Monday, November 5, 2007

It Happened! OUCH!

OK, today it happened. I am not surprised in the least that it happened. Matter of fact, I am surprised it didn't happen before today. I am talking about Ian falling down the stairs. Today was the first time for this.

He is actually 14 Months old. I have had all my kids fall down stairs before. And everytime, it makes my heart sink and I run faster than ever thought possible to get to them and cuddle them and make sure they are all right. But this time, my heart sank deeper than ever before. And I think I ran faster than ever before. Because I got to him and caught him before he got to the bottom of the stairs.

The reason my heart sunk deeper than before is because of the stairs we have here in Germany. They are marble stairs. In America, we had carpet. These marble stairs hurt. We all know it because we have all fallen on them many times. I even have broken a toe on them since living here.

I was in the basement and took him down with me. I was doing laundry. And he was in the playroom right next to the laundry room. And then he escaped. And in case you didn't know, he is a fast climber when it comes to the stairs.

Ian now has marks on his face and forehead from the stairs. I feel terrible. Sure, the marks will go away within a day or two. And I am sure he has totally forgot about falling, as he tries to climb up over and over again. But I feel terrible. And everytime I see those marks on his face, it reminds me of him falling.

The worst part for me is that Gardner is in Sweden. There is no way for me to call him. Sure, Ian is fine and Gardner doesn't need to worry about him. But I am not so sure that I am fine. As Emma always says.....I need a hug.

Oh I know as a mother I can not protect them from everything. And I know that I can't be with them 24 hours a day. But I have feelings and I love them and of course, I don't want to see them hurt.


Conibaer said...

Oh no! This is terrible!!! Here´s a hug for Ian and a HUGE hug for you!!! (((hug)))

MollyB, Bloggerin said...

How does he seem to be feeling, overall? I hope it registered with him and he won't repeat.

One of my brothers found about a dozen ways of bruising his skull, starting at Ian's age. He'd get big egg-sized swellings. So as long as Ian doesn't make a hobby of high-impact acrobatics, you're doing fine!

Martina said...

Maybe you could ask your landlord if (s)he'd allow you to stick those sticky-backed carpet thingys on the steps. My mind is totally refusing to come up with an English word for them - do a google image or eBay search for "Stufenmatten" if you don't know what I mean. They really help, and they sell them with special adhesive that isn't supposed to damage the marble of the steps.

Kimberly said...

I was on the pone once and watched one of the twins start to fall and I did the same thing where I caught him in the middle. I am sure all kids fall down the stairs at some point. Too bad Ian had to learn on marble.

Jo Anne said...

Tamara, maybe he should wear his Halloween helmet when he is on the stairs? Seriously, I am glad he wasn't badly hurt! The neat thing with kids is that they blow it off pretty quickly!! Hang in there!!

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