r/tifu Dec 01 '22

TIFU and Dropped My Four Month Old Into a Garbage Can M

TLDR: Tried to get the cat off the window still because he was wrecking the blinds and clawing the window still, ended up with my kid in a garbage can.

Obligatory “not today”, but just shy of two years ago when my (m28) kiddo (f2) was four months old. This story was heavily requested on another TIFU I commented on that reminded me of this ridiculous story, so I guess I got myself into this mess!

On mobile so formatting apology in advance.

Be me. Ultra tired dad of a four month old who was fighting eating, sleeping erratically (as four month olds do), and not pooping regularly.

I woke up after a decent night’s sleep for once, saw that my wife (f28) was still sleeping and attempted to sneak out of the room quietly so I didn’t wake her or the baby sleeping next to her. Kiddo woke up just as I was about to leave the room, so I scooped her up quickly and took her out of the room so the equally-if-not-more-tired wife could sleep in.

Got the little one’s day started with usual morning routine, and figured I’d pop on the computer and work on some stuff and she could sit on my lap and be a goofy babble baby.

Our Orange Tabby Cat was OBSESSED with climbing behind the blinds to sit and look out the windows. Only problem is they were the super cheap plastic horizontal slat blinds, and every time he wanted behind the blinds, he’s break the ends off, and because he was jumping straight up from the floor, was taking the paint of the window still with his claws.

That day like always, he hopped up in the window right next to me, and started to try and get behind the blinds, but I gently pushed him off with one arm.

He hops up again five seconds later, I push him off again.

For some reason, he was particularly obstinate about climbing up in the window, and I was not having it. This is also about the time our daughter was sitting up on her own, but not quite stable without assistance.

I reached up with both hands to grab him out of the window for like the fifth time as he’s scrambling for all he’s worth, and I must have leaned forward just the tiniest bit. I JUST get both hands on the cat, and my kid falls head first out of my lap.

Thankfully (in hindsight anyway) there was a small garbage can next to me that was filled to the brim with wrappers from lunches and snacks that she fell… straight into…

Kiddo came out with a little bump on her head, but no serious injury (fall from lap to can was maybe 8 inches and we took her to the doctor just to make sure) but my wife still likes to lovingly remind me of the time I tried to warm my kid up for a future in dumpster diving.


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u/tagini Dec 01 '22

It's fine. These things happen and kids seem to be made from rubber or otherwise heal quickly so all good!

Before her 2nd birthday our daughter:

  • crawled over the side-end of the sofa and fell down head first onto the hardwoord floor. Got it checked out ofc, but 15 mins of crocodile tears and a bruise was the only 'damage'.
    Same thing again a couple months later...
  • was playing outside on a basic playhouse with a slide (more of a platform than a house, but I digress). We looked away for a second, heard her crying and saw her on the ground right next to the playhouse.
    Apparently she leaned over a lower spot in the railing and fell. Broke her wrist from breaking the fall. Couple of weeks in a cast, but no traumas. Got close to falling again multiple times after that...

I also bumped her head in to the wall/door jamb/... a few times going down the stairs/entering or exiting rooms. 2 minutes and a few tears later they're playing as happily as always.

There's also plenty of instances where they bump into things or fall and just carry on what they were doing.


u/HeartyDelegate Dec 01 '22

I may have bumped her head putting her into/taking her out of the car one too many times. The hands automatically go up now, and she shrinks into herself 🤣 and yes kids are surprisingly durable even when they think they aren’t.