Mommy Moment at the Monster – Liz Style

A couple of weeks back I told you I was changing the name of Monster Mommy Moments to Mommy Moments at the Monster. I decided to change the name after people kept asking if they had to write about a horrible parenting moment…and that is not the point of MMM at all! All stories can be shared…monster moments, happy moments, funny moments, and on and on.

Let’s welcome Liz from a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog! Liz is one of my oldest blogging buds; we started blogging around the same time, immediately found each other and have pretty much been connected ever since. Liz is super helpful, knows a TON about blogging and social media (so much in fact that she c0-founded Eli Rose Social Media), and like me loves to, cook, garden and is a Twitterholic.

So once again welcome Liz! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!

We, as parents, are charged with raising tiny humans to be compassionate, responsible and independent adults. Our jobs are to feed and clothe, guide and correct, and kiss boo boos and wipe boogers.

But what if we miss an owie and our kids remain in pain?

Like, 24 hours worth of pain because mom thought they just pulled a muscle when in actuality, they dislocated their elbow?

Um, yep.

Happened to me.

And what the doctor had to say about it made me feel *that* much worse.

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Kate was 2.5, Maddie was a newborn and we had just moved from NH to TN. Kate was dancing around near the sofa when she fell and landed on her butt. She started crying, saying that her arm hurt, and told me that her arm had gotten “stuck” on the sofa when she was dancing and slipped.

Basically, she went down to the floor but her arm had not.

I incorrectly assumed that she had pulled her shoulder muscle in the fall. I know that I’ve over-extended my shoulder muscle by doing things like reaching around to backseat of the car while I’m driving. It really hurts if you stretch too far, and given the circumstances of her fall, that’s what I thought had happened.

I gave her some Motrin and she survived the day. She wouldn’t move her left arm, but just kept up with her normal activity, performing all her tasks with only her right arm.

Day turned to night, and the next morning Kate awoke still in pain. Craig said he could take her to the ped that day, and made the appointment.

When Kate and Craig got home was when I learned what actually had happened. Kate was diagnosed with Nursemaid’s elbow, a common condition to occur in toddlers. Luckily, our doc was able to move her elbow back into proper position, and as soon as she did, Kate was pain free.

I had to see our ped shortly after Kate’s elbow appointment for some well-baby visit of Maddie’s. During Maddie’s visit, our doc said, “That was the first nursemaid’s elbow I’ve fixed in a long time!

When I asked her why that was, she said, “Well, most parents rush their kids to the emergency room as soon as they see their kid can’t move an arm.

How’s that for a #MomFail?

Ugh! Sounds like something that would happen to me, which is exactly why we share these Mommy Moments! Liz, thank you for sharing your Mommy Moment with us…and for reminding us that we all make mistakes. There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to Liz’s place a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!


  1. My oldest did it three times, alternating arms ... my youngest, not a once! See you this week Natalie - CANNOT wait!
    • I'm hoping that Maddie is past the age where it frequently happens. Though at least I'll know *what* it is this time.
  2. Oh geez, these days unless they're bawling their eyes out, I can hardly tell if someone's hurt or just seeking attention. And I ALWAYS hesitate to go to the pedi. I've been too many times for what turned out to be nothing or nothing she could really do anything about. So yeah, this is something that would happen to me.
  3. OUCH! We all have those guilty mommy moments, I had the worst one while still pregnant with my 2nd, and in just a few short days labor started and my 2nd was born 2 months early!
  4. Ouch, poor Katie. That's okay Liz, it happens to the best of us!
  5. Ouch. Sounds like something I would do. And the doc probably needed the practice :)
  6. I don't know about you but I have always been thankful for how resilient kids are. :)
  7. ooh, I am so guilty of stuff like this, mostly because my mon is a nurse by trade and I was raised like that. I'm sorry that this happened but that is no monster moment my friend, :) xo
  8. Oh no!! I would have been just like you and let it go until the next day. In fact, I have...and we ended up at the ER doing a head CT scan and 15 xrays. Yeah, Mom of the year. :-(
  9. Oh my! I probably would have done the same thing...LOL now worries no #MomFail for you. Who thinks a kid is going to dislocate their shoulder?
  10. I hate when our kids get hurt! A few months ago I was at Girl Scout camp with my daughter. She fell while ice skating and refused to move her arm for a good amount of time. She refused to let me look her over. I could feel the bad mom looks from the other adults there because I let her keep playing with her friends. Thankfully she was ok.
  11. Which is why I laughed when I heard this story the first time - because my sister had the same issue growing up. Stop living my life, Liz!
  12. Can totally relate to this...Will has had so many bumps and bruises that now I might be a little too over cautious about taking him to the ped.
  13. This sounds like something I would do. If it makes you feel sister had a broken arm for 3 days before my parents took her in. Ha!
  14. Childhood is full of monster mommy moments like that. Sometimes you have to wonder how we all survive. (LoL)