Mommy Moment – Poppy Style

That’s right! It’s time for another Mommy Moment at the Monster! 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.

Today, I’m so excited to welcome one of my first real blog friends to share a Mommy Moment – say hello to Poppy from Funny or Snot! Poppy is a mom to three, hilariously witty, sarcastic, and quick, a lover of wine like myself, open and honest, and also a writer at her blog and at Aiming Low, and if you don’t know her, you are gonna love her!

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!


When Natalie asked me to share a Monster Mommy Moment, I knew I wouldn’t have any trouble as they happen on the daily. Choosing one mild enough to not get my case file reopened by child protective services or that is past the statute of limitations was a little trickier. I decided to go way back to my very first parenting screw up.

My oldest daughter, Sophie, is 13. I was married when I got pregnant, but not happily, and she certainly wasn’t planned. At 24, I cried when I saw the two lines on the EPT. My friend Julie reassured me God didn’t give bad babies to people that can’t handle them. I wasn’t convinced.

Somewhere in the next 9 months I got used to the idea of being a mom. I read books, took classes, and prepared myself for motherhood. Though all 9.5 lbs of her resembled a 6 month old when she came out, I fell instantly in love when she was placed upon my chest. Instinctually I knew what to do. Stay really still while the OB stitched up my sanjaya and ask for a glass of Dom Perignon.

My baby daddy and ex husband, Rat Bastard, travelled for work. He was thoughtful enough to take 4 days off for the blessed event, but after that I was on my own. My body was still healing, but I was doing ok caring for Sophie and sleeping when she slept. The problem came when I tried to introduce other activities into my day.

On day 8, I had to drive our dog to the vet in a crappy part of town for a procedure. It was a big dog and a hot day. I managed the dog and carseat without breaking a sweat. By the end of the day when I had to pick up the dog, it wasn’t as pretty.

Not because I couldn’t juggle the dog and the carseat, but because I totally forgot I had a baby.

Sophie had fallen asleep in her carseat and I went inside the vet’s office. I waited in a line and I paid for the procedure. It wasn’t until I heard a car backfire that snapped me back to reality.

I let out an audible scream and ran out the door with several people following me to see what the hell was going on.

I left my newborn child in a hot car with the windows up for 3-5 minutes because I seriously forgot she existed. I started crying like the Post Partum Poppy I was. Thankfully there was no permanent damage. She is totally my smartest kid and I know she didn’t get that from Rat Bastard!


Thank you for sharing this Poppy…I have a few of those mommy moments I’d rather never see the light of day. We screw up, that’s part of being a mom, right? I am so glad she was okay!

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 Funny or Snot and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!


  1. Oh Poppy, I already adored you but this real and transparent and relatable story has me swooning even more for you! xo Galit Breen recently posted..Memories CapturedMy Profile
  2. Oh Poppy!! I could hear your scream and see your face. And I know you love that girl...what a moment! Sherri recently posted..A Pinch of LoveMy Profile
  3. Thanks for having me Natalie! Glad to have my turn here :) Poppy recently posted..WhoreMy Profile
  4. Glad everything turned out ok Poppy. Cindi recently posted..Turkey's Done! (And so am I!)My Profile
  5. Oh Poppy, I'm so sorry...I know that heart-in-the-mouth feeling too well. So glad to know she is just fine. And my dear Natalie, I almost hate to read your guest posts on Mondays because they bring to mind all of my own monster moments....the not so funny ones. GAH!
    • It's kind of funny now - because thankfully my track record in forgetting my children has improved. Also, they always seem to find me. Poppy recently posted..WhoreMy Profile
  6. I did that to Reese. He was about 5 months old and I ran in to return a dolly to U-Haul. I was moving, Dallas was away. It was Georgia in March. I still cry a little when I think about it. No permanent damage though, other than his giant head. I'm pretty sure heat exposure had nothing to do with that though.
  7. Glad everything turned out ok, Poppy. Sometimes I wish I could forget we chose to have babies and daydream about days we didn't have the rugrats running around. My moment of bliss is interrupted by a high pitched scream and only returns with the consumption of wine. Pop recently posted..Expectancy Lost?My Profile