Danger: Daddy at Play

Let it not be said that I’m a thrill seeker, or risk taker. Not for me the desire to jump off bridges with an elastic band the difference between life and death. And in my current, post Grace, non exercised state, the balance would be more to the latter end I feel. Neither am I a boy racer, laying down rubber as I screech from the lights to take on some souped up Corsa or Clio. I have an Astra after all. No, I think it’s fair to say I like to play life pretty safely.


Grace grips on for dear life in the extreme sport of swinging quite high….

This is doubly…triply…the case for Grace; after all, she is totally reliant on me to keep her safe and sound, and with my record on keeping alive house plants, I do need to be careful. From day 1 I had this irrational fear of dropping Grace…again, with my history on plates, this maybe a rational fear. I would check, check and check again satraps were in place on everything that Grace was place into. I followed to the absolute letter, every instruction around crib safety. I think three moves ahead, and remove from Grace’s reach anything which should not be reachable. On this, I think I need to up this to ten moves!!

But at the end of a week that has seen Grace sporting two marks and a mouthful of water as a result of Daddy Day “Care”, am I being careful enough? Was it just bad luck? Correction: Grace’s bad luck?


Surfing before she can walk is likely to end in tears…if daddy let’s go!

Mark 1: Grace is up on her feet every second she can be. She can’t actually walk yet, or even balance unaided but that doesn’t stop her. Woe betide you try and leave her on her back for even a minute. So I have to spend large chunks of time bent double, holding Grace’s arms as she shows off her stepping skills around the house. She is getting pretty hot at this now, and I’m sure it can only be a matter of weeks before she strikes off alone. But for now I am there to support her…or not as the case was this week. I was gently testing her limits with limited holding when she decided to suddenly execute a beautifully crafted pirouette. I was only holding one arm, but as she turned I didn’t want to break it off, so went with the move…as it spiralled down into a nose dive into the carpet…




Monkey on my back...

Grace seeking out the handles for a safer ride…

Mark 2: Grace loves being up on my back now I’ve got the new back pack carrier. I think she enjoys being at a height above everyone else, looking down on them – a position I worry she already seems very comfortable with. This had already led to a couple of brushes with various parts of the house and it’s low lying ceilings and beams. But I think my…both of our…automatic reflexes have now mastered this. The problem came surprisingly perhaps, not indoors but in the wide open outdoors. I thought I’d try putting Grace on my shoulders and run around the garden (not mine). She loved this, and was giggling and laughing at the bumpy ride. Until she wasn’t. Not being my garden, and not being 7 foot tall, I hadn’t even noticed, let alone appreciated, the risk posed by the overhead washing line. Grace was now explaining this too me I  screams and sobs of one syllable. Needless to say I felt very guilty about this at the time, 24 hours later, and still do as I, writing this five days on.


Bathing in happier times…

Water: being the careful and risk averse sort as I explained above, the daily baths are always carried out strictly by the book. Not very deep, 37 degrees exactly, and fully supervised throughout. Most of the time Grace is content just to sit in the middle of the bath, playing with eating her plastic duck, as she is soaped up and sponged down. Indeed, try and lie her down and she lets you know in no uncertain terms, that this is not what is wanted. At one point she lost the duck behind her and was reaching around for it. Despite the non slip mat (careful, see), soapy Grace had slipped my hands, turned herself over and got her face immersed before either of us knew what had happened. No damage done, and with a quick splutter, a spectrum of looks spanning confusion,shock and despair, and sobs that suggested she had just found out the world was five minutes from ending, Grace had been helped up and was quickly chewing the duck once more, and giggling as she did it.

So there you have it. My confessional for all to see, and possibly get me reported to Child Line I don’t doubt. However, thinking about it with hindsight, all of these things happened as Grace starts to want to experience the world for herself. I can’t carry her gingerly around forever like some swaddled, unexploded bomb like I did I the first few weeks of her life. These wont be the last bumps and bruises she gets, and I need to be more relaxed about that….I would just like not to be the cause of so many of them in future! So yes to continued rough and tumble daddy play, but yes to also being a tad more careful of those who look to me to keep them safe!


Cousin Edward adds to the education in the school of hard knocks


6 thoughts on “Danger: Daddy at Play

  1. Tim

    There’s definitely something about finding the balance between being a safety net and molly-coddling. Allowing kids to have their own little accidents teaches them lessons pretty quickly – I’ve had plenty of little tumbles (and a couple of not-so-little ones, oops) with my three, and they always bounced back quite happily. Thankfully we haven’t had any of them climbing up on to the roof of the house. Yet.

  2. brummymummyof2

    Oh god. Nothing to do with being a Daddy. Just being a parent! I have mine three days and work two and to be honest? They are always in some sort of scrape or danger! It is a nightmare. Especially my girl she is far less robust than my youngest. Kids are super accident prone! xxx

  3. Char Paulsson

    When my daughter was about the same age I was washing her hair in the bath and she turned her head and inhaled a load of water. She cried. I cried. I cried so much I had to phone my mum because I thought I might have accidentally drowned her (despite the fact she clearly had the energy to scream the house down!)
    I made my husband bathe her for the next month!
    She’s 22 months now and a typical toddler, always have tumbles and bumps. I think its harder when they are so fragile and teeny x Char

  4. tracey bowden

    My 14 month old niece recently fell down the concrete step from my mums kitchen into the back garden resulting in an massive screaming fit blood scratches, grazes, scabs the whole 9 yards! When we asked what happened she said nanna! Some times with all the will in the world these things will just happen. Try not to worry too much x

  5. daddyspace

    Great post as soon as they find their feet they are gone I remember this fondly with my three ! There is nothing wrong checking things with regards to safety in my eyes 🙂 thanks for linking up #iPotLinkup

  6. SingleMotherAhoy

    I can totally relate to this; my daughter is 2 and I barely let her out of my sight! As soon as she was able to stand sturdily, I stopped giving her baths. Now she has a shower, and I can rest a little more easily!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!


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