There is a lot to remember when you have kids. From the moment they are born the list becomes endless.
It starts with lists of things you have to remember to buy – prams, bottles, and breast pads.
And I’m afraid it continues every day of their lives with activities to attend, with school excursions to remember, with driving tests to book.
The list just continues. Some days you just have to strive to remember to remember.
I’ve forgotten to buy nappies when the kids were born, and to turn up to mother’s groups when I was just too damn tired to remember.
But the only time I have ever really put my children’s health in danger was when I forgot to get my daughter’s 18-month vaccinations.
I made that great mistake of assumption – and even though she is the third of three kids – my brain told me that she needed her vaccinations at the age of two – not at 18 months.
That was six months I nearly left her exposed to vulnerable diseases.
Luckily for us when she was 20 month’s old she broke her arm falling off a couch. Sounds like dumb luck, huh? But it WAS a lucky break because my GP picked up the fact she had fallen behind her vaccination schedule and did it on the spot.
It was the first time I have genuinely put my child’s health at risk, and while I obviously didn’t mean to do it, it could have had disastrous consequences.