Friday, February 17, 2012

B's first fall!


I don't think watching two babies is in the cards for me anymore.  I was over at my friend's this afternoon watching B and her little one, who just turned one.  Her boy was getting into the electrical cords so I set B down on the couch to move him to a different area.  I sat B up in the corner - WHAT WAS I THINKING?

He flipped off and hit his head.  Oh my goodness, it was terrible.  B screamed and cried, the other baby decided to join in.  At one point I had both in arms, walking and shushing and praying.

Every baby falls, I know.  Every parent does things like this, but the first time is just awful.  I feel horrible about it.  B doesn't have a mark, so far, and he stopped crying after ten minutes.  I'm sure he's fine, but it's going to take me a while to feel better.

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  1. Oh no, I'm sorry!! I completely understand what you mean. Caleb fell off our rather high bed headfirst onto the laminate floor. He screamed and cried for a bit and then got over it (I cried both harder and longer), but I felt nauseous for the remainder of the day. Seems to be some kind of awful right of passage for every parent. People told me not to feel bad, that they'll get a lot worse bumps and bruises as they get older, but the fact of the matter is it's an awful feeling the first time your child takes a tumble. (Well, every time they're injured, really.) I think you'll feel better tomorrow.

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  2. The first fall sucks so much. I know, I've been there. You have to get it over with, I think. All kids fall - I contributed to one or two of my little one's tumbles due to not keeping a close eye or putting her in an awkward spot. The rest they manage to do on their own. The first is definitely the worst.

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  3. Yes, awful. Angus was about 11 months when he first had a nasty fall. Huge cut right down his nose and we had to postpone family photos we had booked in. The blood, oh the blood. It was awful.
    So sorry, it is never nice. He pulled a bookshelf on himself the other day, thankfully an empty one at my sister's house in the nursery she's still setting up. He has a nice black eye from that one!
    xo

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  4. Poor mama!!! Bennett is okay, but the first fall/bump/bruise/scrape is the worst!! The other day I was trying to do too much at once, as usual, and while I was making my bed and rocking Kevie to sleep I rammed his head into a sharp corner of a shelf next to my bed. He got a cut on his head and SCREAMED louder than he ever has before. I just held him close and cried with him, I felt terrible for hurting him, but we all make mistakes we're only human after all. xo

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  5. It's awful, I know. Two days ago, I was feeding Luke oatmeal. I thought I had THOROUGHLY blown on it and allowed it to cool enough. I even tasted the tip. It was fine. Until he put it in his mouth. Where he let out the most blood-curdling scream and started feverishly trying to wipe it out of his mouth. It was hot enough that his little hand was pink from the temperature and bless his heart, he had tears on top of tears. I cried too. Three minutes later, he was fine and signing for more, believe it or not, but I literally beat myself up for the entire day just thinking about how horrible that was. It hurts our hearts to see them hurt...but especially when we feel like if we'd done something different, it wouldn't have happened. That said, we know we can't always control it. So just be as gentle to yourself as you can!

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  6. Oh Angela - you're right it happens to everyone - my friend has FOUR children and her fourth child fell off the CHANGING TABLE! Eek! He had to be mercy flighted to the hospital and everything! But he - thank goodness - is JUST FINE! So B will never remember any of this!! (((hugs)))

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  7. I fell while wearing J before. He was in a front carry and the back of his head hit the pavement. Gently, but still. My first instinct was to call 999. I didn't but it was hard. Luckily a lovely lady who I barely know saw me and stopped else I may still be sitting there crying now :(

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  8. Aw love. You are right, it happens to us all. But that doesn't mean it isn't absolutely terrible the first time it happens. And they recover so much more quickly than we do.

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  9. This happened to me once when I was nursing Eli. It was some wee hour of the morning, I was sitting on the couch thinking I would stay awake if I was sitting up. Well I didn't, I woke up to him grunting on his stomach on the hardwood floor and I freaked out. He was ultimately fine, never even cried, but I felt guilty for MONTHS. It does happen to all of us, but even so it still sucks.

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  10. Ugh, I feel your anxiety. DS fell off his change table once, he was barely rolling and I only took a couple steps away. I heard the thud of him hitting the floor before I turned around, it was awful! He fell again a few months later, this time off a bed. I put him in the middle and literally bent down to pick up a toy and as I was coming up, I saw his body in mid air in front of me. Both times I felt like the worst mother on the planet. And I will never forget the "thud" of him hitting the floor.

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