Monday, January 17, 2011

Life with boys... 14 months and one ER trip already under his belt!

Is this what I get to look forward to with ANOTHER boy on the way... are we going to have a VIP parking spot at the local emergency room??
I have always been one to tell people that my kid is a wild child, I mean he's amazing, so good, and SOOO happy all the time, but the kid is B.U.S.Y!! Constant motion is a phrase we use here often. He can't sit still for more than about 5 minutes... ok maybe 5 is pushing it... so he happily runs from one activity to another.

5 minutes in our house looks like this... HL barrels down the hallway for the kitchen, grabs open a cupboard door, pulls a few spices out and drops them on the floor, runs to grab the Swiffer or broom, drags broom into living room, finds sippy cup and takes a drink, see's truck and starts pushing it up the hallway "vrooom vroom", gets to the end of the hallway and stoops to peer under closed office door, pokes fingers under the door, stands up and runs back down the hallway, goes into dining room and plays with tassle on sliding door, heads over to kitchen and explores dog food container, drops sippy cup into food container, heads to toy basket and grabs a ball, runs to baby gate and drops ball over the gate down the stairs, finds highchair and a lingering cracker from lunch, immediately scoops cracker into mouth, runs into living room and opens component cupboard to start pushing all of the buttons, repeats "no no no" to you and continues to push buttons, heads to toy basket and grabs another ball, pushes a few buttons on the tv on his way down the hallway again.... suddenly becomes oddly quiet... "HL what are you doing????"... no sound... find HL in the bathroom eating toilet paper, pull ball out of toilet, and curse self for forgetting to shut the door.

Yep that's 5 minutes in my household... repeat for 4 hours until naptime :) YAY!

So it shouldn't have come as any surprise when my poor dude bashed his head on the crib during naptime requiring stitches. He was sound asleep in the crib for a good 25 minutes and suddenly I hear a loud thud and then crying so I run into the nursery pick him up and see that blood is pouring down his face!!! Among many explitives I continued to say "It's OK, you're ok!!" while dashing around the house to grab a towel to keep the blood out of his eyes. After about 60 seconds he was quiet, totally fine, while still gushing blood as I ran to the closet to pull out my nursing gear and sterile wound kits. I grabbed some gauze and continued to search for tape to try and put some sort of pressure on his eyebrow, no such luck so I continued to wipe, with him on my hip, trying with all of my might to get my pants over my pregnant belly and shoes on my feet to head to the emergency room! And do you know what little HL was doing this whole time?? He was saying "down down down!" wanting to get down and go run and PLAY!!!! ::::shakes head:::::

So off we went to the ER to sew his head back together again. Actually the worst part was trying to occupy a 1 year old for TWO hours in the ER while the numbing medicine kicked in and the doc came back to finally close the thing up! They ended up using liquid stitches (which I ALWAYS recommend to patients with these types of injuries on this young of a child) and shortly after we were home again.

And how is he doing since??? Come spend 5 minutes with me and you'll see :)

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