Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day

I had big plans for this "extra" day. Getting my house cleaned, grocery shopping and organizing my closet while Grace napped were at the top of my list. None of it was to be.

Instead, we spent a large part of the day in the Emergency Room for yet another "head injury". Poor Grace. This time her brother crashed into her while running about 15 mph. She went straight down on her back and hit her head on a cement floor at the indoor soccer place. She landed hard, there was a horrible thump sound and she didn't cry. She was dazed, limp and silent. After about 10 minutes, I called the doctor and got sent to the ER.

She's fine. She perked up as soon as they attempted to check her heart rate and O2 levels. That scream of hers has never sounded so sweet....

I'm a pretty laid back parent. I believe that the best way to learn is through experience. I let my kids climb and run and jump. They play hard. When they fall or get hurt, I generally let them come to me rather than run to them. Not because I don't care, I love to comfort them. However, I have found that if I make a big deal about an "injury" they tend to get more upset. If left alone, they usually get up and keep playing, unscathed.

Let me tell you though, seeing your child on the ground and not moving is the scariest thing that I have ever experienced. It's such a good reminder to be thankful and not take one minute for granted. Life can change in an instant. It didn't today, but it could have.

So what are you doing on this extra day? I hope your kids are taking a Leap Year nap, 'cause mine are not.....

7 comments:

Monica said...

Ouch!! I'm so glad that she is okay. I'm completely with you on letting the little injuries pass by. It's those big ones that freak us laid back moms out!! We never expect it to happen.
My huge fear is choking. I'll take blood, broken bones, but not choking.

Bethany said...

Glad she is okay. Scary.

I went grocery shopping at Trader Joes did some school and other than that only made it through two things on my long to do list

Janel said...

Oh, I am so glad she is okay. My son had stitches this summer. It was awful to see but at least he was up and screaming!

I spent some time with some friends.

Totallyscrappy said...

I'm so glad she's okay! Scary.

Sara Mincy said...

SO glad she is OK!

mindi said...

I'm glad she's okay, that must have been scary!!
Hunter had stitches about that age, he fell off the couch backwards and landed on a toy. Though he still has a small scar, he's recovered :)

ebruggles said...

oh I am glad grace is ok, growing up all 5 of us kids had head injuries and we all turned out ok but scarey for parents, feb 29 I tried to get caught up at the office after taking thurs off for abby's stomach bug

:(