby. And it worked. For over a year now I have been biting #1's fingernails, and we have never had a problem. I have been so grateful for that advice, and grateful for the success it has given me. It made me so happy to know that I had never accidentally hurt my baby girl. Today I even decided to try clippers and we still managed to cut her fingernails without any sort of incident.
About an hour ago, I decided that I was going to fix something in my house. We have Christmas lights up around our main room, because we don't have overhead lighting. These lights are 2 years old and have been moved 6 times, and have been put up in 4 of those places. They have been through a lot. In the past few weeks, half of the lights have turned black and burned out. We decided to get some new ones a few weeks ago, and haven't gotten around to changing them out yet. But the darkness is driving me nuts! Hod has been meaning to help me change them, but he is a busy man.
So, I decided, today was the day. I got the lights out, pulled out my amazing step stool, and got ready to switch them all out. I started right above the tv. I had put on a movie for #1, and here we go! I climbed up on the step stool, but then had to stand on the TV stand as well to reach the lights. #1 was holding onto the stool and talking like a cute girl. As I climbed back onto the stool she started screaming. I looked down, but couldn't see anything wrong. She has been a bit ornery lately so I didn't really stress. I had to get off the stool to move it so I jumped down. It was then that I realized the stool had shifted just enough to be on top of two of her little toes. No wonder she was screaming! I am not a skinny woman. Oh my goodness it broke my heart! She cried as I held her, and I cried too. She is fine. She is still using her foot like normal, all of the toes bend, you wouldn't even know something had happened. But I feel so bad! Yes, it was an accident, but no mom ever wants to cause her baby pain. Such a bummer!