I was nursing my infant son when I noticed that my indoor cats had snuck outside. I ran out to get them and saw that the garbage men were staring at me. It was then that I looked down and realized I'd forgotten to put my shirt back on! I was running around the yard in a nursing bra, with one side completely open.
Catherine Payne; Haverhill, Massachusetts
When my son was 3 days old, I went for a checkup. As I was leaving, the receptionist asked, "What is your son's name?" I drew a complete blank! Totally embarrassed, I blurted out the first name that popped into my head (my nephew's).
Terri Lynn Pascarella; New City, New York
Our infant was wailing, and our jealous dog decided to chime in and yelp for attention. I grabbed a pacifier, but as I turned to give it to my daughter, I accidentally put it in the dog's mouth instead. Man, my brain was fried.
Rebecca Hidalgo; Allentown, Pennsylvania
I was leaving the office, and as I walked out I said, "Night, night" -- the bedtime ritual for my twin boys -- rather than "good night" to a roomful of executives. We all had a good laugh at my sleep-deprived slip.
Loretta Higgins; Patchogue, New York
As a busy mom, I have little time to pamper myself, so I decided to put on sunless tanner. Not too long after I applied my new look, my son woke up. I soothed him back to sleep in no time, but when I saw him the next morning, he also had a new "healthy glow" over half his face. It lasted for days!
Brooke Vincent; Chalybeate, Kentucky
When my daughter, Abigail, was about 3 weeks old -- and still not sleeping for more than a half hour at a time -- I fixed a bottle to try to coax her back to sleep. I turned it upside down so she could drink it, but instead she got showered -- and soaked -- with formula. The bottle I'd prepared was missing the nipple.
Kristen Hall; Omaha, Nebraska
When I was pregnant with my daughter Natalia, my stomach became so large that I could no longer see my bottom half. One day while walking in the hallway at the school where I taught, I reached down to adjust my blouse and was horrified to realize that the bottom of my skirt was tucked into my maternity underwear. What a show for the students!
Christi Carreon; San Jose, California
Hours after my husband fell asleep on the couch with our newborn son, Alex, I woke up to the baby's crying. I ran into the living room but didn't see him anywhere. We started tearing the couch apart, afraid that Alex was stuck under the cushions. Finally, we found the source of the wails: the buried baby monitor. My husband had forgotten he'd put Alex in his crib.
Wendy Breedlove; Oregon City, Oregon
One evening I decided to go all out and make a two-layer cake for dessert. As I cut into my perfectly frosted masterpiece, I realized something was wrong. It turns out I had accidentally left a pot holder between the layers and had frosted right over it.
Heather McDonald; Honolulu, Hawaii
I was driving to the grocery store with my 4-month-old son, Thomas, when I noticed people pointing and waving at the car. When I finally pulled into the parking lot a few blocks later, I realized why -- I'd driven the whole trip with our diaper bag on the roof. Amazingly enough, it stayed put!
Deb Way; Gravenhurst, Ontario
When I was at Wal-Mart with my preschooler, someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked, "Do you know you have a big smiley-face sticker on your rear?" I had to explain to my son that from now on, he should hand stickers to me when he feels like sharing.
Ann Eide; Columbus, Mississippi
Copyright © 2006. Reprinted with permission from the October 2006 issue of Parents magazine.