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How Have Your Tots Made Your Heart Skip a Beat?

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In a lightning flash, they can scurry across the street, tear a room apart, and find their way to the bottom of the jungle gym. We're not talking about a superhero here, we're talking about your kids. The same tot who drags her feet when you ask her to put on a coat and shoes in the morning can move like a gold medal sprinter when you least expect it. Over the weekend, David Anderson saw firsthand how that can happen when his 2-year-old daughter fell into New York's frigid East River while visiting a historic ship. Without missing a beat, and with the help of an anonymous stranger, the little girl was rescued and everyone is OK.

All parents have a story of their lil one giving them a scare (though all of them aren't as frightful as this). How did your wee make your heart skip a beat?

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FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
starbucks, I do the same thing and my daughter is almost two. If she sleeps in late in the morning, has a long nap, falls asleep really quickly, I am in her room in a matter of seconds to make sure she's still breathing! When my daughter was just learning to pull herself up on furniture she pulled herself up onto my side table in the bedroom and pulled down my cooling-off hair straightener (my fault for leaving it there, I felt SO horrible). She burned her arm, and thankfully it wasn't that bad, but it was still a scary moment. When she was older, about 18 months, she was spinning in circles in my bedroom and whacked her head HARD off the side of the bed (we have a really low bed). She screamed instantly, and was fine, but that was another one of those heart-stopping moments.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Sometimes, when she takes a really long nap, it all of the sudden hits me that she could have died! I know it's stupid, but all this talk about SIDS...I cannot count the times I have poked her to see if she was alive.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
When she was born, Liz wasn't breathing. She had to be resuscitated. When she was 9 months old, she rolled off the exam table during her well-baby checkup. When she was 12 months old, she fell down the front porch stairs. When she was 2 years old, she took a digger into the sharp corner of the coffee table and won a trip to the ER to get stitches. It's a wonder I don't have any gray hairs yet. :D
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