Basic Clara Safety Rules Revisited

Long ago when Clara was just a crawling infant with a serious projectile vomit issue, I wrote a post outlining the Basic Clara safety Rules.

They were as follows:

1. Always treat Clara as if she were loaded.

2. Never allow the mouth to point at anything you are not willing to see destroyed.

3. Be sure of your target and beyond.

And while the projectile vomit is a thing of the past (a fact for which I have thanked my lucky stars individual and by name) I fear that the basic rules still apply.

And I, alas, forgot the rules.

I was sitting on the floor, my back to Clara,  working on a project with Ivy (Rule violation #1 always treat Clara as if she were load and never turn your back on a loaded Clara) when Clara launched herself from the bed at my head. (Rule #2 violation- clearly, my head was not something I was willing to see destroyed).  But, I had forgotten the rules and my middle daughter, with all the grace of an evil flying monkey, landed on my head and clung there.  Now, there are times when I have adhered to the “screamfree parenting” approach – this was not one of them.

The evil flying monkey/middle child was quickly removed from the back of my head and life went on. Unfortunately, life for me these last two days has consisted of two things. The necessary tasks around house (i.e. parenting) or lying flat on my back in front of the fire with a bag of peas on my neck. And, just in case you were thinking that sounded cozy, let me tell you that it is very hard to stay warm on a chilly day with a frozen bag of peas on your neck.

Thanks to anti-inflammatory drugs, frozen peas and extra rest, my head/neck are recovering from being the target of Clara. Sadly, it is likely that blogging will continue to take a backseat this week, as it is very hard to do while laying flat on my back and despite my wishes otherwise, it is not actually essential to daily life.

My bag of peas is calling and so I leave you with one final reminder, for your safety, as well as the safety of others:

1. Always treat Clara as if she were loaded.

2. Never allow the mouth to point at anything you are not willing to see destroyed.

3. Be sure of your target and beyond.

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11 comments on “Basic Clara Safety Rules Revisited

  1. rarasaur says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your neck, but I have to say– I giggled through all the Clara safety rules and their revival, ha! 😀

  2. Jenny says:

    I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Susie says:

    Wishing comfort to your neck!

  4. Becky says:

    Oh no! That sounds extremely painful! Poor Clara…poor YOU!!! I hope you are back to 100% soon. Your health is much more important than this blog, but you will be missed. Take care of yourself.

  5. dianeschuller.com says:

    oh geez, that could have been quite serious, or rather more serious. Be well and I’ll remember Clara’s rules 🙂

  6. They are funny rules but not to be trifled with, hope you are back to 100% soon.

  7. ggirlsmama says:

    Ouch! Hope you’re feeling better!

  8. Imelda says:

    Ouch! I hope you feel better soon.
    Young children are dangerous things. I once had a blackeye from being butted by my toddler’s head. A few days later, I went to my OB Gyn for the usual check up and she had to ask me about my bruise.

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