Slow-Motion Moment

Today we had some friends over for a playdate and to help me move some patio furniture and then get the kids out of the house, while Chad is in Nashville for March Madness.  We went to the park down the street from us.  4 kids all together and 2 moms.  We went to the park that I like better for Charlie.  Slides that aren’t ridiculously tall or need ladders to get to.

But he still fell… 5 feet to the ground.  It happened so quickly, but yet, so many things went through my head in that split-second.  He stepped off the side where there wasn’t a railing because there was a ladder-type thing to climb up.  And because his momentum was not going towards the opening, he fell kind of sideways and forwards, so he landed on his side (not on his head or awkwardly on his feet) And somehow he also managed not to hit anything (ladder-type toy with 4-5 METAL bar steps) and just landed on his side in the soft mulchy wood chips.  The moment I saw it happening, my instinct to go to him kicked in, but then something stopped me.  I’m not sure what it was. All the possibilities of what could go wrong, ran through my head, but yet so far we have had nothing wrong.  Best case scenario.  My mind and faith can’t keep from thinking there was someone watching over him that kept him falling in exactly the right way so he didn’t get clobbered on the way down or when he actually hit the ground. And maybe that someone also stopped me from getting in the way when I saw it happening.

He cried as soon as he hit the ground.  I ran to him, picked him up and held him and asked my friend Sara what I should do.  She knew to have him move his arms, to understand if his range of motion was affected.  He didn’t want to cooperate, because he was howling!  And once we (including Charlie) figured out he wasn’t hurt too bad and we decided to go home, he got even more upset, because he was not ready to go home!

On the way home, I decided to take him in to the doctor just to be extra careful.  It was a long wait, but luckily it was nap time so he was happy to sit in my lap and watch Thomas and Curious George on my phone while we waited.  (thank you Netflix)  And he checked out just fine.  Although I still need to check him every 4 hours tonight. Unfortunately it is 9:30 and I’m still trying to get him to go to sleep.  Darn 4 o’clock naps throw things off!  But it’s hard to be mad, with so much to be thankful for.  A lot of things could have gone wrong today and the worst part of my day was sitting at Urgent Care for 2+ hours with a healthy child!  Charlie got a lot of hugs and cuddles today.  He still might get more if he doesn’t fall asleep soon!

Maria went with my friend Sara and her girls. And is now spending the night at their house. Her first sleepover at a friend’s house.   She didn’t even notice he fell, which was frustrating at the time because she was so unfocused about why we were leaving and making a fuss about Charlie. But now I’m glad.  Her memory is a steel trap and she is constantly recounting our car accident in January to me, so just one more thing to keep her from “worrying” about.

Ride home from the park All the kids piled in one stroller on the walk home from the park. BTW – Look how BIG Charlie is. He barely fits in the front of our stroller!

Looking forward to having Chad and Maria home tomorrow.

(P.S. this was written on 3/18/12, but not posted until 3/19/12 since we are home by ourselves tonight.)

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