Our Five Ring Circus: First Big Boo Boo

Monday, June 29, 2009

First Big Boo Boo

Let me tell you something about my two year old. She may be feisty, but she is cautious. She's not much of a daredevil.

That is, until today.

We were playing outside, and Dylan and Lexie decided they wanted to ride their bikes. They were riding around in our backyard, and Dylan asked if they could ride them in the driveway. When I said yes, Lexie took the opportunity to push off down the hill that leads to the driveway.

I watched in horror, running just a few steps behind her, as she gained speed down the hill. I couldn't stop what was about to happen, and knew she was going to get hurt. It was just a matter of how much she would get hurt. Sure enough, Lexie's tricycle hit the rock wall at the bottom of the hill, and I swear, my heart stopped, as I watched her sail over the handlebars, fly several feet through the air, and land with a thud, in our driveway.

All I can remember is screaming, "OH MY GOD!" as she landed. I was expecting the worst, because it looked terrible. I thought for sure she was going to be knocked out, bleeding profusely, or have a broken bone or head injury. I have never been more relieved than I was when I heard her cry. I know several people witnessed it, but I was oblivious to them, and just scooped her up, and ran into the house.

It could have been a lot worse. I'm not quite sure how she didn't get hurt worse than what she did. I thought that we'd be rushing her to the hospital.

I am so thankful that she is okay.

Lexie continued to cry for several minutes. Her entire left arm was scraped up, and her cheek was rapidly turning purple. I stuck her in the tub, so I could rinse off the dirt, and assess the damage. My poor baby had "road rash" from her shoulder to her wrist...the worst scrape was on her forearm, where all of the skin was torn off. I am cringing as I write this, because it looks so painful. At first, I didn't notice her cheek, because it was just red at the time, but it started turning black and blue, and is now swollen.

Luckily, she bounced back quickly, and was ready to go back outside in 20 minutes. Nothing appears to be broken, but she is complaining of the scrapes on her arm hurting. I'm sure they do!

I took some pictures, but they aren't the best quality. The lighting was poor, and...ahem...I have yet to figure out Photoshop. It's been on my computer for a week, and all I really know how to do is crop. These were taken shortly after the accident, but she looks a lot worse now. I'm particularly worried about the large scrape on her forearm. It is really swollen and bruised.

I am feeling horribly guilty that I couldn't reach her in time to save her from the pain. When I look back on the situation, I remember the look on her face as she coasted down the hill-she was oblivious, happy, and having fun. Little did she know what was going to happen several seconds later. I know boo boo's are a part of life, but as a mom, I just wish I could shield my children from pain.

At least she waited 2 years before she got an injury. Dylan started at the age of 1, and never stopped!

I hope my baby girl heals quickly!

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  1. Brave girl! I'm sorry you had to go through that. How terrifying!

  2. Stef, to crop photos in PS, Go to the tools pallete on the left hand side and click on the box with a thin line through it...on the top you will see height, width, and resolution, if you leave those blank you can just crop to any size, or you could chose a size...then you click on the photo and drag a box around what you want to crop...if you hover over the icons with your mouse a name appears telling what the tool is...

  3. Or you can use the dotted line box (1st or 2nd in the palette) and make a box around your image...then go to the top and go to image, then crop...

  4. Oh poor sweet baby (and mommy)! Reading this just about made me cry, I can only imagine how you felt/feel. I hope she feels better very soon.

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  5. Oh wow... you had one of 'those mommy moments'. We allllll have them, trust me! I'm so glad she's okay. Those scrapes and wounds will heal up and she'll have no memory of it whatsoever, but you'll never forget it.

    Here's one of mine that I can't let go of. Ugggh.

    Our kids keep us young, but also MAKE US GROW OLD way too fast in moments such as those, huh? =0)


  6. Aww, I was cringing as I read the story knowing what was coming! I hope she feels better. Nate had to get his blood drawn and 2 shots today and I think I was a bigger wuss than him!!

  7. Poor little thing! Watching your baby get hurt is a horrible feeling! I hope she's doing better now!

  8. poor little thing. looks ouchy!

  9. My heart goes out to you! I've experienced that same feeling of helplessness when I realize an accident is about to happen one too many times with Reagan. And even after it is all over with, and I'm recounting the event in my mind, I then torture myself with the "what ifs" when I realize how much worse things could have been.
    Hopefully she's not too sore today!

  10. Oh poor sweet baby, that looks like it hurt. I hate that feeling of knowing what is going to happen and being powerless to do anything.

    Praise the Lord that she is alright. Since I've had children I've been amazed that anyone lives to adulthood.



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