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pig owner fail

I dropped Pinky on his face. I feel like the worst guinea pig human ever. He was only about two feet up from the floor of the pen, and I was trying to get him in there fast because he was biting me kind of hard through my sweatshirt. We'd had some fun hang-out-on-the-couch time, but he was obviously done. Anyway I went to put him back and just wasn't holding him right because he struggled out and POW, eyes first to the floor.

He got up and made sad little wheeky crying noises, if guinea pigs can cry that's what it'd sound like I think. I had no idea what to do, it was the most pathetic sound I've ever heard. Then he went into his house and didn't really do much. I kept checking on him.

I try to remind myself that he once jumped from a full-speed run face-first into his cage, and just shook it off, so he must be kind of sturdy. I put some hay out later and he ran out to eat with the roommates, and he's on top of his house now like he usually is, so I think he'll survive. I just feel bad.

(Plus some little voice in the back of my head keeps asking what would happen if I had a human baby someday, and she bites me and I drop her on her face. Is that weird?)


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Oct. 14th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
Babies are less co-ordinated in their attempts to struggle out of your grip (at least at first), and have more convenient clothes to grab. And their bites are less sharp - it's the hair grabbing you want to watch for. Also, they're moderately resilient to being dropped as long as it's not too far or in an awkward position. A friend of mine slipped on the stairs and the baby fell halfway down and she (baby) was fine, just a bruise and a bit surprised.
Oct. 14th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
What really rocks is when you're NURSING and they bite you.

I think prior to having a baby, I was so scared of dropping her at some point. Never even came close. All those years of worrying for nothing :)
Oct. 14th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
It's not a question of IF you will drop the baby, but WHEN. Luckily their soft bones make them pretty resilient.
Oct. 14th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oct. 14th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who had his baby's bottle and his own beer bottle on the table next to him and his baby in his lap. He reached for the baby's bottle without looking, and accidentally grabbed his own, which he then proceeded to pour all over the poor kids face. The kid cried for a few minutes, and my friend was horrified. With the kid being no worse off for the incident and having managed to convince my friend that this does not make him a horrible father, I think it was hilarious.
Oct. 14th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
how else would a kid learn not to bite unless you then drop him/her on their face?
Oct. 14th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
sorry, this one was me...not logging in
Oct. 14th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
I assure you, both guinea pigs and babies have been around for a very long time. Most have, at some point, had a face plant and gone on to lead normal annoying lives.
Just remember, if they cry, or they look up at you with surprise or indignation, you're good. Actually, with babies, the indignation is the best one. Baby's all warm and comfy, then -plop- and now they're laying on the floor looking at you as if to say "Did you feel something? Hey, wait a minute, what the hell are you doing all the way up there??"

Same with a guinea pig, there was a free-fall and some wind, now where my nice comfy cage *should* be there is floor and my face hurts. It almost sounds like the opening to one of the Saw movies. I'd probably cry too, whether I'd broken my nose or not.
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I dropped my lunch on Simone last week, and she was okay in the end. It was an accident, and they happen. You'll be fine.
Oct. 14th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Poor Little Piggy...but it he is esting, he will most likely be on.....
see above
Oct. 14th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez, I'm so sorry that made me laugh really hard...

(yes, there are no commas)
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Poor wittle piggywiggy
Five kids survived my parenting. FIVE. Think about it for a minute. I could herald you with story after story about mini-accidents but as far as ut oh moments go, a friend of mine seriously put her baby in the car seat on the trunk of her car, loaded her groceries, walked around the car, started the car, backed out and realized she was forgetting something.

Babies are tough little bastages.
Oct. 28th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
You're one of the few people I know who will appreciate this: Having a child reprograms you. Not entirely of course, but there are special new routines that get inserted ahead of all the old code.

Involuntary things will change. Like if you've got your child in your arms and you stumble hard while walking -- your body's reflex is to extend your hands to protect yourself, but it won't fire suddenly. You'll automatically do something creative, like twist so that you protect yourself (and the baby) with your shoulder or head instead.

This has happened to me, at least. Sounds pretty simple to read it here, but watch it happen to yourself at the speed of thought and it's pretty amazing. And after awhile you can't remember things ever having been any other way.
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