Today I got a text message from my nanny which started with ‘Don’t worry but…’
My immediate reaction is to descend for a few moments into blind panic until I calm down enough to read the rest of the message. It carried on to say that the cupcake baby had been bitten on the nose by another kid at a soft play centre near our house. My initial reaction was worry followed by a dose of ‘well, she’s ok now and sometimes other kids bite.’
That was until I got home and saw her face and heard the full story. This 3 year old had not just given her a little nip. He’d gone to town on her nose, properly biting it enough to draw substantial amounts of blood and leave her with marks on either side of her precious, snubby little nose. Apparently, the mother of this kid was extremely apologetic and was trying to manage her kid plus a two month old baby. So, to a certain extent I sympathise.
But….my kids have never bitten anyone. Sure, they both went through a phase around the 12 month mark where they would give me or their dad a little nip. They would then be told pretty firmly that it wasn’t a particular smart move and it didn’t progress. This kid was 3. Old enough, I think, to know biting a little girl really hard on her face is not allowed.
I don’t know, I can feel the angry mamma bear in me growling. I can’t wrap them up in cotton wool but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to most of the time.
No pictures of the wounded cupcake baby as I couldn’t actually bring myself to take a photo of her wee face like that.