And the winner is ...

I've nominated myself for the Mother of the Year Award. Last week I let Kate toddle over to the lawn mower and grab a metal part on the top right after I had finished mowing the yard. I didn't realize how hot it was and she burned her hand pretty badly. She screamed (top of her lungs, writhing on the floor and shaking her hand in pain) for two hours. She now has large purplish blisters that are just starting to peel off on the end of her index finger, on part of her palm, and all the way up the inside of her middle finger. Then, Tuesday afternoon I was cooking and puttering around in the kitchen when I heard her fall down the stairs. She has only done that once before. Cletus and I have never been super cautious with our children when it comes to letting them do things on their own. We want them to be independent and confident in themselves, so we let them learn their limitations on their own (instead of what I commonly hear at the playground, "get down, you're going to fall!"). So, after we taught Kate how to go up and down our stairs, we felt okay about letting her do that on her own without having one of us holding her hand every time. Back to the story! I heard Kate fall down the stairs. I rushed over to her, picked her up, and almost immediately got a call from Cletus that his car had broken down in Rocky Mount and he needed us to come and get him. I noticed that Kate's right arm was hanging funny, but she wasn't screaming all that much (compared to the burning experience the previous week). So I popped her in the car and off we went. On the way, I called my sister-in-law Celeste who is a nurse (and who has 6 children, who makes her even more qualified) and asked about bad falls. For anyone who needs to know, when your child has a bad fall and may have hit their head, you should shine a light in their eyes and make sure that their pupils are dialating. If they are not dialating or if they are vomiting, then it could be a sign of a concussion. Well, Kate cleared both of those without a problem. She still wasn't using her arm and she seemed a little bit out of it, but she had been sick over the weekend and like I said, she wasn't screaming. So, we put her to bed early. The next morning, her arm was really swollen and really sore. So, off the the pediatrician I go. I found out that Kate had roseola (that was why she had had a fever on Sunday and wasn't feeling so hot) and the doctor gave us a referral to Raleigh Orthopeodics in (suprise) Raleigh for an x-ray. Once there, they found that she had a fracture in the growth plate in her elbow. Translation: we let Kate go to bed with a broken arm! What a tough little pooper! She isn't crazy about the cast at all and is having trouble using her left arm for everything. But, the pediatric orthopoedist assured me that it will heal quickly and completely in about 3 weeks (his actual words were, "kids at this age are so resilient and she's going to heal like a gangbuster". Interesting. I wonder if he learned that in medical school). So I nominate myself for the award. Are there any other nominees?
And to help my nomination: Kate was bringing me a book to read to her when she fell down the stairs.


9 comments:

Gina said...

We all have those moments! Isn't that what makes life interesting? The good thing is that Kate will never remember these experiences, right?


But hey...you must have a new camera!?

Heather said...

I agree with Gina, we do all have those moments. I know I have mentally nominated myself several times ;) Mothers are so great at feeling guilty aren't we!? It's because we love our kids so much. I can't believe how adorable she is in her little pink cast and her little scrunched up face. Hopefully the three weeks will go by fast. I have another friend whose little boy just broke his arm. He climbed up on the kitchen table and fell off.

Tanya said...

I have to ditto what's been said. We all have those moments. I myself have been a fellow nominee. When K. was 18 months she dislocated her wrist. We were in a store and she wanted to run around and not hold my hand. I told her no. So she suddenly goes limp, in an effort to get away. I let her arm down slowly so she doesn't hit her head and then pick her up. She didn't cry, but stopped using her arm and wouldn't let me touch it much. I felt terrible! But the ped. was like, stop beating yourself up. These things happen and if you hadn't let her down slowly she could have hit her head on that cement floor.
She's soooooo cute in that tiny pink cast! That 3 weeks will be gone in no time!

Crystal & Brad Barger said...

Poor little Kate...

melissa said...

Wow. That is one pathetic looking kid. You can't watch your kids all the time. My son broke his leg when he was 2. He was sitting on a chair and fell off. I still let him sit on chairs.

Hester Family said...

Alice- Kate does look sooo cute. That hot pink cast reminds me of Holly's hot pink cast. That color bothers me for a cast though, because it stuck out so much and I just kept picturing her plopping out of the shopping cart (that's how she broke her arm). You know, it's probably good you didn't see her fall, else you'd be replaying that in your mind constantly. About the Mother of the Year Award...you really are great, Alice! And you can win it because you endure these tough moments so well!

allyn said...

You will for sure win the award if you include that pathetic picture of kate in your application. That is brutal.
our only experience with child abuse is with banks. he would climb out of his crib and out the door of our apartment, up 3 flights of cement stairs to neighbors we didn't know. so, of course he is the one to have the first cast in our family. riding the garage door while it was going up, then getting scared and dropping to the floor without shoes. we had to tell the e.r. doc the 5 yr. old sisters version because i didn't see it.

Scott said...

I still remember when my mom broke my finger when she dropped a piece of wood on it. It's still crooked too. And the time I got a cut on my nose from my mom walking toward me with a knife. I still back away from her when I see her with a knife. Oh wait...I'm supposed to tell you something that will make you feel better... You didn't push her down the stairs, right? J/K... I know you are a great mom and she is too young to remember that..I was at least 3 when those things happened to me! I love you! ( I know I'm signed in under Scott--but it's me Ang)

BG, RG, Addie and BB said...

This picture makes me cry. So sad. I am sorry she has had so many troubles lately. If it makes you feel better my fair skinned Brayden has blisters on his nose from sun burn. Yikes! I too should get an award. Miss you guys. Kate is adorable. (so is Hayden)

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