Sixty-one-year-old Valerie Routh Sharp, or “Vivi” to her grandkids, was the epitome of an awesome grandma. She only had one obstacle to contend with.
Vivi was only 5 feet tall.
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One day, putting her baby granddaughter to bed, Grandma Vivi accidentally toppled into the baby’s crib; in doing so, she toppled into the weird and wonderful world of viral fame!
Her mishap was recorded by the baby cam, and Vivi’s sneaky daughter Nikki Sharp Bishop shared it online. Needless to say, the clip has been entertaining social media users in their millions.
Mom Nikki, of Huntsville, Alabama, posted the hilarious baby cam footage on Facebook with the following (relatable) disclaimer: “My mom is going to kill me, but I had to post,” she said. Nikki had no idea what she was getting Grandma Vivi into.
Nikki had planted a baby monitor in her 1-year-old daughter Lola’s bedroom to keep tabs on the little girl’s safety as she slept. Enter Grandma Vivi, babysitter extraordinaire. Vivi can be seen sweetly rocking the baby girl in her arms as she drifts off to sleep, and then comes the daunting maneuver: transferring Lola to her crib.
Vivi, being a little on the short side (sorry, Grandma!), uses a step stool to reach the height she needs to lift the sleeping child into her crib. However, on this day, physics are not on Vivi’s side.
With her arms too short to compensate for the significant drop into the land of nod, Grandma Vivi quickly loses her balance. She tips forward and falls head over heels into the crib; to her credit, she never once lets go of the sweet baby girl!
“It kind of happened rather quickly,” Grandma Vivi later told Today. “I was so thankful that, the way that I had her in my arms, my body didn’t touch her or hit her in any way as I went down.”
“The worst that happened was that I jolted the mattress,” Vivi admitted, “and with that, she woke up!” Little Lola cried at the shock of the bumpy landing but was otherwise absolutely fine. Vivi, on the other hand, had a bruised ego to deal with.
“[She] has always been vertically challenged,” Vivi’s cheeky daughter added to her Facebook post. “I love this crazy woman!”
The hilarious toppling grandma moment almost never made the light of day, because Nikki and her husband never caught it live on camera.
Vivi shyly mentioned her impromptu acrobatics to her daughter while Nikki was planning Lola’s first birthday party, thinking it might entertain the guests. But “we didn’t get around to seeing it,” Nikki explained to the Huffington Post, “because we were running around like chickens with their heads cut off.”
A few days later, memories of the conversation with her mom came back to Nikki, and she asked her husband to send her the footage before it expired. Luckily, he did.
“He said I need to watch it and see how hilarious it was,” Nikki shared. “I died laughing.”
Sweet Grandma Vivi was only doing her best to make sure baby Lola was comfy for her nap, but her accidental acrobatics are still a viral phenomenon today. Grandma Vivi, what’s your final word on the matter?
“So many people have seen my butt in the air!” she exclaimed, when quizzed by the Huffington Post. Grandma Vivi, you are a legend.