Congratulations to the winners of our Most Embarrassing Parent Moment Contest!
In November you sent us your stories and in December and January you voted for your favorites. Here are the winning stories and what they won!
First prize goes to Lisa Bashert.
My daughter was about four or five when we had our porch replaced by a wonderful woman carpenter, just starting her own business, Cardea Carpentry (still a successful business today). One evening, after a hard afternoon of sawing and nailing, we invited Patricia, the carpenter, to stay to dinner. My little Sianed, eager to practice her most grown-up dinner conversation skills, remarked, "Patricia, I see you've decided to grow a mustache!" YES, my face was red. But Patricia answered with great aplomb, "No, I didn't decide; it just grows all by itself!"
Lisa won a Rose Garden Canopy - A shower of pink silk topped with a rainbow from Sarah's Silks, and a $20 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog a total $115 value.
Second prize goes to Becky Kuss.
I really have to put this as my most embarrassing moment to date. When I had our third child and little girl, I decided to stop working full time and concentrate on being a mom. I loved the idea of being at home with my kids and not having someone else be my stand in. But losing my income, I am an RN, meant some big sacrifices. So I decided to start my own in home daycare. I started watching a little girl at around her 3 month birthday. My little girl was 6 months at the time and a wonderful nurser. One afternoon it was just the two little ones and me. I had just finished feeding Natasha, when MaKayla wanted to nurse. As I switched sides, I got a phone call from Natasha's dad saying he was on his way to pick her up. It gave me some time to finish nursing and to get her things ready. As he drove up, I was just putting Natasha into her carseat. I greeted him at the door, at the time I did not think anything of the way he looked at me. He kept pretty close attention to my face and took Natasha without visiting like usual. As I closed the front door, I caught a look at myself in the mirror. My shirt was undone and my nursing bra flap was not hooked. I had been flashing my daycare dad the whole time! No wonder he looked so funny and got out fast. After that I made sure I was put together before I answered the door and I never felt quite the same around that dad either.
Becky won a Cuddly Wrap, hands-free baby carrier from Milkface Nursingwear Inc, and a $20 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog a total $80 value.
Third prize goes to Emily Troper
most mamas know that breastmilk is good for many childhood
illnesses when applied topically, and one of them is conjunctivitis
(pink eye). I was tandem nursing my 1 and 3 year olds at the time,
and my 3 year old had pink eye - so, what I did was express some
breastmilk into a cup and use a medicine dropper to apply it to the
corner of my son's eye - it worked like magic, he had instant relief
from itching and his eye cleared right up. Later, after a long and
tiresome grocery shopping trip, my poor son's eye was all red and
goopy again and he was whimpering in the back seat of the car...well,
wanting to give him relief, but not having a cup or dropper with me,
I jumped into the back of the van and tried my best to squirt
breastmilk from my breast straight into his eye - and right then a
man and woman walked right next to my car and happened to look in -
they were wide eyed and looked at each other, pointed at me, etc.
Emily won a Maggie's Mantra Trip Pack and a $15 gift certificate from NatureWear Organics, and a $20 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog a total $65 value.
Fourth prize goes to Beth Workman
Like so many two-year-olds, my daughter loves stickers. She always
asks for one from the chiropractor, demands one of the bank teller,
and frequently snitches them from my stationary drawer. I didn't
realize just how full the world of stickers is to a toddler until we
were having dinner one night with friends and she came out of the
bathroom with one of my maxi pads, peeled off the paper, put it on
her chest and said, "I have mommy's sticker!"
Beth won a beautiful and uniquely shaped Cheri Nursing Pillow from Chèri Nursing Pillows, and a $15 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog a total $60 value.
Fifth prize goes to Camille Flores
A series of embarrassing moments happened this past July when my 84 year old grandma died. My 4 year old and I stopped at the post office to mail last minute bills before heading to PA for the funeral. At the post office, the kind postlady asked William how he was going to spend his day, to which he replied sadly "We are going to burn grandma." Horrified, I quietly explained to the shocked woman that we were going to cremate my grandmother as she had died yesterday. The next day, we went to the cemetery for the internment of grandma's ashes. Again, my little boy was the center of attention as he whispered (as only a 4 year old can whisper) for all to hear, "How's grandma going to fit in that box? It's too small." Being at a funeral, we didn't know whether to laugh or not. To date, the most embarrassing incidents with the little guy!
Camille won a gorgeous Rainbow Nursing Bra from Nestmom, and a $10 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog a total $55 value.
Honorable mention to Jane Healy
My then four year old son was swinging on the heavy oak front door of our house one afternoon, by hanging on the doorknob and wrapping his legs on either side. Just as I warned him to get off before he got hurt, he was squished. I didn't realize how badly he was hurt until a few days later when he commented to me that there was blood in his urine. I immediately took him to see our pediatrician. When the nurse came into the crowded waiting room and called his name, my son said (in his *incredibly loud*, clear voice), "there's a problem with my PENIS." The entire waiting room erupted into snickers and guffaws. I doubt I've ever moved so fast for an exam room!
Jane won a $15 gift certificate from The Attachments Catalog
A great big THANK YOU to my wonderful mother comrades in online retail, your support is appreciated!
Milkface Nursingwear Inc ~ Owner Britt offers a great line of nursing wear as well as a lovely selection of slings.
Nestmom ~ Owner Cerise carries Bravado Nursing Bras - Original, Lifestyle and the New Essential Bra Tank! as well as The Rainbow Bra, Maya Wrap Slings and more.
Sarah's Silks ~ Owner Sarah is dedicated to creating natural fiber dress-ups and toys in the Waldorf tradition.
Chèri Nursing Pillows ~ Owner Avivah offers practical and comfortable nursing pillows in cute fabrics, helping bring mothers and babies closer together.
NatureWear Organics ~ Owner Audra offers stylish organic clothing for the entire family.