Wednesday, August 5, 2009

i think i'll move to australia..

okay...finished blogging my smiles and posted those at noon....ate a quick lunch...took a deep breath and thought, only a little while until naptime, i can do it.....and then the day really started...

around 12:30 this afternoon kate managed to have a nasty run-in with the corner of the door frame. a run-in that caused a nice gash and lots of bleeding from her forehead...and one freaked out mama, not sure just how deep or bad it was. i couldn't get reach daddy via phone...so, of course, i did the next rational thing and called my dear sweet friend jill, who also happens to be a pediatric nurse (because really, why would i rush to the idea of calling my pediatrician too quickly...that would just make sense, right!?). the incredibly loving and sweet jill immediately packed up her little guy and headed to my house...both to give her assessment of the gash and to stay with elizabeth should i need to head to the pediatrician or ER for stitches. while we waited for jill to swoop in an save the day, my mom just happened to call (and get a tearful earful from me...)...and my sister (who mostly got to hear kate crying like crazy...since by that point my tears were done)...and finally mike called back (and was fortunate enough to talk to a more rational and calm mama. :)

anyway...jill's recommendation was to call the pediatrician...and the pediatrician's recommendation was 3 stitches to close up what was a nice deep gash a little over 1/4 inch long. after the uber-traumatizing shot to numb the wound and the slightly less (but still a wee bit) traumatizing stitches (and i will report that even the super-prego, slightly highly emotional, hormonal mama managed to hold it together and not faint, vomit, or cry while restraining her) kate is now sporting three fresh stitches on her forehead. other than the actual numbing and stitching part kate walked around the exam room and doctor's office with a HUGE grin for all the nurses and the doctor...as if she really was quite proud of her little war wound. and she was definitely quite thrilled by the strawberry dum-dum she received at the end of the ordeal.

i've had several friends jokingly predict that kate would wind up with stitches before her second birthday...and i suppose she managed to prove them right...and with just hours to spare since tomorrow is the "big day". to be honest, i'm not that surprised to have kate end up with stitches...she is quite fearless...i just assumed her stitches might come from something a bit more daring or remarkable than bashing into a door frame. so here's her new look...just in time to be captured in her 2nd birthday photos and remembered for all time....


up close-ish...for those who are into that kind of thing....

she is doing well....but not really into the idea of giving up her "comfort" thumb at the moment

and just to show how "cruel" i am...i was just trying to get her to crack that big ol' grin she was sporting at the doctor's office...clearly she wasn't into the idea!

after a wee bit of a nap for kate...and some down-time for me...we're all ready for daddy to arrive home with a pizza for dinner (and maybe some fresh energy). i am counting the blessings in what was a LONG (and at times terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day)...like a friend who is there at a moment's notice (and even finishes working on the onion chopping and ground beef browning i was working on before the "incident")...the fact that the doctor did the stitches at her office, sparing us a trip to the ER....that my first child getting stitches experience was with kate (who is quite hardy and resilient) as opposed to the more squeamish libbers....and, most of all, of course, that God's grace is sufficient...and He knows what we need and what we will face before we ever need or face it. if you had told me this morning that my day would turn out as it did, i might have simply crumbled...i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how His grace is there when we need it...not before...but just in time. it is simply amazing...and humbling...and gracious...and good. and now, Lord, just one little request...perhaps an uneventful evening...and perhaps a relatively calm thursday...just maybe! :)

....but until then i think i'll stick with good ol' indiana....because my mom says some days are like this...."even in australia"! :)

12 comments:

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Oh Amanda... what a day! You need a nice long nap. :)

So glad to hear she is doing okay with it all and finding comfort in that thumb. :) What a BRAVE little girl.

And a brave mama!

How wonderful to have friends like your Jill - I'm so glad you have that kind of support when you need it most!

I had read your smiles earlier and just loved them - was sad for a frown to add to them.

Here's to hoping for an uneventful day for you tomorrow. :)

Rebecca said...

oh my what a day! poor little katers! i'm glad everything turned out ok.

your smiles were great. the girls are so cute. happy bday to kate! glad your bedtimes are getting better...we're trying to work on a routine again now that we are in our own place again. oh boy!

hope the rest of your week is great with no more crazy incidences!

Nancy M. said...

Wow! Poor Kate! And poor mommy! I know that had to be hard on both of you! I guess she wanted to have that done by her birthday and prove those people right, lol! I am glad it wasn't too bad and that they were able to do it at the doctor's office.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Oh God bless her, that must have hurt! And God bless you too, it is harder, I think, for mama than for the kiddos when they get hurt. They are always waiting for our reactions too, I think that is so funny. Like, "Should I be crying now???"

Anyway, glad to see Kate is ok and will be healed in no time. And, hopefully that mommy will have a very relaxing day tomorrow with no breakage from anyone!

Lisa said...

gosh, those smiles sure come in handy after a day like that, huh.... (which I loved btw)
I hope you are both feeling well rested and a little better today!

But just think at least you have a great story to tell for her second birthday! Happy Day to you, Kate!

Lisa said...

i almost forgot...
my e-mail is
lisamoreland3@yhaoo.com

Cottage Mommy said...

Aawww...so sorry! That is so hard when owies happen like that! And what sad pictures to capture the memory!

Carrie said...

What an awful day you had!! I would have freaked. Glad everything is calmed down now, or at least more than it was!!! Praying for a quick healing for Kate.

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Yep, I think those kinds of days are had by all mothers in all countries. It is what makes it easy to talk to mothers anywhere even when we don't have a common language -- we have common traumas!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Yep, I think those kinds of days are had by all mothers in all countries. It is what makes it easy to talk to mothers anywhere even when we don't have a common language -- we have common traumas!

Little Candle said...

Wow, you have had a lot going on...glad you are staying here though, otherwise we couldn't have a meet-up sometime in the months to come!!! Lots of hugs to you sweet friend!!! I hope you are able to kepp getting some rest...your getting close!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Girl! What a day! I would have been in tears too - it's always scary when you're just not sure how badly hurt they are, isn't it?
So glad she's ok, even if she didn't want to crack her beautiful smile after all of that craziness!

And thank God for a hubby who walks in the door with a pizza after a day like that!