Kids hurt themselves.
Both of mine are frequently sobbing from some malady or another, and most of the time the tears last about 30 seconds.
Whether they thumped their head on the table or slammed their toe into the wall, the tears come easy with a toddler and a five year.
But this day, yesterday to be exact, there was a marked difference.
They were playing as they usually do in the evening when we are inside. They were “racing” up and down the hallway which basically entails Jake jogging from one end to the other and Abby following. It’s not as crazy as it sounds and we don’t let them RUN in the house, but they play together and it tires them out.
I was sitting at the counter in the kitchen and they had gone out of sight down the hall.
I heard the thud, barely, but what followed made my bones ache. There was scream followed by the most painful sounding cry. It was a cry I had not heard from her before ever. You could feel the pain in her voice and it continued for what seemed like minutes but was merely a few seconds as I made my way around the corner to see what happened.
There was blood.
On her face and bubbling out of her mouth.
I should have panicked and maybe I did but I also reacted swiftly barking out directions to Jake to get me a washcloth, an ice pack, and who knows what else. It’s fuzzy.
Jake explained that she ran smack into the corner of the wall. Damn wall.
In the end, no teeth appear loose, no stitches are required and she was making her funny faces at me again within the hour.
But the sound. The pain in her cry is still haunting me.
This morning she is puffy but otherwise seems ok.
Needless to say she’s getting some extra hugs today.
I’m sure she’ll be ready to “race” again very soon…the question is, do they sell corner bumpers for the walls? Maybe I just need to get that wall padding they have in school gyms and cover the whole house.