Baby girl hit a milestone last night.
Not the good kind.
As your child grows, it is ALL about the milestones. Rolling over. Sleeping through. Solids. Crawling. Babbling. Walking. Talking. Toilet training…
It just goes on and on and on.
We hit another milestone last night. In this thing called Parenthood, where the first sign of anything horrible
- her first scraped knuckles when she fell pushing the bin up the driveway
- her first head blow
- the first sign of blood
- the first proper vomit – down my leg no less
well, we ABSOLUTELY FREAK OUT, we stuck to routine and did just that last night.
Baby girl woke in the middle of the night. Crying and so upset. And then…
Dum da dum dum.
I won’t go into detail, just for the sake of her privacy as I write about this on this world wide web with almost every single eye available to
stalk see, but let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty.
Fellow parents may guess, anyway.
We were horrified. Shocked. And then extreme sadness and disappointment… at ourselves. We as parents, had FAILED her.
We went to bed as she soon settled, after I had called ‘Nurse On Call’ (I should have them on speed dial) and spent a good half hour both in the silent darkness, the other half whispering to each other “how the hell did this happen?”
Relief for me this morning, as she woke happy and cheerful – nothing like the upset and crying image of the night before. Off to the docs we went, to find out…
It was not all bad news. Annoying yes. Serious, no. Apparently, for kids her age, it was very common.
A quote keeps going through my head today. My Mum on the phone, saying “you saved her.” Yes, maybe a bit dramatic Mum, it wasn’t life-threatening….
But then, gratitude came along, as it always does, especially when I am writing for this post. It was gratitude in that I decided to stop, think, pause, and pat myself on the back, because she was right.
If I hadn’t been as attentive as I was, I wouldn’t have caught ‘it.’ It would have gone undetected, and for God knows how long… I shudder at the thought.
But I did see it. It isn’t serious. There are far worse things out there, and as long as you can treat it quickly, you know your kid is still doing well.
Sure, she is growing up. She is doing 4 year-old things, learning and saying 4 year-old phrases, and also subsequently, catching 4 year old things… It’s a part of this growing up process. I am grateful for her growth, yes… just as long as it means I can buy an over-the-counter product if need be…